Korg microKORG XL+ Synthesizer with Vocoder

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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Classic Compact Synth with Vintage Vibe

Korg's microKORG XL+ is a beefed up version of the extremely popular microKORG XL 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. Updated sound selection knobs let you browse by genre and instrument type, making it easy to pull up a great sound fast. 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, with updated vintage sound set
  • Ultra-compact size - with optional battery power
  • Built-in 16-band vocoder
  • Easily navigable LCD screen with 3-knob control surface
  • USB-MIDI connection, with included Editor/Librarian software
Rich analog sound, with updated vintage sound set

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, including more vintage sounds than ever before. Classic sounds like KORG's SGproX stage piano, the M1, and the VOX organ are on tap and ready for the stage.

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:

  • 8-voice Synthesizer with 16-band Vocoder
  • "Big Brother" to the microKORG
  • 37 new "natural touch" mini waterfall keys
  • 128 sounds
  • MMT sound engine (like Radias & R3)
  • Also has PCM ROM for instrument emulation
  • Compatibile with MS2000 and microKorg programs (via downloadable editing software)
  • 2 master effects derived from Kaoss
  • Delays are MIDI-clock syncable
  • 17 effects algorithms
  • 16-band vocoder
  • Level and Pan individually adjustable per band
  • Formant hold and Formant shift buttons
  • Backlit LCD screen
  • USB connection with Editor Librarian software
  • Included Gooseneck microphone
The microKORG XL+ is a lean but mighty portable synthesizer and 16-band vocoder!

Additional Media

microKORG XL+ Analog Modeling Synthesizer with Vocoder User Manual

Tech Specs

Sound Engine Type(s) Analog Modeling
Number of Keys 37
Type of Keys Semi-weighted (Mini)
Other Controllers Pitchbend, Mod Wheel
Polyphony 8 Notes (4 When Vocoder is Selected)
Number of Presets 128
Number of Effects 17
Effects Types Reverb, Chorus, EQ
Arpeggiator Yes
Audio Inputs 1 x TS (Mic/Line), 1 x XLR (For Included Gooseneck Mic)
Audio Outputs 2 x TS, 1 x TRS (Headphones)
USB 1 x Type B
MIDI I/O In/Out/USB
Power Supply DC9V, 6 x AA Batteries
Height 2.87"
Width 21.89"
Depth 9.1"
Weight 4.41 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number MICROXLPLUS

Customer Reviews

4.5/5
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5/5

sweet

this is a great synth for the money, the keys feel better than the mininova's, the sounds are great, the vocoder is easy to use, and the editor software opens worlds with ease -
Music background: obsessive hobbyist
5/5

Best compact synth for budgets

I have owned an MS2000B, a Novation Ultranova and a Mopho. I was somewhat disappointed by all except the mopho and ended up selling the other two after a month or two of use. I have a Nord Stage 2 and I have been looking for a synth to compliment the existing synth section (as sometimes I need up to three sounds at a time). So far I have been using the Mopho where possible for basses and leads but I wanted another VA to make some of the synth textures the NS2 has some problems recreating. At first, I got it just for the fun of it but I was really expecting to be highly disappointing as the Novation Ultranova was. But as quick as I played some of the presets I was WOWED with its EXCELLENT sound. Sure some of the presets are useless to me such as the dubstep ones. But if you are like me and use presets as some starting points then the advantage is that with it, you can load preset data from the MS2000, Microkorg and even patches from the original XL. For those that say that VA sounds thin, that is not true in this case. the MK XL+ can sound extra fat and can also go the digital way. It is truly an extremely flexible synth.But I have to advice against considering it for the "upgraded" vintage key sounds. Most of them are repeatable in the older XL. only the piano seems to be the only new thing, but it is very bad, although usable. If you are looking for an affordable, compact and excellent sounding synth that is not monophonic, then look no further, this will not disappoint.
Music background: Music Student and hobbyist.
4/5

Great but feels cheap

First off, I love the sound,size and versatility of this synth. It covers so much territory and it is very easy to use, but it feels really cheap! Mine does not sit flat on my desk so I have the manual permanently underneath one side so it doesn't bounce around when I play it. Having it mounted on a keyboard stand would easily solve this problem, but I like it next to me when I'm working. Also, the switches and knobs feel like they could snap off if they are not babied. The octave switch on mine will occasional stick in the down position and I have to physically move is back to center instead of it just snapping back like it's supposed to. The plastic casing is also very thin. I wouldn't gig this thing, but it does help me out a lot in the studio. If it had the build quality of the original micro I would give it 5 stars.
See also: Korg, Korg Synthesizers