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Korg microKORG XL Synthesizer & Vocoder

37-mini key MMT 8-voice Synthesizer & Vocoder

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Product Description for the Korg microKORG XL Synthesizer & Vocoder

Meet The New Micro! For years, the microKORG has been the world's top-selling music synthesizer. Now, the microKORG XL is ready to join the Korg line-up. Based on the same winning combination of a small footprint, mini-keys, battery-powered portability and huge Korg sound, the microKORG XL is ready to expand your musical vocabulary. The fun factor is huge, too. A gooseneck microphone is included for instant synthesizer vocoder excitement, right out of the box!


Neo-Vintage Music Synth Power


The microKORG XL music 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 microKORG XL also offers remarkable playability. For example, the black key/white key proportions have been adjusted for easier chording and the key response has been improved for rapid-fire soloing. And the old -school square front keys? Well, they look wicked cool! Together with a sound-bending vocoder and six-pattern arpeggiation, microKORG XL packs a powerful sonic punch.

The eight-voice MMT synth engine in the microKORG XL music synthesizer offers traditional analog waveforms plus a total of seven 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 to generate. Sync and ring modulation also make it easy to create complex and powerful sounds. Two multi-mode filters, a drive/waveshaping circuit for distinctively distorted sounds, and EG and LFO for creating time-varying tonal change, all 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 all the way to grain shifting. In addition, delay effects can be synchronized to a 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 pseudo choirs and talking instruments to vintage Sci-Fi robots. Our unique Formant Hold allows you to freeze the vocal input for continuous vocoder effects. You can also use the Formant Shift function to adjust the level and pan of each of the sixteen bands, greatly altering the tonal character. The distinctive retro-styling of the microKorg XL music synthesizer allows for quick selection of any of the 128 on-board, editable programs. For the diehard synthesists and sound designers, the three performance edit knobs provide for fast and effective editing.. You're also free to select and assign your favorite parameters! Download the free Editing software and manage sounds on your computer!


  • 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)
    • Synth 2 oscillator + noise generator
  • Oscillator 1
  • Oscillator 2
    • Modulation RING, SYNC, RING+SYNC
    • Wave shaping
  • 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, Format Shift function, Formant Hold function
    • Keyboard 37-note (mini keyboard, velocity sensitive, no aftertouch)
    • 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)
  • Input
    • 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 impedance8 ohms
    • Connector1/4" phone jack (unbalanced)
    • AUDIO IN [MIC] jack
    • Maximum input level-11 dBu
    • Input source impedance7 k-ohms
    • Connector XLR (balanced)
  • Output
    • L/MONO, R jacks
    • Maximum output level +6 dBu @ 10 k-ohm load
    • Output source impedance1 k-ohm
    • Connectors 1/4" phone jacks (unbalanced)
  • HEADPHONE jack
    • Maximum output level 36 + 36 dBu @ 33 ohms load
    • Output source impedance10 ohms
    • Connector 1/4" stereo phone jack
  • USB connector: B type
Brand Korg
Weight 18.0800
Dimensions (WxHxD) 21.89" x 2.87" x 9.09"

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Great Sounds and Great portability
Review by Spencer B
I was looking to buy a hardware synth for a while, and my budget wasn't very high. I wanted something small enough to take with me on my travels, but powerful enough to make some great sounds. I stumbled upon the microkorg xl, and it looked like the perfect fit. I did some homework, and decided to buy it. I was surprised at how great the sound engine was. Editing the sounds was a breeze, and doing deep patch editing was super easy on the software that was included. The keys were surprisingly sturdy, as i heard negative things about the original microkorg's keys being flimsy, the XL has improved on this and the keys are great. If your looking for piano action, your not gonna find it, but the mini keys did just fine for laying down synth lines, and playing some funky wurly parts. The Vocoder was really fun to play with, and although i haven't really used it that much, from what i've experienced its a real vocoder, capable of getting those coil daft punk type sounds.

having said that, i did have a few complaints. My first complaint was the lack of a sustain pedal input. my second complaint was that the plastic casing on the synth is a little weak, and probably would need another bag or cae to protect for chipping or cracking.

Other than that, this is an awesome synth, capable of some really big sounding synths, and worth the money, especially if you travel. (Posted on 10/31/12)

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