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Korg PX5D Pandora Guitar and Bass Multi Effects Processor

by Korg

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  • A compact processor for guitar and bass
  • USB Interface capability
  • Famous Korg 'REMS' modeling technology. 180 variations of classic and cutting-edge guitar amps, bass amps, cabinets, classic and new effects.
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.8 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • Item model number: PX5D
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,971 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at April 13, 2004

Product Description

Product Description

The all new KORG Pandora PX5D Multi-effects Processor for Guitar and Bass is the first ever USB equipped Pandora. In addition to hundreds of great effects and practice tracks, the PX5D USB and bundled recording software provides a totally complete guitar/bass recording interface! The Korg PANDORA series is famous for packing dozens of realistic modeling effects and a multitude of versatile functions into a pocket-sized unit. Korg is proud to announce the new PANDORA PX5D, optimized to work with your computer as a powerful recording tool. This new multi-effect processor for guitar and bass is the first in the PANDORA series to provide a USB/audio interface for direct connection to your desktop or laptop computer. The PX5D can be plugged into a computer and used in conjunction with your audio sequencer software  to easily make CD-quality recordings. The new PX5D joins Korg’s respected PANDORA series, famous for packing high-quality sounds and ease of use into a pocket size unit; easy to enjoy anywhere and anytime. The PX5D provides a total of 180 realistic and wide-ranging effects created using Korg’s world-acclaimed, proprietary 'REMS' modeling technology. Included are simulations that recreate classic vintage and modern, high-gain amps, as well as effects ranging from the familiar to the unique. Numerous effects designed specifically for bass are also included, making the PX5D a great choice not only for the guitarist but for the bassist as well. In a first for the PANDORA series, a USB-MIDI/USB audio interface is also provided, allowing you to use the PX5D with your computer to transfer audio data or record into your DAW software. There’s also dedicated editor/librarian software that lets you edit and manage programs from your computer. All the classic features you have come expect from the PANDORA are also present, to help the guitarist or bassist practice, perform and record.

Back in the 1990s, the first Korg Pandora placed its indelible stamp on the pocket multi-effects processor category. Today, Pandora is still king of the category. Today's highly-evolved Korg PX5D is your personal rehearsal hall, an all-hours amp shop, your own audio recording suite as well as your digital doorway to the modern studio. And best of all, the battery-powered PX5D still fits in your pocket, so your great sound is always with you.

The battery-powered PX5D still fits in your pocket, so your great sound is always with you. Click to enlarge.

The PX5D also works as a USB audio interface.

Backlit LCD screen for easy navigation.

Intuitive four-way cursor control.

Big for Its Size
Despite its compact size, the Pandora PX5D is laid out with game-controller efficiency--so you can spend more time playing and less time wishing you were already playing! Modern and up to date, the PX5D serves double duty as a stereo USB audio interface, allowing you convenient access to audio recording software on your computer.

High-Quality "REMS" Based Effects
Korg's "REMS" Modeling Technology has been widely acclaimed for its natural, authentic sound quality. A total of 180 effect types are available in the Pandora PX5, divided into seven categories that match the seven effect modules that are simultaneously available.

  • Dynamics
    This section includes everything from simple compression to advanced algorithms that can emulate a humbucking sound from a single coil pickup (or vice-versa); transform an electric guitar into an acoustic timbre, add a fretless character to any bass sound; plus a series of wahs and auto-wahs.
  • AMP Modeling
    In addition to some of the most popular and widely recorded amps, the PX5D multi-effects processor includes a number of rare and boutique amplifier models--everything from the ubiquitous VOX AC30 to a US Hi-Gain (think snakeskin) amp. A total of 15 guitar amps and 11 bass amps are all delivered with spot-on accuracy. Bass synth and Guitar Synth models are also featured in the PX5D.
  • Cabinet Simulations
    Matching the right amp to the right cabinet is a necessity for capturing a classic tone. But go ahead and mix and match to build your own custom "virtual" rig. From a single 8" tweed to a 4 x 15" mammoth, the PX5d has it all.
  • Modulation Effects
    You name it, Pandora has it--phasers, flangers, choruses, filter sweeps, U-Vibes, tremolos, intelligent pitch shifting, rotary speaker, auto-panning. Best of all, each effect can be tweaked to your own personal preference.
  • Delay Settings
    Five Delay effects--each with five variations relating to feedback amount--are available in this Pandora PX5D multi-effects processor. Delay time is conveniently set using the Tap key on the front panel and a versatile Reverse Delay is onboard.
  • Reverbs
    Eleven Reverb algorithms place the final ambience and sheen on your sound.
  • Noise Reduction
    Keep your sound clean--and silent in between songs.

100 Presets, 100 user programs
Seventy Guitar Presets and Thirty Bass Presets are ready and waiting to get you started with your new Korg PX5D. For those who like to make their sound their own, 100 User Program location are available for storing your custom settings. Using the Software Editor Librarian provides faster, graphic editing and allows you to build up libraries of custom patches. A simple USB cable provides the connection to your computer.

Clean panel design for intuitive control
With almost gamer styling, the PX5D is an easy-to-operate multi-effects processor. A four-way cursor to the left and a recessed dial to the right combine for easy navigation of the backlit LCD screen. For the amplifier traditionalist, dedicated thumb wheels across the top offer real-time control of Gain, Bass, Treble and Volume. Four Program Memory buttons keep your favorite programs close at hand! An adapter cable is included, allowing two optional footswitches to be connected to the PX5D for hands-free operation.

Drummer and bassist included
128 accurate and professional Rhythm & Bass groove patterns are built in to your Korg PX5D--including simple "click-track" style metronome beats. The Rhythm patterns have three variations, so you can find the one you like. Use the Tap key to set the tempo to anything from 40 to 240 Beats per Minute (BPM). Both Major and Minor bass lines are included with each groove, and you can set the Bass Key to any note. Up to sixteen patterns can be strung together into one of twenty chains--an excellent feature for writing a new tune, practicing a part or crafting that killer solo--in context!

The world outside
Connect an MP3 player, CD, USB or other external audio source to the AUX IN jack and you can play along. Wrong key? Use the Key Transpose function to change the pitch of the song into any musical key. For the bassist, the PX5D multi-effects processor also contains a Bass Cancelling function that removes the bass sound from an external audio source so that you can play and hear your bass along with the song.

Repeat as necessary
Phrase Training is a fun feature for learning difficult material or for working on solos. You can record up to 80 seconds of audio from any external source and play it back repeatedly (looped) at a slower speed--without changing the pitch. This is a great way to learn complex or rapid passages by ear, since you will be able to hear the phrase slowly. You can also record yourself chording along with the built-in rhythm and bass accompaniment, and then practice your soloing skills.

Digital USB doorway
In its off hours, the Pandora PX5D moonlights as USB audio interface for all your computer needs, offering two-channel audio communication to and from your Mac or PC.

What's in the Box
Korg PX5D, Owner's manual, Two AA alkaline batteries, Strap holder, CD-ROM, Footswitch adapter cable, Rubber feet

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Backing tracks, bass and guitar, tuner, rec.
redmond, wa
Rarely do I take the time to rate a product, but I've been very happy with the PX5 since I got it for Christmas.
T. Bush
I am overall impressed with the built in reverb and delay effects, and the distortion sounds very good also.
Kyo-Jin Lee

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Kyo-Jin Lee on July 17, 2010
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I've had the Pandora for two weeks now and I've used it extensively. So far, I am pleased that I bit the bullet and shelled out the money for this thing. It's loaded with all sorts of features, and most importantly, it prevents me from being turned off my instrument because of crappy sound (I am on vacation, about 7000 miles away from my beloved amps and mixers and doodads and geegaws).

But take note, if you are listening to this thing through mediocre headphones or earbuds, you will hear a very sub-par and overall tremendously frustrating sound. For example, my Sony earbuds that I would rate 8/10 for iPod listening makes the Pandora sound totally tinny- scoops out all the mids, boosts the uselessly high treble and muddies up the bass. You will sit there trying to dial in a usable tone cursing the paint off your walls.

On the other hand, I have a pair of Audio-Technica M50 studio monitor headphones (no product endorsement, just saying what works for me) that sounds fantastic with the Pandora. So I guess the moral of my story is to pair this headphone amp with headphones that have a flat EQ response.

Because the Pandora is marketed as a headphone amp doesn't mean you are confined to headphones. I plugged the Pandora into a cheap bass amp and my guitar actually sounded pretty good! I can't wait to plug it into a good sound system and let it scream. From what I've heard, people have had a lot of success with going direct into PA or going through guitar or bass amps.

As far as the effects go, they gave me pretty much all I need and much much more. I am overall impressed with the built in reverb and delay effects, and the distortion sounds very good also. Some of the effects work in stereo so you can get that left to right rotary speaker effect.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By William J. Glenn on November 24, 2010
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I give this unit great marks for the sound quality and features. I also find that the engineers/designers did a good job thinking about how people would use this device and they provided the flexibility to do just about anything. BUT, there are 2 major weaknesses in this product as a whole. Three categories go into making a great product: The Device, The Manual, The Customer Service.

1. In my opinion, Korg is not known for having great manuals. It's so sad to me that a product developer utilizes a really great sound engineering department and then weakens the customer satisfaction equation by utilizing weak technical writers or translators. Here's an example: In the TROUBLESHOOTING section regarding the USB connection to your computer: "Refer to the owners manual of the connected device to insure that it responds to the messages you are transmitting." THIS STATEMENT IS REDICULOUS AND MEANINGLESS AND TOTALLY UNHELPFUL. Why put it into the manual. I am a system developer and I can assure you that 99.9% of consumers have no idea how to "verify that it responds to messages you are transmitting." Other troubleshooting help just says "contact the dealer". Are they kidding? Are you really going to call Amazon for tech help on a USB problem? KORG should have reliable customer services in place for every product.

But, here's the best example of what I call inexcusable. This problem has caused people to return the item for refund or exchanges with Amazon. I know this for a fact. The problem is induced by the KORG manual in the section about performing the KEYLOCK function. It's a great feature to disable the keys during your gig to preclude inadvertently changing modes etc.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. Lay on August 16, 2009
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Actually this device is much more than a toy. I record weekly with a keyboard player and I no longer need to take my guitar amplifier to this session. I just carry the PX5D along with the necessary cords and attach it directly to his mixer which is hooked directly to his PC. I can change guitar sounds as the music requires. I can also plug the PX5D into my PC via a USB port and quickly edit the user settings for sounds and also program rhythm chains easily. The device seems to be very well made and has performed flawlessly so far .
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By T. Bush on December 28, 2009
Rarely do I take the time to rate a product, but I've been very happy with the PX5 since I got it for Christmas. It's been REALLY fun! It's easy to use, sounds really good, and makes playing a blast. If you're seriously thinking of getting a processor, I highly suggest this product. The ONLY complaint I have is that the power cord is not included. It doesn't seem to be sucking down batteries, but I'd rather run in with an AC adapter. I'll have to purchase that soon..... Overall, 5 stars!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By wilson on May 13, 2009
This device is just too much fun. I thought there was actually 700 rythms, but it does not really. It has 128 rhythms, which is composed of drums (three variations) and bass (three variations). Bass can be set to off, drums don't have that option. The device is very easy to customize/change the sounds using the free software that comes with it. I have to read the instructions to figure out how to set the chains on the device itself, but with the software is a breeze. There twenty chains that can be customized. Each chain has 16 tracks with the option of repeating each rhythm a max of 4 times per track. Creating a rhythm for a song is easy. Like I said before there are three variations of drum and bass and a key (scale) can be set for each individual track. This is useful when you have a key change in the middle of a song. The phraser is awesome and very easy to use. press phraser and start playing. it will automatically stop recording when you stop playing and continue looping automatically. This is fun. You'll be hooked on it for hours.
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