The most recent incarnation of Korg’s hugely popular virtual analogue synth/vocoder, updated with modern genre-specific presets (i.e dubstep). Its synth engine might be virtual analogue rather than the real McCoy, but it still sounds great.
The microKorgs score brilliantly on the flexibility front, coming packed with a mass of varied presets. With a bit of tweaking, it’s possible to get a huge range of sounds out of the synth engine. The vocoder adds another level of potential too.
Value for money:
The build quality of the microKorg XL+ isn’t quite up to some other synths around the same price point, and you don’t get the satisfaction of real analogue. You easily get what you pay for in terms of presets and versatility though.
It’s not analogue, unlike many of the synths in this round up. Specs aside, in all honesty, we preferred the look of the original microKorgs to these more recent incarnations, but that’s a matter of personal taste.
Anyone looking for an extremely flexible and instantly usable hardware synth. The microKorg range has proved popular with bands and live performers too - possibly due to its ability to hold a lot of user-saved presets.4 Stars
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BUY: microKorg XL+ currently available from:
UK: Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music
FR: Thomann | Star's Music