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Korg microKORG XL+ Synthesizer with Vocoder Reviews

4.5 stars based on 3 customer reviews
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  • from acton, ma August 13, 2013Music Background:
    obsessive hobbyist


    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 -

  • from January 14, 2013Music Background:
    Music Student and hobbyist.

    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.

  • from NJ October 9, 2015

    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.

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