The Korg SV-1 Stage Vintage Piano contains hip, in-demand, and soul-satisfying keyboard sounds collected together in a single instrument. Decades of electro-mechanical, transistorized, tape-driven, an... Read More
The Korg SV-1 Stage Vintage Piano contains hip, in-demand, and soul-satisfying keyboard sounds collected together in a single instrument. Decades of electro-mechanical, transistorized, tape-driven, analog, and digital legends are joined by a collection of rich acoustic pianos, all reproduced with stunning realism. The SV-1 is about much more than excellent sound; it re-creates the look, feel, and visceral pleasure of performing on a vintage instrument.
Crafted using Korg's RX (Real eXperience) technology, each sound is a detailed and authentic re-creation, accurately capturing the full range of expression and dynamics of the original. Every element of this digital piano has been preserved—the snap of the tine, the release of the hammer, and the click of the contacts. By isolating these sonic components, the RX engine allows you to create a sonic signature from showroom-shiny to road-ravaged, adding just the right amount to suit your taste.
The Korg SV-1 also recreates the effects pedals and studio processing that gave these sounds their original luster. The proven, tube-driven (12AX7) Valve Reactor circuit adds warmth and realism to period-accurate amplifier models. Together, the three-band EQ, Pre-FX, Modulation FX, and Reverb/Delay add yet another dimension of authenticity to your playing.
Designed with performance in mind, the SV-1 is a pleasure to play. The RH3 real weighted hammer action is the finest keybed that Korg offers, with a solid, responsive feel that inspires confidence. You can forget menus, never mind banks and programs, and stop staring at displays because the Korg keyboard's entire front panel is always live, using clearly labeled knobs to dial up exactly the sound you're looking for. Saving your eight favorite settings for quick recall is as easy as saving a station on your car radio.
The SV-1 digital piano provides an economical, reliable, portable, and maintenance-free alternative to collecting and maintaining a stable of vintage instruments. The cabinet styling clearly defines the SV-1 as an instrument that was made to be played, providing a retro-chic appearance that reflects the pulse and heart of the original instruments.
The SV-1 provides many signature variations of classic instruments to inspire your performance. The 36 sounds of the Korg SV-1 allow you to rediscover hit-making vintage electric pianos, funky clavichords, classic and cult-favorite organs, string machines, and of course, pianos. The SV-1 also serves up breathtaking grand piano sounds, real-deal upright piano sounds, plus the sounds of hall-of-fame electronic contenders. Each category of instrument starts with the essential classics and then moves beyond what standard products offer, going into rare and unique instruments that were part of the soundtrack of their eras. For example, the electric pianos start with several seven-way velocity switched "tine" versions, continue through the classic "reed" based model, and then into a vintage analog "electra" instrument (all from American manufacturers), as well as two different Japanese mid-80's digital classics.
The acoustic pianos include three-way stereo versions of both German and Japanese grand piano giants, a more intimate upright piano, a much-needed mono piano for small gigs, a late '70s to mid '80s Japanese electro-acoustic variation, Korg's signature and rocking SG-1D, plus some blended sounds. Organs include three variations of the classic tone wheel model, the most famous British and Italian combo organs, and the first-known offering of a signature American tube-driven console organ.
Clavichords include four variations of tonal settings plus a related keyboard sound from the same manufacturer that used a plucked-reed mechanism to achieve a unique and intimate sound. Add in real, tape-based and analog strings, choir, and a couple of fat analog synth sounds and you have an incredibly versatile palette to perform with.
Each of the core keyboards has been accurately sampled including tine, key-off, damper, and hammer noises at different velocities. Tone wheel organs include the much-needed leakage and adjustable key-click. Korg even sampled piano cabinet resonances to enhance the accuracy of their acoustic pianos. By isolating these sonic components, the RX engine allows you to create a sonic signature sound, adding just the right amounts to suit your individual taste. This attention to detail, called the RX Experience, is what makes playing the Korg SV-1 such a joy. It comes to life in your hands with a three-dimensional sound, allowing the electro-mechanical legends to be reborn again.
Period-accurate amps and effects
The superb sound generation of the Korg SV-1 vintage piano is further enhanced with the inclusion of six separate stages of signal processing, all bypass-able:
Equalizer (bass, middle, and treble): Controllable from the front panel, the EQ allows you to shape the tonal quality of your sound in real-time.
Pre FX (Compression, Boost, U-Vibe, Chorus/Vibrato, Tremolo, Wah): This section provides the essential effects for pre-treating your sound or adding some vintage vibe, with some classic effects modeled by Korg's legendary guitar effects designers. Add a sweep pedal (Korg's EXP-2 or XVP-10) to get funky with the Wah.
Amp Model (Amp Modeling, cabinet simulation and noise reduction): A wealth of amp heads and speaker cabinets are available to add color, drive, and edge to your sound. Plus, Korg's exclusive Valve Reactor circuitry adds the warmth or snarl that only a real 12AX7 tube can provide.
Modulation FX (Chorus 1 and 2, Phaser 1 and 2, Flanger, and Rotary): Some of the most famous stomp-box pedals have been recreated to give you the signature sounds for these legendary timbres. Korg's rotary speaker emulation has long been acclaimed, faithfully adding nuance and motion to any organ sound.
Reverb/Delay (Room, Plate, Hall, Spring, Tape Echo, and Stereo Delay): Four types of reverb are provided, along with a classic tape-echo, plus a tempo-based digital delay complete with a tap tempo switch.
This final step in the chain ensures your level remains balanced across all sounds and is adjustable only through the included computer editor/librarian software.
Zero learning curve
The user interface has been designed with performance in mind. Every essential control is quickly accessible on the front panel, with no confusing menus or multiple button presses. Rotary knobs include illuminated LEDs to show the position of the knob, and can be pressed to restore the original setting. For really quick changes, the Korg SV-1 piano has eight car-radio style buttons to instantly call up your eight favorite sounds and settings. Storing a favorite is equally as easy. Simply adjust the controls to your preferred settings, then press and hold one of the favorites buttons and when the button flashes, press it again. Your custom setting is now stored.
Touch and tune
The SV-1 is equipped with Korg's finest graded-hammer action (RH3) keyboard. The Function button provides access to eight different velocity curves that allow the keyboard to respond to match any performance style. Authentic to the end, the SV-1 offers eight tuning schemes including equal, grand piano stretch, electric piano stretch, electric grand, upright stretch, detuned, and two user-definable types (configurable using the editor/librarian software). Overall, tuning can also be accessed with the Function button and adjusted by using the EQ treble control. While in this mode, concert pitch (A=440) can be recalled quickly by pressing the treble encoder pot. Needless to say, the SV-1 can be transposed into any key.
Your winning look
Housed in a bold, curvaceous body, the SV-1 piano really stands out from the crowd. Coupled with retro-style controls and stunning finishes, the SV-1 oozes desirability and playability.
Connect with others
A pro keyboard would be incomplete without all the right connections. The SV-1 is equipped with balanced XLR and 1/4" outputs, Left and Right audio inputs, MIDI In and MIDI Out jacks, a USB MIDI Port, and 3 pedal connections: Damper, Pedal 1, and Pedal 2. The Damper pedal is included, and responds to half-pedaling for authentic piano response. Pedal 1 is designed for a switch type of pedal, and can operate as a piano Sostenuto pedal, or as a Fast/Slow switch when the Rotary Speaker effect is on. Pedal 2 can accept either a sweep-type pedal (great for authentic Wah effects and accurate organ volume control) or an additional switch pedal, providing the piano purist with access to all three piano pedal functions by adding the Una Corda (soft) function.
While setting out to create an incredibly friendly and easy-to-use instrument, Korg knew that there were more tech-savvy players out there that would love nothing more than to dig a little deeper. The SV-1 Editor/Librarian software provides cool graphic-based programming, including access to many effects parameters not available on the SV-1's panel. In addition, the Editor/Librarian software allows each of the 36 sounds and the eight Favorites to be programmed and saved individually. This points the way to users sharing and swapping their favorite settings, and for Korg to supply more sounds in the future. The SV-1 Editor/Librarian runs on Mac or PC, and is included with every SV-1. MIDI Local can be set on or off from the front panel, allowing the Korg SV-1 to function effectively as a controller keyboard in any software set-up.
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I just got this yesterday lol.... the sound is amazing!!!! I don't think I've ever played a keyboard like this.. The acoustic piano sound is reaaally good... the eps are really good as well.. organ sound very good lol.... However this a stage keyboard! It doesn't have sound effects.. its mainly for piano, eps, organ, and clav... if you want sound effects buy software along with this keys...
This keyboard is still relatively new to me but has impressed all of my fellow musicians that I have played it for so far. I have 2 other keyboards that are Roland and I am still trying to get used to the Piano sounds on the Korg. I guess I am still wanting a warmer sound on the pianos but I pulled another grand piano sound off of their latest Service Pack and am satisified with it. But this keyboard really wasn't purchased so much for the piano sound as the organ sound. And the organ sound is unlike anything Roland has ever produced in their RD series. I'm sure their VK models are similar but without trying them I wouldn't know yet. The bad part is that nobody really has these on display for you to try out before you purchase it...which is a downside. So I purchased this strictly from reviews provided by Korg and others. The panel where the controls are is easily manipulated, however, I have to say that I do not like the local off button and transpose buttons being so close to where my right hand plays all of the time.....which is right up in the octave above middle C. That is a complete disadvantage when playing live. Hitting the transpose button really throws things off when you are in the middle of the song and getting with it....not a pretty scene. And the local off button will completely cut your line out sound off! Bad deal there. But aside from this, it is a great keyboard. The keys were not as weighted as I was used to but they are easier for playing the organ on certain songs where you need to climb up and down the keys to give it that sort of effect that so many songs require. So that is definetely a plus. I would rate this a complete 5....but until there is a workable fix to keep the transpose and local off buttons from being hit by my long fingers, I will have to give this a 4.
Purchased the 88 at Easy Music Center in Honolulu a few weeks back and have been extremely impressed with the range of this keyboard. The sounds are spot-on. The stereo acoustic pianos are particularly convincing. I use a Roland KC-60 mono keyboard amp and prefer the mono acoustic piano for normal use; however the Japanese acoustic is flawless on a pair of Grado 325i's. I highly recommend this machine!
I essentially bought my SV-1 blind after seeing Korg's official video reveal and Greg Phillinganes's demonstration, so impressed was I from the off. I'm happy to say that I am more satisfied than I ever anticipated. The Rhodes and Wurlitzer emulations are spot-on, with comprehensive levels of sound personalization not only through effects (Phasers, Chorus, Tremolo and Vibrato, etc. as well as many unique reverb options and Leslie simulation) and tube-driven amp modeling but also within the voices themselves (mechanical FX, key click, tine noise...). I've heard nitpicking concerning the Clav voices sounding thin or brittle, but I can't say I agree; they have just as much soul as anything off of a Stevie Wonder album in my opinion. The Hammond organ emulations, while they won't stand up to a direct comparison to a B3 or even Hammond's XK-1 and XK-3(c) keyboards, are decent enough to serve as a lower manual for comping or as a stand-in organ in a pinch. The Farfisa is absolutely '70s cheese (spot-on, in other words), the Vox Continental is actually quite impressive in tone and response, and the Lowrey organ modeled on Garth Hudson's (of The Band) personal rig is a blast to pound rich chords out of. While Korg's RH3 hammer-action keybed may come across as unforgiving or "stodgy" under the fingers at first (as it initially did for me), odds are that it will feel increasingly natural play after play to the point that the player won't want to touch another keyboard. I should know: it happened to me, and I ain't lookin' back.
All I can say is "Oh My God" this instrument is unbelieveable. Never heard anything like it before, ever. It has my personal Ep's and Piano'a on one keyboard instead of having to have several keyboards. The tube is amazing for warmth and the controls are right at your fingertips. No menus thank you Lord. This is a great keyboard Old School but New Way. A must see and play, about to sell all my keyboards just to get this one. Mark
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