Korg Grandstage X Stage Piano Debuts Ahead Of 2024 NAMM Show

Ahead of the 2024 NAMM Show, being held January 25-28, 2024 in Anaheim, California, Korg has introduced the Grandstage X, a new flagship stage piano.

Here’s what they have to say about it:

“Meet the Grandstage X, Korg’s flagship stage piano, now completely redesigned with seven inspiring sound engines, 700 preloaded sounds, a user-friendly interface, and a sleek aesthetic design. Every aspect of the Grandstage X is intuitively arranged, empowering you to select and play your favorite sounds effortlessly. With its elegant, light ivory two-toned body and perforated side panels, the Grandstage X not only delivers the highest sonic quality but also stands as a visual centerpiece whether on stage or in the studio.

Grandstage X is not just a stage piano; it’s a statement of excellence. Prepare to elevate your performance and let the Grandstage X take you and your music to new heights.”


  • Seven Sound Engines-The Grandstage X features seven independent sound engines, each capable of standing alone as a separate product.
  • Premium Piano – Grandstage X features 13 main pianos, including 6 well-known grand pianos selected from German, Italian, Japanese classic grand pianos. The new GSX Piano and Nautilus Piano can even be layered with the GSX Far Piano and Nautilus Far Piano to create the perfect piano ambience of your choice. Other piano sounds include the familiar upright and small grand pianos, the OASYS Piano popular with band ensembles, the legendary SG1D Korg stage piano, the M1 Piano essential for 80’s and 90’s POPS, and the fortepiano, a period instrument, just to name a few.
  • Electric Piano Sounds – The electric piano sound source “EP-1” adds the Tine I Early to the typical model that uses a metal bar (tine) striking method. Its earthy, distorted tone reproduces the familiar sound we all know and love from so many classic records. The collection also includes seven other vintage electric piano sounds: Tine I Late, Tine II, Tine V, DMP, and the 200 and 200A, which are based on the method of striking the diaphragm (reed). MDS (Multi-Dimensional Synthesis) technology, an evolution of the velocity switch concept, responds smoothly to even the most delicate keyboard touches. The German EP and Tablet EP are available for the enthusiast with sound design that perfectly simulates and applies realistic amps, cabinets, and even vintage effects.
  • Three Organ Sounds with CX-3, VOX, and FC-1 – The tone wheel organ sound source “CX-3” is a reproduction of the famous Korg combo organ. The transistor organ sound source “VOX” reproduces the sound of the VOX organ, which was released in the 1960s and had a great influence on popular music. The other transistor organ sound source, FC-1, reproduces the small organ that dominated this era along with the VOX organ.
  • Diverse Range of Sound Options from AL-1 and HD-1 – In addition to the five sound engines listed above, Grandstage X also includes the AL-1 analog modeling sound source for crisp leads and thick brass sounds, and the HD-1 PCM sound source for a wide variety of tones and instruments. The HD-1 includes many distinctive keyboard instrument sounds, such as the 8-step multi-sampled Clavi D and Clavi E, harpsichord, pipe organ, the 6-step multi-sampled electric grand piano, and the FM electric piano with its unique metallic sound.
  • Key-Touch Slider for Instant Expressive Control -The key-touch slider allows you to instantly control how the volume and timbre of the keys change with each keystroke, allowing you to customize the playing feel of the keyboard in real time to suit the music you are playing. Simply adjusting this slider gives you the sensation of playing a more or less sensitive keybed, enhancing the expressiveness of the Grandstage X as you find the perfect position to suit your own, individual playing style.
  • 3-Part Control Section for Splits and Layering – The part control section is neatly arranged with three buttons and sliders. The on/off button allows you to use layers and splits, and the sliders allow you to adjust the volume balance as you wish. The program name for each part is listed on the display for easy modification. Layers and splits can be used simultaneously, so for example, the right hand can be layered with piano and strings, and the left hand can be layered with bass and your own choice of bass add on.
  • Infuse Warmth into Your Sound with Nutube – The Analog Tone function provides an analog sound effect that can only be achieved with a tube driven sound. The ON/OFF button can be used to adjust the effect, and the knob can be used to adjust the amount of effect, so you can find the sound you like best.
  • Effects and EQ – Grandstage X provides easy control of Reverb and Delay directly on the main panel, allowing you to quickly switch between effect types and adjust the depth. A new shimmer reverb has also been added and 3-band equalizer is also provided to adjust the overall sound character to fit the acoustic characteristics of each live venue.
  • Unison Function – The “Unison” function, familiar to analog synths but unique to stage pianos, is provided. By adding this function to the synth sound or FM piano, a chorus-like expansive and outstanding effect can be obtained. The number of notes can also be adjusted by using the unison slider.
  • Rhythm and Chord Progression Section – Grandstage X is equipped with a rhythm and chord progression function that is an evolution of the drum track functionality found on some Korg synthesizers. The full-fledged rhythm track consisting of drums and bass can be matched to the chords played, or to a pre-set chord progression, and can be played on the Grandstage X alone or along with the Grandstage X.
  • Premium Japanese Crafted RH3 Keyboard for Nuanced Expression – The Grandstage X features a Real Weighted Hammer Action. The RH-3 is meticulously designed to reproduce the weight distribution of a grand piano with a heavier feel in the lower register and a lighter touch in the upper register, allowing for the nuanced expression.
  • Free bundle of music software – Grandstage X comes with a diverse variety of music software from Izotope, including “Ozone Elements” which lets you not only create songs but also master them using AI, “Skoove” which will help you improve your keyboard playing skills, as well as software synths from KORG and other brands.

Korg Grandstage X Audio Demo:

See the Korg site for details.

8 thoughts on “Korg Grandstage X Stage Piano Debuts Ahead Of 2024 NAMM Show

  1. This and the Nord Grand 2 miss the mark. Keybed. Most important. Way above anything else. This uses the old subpar RH3, and the Nord doesn’t even use one of Kawai two best keybed’s (doesn’t use the RM3 Grand II or Grand Feel II).

    1. Some ppl love the RH3 Keybed so much that they want to play it exclusively – it is obviously very subjective which keybed is best.
      Newer is not always better. More expensive is not always better.
      It is about connecting with the keys.

      There are some nice Blind Test videos on andertons tv about this subject and they have some unexpected surprises in them.

    2. I’ve got a Numa piano gt with the wooden keys. The keyboard is trully great but the sounds are abit meh. Anyway i much prefer that to the opposite plus i don’t hear anything special here.

    3. Obviously — though apparently not to you — Korg and Nord chose actions that would keep the weight of these stage pianos manageable. Korg RH3 and Kawai Responsive Hammer III (modified by Nord) actions are very playable (no hinge issues), have good finger-to-ear connection (triple sensors), and absolutely appropriate for their intended use. If you need a keyboard with better action, you’re in the market for furniture, not a stage piano.

  2. Comment for the admin: the second embedded video demos the Grandstage (original), not the Grandstage X, though I’m sure they share sounds.

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