Korg X5D Synthesizer

X5D

I bought this via the Interwebs from a rocker dude who thought it was called a symp. For being such a small keyboard it really makes some cool sounds.


Tech Notes:

Reset to factory defaults: Global mode page 05A.

The special “Communication Terminal” on the back of the X5D and connecting cable is really an 8-pin MiniDIN to serial. If for some reason you want to build one of these cables, download and install the special software from Korg, and connect your X5D to your computer via serial connector (why?) here is how.

The pin outs (from the outside) are as follows.
D-SUB 9-pin
5 – 4 – 3 – 2 – 1
9 – 8 – 7 – 6

Mini DIN 8-pin
6 – 7 – 8
3 – 4 – 5
1 – 2

Connect
DIN 3 to Dsub 2
DIN 4 to Dsub 5
DIN 5 to Dsub 3
Jump pins 7 and 8 on Dsub


Specs in the city:

  • Sound Generation Method: AI2 (Advanced Integrated)Synthesis System
  • Sound Source: 64 voices, 64 oscillators (single mode); 32 voices, 64 oscillators (double mode)
  • Keyboard: 61 notes with velocity
  • Waveform Memory: PCM 8 Mbytes
  • Effects: 2 digital multi-effect systems, 47 effects
  • Program/Combination: ROM 128 programs + 8 drum programs (including one drum program for GM), RAM 100 programs + 100 combinations
  • Control Inputs: Assignable Switch, Assignable Pedal
  • Outputs: L/MONO, R (1/4 inch phono – rear panel) Headphones (1/8th inch phono – front left)
  • Communication Terminal: Computer interface (to host PC)
  • MIDI: IN, OUT, THRU
  • Display: LCD 16 characters x 2 lines with backlight
  • Power Supply: DC12V, 700mA (AC adapter)
  • Dimensions: 900.0 (w) x 254.2 (D) x 83.4(H) mm
  • Weight: 4.5 kg
  • Accessories: AC adapter, Bonus Disk SED-00 for Windows/for Mac (X5 / 05 SoundEditor, MIDI Driver)

    Acquired: 2007

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