Korg Intros Pa3X Le High Performance Arranger Keyboard

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Korg has introduced  the newest keyboard in its Pa series of keyboard workstations, the Pa3X Le High Performance Arranger. 

The Pa3X Le has features tailored to arranging, sequencing and live peformance.

It offers a huge collection of onboard sounds, and provides 192MB of space for either your own samples, or add-on sound libraries The Pa3X Le also features a TC Helicon Vocal Harmonizer, a dual MP3 player & recorder, a Dual Crossfade Sequencer, and more. You can the video output to display lyrics or score on an external monitor, making it perfect for karaoke or band leading. 

Here’s the official video intro:

Korg Pa3X Le High Performance Arranger Specifications

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Keyboard
76 key (E1 – G7) semi-weighted
Velocity sensitive and after touch are supported
System
Upgradable Operating System
RX (Real eXperience)
DNC (Defined Nuance Control)
Multitasking, Load while play feature
Upgradable Operating System
RX (Real eXperience)
DNC (Defined Nuance Control)
Multitasking, Load while play feature
Tone Generator
KORG EDS (Enhanced Definition Synthesis) sound generator
Filters with Resonance
Three band EQ for each track
Maximum Polyphony
128 Voices, 128 Oscillators
Effects
Up to 4 Stereo Digital Multi-Effect block systems
125 Master Effect types + 2 Global Effects
Voice Processor Technology by TC Helicon(R) with 4 Effects:
Three-part Harmonizer, Reverb, Delay, Compressor, EQ
Sounds / Drum Kits
More than 1100, including Stereo Piano and GM/GS improved sound compatibility; more than 90 Drum Kits including Ambient Drum Kits
User area: 512 Sounds, 128 Drum Kits
Defined Nuance Control (DNC) Technology
Digital Drawbars: 9 Footages
Full Sounds/Drumkits editing capability
User PCM RAM Memory: 192 MB
Sampling
Format Compatibility:
Load/Import of KORG, Wav, AIFF and SoundFont?
Export of Wav and AIFF
Full Edit, Time Slice, Sampling feature.
Styles
More than 410 preloaded Styles, freely reconfigurable
1,200 available Style locations including the Favorite banks
Eight Style tracks, 4 Single Touch Settings, 4 Pads and one Style Setting per Style
Guitar Mode 2, Parallel and Fixed NTT
Style Record with Step Record, Track and Event Edit functions
Style controls: 3 Intros, 4 Variations, 4 Fills, Break, 3 Endings, Synchro Start/Stop, Tap Tempo/Reset, Bass Inversion, Auto Fill, Manual Bass, Memory, Accompaniment Mute, Drum Mapping, Snare & Kick Designation, STS Mode
Chord Sequencer
Real-time Style Chord Sequencer Recorder in Style Play mode
Performance / STS
Performance: 320 Realtime locations, “My Setting” special Performance
STS: Memorize Realtime tracks settings, up to 4 x 1200 Styles, up to 4 x SongBook entries
Song Play
Patented XDS Crossfade Dual Sequencer Player (Supported formats: MID, KAR, MP3 + lyrics, MP3+G)
2 Players with separate Select, Start/Stop, Home, Rewind and Fast Forward controls
X-Fader Balance control
Lyrics, Score, and Chord data can be displayed on screen, or on external video monitor
Markers
Jukebox function
MP3 Player / Recorder
Double MP3 Player and MP3 Recorder
Real Time Transpose (+6/-5 semitones)
Tempo change (±30%)
Vocal Remover
Record MP3 files including Styles, SMF, Real Time Tracks, Pads, Microphone and Effects
Sequencer
Quick Record (Backing Sequence)
Multitrack and Step Record functions – Full-featured sequencer
16 tracks; Up to 200,000 events
SMF native format
SongBook
Fully programmable music database, based on Styles, SMF, Karaoke, MP3 with automatic selection of Style Play and Song Play modes
User-definable custom lists
Filtering and Ordering options
Compatibility
“i-Series” models: Styles
 “Pa-series” models: Style, Performance, Program/Sound, Song, SongBook, Pad
Multi Pad
4 Assignable Pads + Stop Button – Pad Record function
General Controls
Master Volume; Fade In/Out; Keyboard-Acc/Song Balance Volume; Ensemble; Octave Transpose; Master Transpose; Style Change; Quarter Tone and Arabic Scale memorized inside Performance/STS; Real-time controllers: Joystick (pitch + modulation); Mic Volume; FX Volume; Mic On/Off;  Mic Preset; Harmony On/Off; 3 Assignable Switches; Tempo +/-; Tempo Lock; Dial; Search Function; Shift; Chord Scan; Split; Metronome On/Off; Sound Select
Control Inputs
Damper pedal (support half-pedaling with optional DS-1H pedal)
Assignable pedal/switch
Mic/Line Inputs
Right/Mono Mic Input, Unbalanced with “Gain control”
Left/Right Line Input, Unbalanced
Outputs
Audio Output: Left/Right, Unbalanced
Headphone Output x 1(Front panel)
Video Out x 1, RCA type
MIDI
IN, OUT; standard MIDI connectors
USB to MIDI using the USB Device port
8 user definable MIDI Setups
USB
USB-MIDI and Mass Storage Interface
Type A (to Device) x 1 (Front)
Type B (to Host) x 1 (Rear)
2.0 Hi Speed connections
Mass Storage/Disk
microSD card (Rear panel) 
Display
Color TouchView 7″ TFT display
Clock
Internal System Clock
Power Consumption
12 Watts without PaAS
35 Watts with PaAS installed
0.5 Watts in standby; 100-240 V, 50/60 Hz
Dimensions (W x D x H)
1,195 x 356 x 121 mm / 47.05″ x 14.02″ x 4.76″ (without music stand)
Weight
13.55 kg / 29.87 lbs
Accessories
AC Power Cable, Music Stand,
DVD-ROM (DVD includes Owner’s manuals, Video Manual, and KORG USB-MIDI Driver)
Options
PaAS
Amplification System
EXP-2
Foot Controller
XVP-10
Expression/Volume Pedal
DS-1H
Damper Pedal
PS-1
Pedal Switch
PS-3
Pedal Switch

Official pricing and availability details for the Korg Pa3X Le High Performance Arranger are to be announced. See the Korg site for more info.

11 thoughts on “Korg Intros Pa3X Le High Performance Arranger Keyboard

  1. I think it’s pretty amazing that Korg has the incredible gamut of instruments and products. And they are all pretty decent quality. An arranger keyboard is not my cup of tea, but this looks pretty much like the cream of the crop in the genre (except for maybe the Yamaha flagship line).

    1. That kind of feature-bloated keyboard is very popular. My local music store almost never has a proper synth, but will have lots of new and used professional workstation-arranger things. Lots of keys, big screens, big price tags.
      If Korg uses the profits to keep producing VA and analog gear, then good luck to this thing!

  2. These arranger keyboards are absolutely great fun to play with, you get instant results – but I’m surprised at the Windows 98 look of the GUI – KORG need to get their iPad design team onto this!

    1. I am telling them for years now that their 1995 style OS is outdated. They are behind the curve for years. (Yamaha and Roland are not much of a challenge) But the machine sounds great. I hope the Kronos gets an update because he still misses the M3 sequencer features and still has all the old bugs from 1995 like 76 characters filepathlenght and a very user unfriendly data oriented UI. I think they will die out with this generation of musicians. Todays people work with machine and more modern concepts.

  3. I’m always confused why user memory on workstations is so small. In a world where gigabytes is standard on a phone ….. why is megabytes the big deal they boast about?

  4. Its a mutated Kronos for casuals players. Its sure a convincing demo. It also looks as if that’s where they’re putting their best keyboard action. Its a little hard to imagine someone who’d buy this adding other instruments to it, but who knows. After all, Stephen Kay conceived of KARMA after working on some of Korg’s earlier arrangers. It has enough Ins and Outs to become a good nerve center. I’m with you about the chintzy memory, though. My 01Wfd is 20+ years old and its sequencer held 200,000 strokes too., C’mon, spring for a gigabyte of RAM, Korg. Classy keyboard, all the same.

    1. yeah, I don’t get it….. I can buy a 32GB SD card for about $20….. why do workstations keep limiting users to a couple of hundred megabytes?

  5. It seems like the demo for every workstation is the same. It has sounds! It has drums! It has a keyboard with AFTERTOUCH. THE PERFECT INSTRUMENT! (until the next one comes out)

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