Korg MicroKorg XL Synth with Multi-Modeling Technology

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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

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


MicroKorg XL Synth with Multi-Modeling Technology Specifications:

  • 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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