Korg microKORG XL
Korg microKORG XL

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

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G. Hagen 03/31/2011

Korg microKORG XL : G. Hagen's user review

«  Ideal to complete a workstation »

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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.


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: 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.


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).