I am very very happy with the Xylosynth. It has also proven live in different ensembles (duo, combo and big band). For me it runs on a Macbook Air with Main Stage and GarageBand.
- Wilfried Bokelmann
The stained birch laminate keys are a traditional-looking option at a more affordable price. They are easier to manufacture than the Bubinga keys and accordingly are less expensive. The polyeurathane-coated laminated keys are not so temperature and humidity sensitive so you can rest easy about day-to-day care. They are slightly less dense than the bubinga keys so are slightly more sensitive but the difference is hardly perceptible.
Like most piano keyboards the Xylosynth is velocity sensitive – the harder you hit the louder the sound – with the full MIDI range from 0 to 127.
There are two knobs situated top right hand. These analogue (variable quantity) controls on the Xylosynth are very simple. One is for setting length of note from 0.03 to 8 seconds but can be overidden at any time using the sustain . The other is for setting sensitivity depending on certain factors such as your playing style or circumstance (all is explained in the manual).
The new Mk7 Xylosynth is USB powered. There are two USB slots. The top slot is for power only. The bottom slot can be used for power and communication (to access external sounds via USB). For a 5 Octave instrument, or if you only have USB 2 on your laptop, you can use the bottom slot for communication but will have to get power from elsewhere using the top slot.
There is the usual 5 pin din MIDI connector for accessing external sounds from a sound module or other MIDI device.
You can choose to have our onboard sounds which come with headphone socket and a line-out to amplification. They are of average quality but inexpensive and a good way to start. This does not stop you accessing external sounds at any time using the ‘MIDI out’ or USB connections and cables provided.
The new Mk7 Xylosynth has push button and jack socket controls. The Mk7 Standard has 5 jack sockets for digital (on/off type) functions such as changing patches, octaves and sustain. The Mk7s Special has 7 jack sockets, 4 of which are analogue (variable quantity) so if you wish, you can use them with expression pedals or drum triggers! The jack sockets are programmable so you can set them up to suit yourself.
The new Mk7 OLED display shows exactly what’s being played at all times, giving you confidence when performing. It’s where you can set the programmable functions of your Xylosynth. For more detailed information go to FAQ’s on the Home page and look under ‘Where can I find manuals for my Xylosynth’.