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Korg SV188BK - 88 - Key Digital Piano with Vintage Sounds, Black
- 88 keys; Korg's best RH3 Graded Hammer Action; our finest 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) and Ins (1/4-Inch), Headphone out; Damper Pedal included. Optional stand, bag
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SV-1 BLACK 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 88-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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and I've heard from a friend who owns one that she's afraid everytime she has to travel with it...
weight and fragility make the incredible sound not as worthy..
I've already used my keyboard to make a song using Garageband. Search Skyfall Instrumental Garageband by Dennis Pena on Youtube. I hope you like it!
I acquired this instrument about a month ago and have taken it through its paces (including updates). You'll read elsewhere that the SV-1's sounds are mostly superb with the minor disappointment being its organ sounds. I do agree with those reviews and because of the updates I've been able to replace some of the sounds. The two transistor organs (the Vox Continental and Farfisa) are history. I have no need for 'em. The 6 organ sounds I now use are three of the Hammond jazz type and three of the 3/4 to full bar/registration type. In essence I can go from Jimmy Smith/John Paul Jones cool to Jon Lord/Rick Wakeman thunder.
I haven't replaced the stock pianos (Yamaha C7 & Steinway) because they sound fine - not great but fine. I still recommend these ppianos because I've auditioned several hi-end sampled pianos and NONE of them sound like the real thing. About the only "electronic" paino I've heard that makes me shiver me timbers is the modelled piano Pianoteq. It's chock full of character, depth and warmth that simply cannot me "snapshot" sampled. At least Korg makes an attempt by using a "hologram" 3D sound concept. Which brings us to their electronic pianos.
The included clavs (a little thin but still recommended), the Fender Rhodes and Wurlitzer 200A sounds will make you **** your pants. They sound so realistic - warts and all - that it's scary. When you play a tune on one of the pianos then switch, for instance, to a Wurlitzer it's as if you've simply just played a real piano, turned on your bench to the right, and started playing a Wurlitzer. Eerie.
Much has been said about its digital effects and real tube sound. A keyboard with an actual built-in tube pre-amp/power amp. How cool is that? So far I've made this keyboard sound like the holy grail of stage pianoss, right?
It's of personal taste but some organ players might be turned off my the real weighted piano keys. They might also be turned off by the lack of drawbars. I'm confident that as more sound sets are developed by Korg, and as its editor gets improved upon, the shortcomings in the organ will be lessened.
Unlike, say, Korg's own M50, you need a computer to edit the internal sounds. Kinda inconvenient if you're not attached to one out in the field. It's, of course, impractical to build that many knobs/parameters into the SV-1. Korg is hoping that you'll simply edit the sounds to your liking at home then take it out on stage as is. That concept may or may not appeal to all. This particular keyboard suits me (and my band) perfectly because its focus is real organic sounds not synthesized ones. I actually did have the 73-note version thinking I wouldn't miss the other 15 notes from the 88 version - but I did. I couldn't live without the full piano-sized version. I felt like I was selling myself short.
So, really, just for the Wurlitzer and Rhodes sounds alone the SV-1 is worth the price. The 88-note Yamaha & Steinway is simply icing on the cake. Highly recommended.
P.S. One final but extremely important note. It doesn't matter how great your keyboard sounds if it's played through a crappy or inappropriate system. I've read where users have lamented about the piano's one-dimensional sound on a guitar amp. Duh! Actually, even through some keyboard amps, the sound is still lacking. In my home I plug the SV-1 directly into a pair of Alesis powered monitors (USB 520). The sound is excellent. Live on stage I plug into the mains so the sound is clear. I can't understate the importance of a good sound system. 'Nuff said.
Addendun: January 15, 2011. Oops! Amazon has a photo of the Korg SP-250 above instead of the the SV-1.
I purchased the black key/red key 73 key model but returned it and bought the regular 88 key version as I preferred the additional range and more traditional look.
I listened to the stock SV1 and then replaced many of the patches with Sound Pack 2. This soundpack has acoustic pianos with longer sustain and more electro mechanical pianos and organs included, without effects. As needed, you layer in the analog style effects from the simple knob controls. The stock loaded patches were pre layered with effects which reduces the sample set,
In terms of sound, the electro mechanical Rhodes and Whirly's are top notch with accurate timbre which changes with volume. The organ samples are very good but there are no draw bars making the organs useful but less so than the real deal B3 or a Nord.
The real surprise are the strings. They blow away the S90ES in terms of naturalness and expressiveness. I did not expect this.
The main reason to really buy this is the simplicity of the knob driven,non-digital, interface which is very intuitive and a pleasure to use; also, the SV1 has the most authentic weighted keyboard action I know of and xlr balanced outputs. A friend asked me about the tube and whether it actually worked or was just for effect. I did some research . . . and have worked on equipment for years. Below are my findings:
- Regarding the tube on the SV 1. The block diagram in the owner’s manual does indeed show the 12AX7 terminating into a dummy load which is correct but very incomplete and frankly leaves Korg open to the wrong conclusion that the tube does not impact the signal and is “for show”. I found the service manual to the Vox tone lab which I believe is the genesis of this circuit and here is my simplification of what is going on.
- Each half of the 12ax7 is fed the signal in push pull configuration with each half of the tube carrying the positive or negative component of the wave form. The heaters are run at 6 volts vs 12 volts which allows tube life to extend well past 20 years and promotes faster soft clipping. - The tube output is fed into a “dummy load” which simulates an array of speaker cabinets throwing a reactive impedance/capacitance load back at the tube. This causes the frequency response to skew simulating a low damping factor tube’s reaction to various speaker cabinets (varies based on load of selected cabinet) and of course the tube soft clips creating even ordered harmonics. The dummy load basically absorbs the preamp tube’s gain. Accordingly, the tube output is also connected to an op amp to create the appropriate gain and impedance matching for the rest of the electronics.
- Most modeler circuits try to digitally emulate the power amps “transfer function” but cannot emulate the reaction of the power tubes to various speaker load. The Korg implementation can, and in my opinion, does this well which is why many folks really like the electromechanical keyboard sounds.