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Korg microKORG XL+ Synthesizer with Vocoder

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37-key 8-voice Synthesizer with 128 Sounds, 16-band Vocoder, Backlit LCD screen, USB Connection, Gooseneck Microphone, and 17 Effects Algorithms
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Korg's microKORG XL+ is a beefed up version of the extremely popular microKORG XL synth. By harnessing the powerful Radias sound engine, the microKORG XL+ now offers 128 sounds — from fat basses to thick pads — and features 17 KAOSS effects right onboard. Updated sound selection knobs let you browse by genre and instrument type, making it easy to pull up a great sound fast. Stack two sounds, create splits, or add in an external audio signal — you'll also find massive vocoding, arpeggiation, USB-connectivity, and three real-time knobs onboard the microKORG XL+.

Rich analog sound, with updated vintage sound set

Korg borrowed technology from their famous R3 and Radias synths, to give the microKORG XL+ its most incredible-sounding engine ever. It offers up 128 sounds right out of the box, including more vintage sounds than ever before. Classic sounds like KORG's SGproX stage piano, the M1, and the VOX organ are on tap and ready for the stage.

    Ultra-compact size — with optional battery power

    The microKORG has always been Korg's mini-but-massive synthesizer, and now it's even more prepared to be your portable music-making companion. The microKORG XL+ can be powered via AC power when you want, but it can also now be powered by batteries — so you can jam in the car, out in the backyard, or wherever your music takes you.

    Built-in 16-band vocoder

    Korg has beefed up the vocoder onboard the original microKORG and packed the microKORG XL+ with a 16-band vocoder, complete with an included detachable gooseneck microphone. You can use the attached microphone to perform with wild vocoded vocals. Or, you can switch to the external inputs and run any source through the microKORG XL+'s vocoder.

    Easily navigable LCD screen with 3-knob control surface

    Get to your sounds more easily than ever, using the microKORG XL+'s onboard LCD screen. Grab its three knobs and explore full edit mode, choosing filters, adjusting AMP, EG, and LFO settings, adding effects, equalizing the sound, and saving it all right there on the spot. There's also a new virtual patch mode, which lets you assign certain aspects of synthesis to control others — maybe let an LFO modulate the filter cutoff, or set the modulation wheel to control EG1's relase time - it's up to you. Up to six virtual patches are available per program.

    USB-MIDI connection, with included Editor/Librarian software

    The Korg microKORG XL+ features a USB connection, so it can interact with your computer via MIDI. What's more, it also comes with an Editor Librarian, so you can edit your sounds on the full screen and also easily navigate through them and organize them however works best for you.

    What KORG Says...

    With its unmistakably 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.

    More Vintage Sounds than Ever

    Lush analog modeled synthesizer sounds that are characteristic of the microKORG have been freshly added to the microKORG +. 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.

        Program genre selector

        The 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).

        New Yet Nostalgic - "New Vintage" Design

        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.

        MMT - the distillation of Korg's analog modeling technology

        The microKORG XL+'s sound engine uses MMT (Multiple Modeling Technology), borrowing from Korg's well proven wealth of analog modeling technology. The MMT sound engine has been featured on numerous products, and provides two oscillators that generate huge powerful sounds. Oscillator 1 gives you a total of seven types of oscillator algorithm to choose from, including formant waveforms such as human voice, and PCM/DWGS waveforms for vintage keyboard and strings. It also lets you use techniques that cannot be imitated on typical PCM synthesizers, such as cross modulation, unison, and VPM (Variable Phase Modulation). By taking advantage of modulation (sync or ring) with Oscillator 2, it's easy to create complex and powerful sounds.

        Vocoder Function with Included Gooseneck Microphone

        The microKORG XL+ can function as a powerful Vocoder that lets you connect a mic and use its audio input to shape the tonal character of the oscillator's sound to create "talking" effects. The Vocoder consists of a 16-band filter bank that can simulate the Vocoder sounds of the past and also shift the filter frequencies (Format Shift function) or adjust the level and pan of each band to dramatically change the overall sonic character. Using the Vocoder is an easy way to add sounds that can be found in today’s popular electronic music. Since a gooseneck microphone is included, you can immediately start using the Vocoder in your songs.

        The Powerful Effect Engine You Expect From Korg

        Two master effects utilize the effect engine that was brought to perfection in Korg's Kaoss Pad series, giving you a total of 17 powerful effect types including delay and echo effects as well as dramatic effects such as ring modulator and grain shifter. In addition, effects such as delay can be synchronized to MIDI clock for a wide range of possibilities in live performance.

        Natural Touch Mini-keyboard

        The new Natural Touch mini-keyboard offers an even better playing feel than ever before. The proportion of the keys has been adjusted to make chords easier to play, and the touch has been refined for greater ease when playing rapid phrases. The waterfall-type keys project an aura of sophistication, and they also help when playing a glissando.

        Battery-powered for Convenient Portability

        The microKORG XL+ can take advantage of the included AC adaptor or it can run on six AA alkaline batteries. Checking in at a mere 22 inches long and 4.4 lbs. in weight (main unit only; not including batteries or mic), the microKORG XL+ is a convenient size to take with you, opening up new performance possibilities on the go.

        Expanded Sonic Possibilities via USB

        By using a USB cable to connect the microKORG XL+ to your computer and using the sound editor software, you can edit all of the parameters easily from your computer. In addition to this software*, you can also download preset program data from the microKORG and the MS2000/MS2000B, and special bonus programs that were made by Korg USA / Korg UK free of charge to gain access to an even larger number of programs.

        Korg microKORG XL+ Synthesizer/Vocoder Features:

        • 8-voice Synthesizer with 16-band Vocoder
        • "Big Brother" to the microKORG
        • 37 new "natural touch" mini waterfall keys
        • 128 sounds
        • MMT sound engine (like Radias & R3)
        • Also has PCM ROM for instrument emulation
        • Compatibile with MS2000 and microKorg programs (via downloadable editing software)
        • 2 master effects derived from Kaoss
        • Delays are MIDI-clock syncable
        • 17 effects algorithms
        • 16-band vocoder
        • Level and Pan individually adjustable per band
        • Formant hold and Formant shift buttons
        • Backlit LCD screen
        • USB connection with Editor Librarian software
        • Included Gooseneck microphone

                Keyboard Synthesizer with Vocoder
                Sound Engine Type(s)
                MMT (Multiple Modeling Technology)
                Number of Keys 37 keys
                Type of Keys Synth Action, Mini Keys
                Velocity Sensitive
                Other Controllers Pitchbend, Mod Wheel
                8 Notes (4 When Vocoder is Selected)
                Number of Presets
                2 x VCO
                2 x Multi-mode Filters
                Envelope Generator
                Number of Effects
                Effects Types
                Delay, Chorus, Flanger, Phaser, Vocoder with 16-band Filter, 2-band EQ
                Audio Inputs
                1 x 1/4" (mic/line), 1 x XLR (for included mic)
                Audio Outputs
                2 x 1/4"
                1 x 1/4"
                1 x Type B
                MIDI I/O
                Power Source 9V DC power supply (included) / 6 x AA batteries (sold separately)
                Height 2.87"
                Width 21.89"
                Depth 9.1"
                Weight 4.41 lbs.
                Manufacturer Part Number micro KORG XL+