Korg Minilogue XD

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Hybrid Synthesiser

  • 4 Voice polyphony
  • 37 Velocity-sensitive keys Slim
  • Two analogue VCOs and digital multi-engine oscillator (Noise, FM, User-Wavetables) per voice
  • 2-pole filter with drive circuit
  • 1 x VCA, 1 x LFO, 2 envelopes
  • Oscillator sync and ring modulation
  • 500 Sounds storable (200 presets + 300 users)
  • Digital effects section with modulation effects, delay and reverb
  • 4 Voice Modes (Poly, Unison, Chord, Arp / Latch)
  • Joystick for pitchbend and modulation
  • Micro tuning with 23 preset and 6 user scales
  • Polyphonic 16 Step Sequencer with Motion Sequencer
  • Display of the generated waveform by oscilloscope function in the OLED display
  • 44 Controls for direct access to all parameters
  • Control panel made of robust aluminium
  • Rear panel made of real wood
  • Stereo line output (2x 6.3 mm jack)
  • Headphone output (6.3 mm jack stereo)
  • Sustain pedal connector (6.3 mm jack)
  • Sync In / Out (3.5 mm jack mono)
  • 2 x CV In (3.5 mm jack)
  • MIDI In / Out
  • USB B
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 500 x 300 x 85 mm
  • Weight: 2.8 kg
  • Includes power supply DC 9V (KA350)

Further Information

Number Of Keys 37
Touch-Sensitive Yes
Aftertouch No
Split Zones No
Modulation Wheel Yes
Number of simultaneous Voices 4
Sound Engine Digital Analog Hybrid
MIDI interface MIDI In/Out
Storage Medium Internal
USB-port Yes
Effects Yes
Arpeggiator Yes
Number of Analog Outputs 2
Digital Output No
Display Yes

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katra, 20.02.2020
First off the Minilogue XD sounds great. The price is fair with the amount of synth you get. Compared to the original Minilogue which is also great, the additions, especially the digital oscillator make the XD really shine.

The synth is mainly used within a DAW/studio environment directly connected to a mixer/audio interface.

Build quality is of a high standard, with firm knobs, buttons and switches and a really nice front panel which feels robust. Mini keys are… mini keys, hate them or love them these keys are not bad. The screen is always a nice touch, values are shown depending on knob tweaks and of course it becomes an oscilloscope, which sometimes feels satisfying looking at it and sometimes it’s just helpful to “see” the sound. Presets are ok to get to know the synth and there are plenty of slots to make your own patches. The panel is pretty straight forward and all basic functions have a dedicated knob / switch.

The VCOs sound as they supposed to sound, but the digital oscillator adds really something to it. Some of the Korg oscillators sound really, really good plus user wavetables can be added. Still need to exploit more this part of the synth but there are lots of wavetables and effects available (both paid and free). The effects are ok, some of them are great sounding, some of them are just ok. All matter of taste. Again, the option to expand the engine with user effects is promising. Filter sounds nice but the overdrive is a bit limited (0, 50%, 100% overdrive values, nothing in between).

Modulations are also a bit limited but you can get decent results. Especially in accordance with the motion sequencer where you can add motion by recording motion movements. The sequencer is quite deep, intuitive and most of all fun to play with.

One setback, this synth is not able to properly communicate with a windows 7 pc. At least in my case Korg win7 drivers where not working properly, device not recognized no matter what, despite extensive troubleshooting. Fortunately XD works fine with a win10 pc. Just a note to those who use older Windows OS. There are some other issues for those who want to check, that hopefully can be overcome with a bit of help from the forums and YT. Speaking of pc connectivity, the librarian is quite useful to load and save patches, user wavetables and effects.

Despite this, the XD is a no-brainer synthesizer. Easy and fun to make patches, fair value, doesn't take too much space and most importantly great sounding, with the option to expand with more wavetables and effects.

Pros:
+ Great sounding synth
+ Good value
+ Knob per function for basic controls
+ Powerful sequencer
+ Ability to load user wavetables and effects.

Cons:
- Korg drivers can be tricky
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MMNS, 28.05.2020
I can't compare this synth to the original Minilogue because I never owned the first one, but I would recommend this synthesizer to anyone. It has an incredibly intuitive layout, and due to the combination of analogue and digital wavetables, the sonic possibilities are pretty much endless. Especially when you consider you can load up your own custom wavetables.

The build quality feels solid. It's a sturdy unit, the knobs feel heavy. The only thing that stood out to me right away is the small size keys. The keys are also a little bit flimsy, and they make a slight "squishy" noise when pressed. I got used to it now, and it doesn't really take anything away from this machine's ability, so that's why i'm taking only one star away from "handling".

The filter sounds great to my ears, you can turn up the resonance for some nice character. I also love the two "drive" modes in the filter, that really helps fatten up the sound in a big way. You can set it to 50% or 100%. 100% is usually overkill to my taste, but 50% really adds character. The built-in effects are nice to have and sound reasonably good, although I don't end up using them very much. All in all, if you're a beginner or an experienced musician, I think this synthesizer fits right in in any musical environment.
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Amazing synth
Ashling , 28.05.2020
Absolutely delighted with this powerful poly synth. 2 analog VCOs and digital oscillator leads to endless possibilities. Everything from powerful melodic leads to gritty bass is possible. The arp and sequencer are amazing. Flicking through the presets is a joy to listen to. My first poly synth but would definitely recommend, especially at that price.

I was torn between the Minilogue or Minilogue XD and I’m so happy I chose the latter. You won’t be disappointed.

Pros:
- amazing sound (compliments a Moog Sub 37 so well)
- very easy to use LFO
- hybrid of analog and digital oscillators
- great effects section (multiple reverb and delay types
- arp and sequencer function

Cons
- only 4 voices but it’s perfect for what I needed and for the price.
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Jack of all trades, master of none
gizmi7, 09.01.2020
Very versatile synthesiser with an intuitive, well-thought layout. Returned mine as I didn't enjoy the sound of the oscillators and prefer external effects anyway. There's nothing wrong with this synthesiser but there is also not much to write home about. Even though it's and improvement over the OG Minilogue (the filter is MUCH better and presets are great, some of them for some people will be enough to justify buying this piece of gear), it loses some of it's inviting appeal with a more menu-diving dependent workflow.
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