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Korg PA500 61 Key Pro Arranger Keyboard

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Product Description

The Korg PA500 61 Key Baby Blue Professional Arranger is the perfect interactive partner for any musician. Like its big brothers - the Pa800 and the Pa2XPro - the Pa500 uses Korg’s best technology to deliver a great sound. The only thing really missing is a big price tag.

The "Baby Blue" Professional Arranger available at the amateur price
For the musician, composer, performer and entertainer, the interactive Pa500 is the perfect musical partner. Like its big brothers - the Pa800 and the Pa2XPro - the Pa500 uses our RX (Real eXperience) technology to deliver a sound unprecedented in an arranger keyboard. With exclusive Korg features such as the XDS Dual Sequencer, intuitive TouchView interface, quarter-tone on-the-fly and a four way joystick for realistic articulation, the only thing really missing is a big price tag.

Stunning Sound
It all begins with sound. Based on the EDS (Extended Definition Synthesis) engine found in the Korg M3, Pa800 and Pa2XPro, the Pa500 provides 80 voices of polyphony and a breathtaking quality of sound. Over 880 fully editable sounds are preloaded (including a full GM soundset and 56 drumkits), representing a full range of musical instruments from almost every genre - each exploding with depth, nuance, subtlety, accuracy and richness. The User area has space for up to 128 user sounds and 64 drum kits.

Effects Everywhere
For many years, Korg workstations, synthesizers and digital recording studios have included outstanding studio quality effects that are simply breathtaking. In that same tradition, the Pa500 offers four stereo processors plus a Final semi-parametric three band EQ containing a treasure trove of effects, from rich reverbs and dazzling delays to guitar-type modeling effects from Korg's renowned REMS series - 124 different effects in all. And you'll appreciate the separate three-band EQ on each track for dialing in that perfect sound.

Less is more
With all the technological power packed inside, it was vital that we also made the Pa500 easy to understand and easy to use. But we went even further, creating an instrument that provides an intuitive, musical, fast, foolproof experience. With our amazing TouchView display you can simply think, see and touch the panel for easy and intuitive control. So that musicians of all levels can make great music quickly, there are two interface modes: Easy and Expert. The Easy mode shows only the essential elements with bright, bold icons - useful for beginners or playing live - while Expert mode provides full editing control. And when you need more information, check out the on-board contextual Help System - in any of seven languages! In addition to 61-velocity sensing keys, the Pa500 provides a four-way joystick, assignable switch, assignable slider, assignable pedal jack and four pads provide the tools to spice up your performance by changing effect settings, adding or muting parts, slowing the tempo, or even adding "mini-sequenced" solo, arpeggio, or backing riffs. Nothing stands between you and your professional performance.

Product Specifications
  • Keyboard: 61 keys with Velocity
  • System: OPOS (Objective Portable Operating System) and RX (Real eXperience) Technology – Multitasking, Load while play feature – Upgradable Operative System - SSD Solid State Disk
  • Tone Generator: KORG EDS (Enhanced Definition Synthesis) sound generator: 80 Voices, 80 Oscillators - Filters with Resonance - Three band EQ for each track
  • Effects: 4 Stereo Digital Multi-Effect systems - 124 Effects types - Final semi-parametric three band EQ
  • Sounds-Drum Kits: 882 Sounds, including a Stereo Piano and GM Level 2 compatible Sounds, 56 Drum Kits - User area: 128 Sounds, 64 Drum Kits - Realtime control: Assignable Slider, Switch - Full editing of Sounds and Drum Kits
  • Styles: More than 320 preloaded Styles, SSD-resident, freely reconfigurable - Up to 448 available Style locations- 64 User Styles - Eight Style tracks, 4 Single Touch Settings and one Style Performance per Style - Guitar Track, Parallel and Fixed NTT - Compatible with old "i-Series" and Pa series Style format - Style Record with Step Record, Track and Event Edit functions - Style controls: 4 Variations, 3 Fills, 3 Intros, 3 Endings, Synchro Start/Stop, Tap Tempo/Reset, Fade In/Out, Bass Inversion, Manual Bass, Tempo Lock, Memory, Accompaniment/Real Time Track Balance Volume, Accompaniment Mute, Drum Mapping, Snare & Kick Designation, Single Touch
  • Performance/STS: 256 Realtime Performance locations - STS: Memorize Realtime tracks settings, up to 4 x 512 Styles, up to 4 x SongBook entries - All programmable
  • Realtime Tracks: Four Keyboard tracks (Upper 1, 2, 3, Lower) - 4 Pad tracks
  • Song Play: Patented XDS Crossfade Dual Sequencer player - 2 Sequencers with separate Select, Start/Stop, Home, Rewind and Fast Forward controls - Balance control - Lyrics data can be displayed on-screen - Markers - Jukebox function - Compatible with SMF (formats 0 and 1)
  • Sequencer: Quick Record (Backing Sequence), Multitrack and Step Record functions - Full-featured sequencer - 16 tracks - Up to 110,000 events - SMF native format
  • SongBook: Fully programmable music database, based on Styles, SMF, Karaoke, with automatic selection of Style Play and Song Play modes - User-definable custom lists - Filtering options
  • Compatibility: "i-Series" models: Styles - Pa series: Style, Performance, Program/Sound, Song, SongBook, Pad
  • Multi Pad: 4 Assignable Pads + Stop Button. Pad Record function
  • Help System: Hypertextual: Contextual, Multilingual
  • General Controls: Master Volume, Real Time-Acc/Seq Balance Volume, Ensemble, Octave Transpose, Master Transpose, Style Change, , Quarter Tone Arabic Scale , User Scale memorized inside Performance/STS - Realtime controllers: Joystick (pitch + modulation), 1 Assignable Slider, 1 Assignable Switch, Dial, Up/+, Down/-, Keyboard Split
  • Control Inputs: Damper Pedal, Assignable Pedal/Footswitch
  • Analog Output: Unbalanced Jack Left/Mono, Right, Headphones
  • Analog Input: 2 Unbalanced Line In Jacks
  • MIDI: In, Out standard Midi connectors- USB to Midi using the USB Device port - Individual track assignment - 8 user definable MIDI Setups
  • USB: 1 USB Device connection (1.1 Full Speed)
  • Card Slot: SD (Secure Digital) Card and MultiMedia Card (MMC) Memory Devices
  • Display: 320 x 240 pixels, Monochrome TouchView Graphic Touch Screen
  • Amplification: 2 x 15 W - Fixed EQ
  • Speakers: 2 Double Cone Speakers in Bass Reflex Box
  • Power Supply: DC 12V external power supply (supplied)
  • Consumption: 15 Watt
  • Dimensions: 1074 / 42.2 inches (W) x 404 / 15.9 inches (D) x 183 / 7.5inches (H) mm / inch without music rest
  • Weight: 9.9 kg / 21.8 lbs
  • Accessories: Manual, AC adapter, Music Stand, CD-Rom


Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
Phone:  631-390-6500 Warranty:  1 year parts and labor; US Customers – register your Korg keyboard, keyboard workstation, keyboard rack module or digital piano online and receive a certificate that extends the product warranty for an extra year from the date of purchase. This offer is good for mdse purchased from an authorized Korg dealer after November 1, 2002.
Mike from Gainesville/Florida/USA, mymusicstudio@gmail.com
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PA500 Rock It !!!
Quality
Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable?
It is a light weight. Keys are much lighter compared to my Roland G-1000 keyboard; but I got used to in few weeks.
Features
What do you consider to be the best features of this product? What features would you add to this product if you could?
You can load nice tones using SD card. Also you can make your own style very quickly & easily.
Ease of Use
How easy is this product to use? How easy is the product to use with other products? Did it take long for you to learn to use this product? Was the manual helpful? How playable do you consider this product to be?
Very Very easy if you perform shows and travels at different places
Sound
How is the tone?
Western tones are built in and are good. You can buy & load Eastern tones from open market very easily.
Value
Was this item an overall good value?
Worth it. Similar performance at lower price and less than half weight. It also saves lot of money while carrying with you by air. OR also cheaper to ship to your performance places.
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