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Features of the X5
Superior Sound with Korg’s Al Square Synthesis System
The Korg XS employs Korg’s AI Square Synthesis System for all digital processing. From the tone
generator—with its 6MB capacity on the X5 and 8MB on the XSIDD—to the filters, amplifier, and effect units,
all audio is handled in the digital domain, which ensures the highest quality sound with absolutely no signal
loss or deterioration in audio quality.
Based on state-of—art PCM technology, the AI Square Synthesis System is technology developed by Korg to
capture the true essence of acoustic sound for use in a tone generator. Since its introduction in Korg’s Ol/W
series, X2/X3, and i2/i3 synthesizers, the AI Square Synthesis System has received unqualified praise from
musicians and artists throughout the world. With the X5, you will enjoy a richness and variety of sounds at a
level of audio excellence that meets or exceeds the quality of audio CDs.
Multisounds let You Create an Endless Variety ofSounds
The X5 contains 340 built-in Multisounds and the X543 contains 430 built-in Multisounds, which are
multi-sampled PCM waveforms. These Multisounds allow you to simulate a range of musical sounds, from
drums and percussion to piano, guitar, and trumpet parts. The X5 also features unique Multisounds—such as
Synth and SE (Special Effects)—which provide a wide variety of flexible tools for sound creation. In fact, the
X5 can generate a virtually endless variety of sounds.
These built-in Multisounds can be played in their unmodified form. They can also be modified to create the
sound of various musical instruments, once they pass through a powerful VDF (filter) and VDA (amplifier).
You can also add a rich expressiveness to a performance by altering the sound using the key touch velocity, or
by adjusting the brightness of the sound or the depth of the vibrato using the modulation wheel.
236 Programs in Banks A and G
Bank A contains 100 Programs and Bank G contains 136 General MIDI (GM) compatible Programs. You can
store your own Programs in Bank A.
Programs comprise the basic sounds of the X5. You can play different Programs in a song by simply switching
them; you can even layer them in Combinations. ‘
One Hundred Combination Slots Allow for an Endless Variety of Programs
Up to 100 Combinations can be stored in the X5. Up to eight Timbres (which are something like a container for
sounds) can be assigned to each Program. In Combinations, you can layer or split multiple Programs by setting
the Key Window or Velocity Window.
Combinations are powerful sound tools, especially for live performance. The Combination types layer, split,
and velocity switch provide various sound structures.
Drum Kits Support a Variety of Rhythms
The XSD provides 215 types and the X5 provides 164 types of very popular drum sounds, including both
drum and percussion sounds. You can create two Drum kits by assigning different drum sounds to each key on
the keyboard. There are also eight ROM Drum kits available.
A Drum kit supports the rhythm of a song. Assigning a different drum sound to each key allows you to create
a Wide variety of rhythm parts. You can also edit the drum sounds using VDF, VDA, and effect units.
Digital Multi-Effects Processors: To Crea te and Add Dimension to Sounds
The X5 contains two independent digital multi-effects processors that can produce various effects such as
reverb, delay, EQ, distortion, rotary speaker, etc. These effects are very useful when you want to create a new
sound or add dimension to a sound. Some effects are a combination of two effects. Using the XS’s two
independent digital multi-effects processors, you can use up to four independent effects simultaneously.
The effects processors allow you to apply effects to and edit the sounds directly on the X5, instead of connecting
external effects units. Placement settings are useful for processing the sound and adding width or depth to the
sound. Each Program and Combination can have its own effect settings.
A wide range of scale types for numerous musical genres
In addition to the conventional equal temperament and pure temperament forms of tuning, a wide variety of
scales is available. These scales include the Werkmeister III, Kimberger III, Arabic, and Indonesian scales.
These scales cover a broad range of musical genres, from classical to ethnic music, and prove extremely useful
in the creation of high-fidelity simulations of ethnic musical instruments. You can also create your own, original
Western music generally uses a twelve-tone equal temperament that allows you to play in any key and to
transpose the key easily. However, the X5 provides various scale types that will make the sound of chords and
the flow of phrases more beautiful, and that will allow you to perform music of temperaments other than equal
temperament, such as the very complicated and subtle temperaments used in many ethnic musical pieces.
Multi Mode for GM
Since the X5 conforms to the GM (General MIDI) standard in Multi mode, it functions as a tone generator for
computer music. You can also use GM songs (performance data designed for a GM tone generator). Using
original Programs in Bank A or utilizing Key Window and Velocity Window allows for high—quality ensemble
The X5 can be used as a GM tone generator with standard specifications. You can also combine different
Programs and play original Programs via a computer.
Equipped with a personal computer interface
A computer interface is provided which enables direct connection to the serial ports of your personal computer,
whether in the Apple Macintosh series or the IBM-PC compatible series.
Connection to a computer can be made through either a MIDI connection with a MIDI interface, or through a
direct connection using a serial cable. Using the Korg MIDI Driver will allow you to control data transmission
from MIDI OUT independently of the X5 tone generator, or to simultaneously control an external MIDI device.
Rich, large-scale ensembles with polyphony
The X5 ’s 32-voice and the X5©s 64-voice polyphonic capability allows you to create complex ensemble and
large-scale orchestral sounds. Combinations of multiple Programs and features in Multi mode will help you
achieve such effects. The X5D can simulate a magnificent piano sound, replete with a damper pedal, and
ensembles of various instrumental parts without any notes cutting off.
Extensive Presets Produce a Wide Range of Truly Practical Sounds
The XS utilizes various Programs, Combinations, and Drum Kits as Preset data. You can load the sounds
selected from 100 Programs, 100 Combinations, and 2 Drum Sounds on the X5, and the sounds from 200
Programs, 200 Combinations, and 4 Drum Sounds stored in Presets a and b on the XSD, into the Program or
Combination memory for immediate use. The Preset Load operation loads data from all preset sounds to one
particular sound slot.
The versatile editing functions of the X5 let you create original sounds very easily. On the other hand, it is quite
a bit of work to create a good sound from scratch. Given such circumstances, Preset data can be very handy.
You can use the data immediately after you load a sound, choosing from a broad selection. You can use Preset
data just as it is, without modification. You can also use Preset data as the raw material for sound editing. You
may be able to glean a few ideas for sound-making from the Preset sounds.


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