Korg X50 61-Key On the go Triton powered Synthesizer

Pinned on July 16, 2013 at 11:05 by Carol Parker

Korg X50 61-Key On the go Triton powered Synthesizer

The X50 music synthesizer; packed with Korg’s world-renown sounds, designed for easy use, and featuring an ultra-light and compact design.

• 512 Programs produced by the world-famous TRITON series sound engine
• 384 Combis, each combining up to eight Programs
• Multi Mode allows the X50 to be played from an external sequencer as a 16-part sound source
• Four powerful effect processors: One insert effect, two master effects, one master EQ
• Dual polyphonic arpeggiators
• USB-MIDI connectivity
• Included stand-alone and plug-in editing software for tweaking and programming via PC/Mac
Korg’s brilliant sounds in a handy size music synth
Korg’s X50 features the HI (Hyper Integrated) engine from the world-famous TRITON series, giving you pro-quality sounds in an ultra-compact body.
A rich array of sounds and powerful effects
The X50 contains a diverse variety of sounds, organized into sixteen categories. Use the Category Select function to easily select a sound, and the Audition button to play an example phrase. Use four effects at once (one insert, two masters, and one EQ), with effect types like reverb, chorus, delay, and more.
Dual arpeggiator makes playing even more fun
The X50 has two polyphonic arpeggiators which can play basslines, rhythms, and more. There are 256 preset patterns, plus room to create and store your own.
Light and compact for easy portability
The X50 is a very light (4.5kg) and portable 61-note pro keyboard. It can fit into the smallest home studio, and with its cool side handles, the X50 is easy to carry.
Cutting-edge connections
The X50 has individual outputs for advanced live and recording applications, plus USB for computer connectivity. In Multi mode, you can make 16-part songs using only the X50 and your computer.
The bundled editor/librarian software makes it easy to edit and organize sounds with your computer. A stand-alone version is included, along with a plug-in version (VST, AU, and RTAS formats) that runs within your DAW software.

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Joshua A. Boyles says:

A great keyboard if you know what you need I’ve owned the x50 for a couple of years now and use it in my home studio. First of all is sound quality. The top of the line Korg series is the Triton keyboards, which cost thousands of dollars (depending on the model). This keyboard uses the same engine, so the sounds are quite similar to the top of the line model. In other words, incredible sounds.So why is it less than a thousand bucks? First of all, it’s not as customizable. Make no mistake, you can still tweak every sound, but it’s not as easy or as in depth as the Triton series.Second are the physical stats: 61 VELOCITY SENSITIVE, but NOT weighted keys. This means that you can still play with dynamic control, but there isn’t the feedback one might be used to from a piano. The keyboard itself is very well constructed but mainly plastic. It will surprise you in it’s lack of heft, but don’t confuse that with cheapness. It’s solid.So why use this? The voices are amazing. I use it in my home studio to backup my guitar. For one song I wrote in a flute solo and then brought in a flautist to learn the song so she could play with me live. She commented on how good the flautist was who recorded for me. She didn’t even know it was a keyboard.The strings, piano and organ sections are particularly strong.It’s great for my studio since I’m not a pianist. It’s exceedingly portable so it would be great for gigs too. It’s really a great deal since you get thousands of dollars worth of voices for less than a thousand.

Bruin Doc says:

Triton sound generator in a very affordable package! I bought an X-50 via craigslist as an inexpensive alternate keyboard to play when I feel lazy and not wanting to lift/transport my Yamaha Motif ES-6, a decisively heavier and superior keyboard/workstation. At about 9 lbs., it’s nearly 30 lbs. lighter than my Motif with its 2 additional program cards, built-in sequencer and sampler. But, I also wanted the great sounds of a Korg Triton, so voila! The X-50. I really love the programs and combis in this synth. Some are HUGE and incredibly FULL sounding, particularly the combis of course. The key bed is on the cheap side, but incredibly you have a lot of range in dynamics when playing the keys slowly < -> fast, much better than any other keyboard I’ve experienced with this quality of key bed. And, as a former owner of a Sequential Circuits Prophet 5, believe me when I say that the X-50’s key action ain’t half-bad in comparison. In fact, if you like to “rip,” the X-50’s key action facilitates very fast runs. In terms of my favorite programs, there are a lot of great pianos, electric pianos, and clavs in the keyboard category, some very impressive strings programs that sound very realistic (esp. if you are familiar with how to voice them on a keyboard), acoustic and electric/distorted guitars on which you can rip rock solos, and some great sound effects and arpeggiated combis. The 4 very user-friend knobs are very convenient and the std programming provides you the most common adjustments you’ll need for a live performance; you can also program other effects per your own preferences. These continue to sell at $699, but here at amazon.com the $599 price tag makes this an even sweater deal; I bought mine used for $400. All in all, a wonderful little synth. I would’ve given it the highest rating IF the key bed provided a little better action and feel. But, again, you still get great dynamic range using these keys, so this isn’t really a big deal unless you’re very picky about the feel of your keys. Again, they are a huge improvement over some of the analog synths I used in the 1980’s. If you want the next model up, that would likely be the Korg M50 which I tried out. The key bed provides superior action to the X-50, but just be a little; some may consider it enough improvement, however, to seal the deal. The M50’s sound generator is from their M3, which is pretty killer, and the M50 has many more features, including a great touch screen, 16-track sequencer, etc.; but, its starting price is anywhere between $900 and $1,100. Compare and shop and be sure you get what you want AND need.

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