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Korg SV-1BK 73-Key Stage Vintage Piano - Black
- 73 keys; Korg's best RH3 Graded Hammer Action; stunning piano sounds - two grands and an upright!
- 36 of the most in-demand and coveted vintage keyboard sounds, recreated with exacting detail
- Retro-inspired performance styling; single-function knobs and switches offer fast, simple operation
- 3-band EQ; 6 Pre-FX, 6 Amp Models, 6 Modulation FX, 6 Reverb/Delays; Real tube 12AX7 Valve Reactor
- Stereo Outs (1/4-Inch & XLR), Ins (1/4-Inch), Headphone out; Damper Pedal included. Optional stand and bag
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The SV-1 has been captivating audiences since 2009. Now, the acclaimed Korg SV-1 Stage Vintage Piano has been given an elegant matte black stage finish: the SV-1BK Black. • Two phenomenal grand piano sounds – 1 European, 1 Japanese • Korg’s finest 73-key piano keyboard with Graded Hammer Action • Intuitive “LIVE” front panel with single-function knobs • 8 Easy-to-set car-radio style Favorites buttons • 36 coveted and in-demand piano & vintage keyboard sounds: o Grand Pianos: Smooth European; Lively Japanese; Mono Grand (for live); etc. o Electric Pianos: Tine styles; Reed Types; Plucked Type; Clavs; etc. o Electronic Pianos: Korg SG-1D; Transistor; ‘80s synth; VPM styles; etc. o Organs: Tonewheels; USA Tube Console; Italian Combo; VOX o Keyboards: String Machine, Tape Strings, Synth Brass; etc. o Other: Piano + Layers; Real Strings; Real Choir, etc. • Valve Reactor 12AX7 tube-driven amp modeling (6 Models) • 6 Pre-FX; 6 Modulation FX; 6 Reverb Delays; 3-Band EQ • Stereo inputs / Stereo outputs ( all 1/4") • XLR Stereo balanced stage/recording outputs • Headphone output • Includes damper pedal & music rack • Options: assignable footswitch; assignable footpedal; Housed in a sleek, curvaceous body, the SV-1BK offers an elegant on-stage appearance. Coupled with retro-style controls and smooth black finish, the SV-1BK oozes desirability – and playability! An optional collapsible black stand is available, along with a gig-ready rolling soft case.
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Playing the Rhodes and Wurlitzer models in the SV-1 is poignant; it highlights what we, in our digitally modeled world, sometimes miss out on when compared to the real thing. Until now, no synth has passed the blind taste test for those vintage instruments. The bright side is that Korg finally did it.
The look and feel as much as the sounds of this device make me just want to sit down and play, more so than any digital keyboard I've owned. Isn't that the best quality an instrument can have?
I do not use the built-in distortion, reverb, and chorus. My advice is to go into the editor program and turn the reverb and chorus all the way down on every patch, except perhaps a sparing amount of reverb on the acoustic pianos. Most of the patches sound immensely better dry. You can turn off the reverb from the SV-1's front panel, but unless you edit the defaults with the editor app, when you change patches and come back, it turns on again.
To find the best mix of patches, you will need to select some from each of the three sound sets available at this date (February 2013): the factory preload set, and Sound Packs 1 and 2, which are downloadable from Korg's website.
Because I like seeing this kind of detail in reviews, I will provide a description of the patches I use. This might not make sense to you until you hook your laptop up to your SV-1 and get into the editor app. The SV-1 has six sound banks, or categories, each with six slots, giving you a total of thirty-six storable sounds. You can freely change these around via the editor app whenever you like.
To be clear: a "sound bank" is a memory storage area inside the SV-1, while a "Sound Pack" is a set of patches from Korg that you can mix and match inside the sound banks.
I like the factory preloads in sound banks 1, 2, 3, and 5, so I left those alone (except that I killed the reverb). I replaced sound bank 4's patches - the acoustic pianos - with the acoustic pianos from Sound Pack 1, except for its "Honky Tonk" piano, which I replaced with Sound Pack 2's "Grand Piano 1B". That and "Warm Piano" are my favorites among the straight piano sounds available. I then replaced sound bank 6 with a mix of patches: the first four organs from Sound Pack 1 ("Dark Jazz Organ" etc.), and "Rockin' EP" and "Soft BC Clav" from Sound Pack 2.
Regarding the organ sounds: The problem is how to capture, in a synth or in a recording, the way that a rotating speaker moves the air. I never expect organ patches to be perfect. I judge them by their warmth and resonance. Realism of the key click is an unexpected bonus when you can get it. By these standards, the SV-1's Hammond models are very good.
My main amp is a Motion Sound KP-200S. The SV-1 sounds wonderful through it.
UPDATE FEBRUARY 2014: Be sure to turn on the Organ Amp when playing a Hammond patch. The difference is remarkable. Discovering this is like getting a whole new keyboard.
Regarding the reverb: I still don't like it when playing solo, but it is a useful seasoning for live band settings. More kudos to Korg's engineers.
The SV-1 sounds great through a pair of Yamaha MSR100's, which are small and light but punch above their weight. Every entry in the MSR series is fantastic for PA and monitor speakers.
Advice about stands: I put the SV-1 on an On Stage KS7150 Table Top Keyboard Stand, and use a ProLine PL200 X-Braced Keyboard Stand behind it as my second tier. The ProLine holds a 61-key Yamaha PSR series synth. The legs of the ProLine fit between the legs of the On Stage. This is the perfect arrangement when your upper keyboard is too deep from front to back (like many Yamaha synths) to fit on the built-in arms of a two-tier stand. Even better, my setup lets the second keyboard rest flat instead of tilted, and gives me an unimpeded line of sight across the top to the audience and my bandmates. Together, these two stands make my keyboard setup feel sort of like a Hammond organ with upper and lower manuals.
The included sustain pedal is high-quality. I use a Yamaha FC7 Volume Control Pedal to control the volume, and a Roland FS-5U footswitch to switch the Leslie (rotary speaker) simulator on and off (but any single-button switch might work).