The Korg SP250 delivers realistic piano sound and feel in a portable package. This exceptional velocity-switched stereo piano features Korg’s latest keyboard action.
The Korg SP250 brings a heightened level of realism and feel to their line of portable digital pianos. The SP250 provides an expanded range of expression and performance with an outstanding stereo piano sound, which is matched to the company’s RH3 keyboard action.
The SP250 features piano PCM with velocity switched stereo samples that are longer than other pianos in its class. Increased length means the piano sound sustains more naturally, so the piano sounds more real throughout the performance, not just at the attack. Complementing this is Korg’s third-generation 88-note RH3 real weighted graded hammer action keybed with excellent playability, even when playing quick repeated notes and trills. Three dynamic touch curves tailor the piano’s response to any player’s touch or style.
A total of 30 built-in sounds are provided, including 12 types of acoustic and electric pianos, plus jazz and church organs, mallets, harpsichord/clavinet, choir, strings and guitar. Adjustable reverb and chorus can be programmed for each sound. A damper-style pedal features half-pedaling realism, and attaches to the lower crossbar of the included stand to prevent it from creeping during performance. The dedicated easy-assemble stand fits securely into the piano body for a solid feel.
The SP250’s sleek, intuitive control panel features brilliant LED indicators to provide instant visual feedback to the player. The elegant black body features attractive steel and wood-grain accents, and is extremely lightweight. Also included is a sturdy music rack.
A built-in speaker system with optimized bass-reflex enclosure delivers a full and resonant sound. The onboard metronome allows control over tempo and meter, with an accent on each downbeat. Dual headphone output jacks enable private practice or student/teacher listening. An audio output enables connection to an external amplifier or sound system. MIDI in and out connectors enable connection to any MIDI-equipped device, for controlling other instruments and recording the SP250, which can even be used as a 16-part multi-timbral sound source.
Superb Piano Sound
The robust sound of a concert grand piano has been carefully and lavishly sampled for the SP-250. Differences in playing dynamics and position in the stereo field have been faithfully captured, delivering naturally expressive piano sounds that recreate every detail. The SP-250’s piano samples are longer than other pianos in its class. Increased length means the piano sound sustains more naturally, so the piano sounds more real throughout the performance, not just at the attack. Three versions of this wonderful piano sound are provided to cover different tastes and genre needs. To round out the piano offerings, the SP-250 also features a vintage electric grand sound, as well as an authentic honky-tonk piano.
Grand Piano Playing Experience
The SP-250 is the first Korg digital piano to feature RH3 real weighted hammer action. This state-of-the-art key mechanism features differing key weights in each register of the keyboard, delivering the same playing experience as a grand piano. The keyboard is exceptionally responsive, even when playing quickly repeated figures, to preserve every expressive nuance of the performer. The Key Touch Control provides three selectable touch curves, delivering the perfect touch sensitivity for every playing style or type of song. Yet even with such a robust keyboard, the SP-250 weighs less than 42 pounds (19 kg.).
A Wide Palette of Sounds
In addition to its remarkable piano sound, the SP-250 includes a rich array of sounds that will extend your performance possibilities. An assortment of classic electric pianos (reed and tine styles), church and jazz organs, string and choir sounds, harpsichord and clav(s), even mallet percussion and guitar sounds are available at the touch of a button. Two sounds can be layered together to play simultaneously; and of course you can adjust the balance to get the perfect blend. To help you audition the sounds 30 demonstration songs ranging from classics to originals are built in, showing off all the sounds in a variety of musical genres.
To further enhance the sound, the SP-250 provides both a Reverb effect that recreates the spaciousness of a concert hall, and a Chorus effect that adds a colorful depth to the sound. The effects settings have been optimized for each individual sound and the user can choose from three levels – Light, Normal and Deep – to complement his or her performance.
Style and Versatility
The chic black design is highlighted by metal and wood-grain accents, with a solid music rack included that mounts in seconds. The control panel is simple and easy-to-use and includes 19 LED indicators for instant visual feedback. The SP-250 is perfect for those who appreciate quality in both sound and design.
Full Range Sound System
The SP-250 contains a custom system featuring two 10 cm dual-cone speakers matched to a pair of 11W amplifiers that beautifully reproduces its rich sounds. The bass-reflex speaker system ensures that every bit of the deep resonances distinctive to a great piano will be heard.
Stand and Pedal Included
The SP-250 includes a high-quality damper pedal that is so important for proper piano performance. It provides the ultimate expressive control thanks to half-pedaling, which is a variable damping effect based on how deep you press the pedal, rather than the simple on/off switch found on cheaper instruments. The dedicated stand is both simple and stylish, and fits securely into a recessed area in the bottom of the piano providing a remarkably solid feel. The stand’s lower crossbar even prevents the pedal from creeping forward in performance. Best of all, the SP-250 can be easily removed from the stand for moving and taking around for live performances.
Two headphones can be connected simultaneously, for student and teacher use or family enjoyment. Thanks to stereo outputs, you can listen to the sounds of the SP-250 through external speakers, great for professional performances, schools and places of worship, and for recording purposes. MIDI In/Out jacks connect the SP-250 to a synthesizer or other MIDI-equipped device (computer/sequencer) allowing the SP-250 to be used as both a master keyboard and a 16-part multitimbral sound module for performance and composition.
The Key Transpose function lets you shift the pitch of the instrument to match the key of a singer, or to play along with your favorite CDs. An onboard Metronome is convenient for practicing. You can add an accent to the first beat (with normal or bell sounds), and adjust its volume. There's also a dedicated slider for easy adjustment of the tempo.
In addition to equal temperament, the SP-250 provides the two most common Baroque and Classical era tunings (Kirnberger and Werckmeister) for historically-accurate performances.