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Meet The 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!
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)
Number of timbres Maximum 2 (when using Layer, Split, or Multi)
Synth 2 oscillator + noise generator
Waveform SAW, PULSE, TRIANGLE, SINE, FORMANT,
NOISE, PCM/DWGS, AUDIO IN
Modulation WAVEFORM, CROSS, UNISON, VPM
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
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)
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)
L/MONO, R jacks
Maximum output level +6 dBu @ 10 k-ohm load
Output source impedance1 k-ohm
Connectors 1/4" phone jacks (unbalanced)
Maximum output level 36 + 36 dBu @ 33 ohms load
Output source impedance10 ohms
Connector 1/4" stereo phone jack
USB connector B type
21.89 (W) x 9.09 (D) x 2.87 (H)