Korg SV-1 88 Black Stage Vintage Piano (Matte Black finish)
The highly regarded Korg SV-1 has been given a new look. This new SV-1 88 features an elegant matte black stage finish, adding a great look to the outstanding sounds on board.
- Great stage piano with excellent selection of classic, vintage sounds
- 36 sounds covering pianos, strings, organs and synths
- Intuitive front panel controls, no menus to wade through!
- 5 effects modelled after classic pedals
- Korg's top of the range RH3 hammer action 88 note keyboard
- 12AX7 Valve Reactor circuit for true tube warmth
- Elegant matte black cabinet
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Stage. Vintage. Piano.
The name pretty much says it all. The Korg SV-1 Stage Vintage Piano offers the most rewarding compendium of electro-mechanical, transistorised, tape-driven, analogue, and early digital keyboards ever available in a single instrument. Crafted using Korg's RX (Real eXperience) Technology, each sound is a detailed and authentic re-creation, accurately capturing the full range of expression and dynamics of the original. But for Korg, even that is not enough. The Korg SV-1 also provides access to the effect pedals, amplifiers, speaker cabinets and studio techniques that gave these sounds their original lustre. Together, they provide fingertip access to the sounds that defined generations of popular keyboard playing.
Designed with performance in mind, the Korg SV-1 is a pleasure to play. Once you try it, you'll understand what all the excitement is about. The RH3 Real Weighted Hammer Action is the finest keybed Korg offers, with a solid, responsive feel that inspires confidence. Forget menus. Never mind banks and programs. Stop staring at displays. With the Korg SV-1, the entire front panel is always live, using clearly labelled knobs to dial up just the sound you are looking for. Saving your eight Favourite settings for quick recall is as easy as saving a station on your car radio.
Best of all, the Korg SV-1 provides an economical, reliable, portable, and maintenance-free alternative to collecting and maintaining a stable of vintage instruments. The cabinet styling (and optional chrome stand) clearly defines the Korg SV-1 as an instrument that was made to be played, providing a retro-chic appearance that reflects the pulse and heart of the original instruments.
The 36 sounds in the Korg SV-1 span from electric pianos, acoustic pianos, organs, strings and synth. Each category of instrument starts with the essential classics and then moves beyond what other products offer, going into some rare and unique instruments that were the part of the soundtrack of their eras. So the electric pianos start with a seven-way velocity switched 'tine' version, continue through the classic 'reed' based model and then into a vintage analogue 'electra' instrument (all from American manufacturers), as well as two different Japanese mid-80's digital classics.
The acoustic pianos include three-way stereo versions of both German and Japanese grand piano giants, a more intimate upright piano, a much-needed mono piano for small gigs, a late '70s-mid 80's Japanese electro-acoustic variation, plus some blended sounds. Organs include three variations of the classic tonewheel model, plus the most famous British and Italian combo organs, along with the first known offering of a signature American tube-driven console organ.
Clavs include four variations of the tonal settings plus a related keyboard from the same manufacturer that used a plucked-reed mechanism for a unique and intimate sound. Add in real, tape-based, and analogue strings / choir and a couple of fat analogue synth sounds and you have an incredibly versatile palette of sounds to perform with. Each of the core instruments has been accurately sampled including tine, key-off, damper and hammer noises at different velocities. We even sampled piano cabinet resonances to enhance the accuracy of our pianos. This attention to detail, called the RX Experience, is what makes playing the Korg SV-1 a joy. It comes to life under your hands, with a three-dimensional sound evoking the electro-mechanical legends, reborn.
Vintage FX chain and amp modelling
The superb sound generation of the Korg SV-1 is further enhanced with the inclusion of six separate stages of signal processing, all bypass-able.
EQUALIZER (bass, middle and treble)
Controllable from the front panel, the EQ allows you to shape the tonal quality of your sound in real-time.
PRE FX (Compression, Boost, U-Vibe, Chorus/Vibrato, Tremolo, Wah)
This section provides the essential effects for pre-treating your sound or adding some vintage vibe, with some classic effects modelled by Korg's legendary guitar effects designers. Add a sweep pedal (i.e. Korg's EXP-2 or XVP-10) to get funky with the Wah.
AMP MODEL (Amp Modelling, cabinet simulation and noise reduction)
A wealth of amp heads and speaker cabinets are available to add colour, drive and edge to your sound. Plus, Korg's exclusive Valve Reactor circuitry adds the warmth or snarl that only a real tube can provide.
MODULATION FX (Chorus 1 &2, Phaser 1&2, Flanger and Rotary)
Some of the most famous stomp-box pedals have been recreated to give you the signature sounds for these legendary timbres. Korg's rotary speaker emulation has long been acclaimed as one of the best, faithfully adding nuance and motion to any organ sound.
REVERB/DELAY (Room, Plate, Hall, Spring, Tape Echo and Stereo Delay)
Four types of reverb are provided, along with a classic tape-echo, plus a tempo-based digital delay – complete with a tap tempo switch.
This final step in the chain ensures your level remains balanced across all sounds, and is adjustable only via the included computer editor/librarian software.
Intuitive and simple interface
The user interface has been designed with performance in mind - every essential control is quickly accessible on the front panel, with no confusing menus or multiple button presses. Rotary knobs include illuminated LED's to show the position of the knob, and can be pressed to restore the original setting. For really quick changes, the Korg SV-1 has eight car-radio style buttons to instantly call up your eight Favourite sounds and settings. Storing a Favourite is equally as easy. Simply adjust the controls to your preferred settings, then press and hold one of the Favourites buttons, when the button flashes, press it again and the settings are now stored.
Keyboard, tuning curves
The Korg SV-1 is equipped with Korg's finest graded-hammer action (RH3) keyboard. The FUNCTION button provides access to eight different tuning curves including equal, grand piano stretch, electric piano stretch, electric grand, upright stretch, detuned and two user-definable types (configurable using the editor/librarian software). Overall tuning can also be accessed via the FUNCTION button, and adjusted by using the EQ treble control. While in this mode, concert pitch (A=440) can be recalled quickly by pressing the treble encoder pot. Needless to say, the Korg SV-1 can be transposed into any key.
Housed in a bold, curvaceous body, the Korg SV-1 really stands out from the crowd. Coupled with retro-style controls and an elegant matte black finish, the Korg SV-1 oozes desirability – and playability! An optional adjustable and collapsible chrome stand is available, along with a gig-ready rolling soft case.
A pro keyboard would be incomplete without all the right connections. The Korg SV-1 is equipped with balanced XLR and ¼ inch outputs, Left and Right audio inputs, MIDI In and MIDI out jacks, USB MIDI Port, and 3 pedal connections: Damper, Pedal 1, and Pedal 2. The Damper pedal is included, and responds to half-pedalling for authentic piano response. Pedal 1 is designed for a switch type of pedal, and can operate as a piano Sustenuto pedal, or as a Fast/Slow switch when the Rotary Speaker effect is on. Pedal 2 can accept either a sweep-type pedal – great for authentic Wah effects – or an additional switch pedal, providing the piano purist with access to all three piano pedal functions by adding the Una Chorda (soft) function.
While setting out to create an incredibly friendly and easy-to-use instrument, we knew that there were more tech-savvy players out there that would love nothing more than to dig in a little deeper. The Korg SV-1 Editor/Librarian software provides cool graphic-based programming, including access to certain parameters not available on the Korg SV-1's panel. In addition, the Editor/Librarian software allows each of the 36 sounds and the eight Favourites to be programmed and saved individually. This points the way to users sharing and swapping their favourite settings, and for Korg to supply more sounds in the future. The Korg SV-1 Editor/Librarian runs on Mac or PC, and is included free with every Korg SV-1.
RH3 - Real Weighted Hammer Action 3
8 Velocity Touch Curves
Transpose to any Key (± 12 half-steps)
8 Tuning Curves
EDS (Enhanced Definition Synthesis)
RX (Real eXperience) Technology
Polyphony: 80 notes
36. 6 Banks x 6 sounds
Bank 1: Electric Piano 1:
Tine Electric Piano (x4): VPM Piano (X2)
Bank 2: Electric Piano 2:
Reed Electric Piano (x2):
Electro-Acoustic Grand: Korg SG-1D:
80's Synth Piano: MIDI Grand
Bank 3: Clav:
Clav (x4): Plucked Reed Piano-ette: Transistor Piano
Bank 4: Piano:
Bright Japanese Grand: Smooth European Grand:
Mono Grand: Upright Piano: Piano + Strings: Piano + Pad
Bank 5: Organ:
Tonewheel (x3): USA Tube Console: Italian Combo: VOX Combo
Bank 6: Other:
Real Strings: Tape Strings: String Machine
Real Choir: Synth Brass: Sharp Brass
8 Assignable switches for fast program recall
Five Individual Sections
On/Off Switch, Bass, Mid, Treble Knobs
On/Off Switch, Speed Knob, Intensity Knob, Compressor, Boost
U-Vibe, Vibrato, Tremolo, VoxWah (Auto/Pedal Switch)
On/Off Switch: Drive Knob, Clean, California, Tweed, AC30, Mod'ed OverDrive, Organ Hi-Gain OverDrive
On/Off Switch, Speed Knob, Intensity Knob, Chorus 1, Chorus 2,
Phaser 1, Phaser 2, Flanger, Rotary (Fast/Slow Switch)
On/Off Switch, Depth Knob, Room, Plate, Hall, Spring,
Tape Echo, Stereo Delay (Tap-Tempo Button)
Valve Reactor Tube:
1 x 12AX7
Other Panel Controls:
Master Volume Knob
Local Off Button
36. Press Transpose + Local Off buttons to access
Left/Mono, Right (1/4 inch Unbalanced), Left, Right (XLR Balanced)
Left/Mono, Right (1/4 inch)
Standard In, Out, USB/MIDI port
Switch Type, Sostenuto or Rotary Speaker Fast/Slow functions
Sweep Type, Volume/Expression or Wah functions
Switch Type, Soft Pedal (Una Corda) function
Stereo 1/4 inch
Korg SV-1 88 Dimensions:
1354mm x 347mm x 155mm / 53.3 × 13.66 × 6.1 inches
Weight: 20.55Kg / 45.3 lbs (without music stand)
Power cable, Quick Guide, Accessory CD,
Music stand, Damper Pedal (Korg DS-2H)
ST-SV1 matching stand, EXP-2/XVP-10 expression pedal, PS-1 footswitch
CB-SV1-88 Rolling Carrying Case
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Condition New On demo in store No Brand Korg Keyboard Type Stage Piano Number of keys 88 Keyboard Action Hammer Action Specifications
RH3 - Real Weighted Hammer Action 3
8 Velocity Touch Curves
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