At Musikmesse 2014: Today Korg introduced its new LP-180 Digital Piano. The 88-note piano combines the sounds and action from Korg’s affordable SP-170 stage piano with the “modern aesthetic” of Korg’s flagship LP-380 “lifestyle” piano.
Available in black or white, the compact LP-180 is equipped with Korg’s NH (Natural Weighted Hammer Action) keyboard, with nuanced dynamics when playing sounds such as acoustic piano or electric piano. The LP-180 is weighted like a traditional piano, with a heavier touch in the lower ranges, becoming progressively lighter in the higher registers. Additionally, all three pedals from a concert grand are included (damper, soft and sostenuto), with half-pedaling supported by the damper and soft pedal.
The LP-180’s piano sounds contain stereo samples from a concert grand piano taken at two velocities to reproduce playing dynamics. Ten different sound variations round out the onboard offerings, which include piano, electric piano, vibraphone, pipe organ, and strings.
The digital piano’s integrated sound system is comprised of two large 10 cm speakers, mounted in a bass-reflex chamber, and powered by a pair of 11-Watt amplifiers. Dual headphone outputs allow two people share the instrument.
Pricing and Availability. The Korg LP-180 Digital Piano will be available for sale in May with a “street” price of $699. More information is available on the Korg website.