NAMM 2009: Korg Releases the microKORG XL!
Korg, a leading innovator in keyboards and synths for the studio, touring and DJ markets, expands its micro line of portable synthesizers with the microKORG XL synth with vocoder (MKXL), offering a variety of tools for performers, producers, computer musicians and beginners alike.
Joining the ranks of the top-selling originals microKORG and R3, the 37-note velocity-sensitive microKORG XL offers Korg’s legendary analog modeling, along with an ergonomic interface, in a lightweight and portable keyboard. MKXL employs full eight-voice, multi modeling technology, a 16-band vocoder, on-the-fly parameter editing and USB MIDI connectivity, all packaged with the all-new, great-feeling Natural Touch keyboard action.
The microKORG XL utilizes Korg’s powerful RADIAS engine to offer a rich analog sound with 128 stunning sounds right out of the box. Everything from thick basses and crisp leads to sumptuous pads and fantastic arpeggios are never far out of reach with the unit’s intuitive genre and sound categorization system. In addition, external audio inputs let players use any audio source as the waveform, which can then be processed using MKXL’s synth engine. Also on board are 17 effects derived from Korg’s KAOSS series of dynamic effects processors. Included are reverbs, choruses, decimation, distortion, grain shift, several types of delay, flanger and much more. Users can apply two effects at a time to any program or performance. A virtual patch mode lets users further sculpt their sound by setting synthesis parameters to be modulated by other parameters. Up to six virtual patches are available per program.
microKORG XL’s interface provides clean, uncluttered control. Three large knobs let players instantly modify the current sound to their liking. The knobs can also be used to explore the full edit mode with the large backlit LCD screen as their guide. The full edit mode allows users to choose filters, adjust AMP, EG and LFO settings, add effects and EQ the sound, then save it all on the spot.
The built-in vocoder features 16 bands with formant shift. An included heavy-duty gooseneck mic provides immediate access to the vocoder. In addition, any sound source can be run through the vocoder via the stereo audio inputs. A fully sync-able step arpeggiator lets users choose from six preset patterns (Up, Down, Alt1, Alt2, Random and Trigger) or create their own with the on-board step arpeggio editor.
microKORG XL offers direct USB connectivity with users’ computers, allowing it to act as a MIDI controller for their favorite software. The three real-time knobs on the front panel can transmit MIDI messages (control change), so they can be used as controllers for software synthesizers. USB also provides instant access to the dedicated Editor/Librarian, without the need for additional interfacing hardware.
The microKORG XL’s compact size is perfect for musicians or DJs looking to add a synth to their setup, especially when space is an issue. It is also a great choice for use in a computer-based music setup. With its battery power option, it can be easily transported from studio to stage to living room.
For more details, view the microKorg XL product page