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MicroKorg XL Synth with Multi-Modeling Technology

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For years, the microKORG has been a top-selling synthesizer. Now the microKORGXL is ready to join KORG's popular lineup. Based on the same winning combination of a small footprint, 37 mini-keys, batte... Read More

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For years, the microKORG has been a top-selling synthesizer. Now the microKORGXL is ready to join KORG's popular lineup. Based on the same winning combination of a small footprint, 37 mini-keys, battery-powered portability, and huge KORG sound, the microKORG XL Modeling Synth is ready to expand your musical vocabulary. The fun factor is huge too. A gooseneck microphone is included for instant vocoding excitement, right out of the box.

Neo-Vintage Synth Power
The microKORG XL synthesizer carries a proud pedigree. The MMT (Multi Modeling Technology) sound engine is descended from the RADIAS/R3 synthesizers, while the dual effects processors come down from the famous KAOSS line. The black key/white key proportions have been adjusted for easier chording and playability; the key response has been improved for rapid-fire soloing. The square front keys give it that old-school feel too. Together with a sound-bending vocoder and six-pattern arpeggiation, KORG's microKORG XL packs a powerful sonic punch.

The 8-voice MMT synth engine offers traditional analog waveforms plus a total of 7 algorithms, including formant waveforms, noise, and PCM/DWGS waves for those vintage keyboards and strings. Cross-modulation, unison stacking, and VPM (Variable Phase Modulation) let you create sounds that would be impossible for a conventional PCM synthesizer. Sync and ring modulation make it easy to create complex and powerful sounds. Two multi-mode filters, a drive/wave-shaping circuit for distinctively distorted sounds, and EG and LFO for creating time-varying tonal change, provide plenty of parameters for serious synthesis. Virtual Patching brings it all together.

Seventeen up-to-the-minute effects deliver everything from a traditional chorus to grain shifting. In the delay, effects can be synchronized to MIDI clock for beat-sensitive situations. You can even process external sounds. The microKORG XL's amazing vocoder adds vocal characteristics to any sound, creating everything from talk-box filtering, pseudo choirs, talking instruments to vintage Sci-Fi robots. KORG's unique Formant Hold allows you to freeze the vocal input for continuous vocoder effects. Use the Formant Shift function to adjust the level and pan of each of the 16 bands, greatly altering the tonal character. The distinctive retro-styling allows for quick selection of any of the microKORG XL's 128 on-board, editable programs. For the diehard synthesists and sound designers, you can use the 3 performance edit knobs for fast, effective audio editing in performance. You're also free to select and assign your favorite parameters. Download the free editing software from the KORG website and manage sounds on your computer.

  • 37-note Natural Touch action keyboard
  • 8-voice MMT (Multi Modeling Technology) sound engine with 7 algrithms
  • Dual effects processors from the KAOSS line
  • 17 effects
  • Ring and sync modulation
  • Formant Hold to freeze vocal input for more vocoder effects
  • 128 on-board, editable programs
  • Included items
  • XLR gooseneck microphone with windscreen
  • Power adapter
  • Interface and Keybed
  • Display: Custom backlit LCD
  • Keyboard: 37-note Natural Touch action
  • Switches: 7; Bank (2 position), Octave Up and Down (toggle), Timbre select (2 position), Arp On/Off, Vocoder On/Off, Write, Exit/Shift
  • Knobs: 7; Volume, tempo, program select (genre and category), real-time assign, edit menu selector
  • Wheels: Pitch and Modulation
  • Programs
  • Polyphony: 8 voices (up to 4 when the vocoder is selected)
  • Program: 128
  • Number of timbres: Maximum 2 (when using Layer, Split, or Multi)
  • Synths: 2 (oscillator + noise generator)
  • Oscillator 1
  • Waveform: Saw, Pulse, Triangle, Sine, Formant, Noise, PCM/DWGS, Audio In
  • Modulation: Waveform, Cross, Unison, VPM
  • Oscillator 2
  • Waveform: Saw, Pulse, Triangle, Sine
  • Modulation: Ring, Sync, Ring+Sync
  • Wave-shaping
  • WS-type: Drive, Decimator, Hardclip, Oct Saw, Multi Tri, Multi Sin, Sub Osc Saw, Sub Osc Squ, Sub Osc Tri, Sub Osc Sin, Level Boost
  • Multi-mode filters
  • Filter 1: -24 dB/oct LPF, -12 dB/oct LPF, HPF, BPF, Thru
  • Filter 2: LPF, HPF, BPF
  • Vocoder: 16-band vocoder, adjustable level and pan for each band, Formant Shift function, Formant Hold function
  • Effects Timbre: 2-band EQ
  • Master: master effects (17 effect algorithms)
  • Arpeggiator: UP, DOWN, ALT1/2, Random, Trigger (6 types), Step Arpeggiator function
  • Programs: 128 programs (banks A/B x 8 genres x 8 categories)
  • Connections
  • Input
  • Audio In [Line] jack, Audio In [MIC] jack (with Audio In [Mic/XLR] switch)
  • Audio In [Line] jack:
  • Maximum input level: +19 dBu
  • Input source impedance: 8 ohms
  • Connector: 1/4" phone jack (unbalanced)
  • Audio In [Mic] jack:
  • Maximum input level: -11 dBu
  • Input source impedance: 7kOhms
  • Connector: XLR (balanced)
  • Output
  • L/MONO, R jacks:
  • Maximum output level: +6 dBu @ 10 kOhm load
  • Output source impedance: 1kOhm
  • Connectors: 1/4" phone jacks (unbalanced)
  • Headphone jack:
  • Maximum output level: 36 + 36 dBu @ 33ohms load
  • Output source impedance: 10ohms
  • Connector: 1/4" stereo phone jack
  • MIDI:
  • In, Out
  • USB connector: B type
  • Misc.
  • Power supply: DC9V
  • Uses six AA batteries (approximate lifespan is 4 hours with alkaline batteries, not included)
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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Great sound!

By Michael Pence

from afgsdg

For a synth small like this it can be PHAT!!! 2 oscs with x4 unison... Destroys xiosynths 3 osc with no unison. And has an awesome Vocoder engine... Makes great leads, pads, basses, and plucks

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(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


oh yeahhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!

By Seany BOYYY!!

from Miami, FL

best and first synth i had ever purchased on my life i needed a synth for a while. i also thought that i should get the micro korg but when i saw a glance of the micro korg xl.i was amazed. one of the best investments i had ever taken yet on my life. best sounds out of this world sounds its something that should be placed in to a family photo.

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(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)


Solid Synth

By Rex

from Charleston SC

pretty solid synth. a lot of nice presets and what not. the keys are a lot less flimsy and cheap feeling as the first microkorg. great for playing shows or just messing around. my power cord broke after a gig, and it was easy and cheap to buy a new one. very versatile for styles also. reccomend it. not for people who are really into electronic production and whatnot, but great for people in most other styles of music.

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(6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)


A must Buy

By Matthew

from New York

This little machine packs in a lot of power! I can't believe the sound comming out of this thing and for the price nothing comes close. If you want a fun and portable synth then you must go out and get this!

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(10 of 13 customers found this review helpful)



By Zach

from Kissimmee, Florida

I went to go play around with synth equipment and what not at guitar center today (I play guitar but im setting up a keys system). So I go and look at the recording/Key section and the first thing I see is this little KORG Synth. I put my fingers on the wheels and fell in love. I play Power Metal, so I work with alot of sweeps. You can got some real staccato marks with this. Another part of this, it fits the Power Metal bill completely because I can do my nerd noises (Mario, Mario Coins, Sonic Rings, ETC.). All noises that are inspired by Vadim Pruzhanov. This Synth will work for almost any style. And if you are wondering... I did pick it up :)

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(8 of 12 customers found this review helpful)


I love it

By K-dawg

from boone,Iowa

I just got this mini synth today for my birthday and i love it. it tons of sounds and its all easy to use and figure out. plus the vocoder is fun to play around with. GET IT!

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(36 of 39 customers found this review helpful)


Micro Size,Big sound

By Michael Scott

from Scranton,Pennsylvania

I was about to buy a microKORG when i found out about the XL. Long story short,i am glad i bought the XL it has a great deal of editing abilities,the Radias sound engine ,a cool vocoder,and its light weight makes it perfect for gigging. It also has the ability to be edited via usb and software. If your looking for a compact synth with a big heart look no further.

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