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Korg 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 co...Click To Read More About This Product

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8-voice MMT synth engine, 17 effects, built-in vocoder and mic, modulation, and more.

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
3 performance edit knobs

Get a taste of the classic Korg sound with this new mini synth. Order today.

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

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
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)

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)

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

In, Out
USB connector: B type

Power supply: DC9V
Uses six AA batteries (approximate lifespan is 4 hours with alkaline batteries, not included)

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microKORG XL Synth with Multi-Modeling Technology

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


Awesome synth

By Blackholesun922

from Indianapolis, IN

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Comments about microKORG XL Synth with Multi-Modeling Technology:

I got this from guitar center (after selling my original microKORG) and I am extremely in love. Awesome pre-loaded programs and the vocoder has improved drastically. Editing is much, much easier than the old micro and the LCD helps very much. The free software KORG offers online is amazing as well, you can drag and drop presets from the original microKORG and other famous korg synths right onto the mK XL. It's a freaking awesome synth. Only complaint is that the keys could be a tad bigger, but they are much better than the original. This beast tops everything competing for best portable synth. Korg > Alesis, Akai, ect.Get it.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


Highly versatile synth

By Gavan Brown

from California

Comments about microKORG XL Synth with Multi-Modeling Technology:

I highly recommend this to any keyboard player/electronic musician or even musician in general. For the price, this synth is incredibly useful and super convenient. The portability, the USB MIDI, vocoder and flexible sound engine make this a truly amazing piece of equipment.
It has a plethora of great features for a synth of this size: flexible arpeggiator, USB is a hugely useful feature, the action on the keys is nicer than expected, the pitch/mod wheels are very articulate and the sound engine is good for the price range .A few more knobs would really improve it, and maybe a footswitch input.
It's not of super-high quality construction, but much sturdier and solid than I expected. Definitely a good gigging keyboard.
It's easy to find these at a great price and just the vocoder alone is worth it. This is by far one of the best purchases I've made in a long time.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)



By ThatLeonGuy

from Davison, MI

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Comments about microKORG XL Synth with Multi-Modeling Technology:

I tried this Synth out at a music store today and all I can say is WHOA. It's got some awesome sounds(ranging from FAT synth bass and vintage-style synth tones to more trandtional stuff like piano and strings), and is fairly easy to use due to it's straightforward layout. Also the keys are a tad bigger than on the previous MircoKORG, which makes it a bit easier to play. I can't wait to take one home!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


It's an upgrade from the old Microkorg!

By Jason Smith

from Houston, TX

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Comments about microKORG XL Synth with Multi-Modeling Technology:

General:I have played the Microkorg for about 2 years, but have never gotten into it beyond the presets as I found editing to be pretty difficult. The Microkorg XL seems much easier to edit sounds, though there is still a learning curve.The Good:There seems to be a lot of "typical keyboard" sounds. I never found a piano sound on the old Microkorg, for example, but the new one has a pretty good one, and an ok Rhodes sound too. The sounds are better arranged and make sense with their categories. The arpeg. tempo actually gives you a bpm on the new screen. This alone is worth half the price of the thing. On the old arpeggiator, it was impossible to get the tempo right on. I also like the black casing over the old beige. I've already gotten some comments about it, and we've only done one gig with it. At our practices, we've been coming up with some new songs and I'm able to tweak the sounds on the fly a lot better than the old one.The bad:Though the keys are improved over the old keys, I'm still a little uneasy that I may break them. That's why I gave it a 4. Also, still no kind of sustain pedal ability. I play bass along with this, and I could really use a sustain pedal so that I could switch to bass and hold that last note out just a little longer!Overall:I'm very happy that I took the leap and upgraded. I'm hoping that I will also be able to download some of the old presets from the original Microkorg via the USB hookup. I bet that will be happening, I just haven't gotten that far yet.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


A Good Synth for its price

By JOE-FyM1p

from O'fallon, MO

Comments about microKORG XL Synth with Multi-Modeling Technology:

Yeah i originally wanted the moog, but those are way to expensive, so i decided to go with this korg xl. I am very surprise on how much conrol over this machine and the sounds that it could produce is just as good as a Korg Radius, in matter of fact this korg has radius technology built in defintly buy it.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Superior Synth!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about microKORG XL Synth with Multi-Modeling Technology:

Basically I've been looking to buy the original microKORG for quite some time, and I was just about to buy it before I saw the microKORG XL in Guitar Center. I gave it a whirl and was AMAZED. The low frequencies are unbelievable and it has an incredible range of tone, not to mention the vocoder that you can use on every and any pre-programmed voice thats on this synth. Despite it's splendor, I was reluctant to buy it, but I've had it for several days and the microKORG XL has yet to truly disappoint me!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Best synth ever,

By dimmiedrummer-G2qaN

from Cleveland

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Comments about microKORG XL Synth with Multi-Modeling Technology:

I played with this for about a half hour at a local music store. I really liked how there weren't three million useless effects. There were just enough to have a very wide range through personalization and tweaking with effects. The keyboard, though small, was perfect for my big hands. I especially enjoyed the vocoder.As soon as possible, I am buying this.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Awesome Keys

By dr_jep

from Walla Walla,WA

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  • Easy to Use
  • Highly Editable
  • Portable
  • Realistic Sound
  • Responsive / Good Action
  • Touch Sensitive Keys


  • Vocoder a Dissapointment

Best Uses

  • Electronic Music
  • Learning
  • Worship

Comments about microKORG XL Synth with Multi-Modeling Technology:

Best keyboard I've ever owned. Alright I'm a guitarist, so that's not saying much, but my band's keyboardist agrees. Best versatility in a small usable package for the price. Vocoder is not that great.... But, everything else: Overwhelmingly great!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)



By mls8888

from UK

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Comments about microKORG XL Synth with Multi-Modeling Technology:

The new microKORG XL certainly builds on what made the original microKORG successful, and like its brother is sure to be a top-seller.Pros: Improved keys, improved vocoder microphone, more simplified layout for beginners, Improved sound engine, USB connection and editor software make creating custom patches a great deal easier. Cons: Relatively pricey, cheap in appearance.Despite its toy-ish looks, the XL (as with the original microKORG) is an extremely good synth for both pro's and amateurs. It has the sound and capabilities of synths costing 1000's more. Providing you know enough about synthesis and how to work this little machine, you wont be disappointed.

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