Korg has unveiled the X50 synthesizer, a 61-key instrument featuring the company's HI (Hyper Integrated) synthesis technology from the Triton series. The synth has a 64 MB PCM ROM with Velocity-switched stereo piano, strings, guitar, and synth timbres.
The internal memory offers 512 Programs, 384 Combinations (each consisting of up to eight Programs), 40 user drum kits (16 are preloaded), and 128 GM programs with nine drum kits.
Two master effects—a stereo 3-band master EQ and one stereo insert effect—are available, with 89 different effect types available. Effects parameters can be modulated in real time, and many of the effects can sync to MIDI clock.
The X50 offers dual polyphonic arpeggiators, with 251 patterns covering everything from simple riffs to complex polyphonic phrases and drum grooves. For expressive control over effects and arpegiatted patterns, the X50 includes several real-time controllers: two switches, four knobs, as well as pitch bend and mod wheels, all of which are assignable.
The X50 offers USB MIDI functionality. The Multi Mode allows the X50 to be played from an external sequencer as a 16-part multi-timbral sound module. The included standalone/plug-in editor software makes it easy to create and organize sounds from a computer, even from within the user's DAW or sequencer application (VST, AU, and RTAS formats are supported). For more information, visit Korg.com