Vox Continental 73 73-Key Performance Synth

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Product Description

The Vox Continental 73 features semi-weighted waterfall keys for a natural feel with excellent playability. With approximately 10 GB of high-capacity memory, the Vox Continental has 150 built-in programs carefully selected for live use. In addition, the simple and intuitive interface allows quick accessibility to all the functions.

Vox Continental 73 73-Key Performance Synth Features

  • Intuitive user interface that emphasizes playability on stage
  • ORGAN part that meticulously models three vintage organs
  • High-quality E.PIANO part with attention paid to every detail
  • Rich PIANO part powered by high-capacity samples
  • KEY/LAYER part with a wide range of variations
  • Intuitive and powerful effects that are optimized for live use
  • Touch sensor that can control a variety of parameters 
  • Nine-band EQ that allows detailed control of your sound
  • Real valve drive sound powered by Nutube, the new vacuum tube
  • Newly developed waterfall keyboard provides excellent playability
  • Dynamics knob lets you freely customize the playing feel of the keyboard
  • Scene memories let you instantly switch between settings
  • Lightweight and compact body is built of sturdy sheet metal and aluminum
  • Carries on the scarlet color that's traditional for VOX organs
  • V861 volume/expression pedal included
  • An array of four sound parts delivers high-quality sounds for live use 
The high-quality sound engine section of the Continental 73 is centered on organ, electric piano, and acoustic piano, and provides a wealth of stage-ready sounds. In addition, the Continental features a powerful effects section to enhance these sounds, and even analog valve drive powered by Nutube, the cutting-edge vacuum tube. It's an instrument that perfectly fits your live performance requirements for a variety of styles including rock, pop, jazz, and more. The Continental 73 is powered by its high-quality PCM sound engine and its sophisticated vintage sound modeling engine.

ORGAN part meticulously models three vintage organs
The ORGAN part contains three different sound engines. The VOX transistor organ sound engine perfectly reproduces the sound of the original VOX Continental that went on sale in the 1960s. The COMPACT reproduces every detail of another compact transistor organ from the same era as the VOX Continental. The CX-3 tonewheel organ sound engine faithfully models KORG's classic combo organ. These organ sounds let you use the revolutionary touch drawbars to freely control the harmonics and tone.

The VOX and the CX-3 also let you switch between upper (upper keyboard) and lower (lower keyboard) and split at a single touch of a button. It goes without saying that the CX-3 provides percussion to create an attack sound, and the COMPACT is equipped with an MTB (multi-tone booster) that lets you create everything from sweet and mellow tones to a distinctively sharp sound.

Furthermore, every sound allows vibrato/chorus and the rotary speaker simulation to be quickly switched on/off at a touch. Vintage effects are also included, letting you immerse yourself in the rich history of organ performance.

High-quality E.PIANO part pays attention to every detail
Three electric piano sound engines are provided: TINE gives you the sounds produced by striking a metal bar, REED models the vintage electric pianos that strike a vibrating reed, and FM creates the iconic electric piano sounds of the 80's. You'll enjoy high-quality e-piano sounds with realistically simulated amp and cabinet modeling, and carefully sampled overtones.

Rich PIANO part delivered by high-capacity samples
Three types of piano are provided: GRAND with its peerless resonance, UPRIGHT which provides the uniquely sophisticated depth of an upright piano, and E.GRAND which gives you an electric grand that's ideal for pop music. GRAND and UPRIGHT lavishly feature non-looped stereo samples for every key, bringing you richly expressive piano sounds that are both delicate and powerful.

KEY/LAYER part with rich variety
This part contains a variety of practical sounds that will be immediately useful in your band or ensemble, organized into the six categories of KEY, BRASS, STRINGS, LEAD, SYNTH, and OTHER. These will perfectly cover the keys part of any musical style.

From EQ to EG, touch sensors allow versatile control
The greatest distinction of the VOX Continental's interface is its revolutionary LED-equipped touch bars that shift function according to the situation. When you're playing an ORGAN part, they function as touch drawbars that you can control directly with your fingertips. When you're playing a KEY/LAYER part.

Real valve sound powered by Nutube, the new vacuum tube
Adding stunning presence and the warmth of vacuum tubes, KORG's Nutube is a new type of vacuum tube that powers valve drive sound, smooth distortion, and a dense and fat sound that cannot be obtained by modeling. The nuances of drive can be intuitively controlled by a dedicated switch and knob even while you perform. The light emanated by the Nutube circuit adds a visual element to its audible effect.

*What is Nutube?
Nutube is a new type of vacuum tube that was developed by KORG Inc. and Noritake Itron Corporation utilizing vacuum fluorescent display technology. Like a conventional vacuum tube, Nutube has an anode grid filament structure, and operates as a complete triode vacuum tube. Like a conventional vacuum tube, it generates the warm overtones and response that are distinctive of vacuum tubes.

Semi-weighted waterfall keyboard is optimized for performing a variety of sounds
A newly designed light-touch waterfall keyboard is featured. Performance techniques distinctive of the organ, such as glissandi and trills, can be reproduced perfectly. Semi-weighted design means that playing feel is also excellent for piano or electric piano performance. Even when you're playing complex chords or difficult phrases, sensitive velocity control is assured.

Freely customize the playing feel of the keyboard
The dynamics knob lets you control the way in which your playing dynamics (velocity) affect changes in volume and sound. Turning the knob toward the left gives you a wide range of expression from pianissimo to fortissimo, allowing the richly emotional performance that you need for a solo or for singer-instrumentalist playing. Turning the knob toward the right will make the loudness of the sound consistent regardless of your keyboard playing dynamics, ensuring that your keyboard backing will not be buried in the sound of your band or ensemble.

Use scene memories to instantly switch settings
Favorite sounds or frequently-used variations can be registered as one of 16 scenes (4 scenes x 4 banks) and recalled instantly while you perform. You can also use a USB flash drive to save and load up to 100 sets of 16 scenes. For the keyboard player who works with multiple bands, this feature allows sets of scene memories to be managed without confusion for easy access to the sounds you need.

A true stage keyboard that shines in live performance
The design and features of the VOX Continental are optimized for live performance. The body sports the distinctive scarlet color that's traditional for VOX organs, and is made of sturdy sheet metal and lightweight aluminum to ensure durability, and its slim and compact design guarantees excellent portability. The OUTPUT jacks provide XLR balanced output to preserve the quality of the audio output without having to use D.I. The rear panel VOX logo is fully illuminated; along with the bulldog badge, this makes a bold on-stage assertion of this instrument's English heritage.

Comes with a dedicated pedal
A volume/expression pedal (V861) is included as standard. The V861 features a compact and sturdy black-anodized aluminum chassis for a sophisticated look; it provides two sets of INPUT/OUTPUT jack and one EXPRESSION jack that let you use it to control volume or wah.

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Phone:  631-390-6500 Warranty:  1 year parts and labor

Product Specifications

Product Specifications
Vox Continental 73 73-Key Performance Synth Specifications
  • Semi-weighted waterfall (velocity sensitive is supported, after touch is not supported)
    • 73 keys: E1 - E7 (transposable in the range of [E-1…C5] - [E3…E9]), velocity sensitive E1 to E7
Sound Generator
  • Maximum Polyphony
    • Modeling tonewheel organ sound generator: 128 voices
    • Modeling transistor organ sound generator: 100 voices
    • Modeling electric piano sound generator: 80 voices
    • High-definition Piano sound generator: 60 dual stereo notes (equivalent to 240 voices max) 
    • Modeling analog synthesizer sound generator: 36voices
    • PCM sound generator: 64 stereo notes (equivalent to 128 voices max)
    • Actual maximum polyphony will vary depending on oscillator settings such as stereo multisamples and velocity crossfade.
  • PCM Memory
    • Approx. 10.5 GB (in case of 48 kHz, 16-bit Linear PCM converted)
  • ORGAN Part
    • 3 types (CX-3, VOX, COMPACT)
    • Draw bar, Percussion ON/OFF, Split function, Vibrato/Chorus ON/OFF, Rotary Speaker ON/OFF) 
  • E.PIANO Part
    • 3 types (TINE, REED, FM)
  • PIANO Part
    • 3 types (GRAND, UPRIGHT, E.GRAND)
  • KEY/LAYER Part
  • Preset variations
    • 150
  • Scene
    • 16 (4 x 4)
    • It is available to save 100 sets to external USB
  • Insert Effects
    • EFFECT: CHORUS, PHASER, FLANGER, COMP, DRIVE, WAH (control via pedal)
  • Master Effects
    • DELAY: 1. DELAY, 2. CROSS, 3. TAPE, 4. MOD DLY
    • REVERB: 1. HALL1, 2. HALL2, 3. ROOM1, 4. ROOM2, 5. SPRING
  • EQ
    • 9-band stereo input/output
    • Vacuum tube Nutube 6P1 
    • Control the amount of change in volume and tone produced by your keyboard playing dynamics.
  • Bend Lever
    • ORGAN: Rotary Slow/Fast
    • E.PIANO: Tremolo ON/OFF
    • KEY/LAYER: Pitch bend
  • Touch sensors (electrostatic capacitance type)
    • ORGAN: Drawbars
    • KEY/LAYER: Sound controls
    • EQ: 9 band equalizer
Audio Characteristics
  • Frequency Characteristics
    • 20Hz - 22kHz ±1.0dB 10k ohm load
  • THD+N
    • 20Hz - 22 kHz 0.005% (standard) 10k ohm load
  • S/N Ratio
    • 105dB (standard) 
Audio Output
    • Connector: 6.3 mm (1/4") monaural phone jack, unbalanced
    • Output impedance: 1.1 ohm (when outputting in stereo), 600 ohm (L/Mono jack, when outputting in mono)
    • Maximum level: +16.0 dBu
    • Load impedance: 10k ohm or more
    • Connector: XLR-3-32 type (balanced) + LIFT - GND switch
    • Output impedance: 350 [O] (when outputting in stereo)
    • Maximum level: +16.0 [dBu]
    • Load impedance: 10k ohm or more
    • Connector: 6.3 mm (1/4") stereo phone jack
    • Output impedance: 50 ohm
    • Maximum level: 150 + 150 mW @32 ohm
Control Inputs
    • KORG DS-1H damper pedal (supports half-damper), PS-1 and PS-3 pedal switches
    • KORG PS-1 and PS-3 pedal switches
    • V861 VOL/EXP pedal volume/expression pedalV861
Other Sounds
  • MIDI
    • IN, OUT
  • USB
    • USB A (TYPE A): Saving/loading scene data
    • USB B (TYPE B): MIDI interfaces: 1 (16 ch) in/1 (16 ch) out
    • Complies with USB specification Ver. 2.0, High speed (up to 480 Mbps)
  • AC adapter connector (DC 15 V), power button
  • Dimensions (W x D x H)
    • 73-key model: 1,103 mm x 350 mm × 86 mm/ 43.43" × 13.78" × 3.39"
  • Weight
    • 73-key model: 8.4 kg / 18.52 lbs
  • Power Consumption
    • 16W
Included Items
  • AC adapter, Power cord, V861 Volume/Expression pedal

Customer Reviews

Review: Grumpyoldude Submitted: 9/26/2018

Product Rating4 out of 5 stars.

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A Re-Imagined Classic
Product Rating

Product Review

The new VOX continental is a great stage keyboard for live performance, especially for a classic rock band. It has the sounds AND the look. I found most all of the voices to be very usable from the pianos to the synth settings with the possible exception of the tonewheel organ voices. Those sounds on the VOX are derived from a clone of a clone (the Korg CX3) and to my ear didn't quite measure up to some of the competition. All things considered, it's a worthy addition to the class, sturdy without being too heavy and when properly attached to the supplied stand is nearly immovable. The electrostatic drawbars are spectacular. Nostalgia from a slightly different direction for those so inclined.


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