KORG D 32 XtendedDefinition

Advanced mixing, editing, and recording features ; internal hard drive, a built-in CD-RW burner and a variety of performance enhancing options.
96 kHz/24 bit resolution, up to sixteen simultaneous record tracks, mix automation and flying faders

Also available D 16 XD

Xtended Definition means this new recorder features uncompressed, 96 kHz / 24-bit audio recording. Resolutions of 48 kHz and 44.1 kHz (both at 24 and 16 bit depths) are also supported. Digital processing quality remains at high levels throughout the mixer, effect and output stages. The D32XD also provides eight channels of fully programmable analog compression to the inputs, delivering tone and dynamic processing that cannot be duplicated by digital technology.

Eight XLR jacks, each with individual phantom power supply, only hint at the input possibilities. Eight 1/4” balanced jacks are also provided. Each input features a variable trim knob and a 24dB pad to accommodate almost any input source. By adding the optional eight channel analog input board (AIB-8) the D32XD can reach its full potential of 16 inputs. The optional analog compressor board (ACB-8) provides the same high quality compression to these extra inputs. The front panel offers a dedicated guitar input.

The D32XD supports up to 16 tracks of simultaneous recording(AIB-8 required) and provides 32-track playback. Each track contains eight virtual tracks. New to the Xtended Definition series is a Master Track dedicated to creating your final stereo mix. The Master Track also features 8 virtual tracks, allowing you to make many alternate mixes in the same song (272 total tracks)

The D32XD features a 56 input, 14 buss digital mixer with extensive EQ capabilities. Each recorder channel (32) features a full four-band parametric EQ with selectable hi and low shelving. The submixer inputs can accommodate 24 channels, each with hi and low shelving EQ, and a final eight band fully parametric EQ is available when recording to the Master Track. Channel pairing is also available with multiple pan control algorithms. Stereo Master, Monitor, Solo and Cue outputs, plus two internal effect busses and four aux busses round out the Mixer section.

Automation & Navigation
To accommodate 32 channels of playback using 16 faders, the D32XD employs dynamic automation to record and playback all of your fader moves. Motorized “flying” faders on the D32XD will replay all the fader moves as the song plays . The mixer sections of the D32XD can store 100 different mixer “scenes” and recall them automatically during playback. The TouchView screen can display the settings of each mixer scene. Locate points – six in all – are used to define edit points and loop points. An additional 100 “Marks” can be used to auto-locate back to any point in a song. You can even name each of the Marks to help remind you what part of your song they are pointing to.

Up to twenty-seven high quality digital effects are available simultaneously on the D32XD – 24 Insert Effects, two Master Effects (stereo) and one Final Effect (stereo). The icon driven display and dedicated control knobs combine to make effect routing, selection and editing a breeze. A palette of 52 effect types produces 128 preset effect program, and 128 user programmable effect programs. The effects programs are based on Korg’s highly acclaimed REMS modeling technology. Footswitch and footpedal jacks on the front panel allow you to actually play and interact with the effects in real time.

Beat control
As a metronome reference or to help you build up a track, the D32XD contains a library of over 200 PCM rhythm patterns. Tempo maps allow you to preset tempo (and pattern) changes at any point in the song. By tapping on the beat, or at the start of each measur, you can use Tap Tempo to control the tempo manually.

You can swap, delete, move, bounce, normalize, copy, reverse – even fade tracks in or out. Expansion and compression tools allow you to shrink or stretch a track to fit into a specific time, with either fixed or variable pitch. Optimize commands include deleting recorded silent areas to recover valuable recording time, or removing punch in/out artifacts. You can also import and export track data as .WAV format audio files, with internal digital rate conversion, include 24 to 16 bit dithering. Once again, the e TouchView display comes to the rescue, making it easy to zoom in on the displayed audio data and set your edit points with great accuracy. Change your mind? All edits (up to the last sixteen) can be reversed using the Undo command.

CD burning
Burn your recordings to CD and give it a listen.
Arrange multiple songs in order, specify the gap time between songs, and burn your CD all at once using the Album Project feature. Mark points can be used to create track indexes when burning a continuous performance (a live concert for example) to CD.

Designed to be at home in an increasingly digital studio environment, the D32XD recorder comes equipped with S/P DIF optical connectors for digital input and output. A two GB area of the internal hard drive is designated as the USB drive, which can be recognized by a computer connected to the D32XD’s USB port for easy file sharing. An additional eight channels of digital I/O are available in ADAT light-pipe format by adding the optional Digital Interface Board (DIB-8). This option also includes a digital word clock input and output. Transport, fader movement, effect settings and other controls changes can be sent and received via MIDI. The D32XD can also send and receive MIDI Time Code (MTC) and MIDI Machine Control (MMC) commands and send MIDI Clock. Multiple frame rates are supported for MTC sync.

Recorder section

Number of tracks
272 tracks (including virtual tracks), Simultaneous playback 32 tracks, simultaneous recording 8 tracks @ 48 kHz/44.1 kHz, 16-bit (If the AIB-8 is installed, 16 tracks of simultaneous recording), Simultaneous playback 16 tracks, simultaneous recording 8 tracks @ 48 kHz/44 kHz, 24-bit Simultaneous playback 8 tracks, simultaneous recording 4 tracks @ 96 kHz, 24-bit;

Recording format
24-bit/16-bit uncompressed, 44.1 kHz/48 kHz/96 kHz

Recording time
44.1 kHz, 16-bit: maximum 247 hours (maximum recording time is 12 hours),96 kHz, 24-bit: maximum 56 hours (maximum recording time is 6 hours) when using a 80 GB hard disk

Number of songs: 100 songs per drive

Locate points
Six points per song
Mark points
100 points per song (marks can be named)

Metronome/Rhythm patterns: 265
MMC functions: Transmitted and received

MTC transmission/reception, MIDI Clock transmission, Tempo map (200 events per song), Sync track (one track per song), Tempo recording

CD-R/RW functions
Internal CD-R/RW, audio CD writing (Track At Once, Disc At Once), backup/restore, audio file (WAV format) import (ISO 9660), system load

USB functions
Backup/restore, audio file (WAV format) import/export (FAT16), system load

PC (USB) drive capacity: 2 GB

Track editing
Copy (overwrite/insert), erase, delete, swap, reverse, optimize (normal/erase silence/erase punch noise), expand/compress, fade, normalize

Song editing
Copy, move, delete, rename, protect, save now

Display format
Calendar time, HDD remaining capacity, scene, mark, tempo map

Locate format:
Hour/Min/Sec.ms, Hour/Min/Sec.Frame, Meas/Beat/Tick

MIDI functionality
Mixer control, effect control, MMC transmission/reception, MTC transmission/reception, MIDI Clock transmission

Mixer section

Internal processing: 69-bit

D32XD: 56 channels (32 recorder channels, 24 sub-in
D32XD: 14 buses, 2 Eff Send buses, 4 AUX buses, 2 SOLO buses (stereo), 2 CUE buses (stereo), 2 MASTER buses (stereo), 2 MONITOR buses (stereo)

D32XD: Recorder channels 1–32, 4-band full parametric EQ, Sub Mixer channels 1–24, 2-band shelving EQ, Master track, 8-band full parametric EQ
Analog compressor maximum 16 channels (when the ACB-8 is installed)
Scene memories: 100 scene per song

Effect section

Internal processing: 56-bit
D32XD: Insert x 24 (maximum), Master x 2 (maximum)
Final x 1, All usable simultaneously at 44.1/48 kHz

Programs: 128 preset, 128 user, 32 song
Algorithms: 52


320 x 240 pixel, four-level grayscale, Movable LCD with backlight and touch panel

Power supply
AC Local Voltage

Power consumption
98 W (main unit only), 120 W (with AIB-8, ACB-8, DIB-8 installed) 56 W (main unit only), 70 W (with AIB-8, ACB-8, DIB-8 installed)

26.85" (W) x 18.66" (D) x 7.28" (H)
682 mm (W) x 474 mm (D) x 185 mm (H) (including protrusions)

Operating temperature
+5 – +40 °C (do not allow condensation)

D32XD: 13.5 kg/29.76 lbs, 14 kg/30.86 lbs (when the AIB-8, ACB-8 and DIB-8 is installed)


Frequency response
10 Hz – 20 kHz ±1 dB @ fs 44.1 kHz, +4 dBu, 10 Kohm load; 10 Hz – 22 kHz ±1 dB @ fs 48 kHz, +4 dBu, 10 k&Mac189; load; 10 Hz – 44 kHz ±1 dB @ fs 96 kHz, +4 dBu, 10 Kohm load

S/N: 100 dB (typical) @ fs 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 24-bit, IHF-A; 103 dB (typical) @ fs 96 kHz, 24-bit

Dynamic range
100 dB (typical) @ fs 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, IHF-A; 103 dB (typical) @ fs 96 kHz, 24-bit

0.03% (typical) 20 Hz–20 kHz @ fs 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 24-bit,
+16 dBu,10 Kohm load; 0.03% (typical) 20 Hz–40 kHz @ fs 96 kHz, 24-bit, +16 dBu, 10 Kohm load

A/D conversion
24-bit 64 times oversampling

D/A conversion
24-bit 128 times oversampling

Sampling frequency
Internal: 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 96 kHz;
External: 44.1 kHz±6%, 48 kHz±6%, 96 kHz±6%

Record/Playback bit: 16-bit, 24-bit

Threshold level: 0 to –40 dB
Ratio: 1.5:1 to inf:1
Attack time: 1 to 200 mS
Release time: 10 mS to 10 S
Out gain: ±20 dB

1/4" phone jack (unbalanced)
–60 dBu to –12 dBu @ TRIM=max. – min. PAD OFF; –34 dBu to +14 dBu @ TRIM=max. – min. PAD ON
Maximum level
–48 dBu to 0 dBu @ TRIM=max. – min. PAD OFF; –22 dBu to +26 dBu @ TRIM=max. – min. PAD ON

Connectors 1/4" phone jack (unbalanced)
MONITOR OUTPUT L/RConnectors 1/4" phone jack (unbalanced)
AUX OUTPUT 1–4 Connectors 1/4" phone jack (unbalanced)
PHONES 1, 2 Connector 1/4" stereo phone jack
S/P DIF INPUT/OUTPUT Connector Optical Format 24-bit S/P DIF (IEC60958)
USB Connector Type B Format Slave, USB 1.1 compliant
Supported OS:
Window Me, Windows 2000 or later; Mac OS 9.0.4 or later .If using the D32XD with Windows 98, please refer to your Korg distributor.

If the ADAT I/O board (DIB-8) is installed
Format ADAT Type I/II format

If the ADAT I/O board (DIB-8) is installed
Connectors BNC
Format TTL

Connectors DIN 5-pin x 2

Connector1/4" phone jack (use separately sold PS-1)

1/4" stereo phone jack (use separately sold XVP-10 or EXP-2)

Included items
AC cable, Owner’s manual
Separately sold options
PS-1 pedal switch, XVP-10 EXP/VOL pedal, EXP-2 foot controller, 8-channel analog compressor board (ACB-8), 8-channel analog input board (AIB-8), ADAT I/O board (DIB-8)

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advanced technologic sound magazine
2004 january issue 121

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