On delivery of this little keyboard wonder, I first thought: "KORG have put out a toy piano".
However, on powering it up and pressing the keys, I was soon to realize this was no toy! I tried out all the pre-programmed instruments, from both the A & B banks. Easy!
I also found the controls (knobs and dials) were robust and easy to use..Switching between instruments - again easy; just a turn of the Genre and Category dials and a new instrument was ready for play.
Shortly after receiving the MicroKorg XL, I just had to experiment with all those cool looking options on the right hand side of the keyboard. A change in timbre, filters, effects, arp'ing and so on. Plenty there to keep me up late while I experimented.
I was pleasantly suprised with the supplied goose-neck microphone with its' XLR connection! The vocoder is the real "FUN" part.
The only disappointment was in the ultra-light weight body;it felt a little too much like a toy., compared to the knobs and levers on top of the keyboard unit. But the sounds are not toy like, they are very professional.
Overall, a great addition to your musical instrument collection; it it light and very portable - so much so, that KORG have even enabled it to run off 6 AA batteries, so you can take it camping, to the beach, a party, or wherever! I love the overall feel of it and the way it sounds, I don’t have a single complaint with this any more, I do admit when I first felt it , it seemed pretty cheap. But after you mess around with it and see how powerful it really is, you will regret saying anything like that. This is a great board with great stock presets that you can use and will keep you occupied for quit some time, you wont need to upgrade for a while!
The Korg MicroKorg XL is a mini version of the ever popular Korg MicroSynth. I prefer this one to the original as it's easier to use in my opinion. It consists of many of the same features, including a built in microphone for vocoding, but it has a much simpler interface. It's got a 37 note keyboard to go along with two oscillators for sound and both pitch and modulation wheels. For inputs it's got both XLR and 1/4" connections and for outputs it has a 1/4" output and a stereo 1/4" output for headphones. It also has a MIDI input and output runs either on 6 AA batteries or a nine volt power supply.
I love how simple and straight forward the make up of the Korg MicroKorg XL synth is. It's the main reason that I prefer using this one to the original MicroSynth as everything is laid out simply and easy to use. Not that the MicroSynth is too hard to operate, I just find it's interface to be a bit convoluted, especially when compared to this one. The keys themselves also feel easier to play in my opinion. I haven't checked out the manual for the MicroKorg XL, nor do I anticipate needing to anytime soon.
The sounds you can get with the Korg MicroKorg XL range pretty far and wide in terms of synthesizer sounds. Between the two separate oscillators, the filters, the arpeggiator, and the vocoder, it's possible to get a healthy array of different sounds here for all different purposes. I love using the arpeggiator and the vocoder as they're incredibly cool, but the main synth sounds are also nothing to scoff at as they sound quite good as well. Don't forget that you can also use this as a general MIDI controller for your virtual instruments as well...
The Korg MicroKorg XL is the perfect little synthesizer for all sorts of purposes. Those interested should definitely need to check out both this and the original MicroSynth as they are both very viable options. Personally I prefer the MicroKorg XL to the MicroSynth as even though the MicroSynth is a little more versatile, I can do everything I need with the MicroKorg XL and it's a lot easier for me to get to where I want to in a shorter amount of time. They're both great, so check 'em both out if you're after a mini synth.
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Dr_Pattern's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Cute"
Synthesizer rather focused Hiphop, Electronic Music, Dance.
The general configuration is simple, the manual is clear, editing sounds is easy on the Korg Editor, on the other hand on the dashboard is struggle, a full synth menus / submenus ... apart filters and envelopes (3 potentiometers manipulated on the right), the rest is easy to access but boring and tedious.
At levels of sounds, we attack his strong point, this little synth hides his play. The emulations of electric pianos are beautiful, the bass is rich and fat enough. Leads are sharp and pads are very air. The machine is worth nothing without man, the factory presets are cool, but it is always better to program their own patches. This small synthesizer is a good first purchase. His only weakness is its arpeggiator that is quickly limited.
I use it for about 18 months, what I like most is its bass and electric pianos. A look Clein for its design is really successful, pity the keys are so small but that's its charm. The price / quality ratio is good, with the experience I would do this choice without hesitation.
Very good analog modeling synthesizer. Mini keyboard keys velocity sensitive, 3 octaves with selector switch with 3 knobs, 128 sounds all the more enormous than the others: D. A wide range of effects. Presence of an arpeggiator. And of course, it is polyphonic. He Vocoder and the microphone is sold.
Comprehensive manual. The are are editable. It is rather simple to use but the only problem is that for further modification sounds must go through a menu. You get used to very quickly.
And sounds, but these sounds: D. Basses, leads, motions, pads, piano, strings ... everything is good. It is oriented electro and suits me perfectly. Velocity is very effective. No aftertouch. The vocoder is great it just me missing one.
I use it for 4 months and it perfectly complements my Krome. The value for money is excellent. I would do this choice without hesitation. I would let me try its big brother the microkorg. I recommend it to anyone looking for a little synth quality and does not take place.