Korg microKORG XL (No Longer Available)
37-key 8-voice Synthesizer with 128 Sounds, 16-band Vocoder, Backlit LCD screen, USB Connection, Gooseneck Microphone, and 17 Effects Algorithms
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One Lean and Mean SynthKorg's microKORG XL is a beefed up version of the extremely popular microKORG synth. By harnessing the powerful Radias sound engine, the microKORG XL now offers 128 sounds - from fat basses to thick pads - and features 17 KAOSS effects right onboard. Three large knobs let you get inside each sound, and an included Editor Librarian helps you edit and organize your sounds on your computer screen. Stack two sounds, create splits, or add in an external audio signal - you'll also find massive vocoding, arpeggiation, USB-connectivity, and three real-time knobs onboard the microKORG XL.
Korg microKORG XL Synthesizer/Vocoder at a Glance:
Rich analog sound, derived from the R3/Radias technology
Korg borrowed technology from their famous R3 and Radias synths, to give the microKORG XL its most incredible-sounding engine ever. It offers up 128 sounds right out of the box - from massive leads to fat basses to unbelievable arpeggios. Plus, onboard external audio inputs let you connect up any audio source and use it as the waveform, then processing it with the microKORG XL's robust synthesizer engine. You'll also love the 17 onboard effects, derived from Korg's KAOSS pad system - there are rich reverbs, colorful choruses, and massive decimation and distortion effects. Plus, there are also grain shift, several types of delay, flanger, and more. You can apply two effects at a time to any program or multi-timbral performance.
Ultra-compact size - with optional battery power
The microKORG has always been Korg's mini-but-massive synthesizer, and now it's even more prepared to be your portable music-making companion. The microKORG XL can be powered via AC power when you want, but it can also now be powered by batteries - so you can jam in the car, out in the backyard, or wherever your music takes you.
Built-in 16-band vocoder
Korg has beefed up the vocoder onboard the original microKORG and packed the microKORG XL with a 16-band vocoder, complete with an included detachable gooseneck microphone. You can use the attached microphone to perform with wild vocoded vocals. Or, you can switch to the external inputs and run any source through the microKORG XL's vocoder.
Easily navigable LCD screen with 3-knob control surface
Get to your sounds more easily than ever, using the microKORG XL's onboard LCD screen. Grab its three knobs and explore full edit mode, choosing filters, adjusting AMP, EG, and LFO settings, adding effects, equalizing the sound, and saving it all right there on the spot. There's also a new virtual patch mode, which lets you assign certain aspects of synthesis to control others - maybe let an LFO modulate the filter cutoff, or set the modulation wheel to control EG1's relase time - it's up to you. Up to six virtual patches are available per program.
USB-MIDI connection, with included Editor/Librarian software
The Korg microKORG XL features a USB connection, so it can interact with your computer via MIDI. What's more, it also comes with an Editor Librarian, so you can edit your sounds on the full screen and also easily navigate through them and organize them however works best for you.
Korg microKORG XL Synthesizer/Vocoder Features:
The microKORG XL is a lean but mighty portable synthesizer and 16-band vocoder!
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by Carl from NW PennsylvaniaI love the sound, but I do not like the mini-keys. It will be great for putting in my backpack for trips, which is the main reason I bought it. It is fun to use and I will use it a lot, But, I will no... read more [+]t buy any other keyboards with mini-keys in the future. close [-]
October 27, 2012
Music Background: Pro Musican
Fabulous Classic Synth Sound
by Kristin from Harrisburg, PAUntil purchasing the microKorg XL, I had never owned a synthesizer before. A few years ago, I bought a Casio Privia PX 330 on the advice that it had the best sampling of real grand piano sound (and it... read more [+] does), so I didn't need another instrument that had that. What I found lacking in the Privia was the archetypal Wurly and classic organ sounds, and this little Korg has those and lots more!!
July 31, 2012
Music Background: avid musician
I did a lot of research on the synths out there and how user-friendly they were; I wanted to be able to use it right out of the box without having to take a "beginner's course" on how to use it. Yes, there are a few things one should learn about the way a synthesizer works, but it can be done on the fly as you use it; it's quite intuitive and easy.
The things I like best about this Korg: the large, easy-to-find (in a dark room/gig) retro knobs; the easy-to-read digital display; its light weight; the ease with which the presets can be altered to make unique and signature sounds; but best of all-- the amazing LARGE and classic sounds this little keyboard makes.
Highly recommended!! I am very satisfied with my choice! close [-]
Micro in size - Mighty in music!
by Angela H Evans from Melbourne, AustraliaOn delivery of this little keyboard wonder, I first thought: "KORG have put out a toy piano".
August 4, 2011
Music Background: Songwriter
However, on powering it up and pressing the keys, I was soon to realize this was no toy! I tried ou... read more [+]t all the pre-programmed instruments, from both the A & B banks. Easy!
I also found the controls (knobs and dials) were robust and easy to use..Switching between instruments - again easy; just a turn of the Genre and Category dials and a new instrument was ready for play.
Shortly after receiving the MicroKorg XL, I just had to experiment with all those cool looking options on the right hand side of the keyboard. A change in timbre, filters, effects, arp'ing and so on. Plenty there to keep me up late while I experimented.
I was pleasantly suprised with the supplied goose-neck microphone with its' XLR connection! The vocoder is the real "FUN" part.
I found the software editor program just as easy to use.No hassles in setting this up or having the hardware talk to the software.
The only disappointment was in the ultra-light weight body;it felt a little too much like a toy., compared to the knobs and levers on top of the keyboard unit.
Overall, a great addition to your musical instrument collection; it it light and very portable - so much so, that KORG have even enabled it to run off 6 AA batteries, so you can take it camping, to the beach, a party, or wherever!
A great little all-round close [-]
Big sound in a small package
by Elizabeth Windau from Cincinnati, OH USAAmazing, huge sounds packed into a compact keyboard - this thing is great. The sounds are perfect for live applications and impressive enough to take into the studio. (I use it for pop, hip-hop, funk... read more [+] and rap sounds.) Very user-friendly without hard-core tweaking; playable within minutes of powering up. (It IS quite tweakable, but I'm more a player than a knob-twister.) It's extremely lightweight - I can even toss it onto the top of a grand piano for a little extra "pop" on a lounge gig. I like that it can run on batteries or with a power supply (wish the power supply wasn't so proprietary). The only reason I can't give 5 stars is because the keys are teeny-tiny and the action feels flimsy. close [-]
August 12, 2012
Music Background: Pro Musician and Teacher
This is the easiest prediction I'll ever make: "The microKorg XL is going to be a slam dunk hit." The ratio of pro-quality sounds and features to its small weight, size, and price is huge. It looks like a toy but I promise that it's not. You can take this keyboard with you any time there's even "a chance" that you might get to jam. It can do rock, blues, funk, electronica, dance, hip hop, and maybe even a little jazz. Put a wireless transmitter on it and you can jam anywhere you want. For those of you who geek on synth features, try this: Go to korg.com and download the Mac/PC Editor. You'll see everything presented neatly on the screen. Then you'll understand why I'm crazed about this keyboard.
David, Renton, WA
Korg microKORG XL
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