Housed in a sleek, curvaceous body, the SV-1BK 83-Key Stage Vintage Piano offers an elegant on-stage appearance. Coupled with retro-style controls and a smooth black finish, the SV-1BK oozes desirabil... Read More
Housed in a sleek, curvaceous body, the SV-1BK 83-Key Stage Vintage Piano offers an elegant on-stage appearance. Coupled with retro-style controls and a smooth black finish, the SV-1BK oozes desirability - and playability!
The Piano aspects of the SV-1BK
The SV-1BK contains not just one, but multiple piano sounds, including a Japanese Grand Piano, a German Grand Piano, an authentic upright, and more. Then there is the Vintage. The SV-1BK Stage Vintage Piano offers the most rewarding compendium of electro-mechanical, transistorized, tape-driven, analog, and early digital keyboards ever available in a single 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. But for Korg, even that is not enough. The SV-1BK also provides access to the effect pedals, amplifiers, speaker cabinets, and studio techniques that gave these sounds their original shine. Together, they provide fingertip access to the sounds that defined generations of popular keyboard playing.
Designed with performance in mind, the SV-1BK is a pleasure to play. 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-1BK, 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.
Best of all, the Korg SV-1BK 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-1BK as an instrument that was made to be played; providing a retro-chic appearance that reflects the pulse and heart of the original instruments that inspired it.
The 36 sounds in the SV-1BK span from electric pianos, acoustic pianos, organs, strings and synth. Each category of instrument starts with the essential classics and then moves beyond what other products offer, going into some rare and unique instruments that were the part of the soundtrack of their eras.
The acoustic pianos include three-way stereo versions of both classic 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, plus some blended sounds.
The electric pianos start with a seven-way velocity switched "tine" version, 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-'80s digital classics. Organs include three variations of the classic tonewheel model, plus the most famous British and Italian combo organs, along with the first known offering of a signature American tube-driven console organ.
Clavs include four variations of the tonal settings plus a related keyboard from the same manufacturer that used a plucked-reed mechanism for 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 of sounds to perform with.
Each of the core instruments has been accurately sampled including tine, key-off, damper and hammer noises at different velocities. We even sampled piano cabinet resonances to enhance the accuracy of our pianos. This attention to detail, called the RX Experience, is what makes playing the SV-1BK a joy. It comes to life under your hands, with a three-dimensional sound evoking the electro-mechanical legends, reborn.
Vintage FX chain and amp modeling
The superb sound generation of the SV-1BK 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 (i.e. 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 tube can provide.
MODULATION FX (Chorus 1 & 2, Phaser 1 & 2, Flanger, and Rotary)
Some of the most famous stompbox pedals have been recreated to give you the signature sounds for these legendary timbres. Korg's rotary speaker emulation has long been acclaimed as one of the best, 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 via the included computer editor/librarian software.
Intuitive and simple interface
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 LED's to show the position of the knob, and can be pressed to restore the original setting. For really quick changes, the SV-1BK 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; when the button flashes, press it again and the settings are now stored.
Keyboard, tuning curves
As mentioned above, the SV-1BK is equipped with Korg's finest graded-hammer action (RH3) keyboard. The FUNCTION button provides access to eight different tuning curves 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 via 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-1BK can be transposed into any key.
A pro keyboard would be incomplete without all the right connections. The SV-1BK is equipped with balanced XLR and 1/4" outputs; Left and Right audio inputs; MIDI In and MIDI out jacks; 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 - 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, we knew that there were more tech-savvy players out there that would love nothing more than to dig in a little deeper. The SV-1 Editor/Librarian software provides cool graphic-based programming, including access to certain parameters not available on the SV-1 Black'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 free.
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This is an edit to my first stellar review of the Korg SV1 73. In my initial review, I gave the Korg SV1 five stars. If you are looking for great Rhodes and Clav sounds, it remains at a five star level in my opinion. However I would encourage the buyer to test it for themselves to ensure that this is what you want. Personally, I like it because I was looking only for the Rhodes and Clav sounds with no need for workstation features. I have owned the SV1 nearly a year now and based on some experiences I would like to share some information that I feel that the buyer should know in advance. After around five months of ownership, I had to contact Korg Service Dept.reference squeaking key noise in the key-bed. This can be quite annoying in quieter practice sessions. I received little or no help. I was told to go to a certified Korg dealer which I did and upon pickup, I found that I had to pay the bill for the repair. I received the keyboard back and after several days the keys and additional keys started to squeak. Since I paid this company, I was told that I had a 90 day warranty and that I could bring it back to have the keys re-greased. This was 150.00 for the first bill until the 90 day warranty expires. I was told I had to pay this bill because Korg's warranty only covered defected inner parts and that a key squeak or breakage could be due to the owner's fault. I contacted both the former and current Product Training Manager and was asked what service center did the repair; in another email, I was asked when did I purchased it; in another email, I was asked did they give you a reason to not cover it under warranty. This was the last email I received from the Product Training Manager. Before this last email, I sent an email asking if I could purchase another key-bed since my key-bed could have re-occurring problems. This email only stated "no, we do not sell replacement key-beds directly." I plan to keep my SV1 until it falls apart especially since getting a repair of some parts can be very difficult. BTW, I didn't mentioned it but my main board went out but was easily replaced by the technician during the key repair. But with any other product that I have purchased whether it was a car, or whatever, the manufacturer always made me feel that they would stand by their product to the end to do what they could to make the situation right specifically when it was due to no fault of the owner. In light of this experience, I will still keep the SV1 at five stars due to its playing potential if in proper shape. I could just happened to have several annoying keys, I don't know. However, service support is key and must be dependable especially when you never know what may go wrong with your product. The SV1 has been out at least since 2011, so I recommend that you read some of the blogs out on the net about the keys and reference how Korg has responded to their customers when help was needed with this specific model. Also, be sure to check out exactly how the warranty will cover your Korg instrument. Playing the instrument is fun but when you really need help, it may be a whole different story. My experience with Yamaha customer service support has been just the opposite. I hope this is information is helpful in providing a holistic perspective. Best wishes on your new purchase.
After looking extensively for my impression of a solid Rhodes sound, I purchased mine back in July of 2013. After experimenting with MOX 6 and Nord, I decided that I would buy the SV1. I did not buy it for the piano or organ. Although both are quite usable, I would have definitely purchased the NORD for the organ sounds or the Yamaha for a good mixture of all sounds. But as I stated, I was mostly interested in my memory of Rhodes sounds that I grew up hearing. The SV1 Rhodes sound is warm and tube-like, with a lot of cut-through. Being a guitarist this was the just the right fit. It feels as though you are actually playing the hammer against real tines, also with dirt added if you bear down a bit -like a real Rhodes but with all effects already built in - and not 130 lbs! For me it is the next best thing to an actual 70's Rhodes sound. I also have a real Rhodes, which is quite heavy to move around. The SV1 is a very close sounding emulation of the real thing. The Nord and Yamaha are also great, but in my opinion, neither comes as close to the natural vintage noise, feel and playing experience of the SV1. I play mine through both a keyboard amp, 65 Fender Twin Reverb, and many times through a Mark Bass Acoustic Amp. The con for me was the hiss on the EP 1 when the amp 1 was added along with drive. The EP1 is such a great natural sound, but the hiss really got to me. Whenever I increased the volume I got a lot of hiss. I read where it can be controlled by tweaking the software that comes with the SV1 but I never tried it. Then one day I put on my headphones and enjoyed a relatively clean sound and this gave me an idea. I decided to experiment by running the jack from the SV1 headphone output straight into the amp. From that time on I never had a problem with the hiss noise at any volume. I have read posts on how not to store the keyboard to avoid keys not playing correctly, so I never store it standing up on the side. Also keep in my mind that the keyboard is not a workstation. You will not get thousands of sounds. Rather, it is geared to a special area of electric vintage piano and Clav taste. Overall, I have noticed through various reviews that you have to love the keyboard or its probably not for you. If you are interested in the Rhodes sound, then give it a try. There are a lot of different Rhodes sounds. This one may have the ones you like. I love it! Best/Larry
I bought the 88 Key Korg SV1 Black about 5 months ago and it is by far the best sounding keyboard I've ever owned. It has a wide range of options to customize the sound of the various instruments, most importantly the the 3 band EQ. Organ sounds: The organ sounds on the SV 1 are phenomenal. They are true to life and highly customizable. The rotary setting is a great feature and its speed can even be controlled by footpedal. Electric Piano sounds: The electric pianos are also amazing. They are all adjustable with the various amp models, chorus, flanger, and phaser effects, including the vibrato, tremolo etc. Acoustic Piano sounds: The main reason I bought this keyboard was for a faithful recreation of an acoustic piano. The SV-1 certainly achieves the sound of a full wooden piano but with some minor hiccups. For some strange reason the middle register of all the piano sounds don't sustain for quite as long as the lower bass sounds or the upper register. Its a little off putting sometimes because when I attempt to pull a full bodied sound out of the EQ the middle range always seems slightly lacking in "umpf". It is possible that I've just been spoiled because I had the opportunity to play Yamaha C3 grand pianos while working at a music store, but still the SV 1 is a professional instrument and its minor flaws are noticeable. The other issue I have with the acoustic piano sound also deals with the mid range EQ knob. When cranked up I would expect it to bring the middle frequencies to the front, which it does, but not without a nagging effect of making the notes seem "tingy" and producing a sharp attack at the beginning of each key stroke. This gives the notes an unwanted harsh sound. The desired effect is an increase the presence and volume of the mid range without the increase in attack. Besides that the bass knob produces a huge robust low end and the treble knob makes your right hand feel like its floating on air. One other thing I'd like to see in keyboards is a effective way to lighten or weight the keys. Basically I'd like to be able to adjust the touch of the key bed physically rather than just the hardness or softness of the note produced. I know this review is long but bare with me. If money is no object and you are looking for the very best piano sounds out of a keyboard then I suggest looking into the Yamaha Clavinova series. They are the absolute best of the best in my opinion. If you want an awesome stage piano with a slew of great vintage features and great sound replication, then go with the Korg SV-1.
I recently purchased and received the SV-1 after years of admiring it from afar. Let me first say it was worth the wait in every way. Immediately when you turn it on and hear the first notes of the piano you get a feel for how deep and smooth the sound actually is. That is all before you even get to customizing it from the various knobs. I love this piano already!