Musikmesse 2016: Korg has introduced the Pa4X ORIENTAL Professional Arranger keyboard – a new synth that features Arabic, Persian, Turkish sounds and more.
Here’s the official video intro:
Here’s what they have to say about it:
The Pa4X ORIENTAL relies on KORG’s advanced EDS-X (Enhanced Definition Synthesis-eXpanded) sound engine, and comes complete with over 1,650 ready-to-play sounds. This realistic collection offers a vast gathering of classic and contemporary keyboards, band and orchestral instruments, plus electronic and acoustic instruments—from techno to folk. Sounds have been painstakingly captured using state-of-the-art methods that allow the finest of details to be accurately reproduced.
More than 140 authentic drumkits—including Ambient Drums—breathe life into any rhythmic passage; the Drum Family Easy Editing feature offers total control over volume, pitch, EQ, and more. An additional 400 MB of user memory allows new sounds to be added quickly and easily using KORG, WAV, AIFF, and SoundFont™ formats. Conduct your own sampling session and take advantage of the complete sample recording and editing features found in the Pa4X ORIENTAL.
Pa4X Oriental Performance Keyboard Audio Demos:
Pricing and Availability are still to be announced. See the Korg site for more info.
13 thoughts on “Korg Intros Pa4X Oriental Performance Keyboard”
Rolls off the tongue
What’s so ORIENTAL about it?
Build by chinese workers paid $2/day maybe.
Hi asdf, oriental keyboards are a known category of keyboards marketed towards and often only available in asian countries. Oriental means eastern and is used as a synonym for asian. Asia includes the far east, the middle east, and the near east. Oriental keyboards generally support rhythms, instrumentation, and live tuning change features needed for middle eastern and near eastern music in particular. They are very popular among professional eastern musicians who require such features and for whom western keyboards are unsuitable as they are incapable of performing the music they play.
This is actually really cool. I am not a player so I couldn’t take full advantage of this, but I have Arabic friends that would. If I had one I’d incorporate it into my music some how. All those Asian instruments surely have interesting textures.
Wierd why the hell wouldn’t you just use komplete for this task?!
IF it has microtuning, alternate scale tunings, then it could be a homerun for soundtracks.
That synth looks pretty cool but it’s super expensive at 4k!
I’ve been looking for a rompler / synth with such sounds for some time now… As someone said above I guess these types of gear are being slowly replaced by software libraries. Does anyone know of a box such as the Integra that can emulate sounds like the ones presented here on the Pa4x video plus more… a rompler/synthesizer of sorts but with an updated interface etc (ipad integration etc). Or is Komplete basically the one contender to this?
> Does anyone know of a box such as the Integra that
> can emulate sounds like the ones presented here on
> the Pa4x
Yes. You can use a Korg M3M expander, meaning a M3 without the keyboard.
This is the first Fully KARMAfied MiddleEastern/Oriental/Arabic Set in existence for the KORG M3.
16 Combinations (KARMAfied), 49 User Programs, 5 Sampled Arabic Drum Kits and 49 User GEs.
Combinations: 16 Combinations with 4 Scenes each, 5-6 Drum Tracks with separated Sounds for better Mixing, Controls Assignment and some Scenes acting as Arranger FillIns. Each Combi has its own DrumTrack for Percussions assigned to one of the User Drum Track Patterns.
Programs: 49 Program edited from ROM Internal Sounds on the M3, including Oriental Violins, Clarinets and Woodwinds, Guitars, Strings and Leads.
GEs: 49 User GEs all created from Scratch using Stephen Kay’s KM3 Software, GEs that are not available anywhere neither will be available due to the inability of M3 to create GEs.
DrumTrackPatterns: 15 Drum Track Patterns all created from scratch to fit certain Orietnal Styles of music, the list includes: Vahde, Ege7-8, Roman9-8, Oriental4-4, Arabic4-4, Sybardhi, Indian, Armenian, Saidi1, Saidi2, Sha3bi, Elada, WahdeLoop, ArabicHouse and Sejko.
Can I play Afghan music in this Keyboard (korg pa4x oriental)
This seems like a nice bit of kit, Waves mastering FX and TC Helicon on the voice, but it appears to be getting listed at £2,600+
I powerful beast, but at a price.
Folks should look at this as a working pan-asiatic keyboardist’s keyboard. You make your living playing the keys with both hands (and maybe both feet) and you buy a new quality keyboard once every 6-12 years. You’ve probably never heard of a volca, you’ve never googled “side chaining mono synth bass” and are very very over manually loading scala files and decent samples into western keyboards.