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KORG xd | The effects section

I had the pleasure to get my hands on the new synthesizer of #KORGโ€Šโ€”โ€Šthe incredible cool minilogue xd. What a great sounding and affordable synth. I immediately fell in synth-love with it.

Minilogue xd effects section

The effects section

The xd effects section contains 2 switches and 2 knobs. With the first switch you can select which of the digital effect types you want to select: Delay (DEL), Reverb (REV) and Modulation (MOD).

The second switch is there to navigate through the sub-types of the effects.

DELAY effect type

There are 12 sub-types for the delay effect:

  1. Stereo: A stereo delay with an expansive left-right field.
  2. Mono: A straight monaural delay.
  3. Ping Pong: A ping-pong delay that bounces back and forth from left to right. 1 Hipass: A delay with a high-pass filter on which the low frequency band fades out.
  4. Tape: Simulates a tape echo.
  5. One Tap: A delay without feedback, on which the delay sounds only once.
  6. Stereo BPM: A stereo delay on which the delay time is synced to the TEM- PO button settings.
  7. Mono BPM: A monaural delay on which the delay time is synced to the TEMPO button settings.
  8. Ping BPM: A ping-pong delay on which the delay time is synced to the TEMPO button settings.
  9. Hipass BPM: A high-pass delay on which the delay time is synced to the TEMPO button settings.
  10. Tape BPM: A tape echo on which the delay time is synced to the TEMPO button settings.
  11. Doubling: A short delay with a doubling effect.

REVERB effect type

The reverb effect comes with a total of 10 sub-types:

  1. Hall: A hall-type reverb that simulates the reverberations of a mid- size concert hall or ensemble hall.
  2. Smooth: A clear reverb with a sustaining high end.
  3. Arena: A reverb that evokes the feeling of a spacious area like a stadium.
  4. Plate: A warm-sounding (wet) plate reverb.
  5. Room: A reverb that simulates the reverberations of a small room.
  6. Early Ref: A reverb that emphasizes the brighter initial reflections than the lingering echoes.
  7. Space: An unstable reverb reminiscent of being in space.
  8. Riser: A shimmering reverb that echoes one octave higher.
  9. Submarine: A deep reverb that echoes one octave lower.
  10. Horror: A reverb with a highly unstable tonal quality.

MODULATION effect type

The MOD section can be switched between the 4 installed types

  1. Chorus
  2. Ensemble
  3. Phaser and
  4. Flanger

Additionally you can install User effect type.

Each type comes with some sub-types, which can be selected when holding the SHIFT Button and switching the SELECT switch.

Chorus sub-types

  1. Stereo: A stereo chorus effect that varies the input signal to create a thicker or warmer sound.
  2. Light: A chorus effect with lighter modulation than the stereo type.
  3. Deep: A chorus effect with heavier modulation than the stereo type.
  4. Triphase: An effect with three choruses, each with different LFO phases.
  5. Harmonic: A chorus with slightly emphasized overtones.
  6. Mono: A monaural chorus.
  7. Feedback: A chorus that uses feedback to create an effect similar to a short delay.
  8. Vibrato: Produces a vibrato (wavering) effect.

Ensemble sub-types

  1. Stereo: An LFO-driven effect with an intricate wavering sound. Pro- duces a spatially deep and expansive ensemble effect.
  2. Light: An ensemble effect with lighter vibrato than the stereo type.
  3. Mono: A monaural ensemble effect.

Phaser sub-types

  1. Stereo: Alters the phase of the sound to give the sound a swelling effect.
  2. Fast: A phaser effect that swells faster than the stereo type.
  3. Orange: An effect that models a popular analog phaser in an orange box.
  4. Small: An effect that models the classic New York phaser sound from the 1970s.
  5. Small Reso: A small-type phaser sound with strong peak components.
  6. Black: An effect modeled after the phaser sounds from Denmark with a wide dynamic range.
  7. Formant: A phaser derived from the sound of the human voice.
  8. Twinkle: A phaser that creates a twinkling (sparkly) sound.

Flanger sub-types

  1. Stereo: An effect that creates a thick swelling sound and a sense of motion in pitch.
  2. Light: A flanger with a thinner effect than the stereo type.
  3. Mono: A monaural flanger.
  4. High Sweep: A flanger that sweeps through the high-frequency bands.
  5. Mid Sweep: A flanger that sweeps through the mid-frequency bands.
  6. Pan Sweep: A flanger that pans from left to right.
  7. Mono Sweep: A monaural sweeping flanger.
  8. Triphase: A flanger featuring the effect of three LFOs.

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All the descriptions taken from the xd manual


I started May 4, 2019 to work on this great post and last updated it on January 15, 2023.