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Korg MicroX Tabletop Synthesizer Controller

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    Description
    The microX Tabletop Synthesizer Controller is a compact and portable synthesizer that delivers plenty of sonic power, advanced control, and up-to-date integration with computer-based music systems.

    Its sound generator is the same HI synthesis system used by the TRITON series. In addition to Korg classics, many new PCM waveforms created specifically for the microX are provided, with a special emphasis on cutting edge synth and dance sounds, as well as unique ethnic timbres.

    Effects are an important part of your sound, and the microX lets you use up to four of them simultaneously; one insert effect, two master effects, and one master EQ. You can choose from 89 different types of effects, with realtime modulation and tempo-based control of many of them.

    Taking full advantage of this rich array of synthesis power, there are 640 Programs created by Korg's renowned team of sound designers, covering all musical styles including dance, electronica as well as more traditional needs. In addition, you can combine up to eight of these programs into a Combination to create even richer and more complex tones, with 384 Combinations preloaded.

    Easy operation

    No matter how many sounds an instrument may boast, it can't claim to be "easy" unless you can quickly find the sound you need. The microX's sound search functionality is based on the category select function acclaimed on Korg's workstation series, with a dedicated Category button to access this handy aid. It is further enhanced by direct access to the most popular categories such as synth, keyboard, bass, and drums from front panel buttons, making selecting the desired category even more intuitive. There's also an Audition button that automatically plays an appropriate demo phrase for each sound you select, making it easy to get a quick idea of how to use that sound effectively.

    The microX has an innovative ClickPoint cursor for fast navigation and a large dial for value changes, making operation a simple and intuitively obvious process of "select and set."

    Superb control capabilities

    Don't let its small size fool you”not only is the microX a great sounding small synth that fits well into desktop studios and "on-the-go" music making, it makes a perfect expander sound module thanks to the voicing care that covers the full range possible from larger keyboards and controllers.

    In addition, the microX plays another role as a superb controller. The 25-note velocity-sensitive keyboard is a perfect when space is at a premium, and the joystick can control multiple parameters simultaneously in all four directions. Besides being used to tweak and modulate the internal sounds, effects and arp parameters, the four knobs on the panel can be used via the External Control function to control up to twelve parameters on your computer DAW software, soft synths or a hardware sound/effects module. 64 external control templates are provided for popular software synthesizers and DAW programs, so you can start using this function right away.

    Editor software for easily editing the microX's sounds from your computer is also provided. You can use the editor as a standalone program, or as a plug-in within your DAW software, providing seamless linkage of all microX operations with your DAW.

    Dual polyphonic arpeggiators

    The microX's dual polyphonic arpeggiators provides a great shortcut to even more creative musical enjoyment. In addition to five basic arpeggio patterns, the microX provides 251 different phrases, covering everything from simple patterns to complex polyphonic phrases and drum grooves. You can also create your own original patterns and store them in any of the internal memory locations.

    Individual outputs for professional setups

    In addition to the usual two-channel output, the microX provides two individual outputs that you can use to output specific parts independently. This is convenient when you want to send separate signals to external recording devices, or if you want to try out different playback setups for new acoustic adventures.

    Small is good!

    The microX packs a broad range of sounds and functionality into a compact package. It will easily fit into your production environment, and gives you plenty of freedom in setting up your performance system. For convenient transportation and storage, the microX comes standard with a plastic carrying case.
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    Architecture
    Type: Digital
    Synthesis: ROM
    Oscillators: 2
    Waveforms: ROM
    ROM Size: 64
    ROM Resolution: 16 bit, 48 kHz
    Osc Modulation: Continuous Controller, Envelope, Keyboard, Knob, LFO, Glide / Portamento
    Envelopes: 2
    Evelope Paramerters: Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release, Monophonic, Polyphonic
    Filters: 1
    Types: 12dB Slope (2-pole), 24dB Slope (4-pole), High Pass, Low Pass, Resonance
    Filter Modulation: Knob, LFO
    LFO: 2
    LFO Parameters: Sample & Hold, Saw Up, Sine
    Polyphony & Tuning
    Polyphony: 62
    Timbrality: 16
    Tuning: Standard
    Modes: Mono, Polyphonic, Split
    Patches
    Patches RAM: 640
    Multipatches RAM: 384
    Storage: Internal, USB
    Editing: MIDI, USB
    Arpeggiator
    Dual polyphonic arpeggiators
    Program mode: one arpeggiator
    Combination and Multi modes: two arpeggiators
    Tempo 40–240
    Number of arpeggio
    patterns 5 preset, 251 user/251 preloaded
    Controllers ON/OFF, REALTIME CONTROLS C-mode knobs [1]–[4]
    Effects
    Insert Effect 1 insert effect (stereo in/out)
    Master Effects 2 master effects (mono in/stereo out)
    Master EQ 1 master EQ (3-band stereo)
    Effect types 89 effect types (available for insert effects or master effects)
    Modulation Effect dynamic modulation function (Dmod)
    Case
    Case: Keyboard
    Keyboard: 25 keys, Plastic
    Controls: Buttons, Joy Stick, Knobs, Velocity
    Display Type: LCD, Backlit
    Display Count H: 240
    Display Count V: 64
    Dimensions (WxDxH): 606 × 226 × 80
    Weight: 2.4 kg
    Connections
    Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, 1/8" Phone Jack, Stereo Main, Stereo 2, Stereo Headphone
    Audio Output Count: 5
    MIDI Ports: IN, OUT, USB
    General MIDI: GM2 - General MIDI 2
    DAC Bits: 16
    DAC Frequency Rate: 48
    Power: 10 W
    Production
    Year Released: 2006
    Manuals & Documents

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Jack Hertz

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   1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member

I had a MicroX for about year and loved it for playing live. Just the right mix of sounds, quick editing accessibility, and compact size for the money. Its got a lot of great sounds from the Triton ROM set. Unfortunately, the ARPs are bit limited on on this little guy or I would have given it 4 stars.

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