Korg introduced the PA1XPro arranger in 2003 to rave reviews and now they pair it with the new PA1X, a 61-key version with a powerful bi-amplified speaker system. These keyboards combine sophisticated sounds & effects, a powerful 16MB (expandable to 32 MB) sampler, TC-Helicon based vocal effects, and more. These instruments provide aftertouch keyboards, a color 240 x 320 pixel TouchView(tm) screen, and Korg's RX Technology, which produces a detailed, sophisticated, natural sound. Surf the 350 fully editable onboard styles. Exploit the power of the XDS Dual Sequencer. Play your heart out with 62-note polyphone, 760 pre-loaded sounds (edit-up 512 more of your own), 48 drum kits, and digital drawbar organ. Onboard styles contain 8 accompaniment parts, 4 variations, 3 intros, 2 endings, 2 fills, and a break and count-in for creating realistic song patterns. They even recognize multiple chord variations, and can scan your playing to keep the accompaniment in tune. The SMF and Karaoke file-compatible sequencer lets you load one sequence while the other plays, and use the DJ-style crossfader for smooth transitions between them. The sampler reads WAV, AIFF, and Korg or Akai samples/multisamples. Sampled sounds can be sliced to create new grooves and kits, filtered and processed by the internal effects, or assigned to create new Sounds. I/O includes 2 pairs of audio outs, 2 MIDI I/Os, 2 audio inputs, and coaxial S/PDIF out.
Just take a look...
The first thing you’ll notice is the huge 240 x 320 full color TouchView display, taking Korg’s intuitive access of multiple parameters to new heights. Next, the sleek aluminum panel and 61-key synth action (with aftertouch) will catch your eye. Eight assignable sliders, four assignable switches, a joystick and two fixed function faders are all designed to put the amazing power of the Pa1X at your fingertips. There is even an option for a hard drive that can store all your sound, song, sample and performance data for easy recall.
It all begins with sound
The Pa1X is the first Korg product based on our new RX Technology, using up to five oscillators to produce a detailed, sophisticated natural sound. Unparalleled levels of expression are supported by new sample data including natural vibratos, real trombone slides, tongued and overblown flutes, guitar pull-offs and harmonics, and so much more. We even found room to include our DSP modeled organ, and you can use the assignable sliders as realtime drawbars for amazing realism. All of the data from the Real Drums and Turkish/Arabic World Pa80 cards comes preloaded on the internal hard drive.
The Pa1X delivers a generous 62 note polyphony and 828 Sounds, plus another 256 you can program yourself. Add to that 48 preset drum kits and 64 programmable drum kits! Sweeten the sound using the four stereo Master Effects (featuring 90 effect types), plus a set of Vocal Effects borrowed from the legendary TC-Helicon.
The Pa1X is also an accomplished sampler, able to read .WAV, AIFF, Korg and AKAI samples/ multisamples. Sampled sounds can be sliced to create new grooves and kits, assigned to Sounds, or filtered, modified and processed by the internal effects. Standard sample memory is 16MB, expandable to 32 MB.
Deeply defined musical Styles
The Pa1X is packed with 450 fully editable musical styles, created by a team of the world’s top musicians to enhance your compositions and performances – with room for over 150 more! Each Style contains eight accompaniment parts – use one or two to add drums and bass, or use all eight to throw a full big-band behind your sound. Authentic picking patterns teamed with our new RX guitar sounds bring even simple Styles to life. Four variations, three intros, two endings, three fills, a break and a count-in further enrich each Style. The Pa1X scans your playing to keep the accompaniment in key with your playing, recognizing a multitude of chord variations. New styles can be loaded in or played directly via the floppy drive.
Up to four Sounds can be split and stacked across the keyboard and played in real time – either by themselves or with a Style. The four STS (Single Touch Setting) commands call up an entirely new set of sounds for your real time performance parts, appropriate for the current Style.
Using the exclusive SongBook function, you can select a song from the vast user-defined database and instantly call up the correct sounds, style, tempo, key, effects – every setting needed to play that song! A single Performance setting – 320 are available – can save and recall a Style, STS settings, and also memorize transposition, scale type (Arabic, Stretch, Werckmeister, etc…) tempo and control assignments with a single command.
Creative sequencing scenarios
The sequencers on the Pa1X outperform those of other products. And yes – we did mean plural. The Pa1X uses our XDS Dual Sequencer, so one can load as the other plays, and a DJ style cross fader can blend between them. You can actually sync both sequencers together as you play to provide an astounding 40-part arrangement!
The Backing Sequencer is designed to let you capture all of the Style’s accompaniment tracks in one pass, greatly speeding up the song creation process. You can even type in the chord changes, fills and style changes in step time – a big boost for arrangers and non-keyboardists! Of course the sequencer also offers 16 track linear “workstation style” sequencing. Best of all, you can get started with the Backing Sequencer and then switch modes, allowing you to erase, re-write or layer on more tracks to personalize your performance. The sequencer is compatible with SMF and Karaoke files, and provides massive editing power – you can even edit the tone parameters of a sound assigned to a track.
The Pa1X comes equipped with two pairs of audio outputs plus two pairs of MIDI Ins & Outs. You’ll also find two audio inputs, one of which can be switched to a balanced MIC input with separate gain control. As a central piece of your growing digital studio, the Pa1X also sports a coaxial S/P DIF output. The back panel offers a damper pedal input, an assignable pedal input, and a connection to the optional EC5 pedalboard with five assignable footswitches. Finally, a USB port allows you to easily move data back and forth between a personal computer and the optional hard drive.
Help is always at hand.
Literally. The HELP key can be pressed in any mode, and will display useful information related to the current mode and operation. This valuable reference guide can never be lost or misplaced!
Adding an MP3 encoder/ player will allow you to record your entire performance – vocals and all – and play it back or save it for later. You can load MP3 files to play during a break, or even play along. Install the optional CD-R drive, and you’ll be able to play audio CDs as well as load in new sounds styles and .WAV/AIFF/KORG/AKAI samples. Embedded SMF lyrics appear in the TouchView display, or can be sent to a video monitor using the Video Interface kit. The TC-Helicon Voice Processor can be upgraded from voice doubling and 4-part harmonies to include state-of-the-Art Pitch Correction and Voice Modeling!
Self-contained Pa1X puts it all together
The Pa1X offers all of these great features and can also accommodate an internal hard drive as an option. In addition, the Pa1X houses a rich bi-amped sound system featuring two 13cm deep bass speakers, each one powered by its own 35-watt amplifier. Two additional 12-watt amps provide power and clarity for two soft dome tweeters. The specially designed enclosure, limiter and custom EQ ensure the highest quality sound.