MicroKorg vs MicroKorg XL

MicroKorg vs MicroKorg XL

The Microkorg is a compressed sized 37-Key Analog Modeling Synthesizer that gives vocoder functionality and real enjoyment of synthesis.

A Microkorg provides all the sample sound’s facility with 4 voices and boasts with dual-oscillator DSP synthesis engine and provides a big selection of waveforms. It supports around 70 waveforms. It also supports additional waveforms like a Cross, and Vox wave with traditional wavesforms like sine, noise, pulse and saw etc. with selection of these unique waves we can get a broad range of timbers and sounds which can be modified in concurrent.

The MicroKorg XL has a faux-vintage, stylish look, the structure of the Key board is attractive and little bit inferior. The editing of sound provides better quality then original MicroKorg. It provides full programmable synthesizing facility and comes with many ‘banks’ to create and store so many sounds.

User Reviews:

Microkorg –

The synthesizer got 5 star reviews form lots of its users. They are fully satisfied with the features and functionalities of Microkorg. User says that both the vocoder and synth give stunning outcome equally. They found an amazing synth sound and availability in a durable price. Many of them say that with 37 keys, it comes in a handy size so it is very easy to carry.

Users are very happy that they can use it with 6 AA Batteries despite it comes with AC adapter for studio and home use. It can be used either monophonic or polyphonic according to requirement. They also like its delay feature that gives Echo sound while releasing a note.

Some of the customers say that it is completely programmable and they can alter and mix sounds without to much of a hassle. It is a synth which includes 4 notes that are able to produce fantastic analog sounds, with huge sounds of 90s, 80s and 70s. For the musicians that want to create head nodding rhythms, this synthesizer is a great product.

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Microkorg XL –

The Microkorg XL has mixed reviews from its users. Many users found the product great, according to their requirements and pleased with its quality and functionality. They got everything from sharp stabs to lush pads and a vocoder as a great tool. They are able to play more extensive chords or piano runs that could not be easily played with normal full sized keyboard.

Many costumers say that as it is very versatile so they can store many sounds. It comes with (1/4”) headphones out and has a midi-in and also a condenser mic line in and out so they can easily control its small keyboard by using further midi devices. With this product, with this product you get a broad variety of dynamic sound controllers and sound quality.

Users say that they are happy to get lots of controls in this powerful synthesizer within affordable price. It is a studio quality product and very good for those who want to learn how to play and program synthesizers with hardware.

Some of the users found a MicroKorg XL less practical because it relies more on association with a computer than applied in the ground programming that can be done with MicroKorg. Some of them make compromises that don’t profit a synth user. Some of them say the design of the keyboard gives a feel like it is made from weak plastic material, however this is their opinion.

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Features of both synths:

Both synthesizers have so many features that benefit its user and provide quality sound while playing. Both are different from each other but supply the similar functionality. Both are virtual analogue subtractive synthesizers. In the means of their features, a Microkorg XL is more effective. It has the ability to play more sounds at one time and has many new waveforms. Whereas a original Microkorg has pleasing characteristics and functionalities that makes it a worth buying product.

Here are the features of both Microkorg and Microkorg XL:

Microkorg Features –

  • It works on Analog Modeling Synthesis method for producing sound.
  • Noise generator and 2 Oscillator as sound source.
  • It is a velocity sensitive mini keyboard with 37 keys.
  • Sound effects like 3 types delay (L/R, stereo and Cross), 3 types modulation effects (chorus, ensemble and phaser) and 2-Band Equalizer.
  • Comes with 2 edit knobs, and 5 additional knobs that help in programming.
  • Multi Timbral (dual mode) synthesizer program.
  • 4 voices availability.
  • It has 128 number of presets.
  • Audio in 1 & 2 inputs.
  • Headphones output available with MONO/L, R outputs.
  • Midi – In, Out and Thru facility.
  • 4 voices vocoder program.
  • It has a display with 8 section LED, 1 line x 3 characters.
  • 6 types Arpeggiator.
  • LFO x2, EG x2, o virtual patch filter and multi mode filter.
  • Line/MIC level switch.
  • Works on DC 9 Volt power supply or alkaline 6 AA Batteries.
  • Comes in dimensions of 20.63 x 9.02 x 2.8 (inches) and weight is 4.85 lbs.
  • A condenser Microphone and an AC Adapter (600 mA, 9 V DC) are the accessories comes with this synthesizer.

In addition, it includes a vocoder (8- band) that provides the facility to ‘freeze’ or capture voice formats and then play them with keyboard or shift the ‘pitch’ of voice to make it like female/ male or child.

To provide easy access for its functions, all the parameters are placed on its panel and the buttons illuminated with LED Lights make program selection easy even in a dark place.

Microkorg XL Features –

  • The product comes with 16- band vocoder and 8- voice synthesizer built in.
  • It has 37 ‘natural touch’ new small keys on its keyboard.
  • Like in R3 and Radias, it has MMI engine to produce sound.
  • Better visibility with navigable backlit LCD display.
  • It is compatible with MicroKorg and MS-2000 programs (through editing software).
  • For device emulation, it has PCM ROM.
  • Provides 128 sounds facility.
  • Various format shift and hold buttons are available to control voice ‘pitch’.
  • It has 17 algorithms for a range of effects.
  • MIDI- clock synchronizable delays.
  • Contains two master effects.
  • Pan and level are adaptable separately according to band.
  • USB connection for MIDI with editor software.
  • A Gooseneck microphone is included in it.


It can be considered as ‘Big Brother’ of MicroKorg. It comes with an updated set of rich vintage sounds and classic sounds. It has a compact size and can be run on batteries so you can easily carry it out wherever you want to enjoy music.


In both synthesizers, it is all about functionality, portability and simplicity. It is the quality of keyboards that make them more attractive.

Microkorg has a top class synthesis engine. A mini sized keyboard, with vocoder, with the best of present breed. A full size keyboard can be easily connected to it as it has MIDI inputs. The vocoder and hands-on tweak able filters which might be an attraction for Gigging DJs. For synthesists, there is plenty of flexibility and depth, many found its features striking.

Whereas Microkorg XL is reaching the reputation of an earlier Microkorg with a additional microphone facility and the 16- band vocoder deserves individual bring up. The vocoder takes you on the planet of robot-type voices with ‘eerie’ whispers and similar tones like choir, pads, leads ect. The levels of inputs are displayed in a simple bar-graph manner that is very easy to understand and adjust. It is enough small in size for programming and jamming around or out of the house. This synthesizer is ready to give highly intelligible results out of the box.

Microkorg has a large number of optimistic aspects but some negative too. It is a powerful synthesizer comes in an affordable, compact package. It has a ‘ready to use’ microphone with lots of flexible and easy vocoding options and if you like to enjoy it outside, the battery option works for you. There are also many other synths that have similar functionality and come with close look to it with an affordable price. It has a limited polyphony then Microkorg XL.

Microkorg XL comes with the quality of layout and construction. It has more sound handling features. With the huge quantity of knobs and buttons, it makes easy to play sounds via digital audio workplace like reason, logic etc. The device comes with a USB port to connect MIDI but in audio terms, both synthesizers can be connected in the same manner.

While creating massive sounds of chordal where lots of polyphony is required, MicroKorg XL is a better option. The cost of this synthesizer is more than the previous Microkorg but the further facilities cover up it all. Both the synthesizers are very well designed and attract all the music lovers as they surely satisfy their needs and make them comfortable in the region of music.

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3 Comments on MicroKorg vs MicroKorg XL

  1. 2 really good synths for the price. The mickrokorg will always have a special place in my heart 🙂

  2. I have kept my eye on the XL rather a lot. The keys appear to be nice to play along with the layout of the controls, looks wonderful. I ought to actually pay a visit to music store and check out the XL plus the original microkorg in person.

  3. As a result of everything I could uncover in regards to the two, the initial device was made like a tank, possesses just about every function obtainable from an easy-to-use matrix editor, however carries with it an aged VA engine.

    A XL includes a more recent engine allowing it to sound newer and bright, although is a bit more fragile and is not to simple to edit.

    (Also you should know) Many people believe the XL is more effective due to the software editor, however the original provides a software editor in addition, yet requires a midi interface too begin using. http://i.korg.com/SupportPage.aspx?productid=128

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