Designed with performance in mind, the SV-1 is a pleasure to play. Once you try it, you'll understand what all the excitement is about. The RH3 Real Weighted Hammer Action is the finest keybed Korg of... Click To Read More About This Product
Designed with performance in mind, the SV-1 is a pleasure to play. Once you try it, you'll understand what all the excitement is about. The RH3 Real Weighted Hammer Action is the finest keybed Korg offers, with a solid, responsive feel that inspires confidence. Forget menus. Never mind banks and programs. Stop staring at displays. With the SV-1, the entire front panel is always live, using clearly labeled knobs to dial up just the sound you are looking for. Saving your eight Favorite settings for quick recall is as easy as saving a station on your car radio.
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Comments about Korg SV-1 73 Limited Edition Stage Piano:
I picked up the 73 key Black/Red SV-1 based on reviews only. It is identical to the SV1 73key except for the black and red keys. The closest music store that had one of these in stock was over 300 miles away. With my busy schedule I just couldn't justify driving 600+ miles to give one of these a shot so I figured, I have 60 days (I got the 2 year pro coverage) to really try this thing and if it doesn't work out then I can return it. I'm writing this review 6 days in. I've logged about 20 hours on it so far. I was classically trained on uprights and baby grands. I played my fair share of classic E.Pianos as well, baby electric grands, Wurlitzer's, a few suitcase pianos and Rhodes to name a few. I own a Yamaha Motif ES8, But I've played: Motif ES, XF, and XS series. All Roland Fantom series and the Jupiter. My Korg workstation experience include the Triton series, M3's, and Kronos. After lugging around monstrous workstations and heavy classic instruments I decided it was time to find something that not only could do both, but sound good doing both. This is the closest answer I can find that feels natural, looks unique, and sounds near perfect. Workstations are great studio tools, they have solid sounding pianos, big beautiful synths and strings, choirs, drum kits, arpeggiators, the list goes on and on and on. To edit these settings you usually have to go through a series of screens, a series of button commands, and then you have to save the setting on the HD or thumb drive so when you reboot whichever beast it is you are on, it will hopefully have saved your new preset. The SV1 does this with ease. The front panel is easily navigable and the saturation of whichever setting that is selected can be manipulated just as easily with the LED knobs. I'll spare you the stuff that has already been talked about. Some quick advice I can give is: Save your 'top 8' for the software editor. You can do splits, layers, etc with the software and many of the features in the software are not provided on the front panel. So those 1-off unique to the song kind of settings should be your top 8. The rest of the settings are so easy to get to that you can easily recall most presets with ease. Playing all sorts of different instruments and workstations I've become accustomed to a more digital representation and feel of not only the attack of the keys but how expression and damper pedals work. This keyboard specifically for me changes what can be done in a little ~40lb box. The natural response on the pianos and E.pianos is nothing short of incredible. I recorded a few quick tracks the night I got it and was blown away when I could literally hear the emulation of the cloth coming back down onto the strings on the European and Japanese pianos. The E.Pianos actually have that fraction of a second of body resonance when you let up the damper and lift off of the keys. PHENOMENAL is all I can say about the piano and E.Pianos. The Clavs are excellent also, I picked up an expression pedal to control the wah effect (as well as volume) and it works perfectly! Lets get into those settings that people tend to not like with the SV1. Strings: in my opinion are quite good. They have a very natural bow on string sound to them. They may get a little overwhelming for some, but a bit of dynamic practice and a volume pedal can help with this. I specifically love the string pads. Synths: Warm! Being a workstation owner and a recording fanatic I'm constantly making my own synths. The preset synths sound good. The horn synths well... sound like horn synths. The grainy saw synths are quite warm and fill out better than most of my settings on my motif. I'm sure I'll be tweaking these in the software. Organs: These didn't sound the best out of box, I got them sounding pretty good adjusting the on-board amp levels and EQ. But like many reviews state, you are just a few quick tweaks in the software and an update away from getting killer tone out of these. My favorite thing about this keyboard is their attention to detail in the engineering of the sounds. You can hear the click of the key-beds in many of the E.pianos. The body resonance emulation totally sold me on this piece. Honestly I can't believe I didn't get this earlier! This will be featured on any stage I play on in the future!
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