Korg today introduced the Pa4X Professional Arranger keyboards – 61- and 76-note keyboards with features tailored to solo performers and backing players.
Here’s the official intro video:
Here’s what Korg has to say about the new Pa4X Professional Arranger keyboard:
The Pa4X relies on KORG’s advanced EDS-X (Enhanced Definition Synthesis-eXpanded) sound engine, drawing on a massive PCM resource over 10 times larger than those found in previous models, and comes complete with over 1,500 ready-to-play highly detailed sounds. This realistic collection offers a substantial gathering of classic and contemporary keyboards, band and orchestral instruments, plus electronic and acoustic instruments—from techno to folk.
KORG’s exclusive DNC (Defined Nuance Control) provides highly-articulate solo instruments, and partnerships with Waves Audio and TC Helicon provide state-of-the-art audio processing and studio quality vocal effects. There are a great deal of new instruments and authentic drum kits, along with a considerable infusion of Styles to cover a world of musical genres, and highly-versatile Styles have been created by KORG’s international sound team to provide inspiration.
“Ideal for composing, recording, and combo use, the Pa4X really comes to life in the hands of the solo keyboard performer and allows the entertainer to work more efficiently,” stated James Sajeva, Brand Manager for Korg Products. “With streamlined construction, intuitive design and fantastic feel the Pa4X is more than a keyboard; it’s your backup band; your accompanist; and your musical director. It’s your soundman; your effects engineer; and your always in-tune background singers. The Pa4X is the ultimate all-in-one performance solution designed to deliver on stage all night.”
Both the Pa4X 76 and Pa4X 61 feature a naturally-responsive and semi-weighted keybed that provides velocity and aftertouch sensitivity and included is a new multi-layer stereo grand piano (with damper and body resonance), plus electric pianos from the acclaimed KORG SV-1 Stage Piano. In addition, the Pa4X has been equipped with new wind instruments, strings, basses—even acoustic and electric guitars. Sounds have been painstakingly captured using state-of-the-art methods that allow the finest of details to be accurately reproduced.
The main panel has been optimized to ensure that all controls are ergonomically positioned and intuitively located to make every performance feel smooth and natural. Big, bright, and bold, the new TouchView display hosts a redesigned graphical interface that is easier than ever to read and the entire screen can be tilted forward and back to provide the perfect angle for optimum viewing.
New Styles have been added, and many cherished Styles have been brought up to date with new sounds, enhanced effects, and re-balanced mixing. In addition to drums, percussion, and bass, each Style can provide up to five additional instrument parts that follow your chord changes and voicings, as well as the tempo. Guitar Mode 2 makes the Style’s guitar tracks more authentic than ever before possible.
The convenient Chord Sequencer function can quickly record and loop chord progressions on the fly in Style Play mode and Chord Sequences can now be also saved as Style and SongBook entries for easy recall. Thanks to an all new built in SMF (Standard MIDI File to Style converter), users can quickly and easily have on board styles of the latest songs. Particularly helpful for live use, the SongBook is a fully programmable and easily searchable Music Database.
In addition to the Main Left and Right outputs, the Pa4X includes two additional assignable outputs ideal for isolating a part for additional signal processing or feeding an external mixer. A headphone output is conveniently located on the front panel and the microphone input uses an XLR connector, and phantom power is available.
The Korg Pa4X will be available November 2015 at $3,799.99 for the Pa4X 61 and $3,999.99 for the Pa4X 76. See the Korg site for details.