A popular instrument revisited.
The Korg MicroKorg is one of the most successful products in keyboards in recent years. In these "here today, gone tomorrow" times of keyboard products, the MicroKorg series has been in production for more than 10 ...
A popular instrument revisited.
The Korg MicroKorg is one of the most successful products in keyboards in recent years. In these "here today, gone tomorrow" times of keyboard products, the MicroKorg series has been in production for more than 10 years, an eternity in modern keyboard manufacturing. The Korg MicroKorg XL+ is the latest version in the series, and uses MMT Multi Modeling Technology from Korg's newer and more powerful Radias/R3 synthesizers.
With its unique exterior and its inimitable sound, the MicroKorg set the standard for analog modeling synthesizers. The year 2008 saw the introduction of the MicroKorg XL, which inherited the MicroKorg 's fat and powerful sounds, while adding keyboard staples such as electric piano and CX-3 organ. And now, in the next evolutionary step, the MicroKorg XL+ delivers a fresh update to the sounds and look of the MicroKorg XL, making it an ideal compact keyboard.
Lush analog modeled synthesizer sounds that are characteristic of the MicroKorg have been freshly added to the MicroKorg XL+. In addition, for band use, the MicroKorg XL+ comes equipped with the piano sound from Korg's classic stage piano, the SGproX (famous for its ability to stand out in your band's mix), as well as its hard-edged grand-type electric piano. This compact package also includes sounds from the M1 and the VOX organ, vintage tape-type string and flute machines, as well as other gorgeous sounds from keyboard history. Of course, these sounds can be played full-range like the originals that inspired them, either by using the onboard octave switch, or by connecting your choice of any MIDI-capable full-sized keyboard of choice. Each of these 128 programs are genuinely inspiring sounds, giving the MicroKorg XL+ plenty of variety to serve as your main keyboard or as a secondary keyboard in your rig. In addition, Korg has provided a total of 640 additional sounds, downloadable through the free Editor software, for free!
MicroKorg XL featured a sound selector that lets you choose your sound using two large dials: "music genre" and "instrument category." The new MicroKorg XL+ has been updated with a new set "music genres" to fit today's evolving music scene. Now you can select a program that matches your song more intuitively than ever. For even more convenience, you can also leave one of the dials fixed and use the other dial to make program changes during a song (music genre fixed), or use the dial to select vocoder variations (instrument category fixed).
The MicroKorg XL+ projects a style that's reminiscent of vintage electric pianos, featuring a futuristic and simultaneously retro design with a stylish black panel and knobs. High-quality parts such as metal levers, dials that move with an audible click, and knobs with a sturdy operating feel are some of the ways that the MicroKorg XL+ outclasses other instruments in its range and enhances your experience editing synthesizer sounds.
Finally bought a synth I can take anywhere and hold while I'm playing. I love this synth. I feel like the crowds will get way more energized when the DJs actually playing a synth live. Awesome stuff.
This can sound like basically anything. Want PM sounds? You got it. Want analogue modelling? Got that too. Want to fool around with preset wave sample sounds that go from "piano" to "alien MIDI chirps"? Now you can. Only downside is you can't back up yr own patches onto anything external, as far as I know, just save them to internal memory. The default synths are pretty great, actually, but you'll get sick of them pretty quick as soon as you actually have a look in the manual and start to figure out the extent of what this thing can /really/ do. Ridiculously versatile vocoder mode, can sound like old Kraftwerk robo-voices or Italodisco warbles, or anything really. Comes with its own mic, etc., has thinly veiled Mellotron/Chamberlain fakes built in that are almost indistinguishable from any several-thousand-dollar 'Tron clone you can find. Essentially, an analogue nerd's favourite digital synth.