Korg X50 61-Key Synthesizer  

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The sonic power of the TRITON series in a portable keyboard.

The KORG X50 61-key synthesizer is an easy-to-move, lightweight, and affordable keyboard. It delivers 512 professional-quality sound programs produced by the HI synthesis system from the acclaimed TRITON series. The Korg synth has 470 multisamples, 518 drum samples, 16-part multitimbral, dual polyphonic arpeggiators, and 384 combinations constructed of up to eight programs each. The keyboard's powerful effect section has four separate processors: one for insert effects, two for master effects, and one master EQ processor. Multi Mode allows the Korg X50 synthesizer to be played from an external sequencer as a sound module. It also has 4-channel audio output, a USB port, and plug-in sound-editing software that allows you to tweak and program the Korg X-50 keyboard even from within your DAW software.

Features
  • Triton HI (Hyper Integrated) sound engine
  • 48kHz sampling frequency
  • 64MB PCM ROM
  • 470 multisamples, 518 drum samples
  • 61 velocity-sensitive keys
  • 62 voice polyphony with 62 oscillators (single mode), 31 voice polyphony with 62 oscillators (double mode)
  • 2 master effects processors (mono in, stereo out)
  • 1 insert effect processor (stereo in/out)
  • 1 master effect processor (3-band stereo)
  • All effects available simultaneously
  • 89 total effects
  • 512 user programs (512 preloaded)
  • 384 user combinations (384 preloaded)
  • 128 user multi sets (16 preloaded)
  • 40 user drumkits (16 preloaded)
  • GM sound map compatible: 128 programs and 9 GM2 drum kits
  • Dual polyphonic arpeggiator
  • Pitch bend wheel
  • Modulation wheel
  • 4 realtime control knobs
  • Audition key
  • Category key
  • 240 x 64 dot backlit LCD
  • MAIN-L/MONO, R outputs
  • INDIVIDUAL-1, 2 outputs
  • Dual headphone jacks
  • Damper jack (half-pedaling supported)
  • Assignable switch jack
  • Assignable pedal jack
  • MIDI I/O
  • USB/MIDI port
  • DC 12 V power supply
  • 38.39"W x 3.15"H x 10.12"D
  • 9.48 lbs.
 

X50 61-Key Synthesizer Specifications:

  • Windows system requirements to connect via USB:
  • Supported OS:Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition/Professional/x64* Edition
  • Supported Computer: computer with USB port and the ability to run
  • supported OS
  • *Driver software for Windows XP x64 Edition is beta-version.
  • Macintosh system requirements to connect via USB:
  • Supported OS: Mac OS X 10.2 or later
  • Supported Computer: Apple Macintosh with USB port and the ability to
  • run supported OS
  • Note: USB MIDI has been tested and works under Rosetta and Universal Binary on Intel-based Macs, using the standard Class Compliant driver. In this case, however, Port Names will be shown as generic names like Port 1, Port A etc. instead of the product name.
  • Windows System Requirement of KORG USB-MIDI Driver:
  • Supported OS: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition/Professional/x64 Edition
  • Supported Computer: Computers with USB port and the ability to run supported OS
  • *Driver software for Windows XP x64 Edition is beta-version.
  • Mac System Requirement of KORG USB-MIDI Driver:
  • Supported OS: Mac OS X 10.3 or later
  • Supported Computer: Apple Macintosh with USB port and the ability to run supported OS
  • Sys. Req. for X50 and X50 Plug-In Editor (Win):
  • CPU: Intel Pentium III / 1 GHz or faster
  • Memory: 256 MB or larger
  • Monitor: 1,024 x 768, 16-bit colors or higher
  • Supported OS: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition/Professional Edition Service Pack 1 or later
  • Operates as stand-alone or VST/RTAS plug-in.
  • Sys. Req. for X50 and X50 Plug-In Editor (MAC):
  • CPU: Apple G4/400 MHz or faster
  • Supported OS: Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later
  • Operates as stand-alone or VST/AU/RTAS plug-in.
  • Note: This software does not currently run on Intel-based Macs, either under Rosetta or as Universal Binary. When this changes we will make a public announcement.
  • Sys. Req. for X50 and X50 Plug-In Editor (Win):
  • Memory: 256 MB or larger
  • Monitor: 1,024 x 768, 32,000 colors or higher
  • Supported OS: Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later
  • Operates as stand-alone or VST/AU/RTAS plug-in.
  • *Apple, the Apple logo and Mac are trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.
  • *The "Built for Mac OS X" graphic is trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc., used under license.
  • *The Audio Units logo and the Audio Units symbol are trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc.
  • *Windows XP is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the U.S. and other countries.
  • *VST is trademark of Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH.
  • *RTAS are trademarks or registered trademarks of Avid Technology, Inc., or its subsidiaries or divisions.
  • *All other product and company names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.
  • *Sound processed with INFINITY.
  • Specifications subject to change without notice
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KorgX50 61-Key Synthesizer
 
4.5

(based on 4 reviews)

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4.0

Impressive Keyboard

By Middle Age Music

from Oakley, CA

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Pros

  • Portable
  • Realistic Sound
  • Touch Sensitive Keys
  • Very Programmable

Cons

  • No Categorical Menu
  • No Speakers

Best Uses

  • Accompaniment
  • Concerts
  • Electronic Music
  • MIDI

Comments about Korg X50 61-Key Synthesizer:

The X-50 is a wonderfully programmable polyphonic synth. In Combi mode, you can stack up to 8 sounds(16 in multi mode), and tweak the parameters of each one and also add/adjust effects. Programmability is enhanced w/use of the software editor. I have set sounds to different channels, connected two external controllers through a midi merger, giving myself 3 very different X50 sounds at my fingertips. The X50 doesn't have a "category menu" like a Yamaha MM6, but once you've built your sounds, it's easy to call them up. The keys feel a little cheap, but they are responsive and sturdy. This is a keyboard for the tweaker and performer! I highly recommended it for anyone who likes to build and explore synth sounds.

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5.0

Baby Triton! Lots of bang for the buck!

By 3valves88keys

from Undisclosed

Comments about Korg X50 61-Key Synthesizer:

I bought this keyboard for several reasons: 1) I wanted a lightweight keyboard to schlep around for rehearsals (around 10 lbs.) instead of my Motif (3x the weight of the X50), 2) I wanted great sounds that wouldn't disappoint me (the X50 has the same sound engine as Korg's former flagship keyboard, the Triton, which had long been the industry standard, and 3) I didn't want to spend a lot of money (A Triton sound engine under the hood for this price? Wow!). I have received tons of compliments on the X50's sounds, from its acoustic and electric pianos, to its vintage synths, acoustic and electric guitars, luscious strings, B3-like organs, sound effects, and very usable arpeggiator. Well, of course when you have a keyboard this light, your keys are not going to feel even semi-weighted. But, the X50's touch still isn't half bad at all, in fact it's quite nice and does not prevent you from being extremely expressive regardless of the program that you select. The side handles on the keyboard is a great idea, and you will find yourself using them when you need to move it about. So, they really do come in handy. The X50 is unbelievably lightweight, which has been so great. I can put my Roland KC-300 amp on my dolly and my X50 and keyboard stand on top of my KC-300, strap on my backpack containing my patch and extension cords, music, music stand, Roland sustain pedal, and the X50's A/C unit, and I can move my equipment to/from my car in a snap, and very easily on/off any stage. The software is easily loadable, has never failed, and allows you to connect to the internet to access more programs that you can store in your PC and load into your X50 at any time. You just need the USB cord to accomplish this, and there are several Korg user groups with lots of very easy-to-follow tips and instructions. Also, saving your programs into a bank is easy, and great to quickly switching between them when on a gig. Overall rating for the X50? 10. There isn't anything I don't like about it, and it does so many things so well.

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5.0

Very nice board.

By Wayne Keever

from Undisclosed

Comments about Korg X50 61-Key Synthesizer:

I am a self-taught pianist/keyboardist, and I had a nice digital piano at home, but I really wanted to play on the worship team at church, so I needed something more portable than my Yamaha YDP-223. I also wanted to have more sound options, and digital pianos are pretty limitted.

I got enough for my YDP to get this board, and a bag, and a sustain pedal. And I am very happy with my decision. I've never owned a professional keyboard before, so I have little experience, and I had to learn the ins and outs on my own. And Korg's interface was pretty straight forward. And the sounds are very nice. I play through a Roland KC-550 amp, and also through a PA system, and I get very clear and powerful sounds out of this thing. I don't have anything really to compare it to, except the piano sounds on my old YDP, and I would say that it's not quite as good as the YDP for piano sounds, but it's no slouch either.

The main thing I would say about this board is it's an excellent bargain. You get way more than you pay for in this board.

I hear a lot about the key action, but even coming from using Yamaha's flagship digital piano with graded hammer action, I am pretty happy with the synth action of the X50.

When I was shopping, my main contenders were the Korg X50, the Roland Juno-Di and the Yamaha MM6. I think I made the right choice.

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4.0

Excellent little synth w/ Triton's sound engine!

By Bruin

from L.A., CA, USA

Comments about Korg X50 61-Key Synthesizer:

The only thing that stopped me from giving this a 5-star rating is its key action. It isn't bad, but isn't great. But, all is forgiven once you start listening to its programs and get into its groovy arpeggiation with drums and great patterns. Keyboard sounds (acoustic, electric, and clavs) are Triton, in other words great. Organs, great. Strings, great. Drums, great. Lots of dynamic range, too, so despite the "okay" key action, you get a nice, wide dynamic range -- makes a huge differences. I bought this as a back up to my Motif ES-6, since it is so lightweight (about 9 lbs.), comes with built-in carrying handles (but still buy a decent case for protection and to keep it clean/dust-free). Well worth the small chunk of change asked for this very impressive little synth.

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