Lush analogue modeled synthesizer sounds that are characteristic of the microKORG have been freshly added to the microKORG XL+. 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 usable sounds, giving the microKORG XL+ plenty of variety to serve as your main keyboard or of course as a secondary keyboard in your rig.
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+ offers an additional selection of these “music genres” to fit today's fast-moving 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 only 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).
The microKORG XL+ projects a style that's reminiscent of vintage electric pianos, featuring a futuristic yet retro design with a stylish black panel. 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.
The microKORG XL+'s sound engine uses MMT (Multiple Modeling Technology), borrowing from Korg's well-proven wealth of analogue modelling technology. The MMT sound engine has been featured on numerous products, and provides two oscillators that generate huge powerful sounds.
Oscillator 1 (OSC1) 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 (OSC2), it's easy to create complex and powerful sounds.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
*Simply download the “Editor / Plug-In Editor”; software from www.korg.com or from your local Korg distributor.
*This software is intended for use with the “microKORG XL +” only.
*The Editor / Plug in Editor for the ”microKORG XL” will not function correctly with the “microKORG XL+”.
== Bonus program made by Korg USA ==
Total = 128 programs
Expanding upon the existing bonus banks for the original microKORG XL, this new set includes sounds which showcase microKORG XL +'s updated PCM sounds. Programs featuring Tape Flutes/Strings, The SG Piano, and VOX organ are all present and ready to use with a quick twist of the dials!
== Bonus program made by Korg UK ==
Total = 128 programs
Venturing into the darker side of the microKORG XL+ sound engine, the Korg UK bonus bank features an exotic mix of new programs and sound effects, including essential Dubstep signature sounds, throbbing basses, gritty lead sounds, analogue drum hits, monotron emulations, classic analogue synths along with a variety of hard hitting sound effects.
The microKORG XL+ as you've never heard it before!
Tone Generator System: MMT (Multiple Modeling Technology)
Vocoder: 16 channel vocoder, adjustable level and pan for each channel, Formant Shift function,Formant Hold function
Keyboard: 37 notes (Natural Touch mini-keyboard, velocity sensitive)
Controller: Pitch bend wheel, Modulation Wheel