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Korg microKORG XL

microKORG XL, Analog Modeling Synth from Korg in the micro series.

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Average Score:4.5( 4.5/5 based on 12 reviews )
 8 reviews67 %
 3 reviews25 %
 1 user review8 %
Audience: Beginners Value For Money : Excellent
ericthegreat09/21/2011

ericthegreat's review

Korg microKORG XL
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.


UTILIZATION

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.


SOUNDS

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 OPINION

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!
moosers03/14/2011

moosers's review

Korg microKORG XL
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.

UTILIZATION

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.

SOUNDS

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...

OVERALL OPINION

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.
KromeMusic12/29/2013

KromeMusic's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" small but powerful"

Korg microKORG XL
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.

UTILIZATION

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.

SOUNDS

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.

OVERALL OPINION

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.
twÿce06/30/2012

twÿce's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Korg microKORG XL
I invite you to visit the official website for complete information.

My "more":
-> The weight, size and the possibility of battery power that make a synth MKXL really go anywhere.
-> The microphone and the vocoder function.
-> The publisher and the bookstore, which is not the best, but still practical.

My "less":
-> No noon thru, not practical for the uses of the hardware like me.
-> Lack a little space in memory (128 preset max) but it has pushed to select patches.

UTILIZATION

The general configuration is very simple. However editing sounds in depth can be complicated.
There are only 3 knobs so that you are constantly turning gusto. Moreover, given the number of parameters, sometimes you have to be very specific to target the desired value.

To overcome these difficulties, there is the editor PC (and Mac I suppose, but not tested). It is quite well done, with the transmission MKXL is thinking, which can load banks, patches, put them where desired, very quickly.

So for those like me who do not want to go through a PC for editing sound, this synth is not for you. If you like the sound, look instead to the side of Radias to the same sound engine, but much of the volume pot especially multimbralité.

SOUNDS

What follows is totally subjective:

Dépote sound, it is very direct. Thereby leads to that contrast, and low aggressive. The tablecloths are not neglected, nor the keyboard.
The effects are pretty simple, but effective enough as the Decimator, or disto (I do not care everywhere).
The arpeggiator is basic but offers a big plus on bass and lead. Allows the shuffle to swing, I appreciate that feature.
The vocoder is powerful, it's one of my favorites. The voice is very intelligible and the sound is effective.

The sounds are not the finesse, but it's a synth that is made for a fairly straightforward style, like rock, electronica and danceable mix of both.

OVERALL OPINION

I used it 2 years and then I exchanged against an R3 which has the same sound engine, plus MIDI thru, more accessibility, of infinite knobs, display a knob, the real keys, the forming motion ... In short, much more.

I think with the experience, I would take a direct R3, which for me, given the low price difference, and well above.

It was my first real synth, before that I was using a lot of VST. The MKXL was my first step towards the hardware, now I am in full hardware config. So instead he managed that task :)
windigo06/10/2012

windigo's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" The ideal complement to a Workstation."

Korg microKORG XL
This is a mini synthesizer weighted keys.

It is improving the micro Korg equally famous. We move from a 4-band Vocoder 8-band and the real difference is obvious!
8 voice polyphony instead of 4, it also gives the body, and a new mini keyboard debatable, but ballasted.
Moreover, all the connectivity of a hardware synth is present, as simple controllers, pitch and modulation.
At this price it's good.

So >> it is sold for 128 sounds, but if you go on the Korg website, you download the other two banks of "little brothers" (micro and 2000) and we go to 384 bases longer memories can be overcome 500 sounds!

UTILIZATION

Getting started is simple, you can put your nose in the manual, but it is better to play the "hacker", as we learn better all the synths, research, research. For beginners, there are two knobs factory presets, a good starting point, everything is noted above.
Editing is easy, but limited, it would be a little less.

SOUNDS

Yes, after several hours use, we understand very quickly that this synth has great potential and it is versatile.
Yes and it has a nice keyboard but this is the mini keys, watch out for large or fat fingers, otherwise good speed and responsiveness!
The sounds of a synth sounds are research, when we look above, they become realistic from the moment they are useful to us and please us, not trying to imitate another.
The effects are super successful as the arpeggiator, waveforms, envelopes, etc..
I like some presets, but especially those modified! ; =)

OVERALL OPINION

Having a Juno Di (also extra) portable but heavy in certain situations, I was looking for a small nomadic lighter in addition to a Workstation and advised by friends in the studio, then tried and listened, I think I found the ideal I carry around the past four months, alternating and remains impeccable, just be careful and have the bag.
I like everything as versatile, small, practical but also big sound, great Vocoder
a slightly vintage look, there are several colors, useful and arpeggiator
an unbeatable price, I tried the equivalent in Akai much more expensive and less
good, then there is no equivalent in the synths, but at this price there is no better, he was able to succeed from the small micro Korg without blushing with improvements evident that the closer to the R3.
The microphone provided for the vocoder is also a pleasant surprise, good design.
The least little mini keyboard is the keys, but you soon get used to.
Try it and listen ..
Yes, unless better in this range, I rachèterais.
sonic7505/26/2012

sonic75's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Korg microKORG XL
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UTILIZATION

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SOUNDS

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OVERALL OPINION

To sum up, this little synthesizer is very cheap and poorly finished. Its ergonomics are very poor and its use for the parameter settings is very tedious, a CALAMITY. The only good thing in this micro Korg XL (not least) what are the sounds, very typical for electronic music. It sounds warm and deep with lots of fishing, ideal for trance, electro and embiant.
Seed Barrette04/03/2012

Seed Barrette's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" A big monster in a box toutit"

Korg microKORG XL
For technical, everything has already been said by others ...
The origins of sounds are already really not bad, you have to tour the four banks supplied with the machine and there are sounds that are enormous. well the big fat bass, leads which tear, good keyboards, is a pseudo-b3 which is not bad. Attention is not a sampler with the beast so clearly did not intend to imitate sounds and look like the true. this is a synth to make true its chemical and does very very well. to traffic sounds when you're a novice it's pretty well thought out, Korg has presets for each of the parameters that make the most progress in its quick access: two wheels and it is played, there could well turn all round buttons that make the songs and if not for the more advanced settings, better go through the Korg software which is not very clear, especially for those who have never had a synth and are afraid to put fingers dirty. I will say to those of what they have to have fun with presets for other bin is still way more ENTERTAINMENT.

UTILIZATION

the manual, jy threw glances that have served m that am nothing to confuse the brain then j have dropped and I'm going poke the innards of the beast alone and I get results that I find enormous. I explained that it was my first hardware synthesizer, I grateux at the base and percussionist, the only other synths are tested before the software installed on cubase as the minimoog.

SOUNDS

when the little mini keyboard ca seem a bit hassle but you get quite a bit and ca has an advantage: they afford little crazy super broad agreement, that we could not do on a normal keyboard.
personal at first I commanded with my master keyboard but I realized that the velocity curves are not the same on both keyboards (my master keyboard is a big daubasse) j could not have a member that when his I played on the day of the coup directly minik have dropped the master keyboard and I play directly on the mk and it's really better.

OVERALL OPINION

I used the past year and a half, I had not tried many other keyboards before but I was very knowledgeable and in this price range this one stood out much of the concurrency.
what I love most: the BIG SOUND! and its small size, lightweight, easy to carry around, plus you can play on batteries, on the train, on the beach, good day have not tried it but I know if I want I can, although I never did take him a the beach ....
the less I know, the plastic can be 'cause the AC did not look super strong, but I'm careful and it never leaves my studio so it should last for years .... qqes
value for money: bah, a real synth at this price, I did not believe in the buying, and I keep coming back not ......
I would do this choice a bunch of times, eyes closed, there is this little monster
Dr_Pattern08/17/2011

Dr_Pattern's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Cute"

Korg microKORG XL
Synthesizer rather focused Hiphop, Electronic Music, Dance.

USE

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.

SOUNDS

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.

NOTICE GLOBAL

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.
azzo08/03/2011

azzo's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Vocoder to top"

Korg microKORG XL
1. FEATURES
see data constructor

UTILIZATION

The general configuration is it simple?
yes
Editing sounds and effects is it easy?
yes
The manual is clear and sufficient?
yes

SOUNDS

The sounds they are suitable to your style of music?
yes
Are they realistic?
yes if the work has just
The effects are they effective and responsive?
yes
The expression is good? (
yes
What are the sounds you prefer, you hate?
Those we have just by pressing random!

OVERALL OPINION

How long have you use it?
over a year
What is so special that you like most and least?
The best: the editor and his vocoder!
The least: the lack of a bank provided by Korg
Have you tried many other models before buying it?
yes
How would you rate the quality / price?
unbeatable in this category.
With experience, you do again this choice?
For sure!
G. Hagen03/31/2011

G. Hagen's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Ideal to complete a workstation"

Korg microKORG XL
Everything has been said before, and with what completeness. I will focus on the really nice arpeggiator (5 designs available, malleable in real time by the three buttons on front panel). Note the absence of memory use: we must sacrifice the presets to install the sound of his own. Although detain poverty of the machine percussion and SFX: drum machine soon becomes necessary. The Miniak has 600 preset, by comparison.
The vocoder is still his forte. The "line in" allows you to benefit from any of the 17 instrument effects MKXL. Too bad it lacks an entry for the sustain pedal handy for 6 or 7 piano sounds. The mini-keys, we made it: they allow same gestures impossible on a normal keyboard. However, I would have preferred the keyboard or R3 Miniak.
Obviously not to sequence: twice that or noon for a USB to a computer.


UTILIZATION

Employment is intuitive and the manual is very well done quickly useless. But three buttons to manage effects, envelope, filter, patterns etc. ... it's really light, the publisher computer proves an invaluable resource. Paradoxically which at the same time reduces the value of its portability (less than three kilograms and battery operation): if it takes a computer to manage the cattle ...

SOUNDS

Sounds: they forget my criticisms ... They are already good at basic presets, all. The improvement is a breeze. Great for techno, hip hop, electro, the bidouillagesà JMJarre. You can even jazz with the 3 type Wurly electric pianos or Rose, W. Organ, the brass. The vocoder is incredible and immediately usable. Low of 16 Appliances fat, Synths Motions are full of surprises (there is one who speaks to you telling his life). The arpeggiator, delay and resonance knobs can compensate for the lack of percussion (I still bought a drum machine in addition). Leads are very interesting (you do not find them on the workstation) I like the Phunky Lead, the sheets are warm and focused strings (it lacks perhaps imitation vocals). Delay, echo, chorus, flanger, distortion, reverb, gain, is essential, and in good shape.


OVERALL OPINION

I use it for six months, I hesitated with the Microkorg classical, R3, and the Miniak Gaia Roland. The MKXL was cheaper and sounds suited me. But today, when I can afford it, I sell for a Miniak because of its 600 presets (instead of 128), its 37 major keys), the sustain pedal, the vocoder 40 bands (at de16 place), two modulation wheels (instead of one), his percussion sounds, its multi-timbralité (4 instead of two).