The latest iteration of the popular MicroKorg analog synth is the MicroKorg XL+. It contains a reimagined palette of analog modeled sounds plus a collection of new, dedicated PCM sounds for Korg’s SGProX piano. You also get Korg’s M1 and VOX organ sounds and rendered versions of the venerable Mellotron and Chamberlin tape instruments. I like the early ‘70s vintage look of the XL+ with its black panel and old-school knobs too.
On top of the 128 onboard sounds, the MicroKorg XL+ has another 640 free sounds that can be loaded into it using the editor/librarian software that runs on Macs and PCs.
Like all the Micro series, the MicroKorg XL+ needs no computer attached to play in the studio or at home. You can run it on an optional battery pack and also use it as a portable USB MIDI controller—the perfect keyboard for laptop/mobile music creation. You get a gooseneck mic and 16-band vocoder with it and it is now available in the US for $499.99. Visit http://korg.com/MicroKorgXL+ for much more info.
By Barry Rudolph
miniBIO: Barry Rudolph is a recording engineer/mixer with over 30 gold and platinum RIAA awards to his credit. He has recorded and/or mixed: Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs and Robbie Nevil. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and also teaches recording engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. http://www.barryrudolph.com