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Korg PS60 61 Key Performance Synthesizer Keyboard

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Product Description

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

  • 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
The In-Demand Sounds Every Keyboardist Requires
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.

Product Specifications
Korg PS60 61-Key Performance Synthesizer Specifications
  • Keyboard: 61-key natural touch keyboard; Velocity sensing
  • Modes: Performance, Performance Edit, Program Edit, Global
  • Synthesis: EDS-i (Enhanced Definition Synthesis - integrated)
  • Polyphony: 120 voices (120 oscillators) max, single mode
    • 60 voices (60 oscillators) max, double mode
    • (Actual maximum polyphony depends on oscillator settings)
  • PCM: 49 MB (when calculated as 16-bit linear data)
    • 136 multisamples (including 7 stereo)
  • Programs:
    • User Performances: 20 performances; 15 Preload
    • User Programs: 512 Programs; 440 Preload
  • OSC: OSC1 (Single), OSC1+2 (Double):
    • Stereo multisamples are supported
    • 4 velocity zones per oscillator with switching, crossfades and layers
  • Filters: Four types of filter routing (single, serial, parallel, 24 dB)
    • Two multi-mode filters per voice (low pass, high pass, band pass, band reject
  • Modulation: For each voice, two envelope generators (Filter and Amp)
    • Two LFOs, two key, tracking generators (Filter and Amp)
    • Two AMS mixers
    • Pitch EG, common LFO and two common key tracking generators
  • Performances: 6 main timbres, 6 sub timbres
    • Layer, split
    • Modifications to the program settings via the Tone parameters
  • Master Keyboard functionality: Allows control of external MIDI devices
  • Insert Effects: Five processors, stereo input/output, 63 effect types
  • Master Effects: Two processors, stereo input/output
    • 4 effect types per processor Effects types
  • EQ: One processor, stereo input/output (3 bands)
  • Effects types: Total of 71 types
    • 63 types for insert effects
    • 4 types for master effect 1
    • 4 types for master effect 2
  • Modulation: Dynamic modulation, tempo sync delay, LFO
  • Audition Riff function: 383 audition riffs
  • Joystick: Joystick, LOCK button (Joystick lock function)
  • Rotary speaker simulator: ORGAN SLOW/FAST button
  • Performances: BANK, 1–5, STORE buttons
  • Performance controls:
    • Timbre selector: Timber ON button x 6, variation buttons x 12
    • EASY SETUP: 6 knobs
      • Buttons: Volume, Pan, MOD send, REV/DLY send
    • SPLIT SETTING: SUB OFF/RECALL, LOWER, UPPER buttons
    • MODULATION: MODULATION button
      • Knobs:RATE, DEPTH, FEEDBACK
    • REVERB/DELAY: REVERB/DELAY button
      • Knobs: RATE, DEPTH, FEEDBACK
      • EQ: BASS, MID, TREBLE knobs)
    • Display: 16 character x 2 line LCD (with backlight)
    • Mode: PERFORMANCE EDIT, PROGRAM EDIT, GLOBAL buttons
    • Value Controllers: Value knob, cursor/value UP/DOWN buttons, EXIT button
    • Other: OCTAVE DOWN, UP, TRANSPOSE -, +, VOLUME, display contrast
  • Output, L/MONO, R: 6.3 mm monaural phone jack (unbalanced)
    • Impedance: 1.1kOhm stereo, 550Ohm mono (L/Mono only)
    • Maximum level= +10.0 dBu (Standard)
    • Load impedance 10kOhm or greater
  • Output, Headphones: 3.5 mm stereo mini-phone jack
    • Impedance= 33Ohm
    • Maximum level= 35 + 35 mW, 33Ohm load
  • Control Inputs:
    • DAMPER/PEDAL/SW jack x 1 (half-damper supported)
    • PEDAL/SW jack x 1
  • MIDI: IN, OUT
  • USB: 1 USB (TYPE B), USB-MIDI interface
  • Power: AC adapter power supply connector (DC 9V 1700mA), POWER switch
  • Power Consumption: 6W
  • Included Accessories:
    • AC adapter, Easy start guide, Accessory disc (PS60 Parameter Guide (PDF)
    • Owner’s Manual (PDF), PS60 USB-MIDI Setup Guide (PDF)
    • KORG USB-MIDI driver, PS60 Editor/Plug-In Editor etc.
  • Optional Accessories:
    • Expression/Volume Pedal
    • Foot Controller
    • Damper Pedal
    • Pedal Switch
  • Dimensions (WxDxH): 36.41 x 11.45 x 3.54 inches
  • Weight: 10.14 lbs
KORG USB-MIDI driver Operating requirements

PC
  • Computer: USB port required (Intel USB host controller recommended)
  • Operating system:
    • Windows XP Home/Pro/x64 (Service Pack 3 or later)
    • Windows Vista 32/64-bit (Service Pack 2 or later)
    • Microsoft Windows 7 32/64-bit
Mac
  • Computer: USB port required
  • Operating system: Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later
PS60 Editor and PS60 Plug-In Editor Operating requirements

PC
  • Computer: Windows XP, Vista, 7, equipped with a USB port
  • CPU: Intel Pentium III / 1 GHz or better, Pentium D or Core
    • (Duo or better is recommended)
  • Memory: 512 MB or more (1 GB or more is recommended)
  • Monitor: 1,024 x 768 pixels, 16-bit color or better
  • Operating system:
    • Microsoft Windows XP Home/Pro (Service Pack 3 or later)
    • Windows Vista (Service Pack 2 or later)
    • Windows 7
  • Plug-in Editor Formats Supported: VST, RTAS
Note: Only the standalone version works on 64-bit editions of Windows 7 and Windows Vista Service Pack 2.

Mac
  • CPU: Apple G4 800 MHz or better (Intel Mac is supported)
    • (G5 or Core Duo or better is recommended)
  • Memory: 512 MB or more (1 GB or more is recommended)
  • Monitor: 1,024 x 768 pixels, 32,000 colors or better
  • Computer: Apple Macintosh OS X with a USB port
  • Operating system: Mac OS X version 10.4.11 or later
  • Plug-in Editor Formats Supported: VST, Audio Unit, RTAS
PS60 Plug-In Editor must also satisfy the operating requirements of the host application.

Note: It is not possible to start up multiple instances of PS60 Editor or PS60 Plug-In Editor within an operating system. This means that it is not possible to use these editors to edit two or more PS60 units simultaneously.


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.
Geren W Mortensen Jr from Westminster
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Fantastic Plastic Fantastic
Quality
Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable?
For a lightweight, plastic keyboard, the PS60 is amazingly durable. I carry mine in a padded bag, and it shares space with my Korg X50. A little padding is between them, of course, but they both are rockin' right along after almost two years! The only problem I have is that the output jacks tend to get dirty/oxidized easily, so I usually have to plug and unplug a few times to get clean sound.
Features
What do you consider to be the best features of this product? What features would you add to this product if you could?
Quick and easy to setup combi mode is great for live use. Rotary simulation on organs is great, and speed switching is a single button! Nice! I do wish that the pitch/modulation joystick was a pair of wheels instead, and aftertouch would be nice.
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?
Just about the easiest-to-use Korg ever -- click, twist, play.
Sound
How is the tone?
All the sounds are very good -- and some are downright excellent. The only sound quality issue I have is the problem with the output jacks (above).
General
Your general opinion of this product.
Great value and a nice keyboard for most players who are tired of keyboards that weigh a ton and are difficult to navigate on a dark stage in a hurry.
Value
Was this item an overall good value?
Worth every penny. I don't miss the old Alesis QS6.1 the PS60 replaced at all!
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