Heavy on hardware, Korg PS60 61 Key Performance Synthesizer Keyboard performs above and beyond your standard synth. The PS60 easily adapts to many applications as both a standalone keyboard and as a software plugin for your favorite DAW software.
The Korg PS60 Performance Synth meets the needs of the on-stage musician offering dedicated controls, an ample backlit display, and remarkable ease of use. The intuitive, realtime controls and incredible sounds were created with the performer in mind. Optimized for the unique challenges and immediacy of playing live, the PS60 is lightweight, stylish and portable, easily traveling from the comfort of a home studio, to your rehearsals and live gigs.
Korg PS60 Features
The In-Demand Sounds Every Keyboardist Requires
- Instant access to six essential sound categories
- Piano, E-Piano, Organ, Strings, Brass, and Synth
- 440 impeccably voiced, ready-to-play, sounds created by Korg's programmers
- EDS-i (Enhanced Definition Synthesis - integrated) sound technology
- Create and save up to 20 split and layered Performances, on the fly!
- Intuitive front panel layout; Dedicated controllers for frequently-used functions
- 9 control knobs offer live control of modulation, reverb/delay and EQ effects
- Free editing software to run the PS60 as a plug-in with your host DAW
- Great-feeling, responsive, semi-weighted 61-key Natural Touch keyboard
Focused on the elemental sounds that make up the body of great keyboard playing, the PS60 delivers 440 spectacular, spot-on sounds – with room for plenty more! The sounds are organized into six categories – piano, electric piano, organ, strings, brass and synth – each with dedicated controls making it easy to find just the right sound. Still not sure? The Audition feature plays a quick riff appropriate to the selected sound, allowing you to hear the sound in context and to help you zero in on the one you want. Using the category controls, you can layer up to six sounds, or make split settings at the touch of a button, creating sophisticated blends to suit your performances.
Rippling with Synth Power
For sound creation, the PS60 uses 49 MB of the highest quality, 48 kHz samples. The EDS-i sound engine (Enhanced Definition Synthesis – integrated) provides up to four filters, two amps, five LFOs, and five EGs, used to craft a rich array of stage-ready programs that will both complement and stand out in your band's performance.
Any of 63 effects, including dynamics-type effects and amp modeling powered by KORG's proprietary REMS technology, can be assigned to individual sounds using one of the five insert effects. In addition, two master effects can be applied to the overall sound: a modulation-style effect offering four effect types; and a reverb/delay effect also with four effect types. A dedicated three-band EQ adds the final touch to your sound.
Easy Setup and Performance Control
The PS60 is easy to use. The center and right portions of the panel are primarily for customizing and controlling sounds. Simply use the dedicated Category controls to choose your sounds, and use the Easy Setup area to specify their volume, octave, and effect send amounts. Dedicated panel knobs are provided for tweaking the effects and the EQ.
You can also choose to split or layer multiple sounds on the keyboard. These settings are collectively called a Performance
, and you can store 20 of them in internal memory. The Performance area to the left side of the panel is used for deeper editing as well as for recalling these Performance settings quickly and easily – even when on stage!
Command and Control
The PS60 provides a variety of controllers to make your performance more expressive. You can produce subtle or drastic pitch and timbral changes by moving the joystick up/down/left/right, and use the octave up/down buttons and transpose buttons to shift the pitch of the keyboard. Two footpedal jacks are provided for use with a damper pedal, footswitch or footpedal, offering hands-free control. When playing organ sounds, an additional dedicated button can switch between fast/slow speeds of the rotary speaker simulator.
Keys to Please
The PS60 features a new, richly-expressive keyboard. The semi-weighted, natural-touch keys provide an uncompromising playing feel. Accomplished and would-be keyboardists alike will find the keyboard ready for anything from a piano performance to delivering sizzling synthesizer sounds.
Hardware and Software Symbiosis
The stand-alone PS60 Editor allows you to edit sounds in greater detail than is possible from the PS60 itself. Viewing multiple parameters and graphical cues on your computer's screen makes it easy to create full-fledged sounds in any category. The PS60 Plug-In Editor offers all the same features, and lets you use your PS60 as a plug-in synth from within any VST, Audio Units, or RTAS format DAW software system. As a librarian program, the software lets you build up an enormous stash of sounds that you've created on your computer.