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Korg Pandora PX5D Guitar Multi Effects Processor  

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    Compact but packed with effects!

    The PX5D multi effect processor joins Korg's respected PANDORA series, famous for packing high-quality sounds and ease of use into a pocket size unit. Easy to enjoy anywhere and anytime. The PX5D provides a total of 180 realistic and wide-ranging effects created using Korg's world-acclaimed, proprietary "REMS" modeling technology. Included are simulations that recreate classic vintage and modern, high-gain amps, as well as effects ranging from the familiar to the unique. Numerous effects designed specifically for bass are also included, making the PX5D a great choice not only for the guitarist but for the bassist as well. In a first for the PANDORA series, a USB-MIDI/USB audio interface is also provided, allowing you to use the PX5D with your computer to transfer audio data or record into your DAW software. There's also dedicated editor/librarian software that lets you edit and manage programs from your computer. All the classic features you have come expect from the PANDORA are also present, to help the guitarist or bassist practice, perform and record.

    An amazing 180 modeling effects powered by "REMS" technology

    Korg's proprietary "REMS" modeling technology, acclaimed by musicians around the world, is used to power the PANDORA's broad variety of realistic effects. These effects include models of various guitar amps and bass amps, as well as both standard effects and fresh new effects found only on the PANDORA.

    Numerous guitar/bass amp modeling effects and synth effects

    The PX5D provides faithfully modeled simulations of the vintage and high-end amps sought after by guitarists and bassists. Eighteen types for guitar and ten types for bass perfectly capture the warm and rich resonance of a tube amp. Realistically reproduced models of many different cabinets and speakers are also provided, offering differences in speaker size and cabinet structure for superb presence and depth. You can even combine cabinets and speakers freely with any amp models, letting you experience combinations not possible on the original units themselves. There are also synth effects that let you create unique and fresh new sounds, with three choices each for guitar and bass.
    A great selection of effects with quality that rivals dedicated processor units

    The PX5D gives you a wide selection of effects, ranging from simulations of hard-to-find vintage units to fresh new sounds original to the PANDORA series. These include, pickup modeling, to give your instrument a single-coil or dual-coil sound; an intelligent pitch shifter, letting you automatically add harmonies to your performance; a talk effect that makes your guitar seem to speak; a slow attack effect to simulate a violin or cello; a feedback effect that allows feedback performance techniques normally achievable only at high volumes; a rotary speaker effect that varies the speed according to your picking or fingering dynamics; a fretless bass effect that simulates that instrument's distinctive sound; and many others.

    A total of 200 effect programs: 100 user and 100 preset

    You can use up to seven "REMS" modeling effects simultaneously in each program, giving you nearly limitless sonic variation. The one hundred preset programs allow you to choose from different playing techniques and styles; sounds of every era; and sounds that simulate the characteristic tones of famous artists. You can also edit your own sounds and store them in one hundred user program locations. Together with the preset programs, this gives you immediate access to a total of two hundred programs. Favorite programs can be assigned to four program memory buttons for one-touch access, letting you smoothly change programs in an instant.

    USB audio interface functionality makes the PX5D a powerful recording tool

    A built-in USB audio interface is provided to transfer audio data between the PX5D and your computer via USB. This ensures that the amazing "REMS" modeling sound is recorded into your DAW software with no loss of quality.

    PC software for editing programs, managing libraries, and creating chains

    Dedicated editor/librarian software is provided via download, allowing you to edit and manage programs on your computer. Simply connect the PX5D to your computer via USB—no complicated settings are necessary. Since effect parameters and other settings will be visible at a glance, editing the PX5D's enormous complement of effects becomes quick and easy. You can save or rearrange programs, create libraries of programs for specific purposes, and exchange programs with other users, further extending the potential of the PX5D.

    Phrase Trainer and many other valuable functions for practicing and jamming

    The PXD5D allows you to record up to eighty seconds of sound from an external audio source such as a CD, MD, or MP3, and then play it back as a loop at a different speed, without affecting the pitch. This is a great way to practice difficult passages or learn complex phrases. You can also record your own accompaniment, along with the built-in rhythm and bass patterns, then play it back while you practice playing a lead—the possibilities are limited only by your imagination. A Key Transpose function lets you change the pitch of the incoming audio source by as much as one octave upward or downward, and a Bass Canceller function cancels the bass sound so that you can enjoy "minus-one" playing.

    A total of 744 different rhythm & bass patterns and variations that cover a broad range of styles

    Rock, jazz, funk, blues, country, and many other styles are covered by 128 rhythm and bass patterns. In addition, variations are provided for each rhythm and bass pattern, resulting in a total of 744 different patterns to choose from. Specify the bass key and you can practice performing any style of music with amazingly authentic rhythm and bass lines. This is a great way to improve your picking, sense of rhythm, and familiarity with scales. You can also create twenty chains, with each chain connecting up to sixteen different rhythm patterns. And of course you can also use the effect programs at the same time.

    Foot switch jack allows hands-free control

    A foot switch jack lets you control the PX5D's rich array of functionality without interrupting your performance. Connect the included foot switch jack cable to the PX5D, and you'll be able to connect two foot switches (not included) and use them to change programs or start/stop Phrase Trainer recording or playback.

    Interface designed for intuitive operation and excellent visibility

    In spite of its compact design, the PX5D features a unique interface that delivers analog-style operation and visibility just like a conventional amp or effect processor. The dials that control the gain or tone of the amp modeling offer instant visual indication of each control's setting while you edit. There's also a tap button that lets you control the delay time, and a value encoder for adjusting parameter values or the master level, all allowing intuitive operation for easy sound creation. Functions are instantly recognizable as icons in the LCD screen. To top it off, the display is backlit for good visibility and smooth operation even on dimly lit stages.

    Many support functions, including a tuner

    In addition to high-quality sound, the PANDORA series is also known for a broad range of extras that support guitarists and bass players. A built-in tuner lets you tune easily, and includes a mute function, so you can tune silently on stage. An optimal audio signal can be sent to any connection destination—headphones, mixer, MTR, or guitar amp—to ensure the highest quality sound in every situation. Power can be supplied by an AC adapter, by batteries, or via the USB connection.

    Features
    • A compact processor for guitar and bass
    • USB Interface capability
    • Famous Korg "REMS" modeling technology
    • 180 variations of classic and cutting-edge guitar amps, bass amps, cabinets, classic and new effects
    • 200 multi-effect programs (100 user/100 preset) cover an extremely wide range of musical styles
    • Store your favorite programs in four banks, and switch between them with a single touch
    • 744 rhythm and bass patterns and variations cover any musical styles you might need
    • Create 20 chains that connect these patterns in any playback order, and specify a chord progression for the chain
    • Phrase Trainer function (maximum 80 seconds) is a great way to learn music by ear or to practice improvisation
    • Download PC software from the Web to edit programs, manage data libraries, create chains, and replace the demo songs—all on your computer
    • Jam along with an external audio source, inputing it via the AUX jack or USB connector PX5D allows you to transpose the key, and/or cancel the bass
    • Foot controller can be used to switch programs (The PS-1 foot switch sold separately. *Two foot switches are required)
    • Built-in Auto Tuner can be muted for silent tuning
    • Easy-to-use interface, with a highly visible display

    Amazing effects and modeling plus digital recording connection - what more could you want? Order today.

     
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    4.1

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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Solid guitar amp/fx modeler, beat line 6 pedals/portable

    I am on the road lots and I've tried lots of these portable units, expensive and cheap. I think the PX5D is the best unit because it sounds better than Line 6, has...Read complete review

    I am on the road lots and I've tried lots of these portable units, expensive and cheap. I think the PX5D is the best unit because it sounds better than Line 6, has more practice features, has a great mix of I/O that supports most portable applications. I highly recommend it. If you want the best sound then I'd recommend a high quality USB audio interface and PC amp and fx simulation software. Tapping the huge processing power of a laptop will be the most HiFi portable audio solution. If however you want to avoid the PC and narrow your focus to the 6 strings, some tab and maybe an ipod, The PX5D is a great solution.
    I own this unit as well at the line Pocket pod, JM-Looper, and gearbox tone direct from Line 6. I have taken all 4 on road trips for practicing and jamming. The Pandora PX5D is the best unit of all of these for practicing and jamming with friends, and is the most versatile.

    The preset tones are very good, and show the capability of the unit. You can get into the unit and edit tones, or use the PC software to edit. I usually just use the unit itself. The modulation fx include volume swell, multitap delay, wah, various reverbs and pitch shifting. If you want to create sophisticated sounds these are really important fx. Of course these are not Lexicon/DAW quality, but they are satisfying to practice with. The Line 6 units do not have volume swell, multitap delay, wah, and pitch shifting. Line 6 are extremely limited in the fx supported and not satisfying. Distortion and amp modelling on the PX5D and pocket pod are roughly equivalent in quality, the JM4 and Directbox use the same algorithms are better sounding than the PX5D, however I can get what I need tonally out of the PX5D for practice and jamming applications.

    The unit has a very limited sequencer that can play internal beats and song loops. This is useful for practicing. The "song" feature is mostly a gimmick, it is very limited. The unit does support some limited download of midi sequences, however I have not tried it. Better to fire up the laptop for this sort of thing.
    The unit is the size of an old school cassette walkman. It is light and build quality is very good, connectors are solid. The unit runs on 2 AA batteries and they last quite a long time.

    The unit has USB and can send and receive audio to any PC. It also has basic software for editing settings on the PC and downloading the changes. The (Mac) software is basic, it works, but hasn't really been that useful for me. Its has defects that Korg really should fix.

    A surprising limitation is finding a good spot for it when jamming. A belt clip like the Rockman would be useful.

    Quality issues with my Line 6 gear:

    I tried to take the JM-Looper on the road, but its power supply sucks, can't handle 240V, and I've sent it in 3x for repairs or replacement because of power related issues. The floor pedal looks tough on the outside, it's flaky on the inside.

    The pocket pod chews through batteries, has very limited fx, and no sequencing sampling, or rhythm features. The tone is OK, but the interface is confusing, and USB doesn't send audio to PC.

    Tone direct is a good USB audio interface for the guitar, Plus it is useless without the laptop. It is REALLY important that I can just plugin, turn it on, dial in a tone and play. When I boot the PC it distracts me from playing, I can fall into work mode.

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    The PX5D is a "miss" compare to the old PX2

    I recieved the PX5D last week and is somewhat disappointed with this unit. I've hooked this up through an amp, to my computer, to a flat EQ-headphone and through a powered computer speaker,...Read complete review

    I recieved the PX5D last week and is somewhat disappointed with this unit. I've hooked this up through an amp, to my computer, to a flat EQ-headphone and through a powered computer speaker, the amp modeling is muddy and no amount of tweaking can reduce the muddiness. The cab simulation is hollow. They should have used the "Drive" (ex: tube, valve, hotbox, scooped and fuzz) and Cab feature of the PX2 instead of the "amp modeling" (UK mdn, US mdn) and the "improved cab" on the PX5D. The PX2 sounded a lot better than the newer Pandora models. If you accidentally press the left and right toggle, you might accidentally edit your own patch. That's a no-no. The only plus for the PX5D are the USB connection and the A to D buttons to access my own sound patches.

    This did not come with the Ableton Live software. I guess they are no longer offering that after the PX5D was first launched.

    The PX5D has more bells and whistle, but tone-wise, I would still go back to my trusty old Pandora PX2.

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    4.0

    Not much improvement

    By IbanezKing

    from Philadelphia

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Better Rhythm Tones

    Cons

    • A Px4 With More Rhythm
    • Not Much Improvement

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Same As Px4 Except Rhythm

    Comments about Korg Pandora PX5D Guitar Multi Effects Processor:

    I bought one of these to replace my PX4 that I have had forever. I am glad that the PX5D vastly improved the rhythm samples so I have more variety to play my exercises against. Other than that, it was basically the same as the PX4. One thing is that the screen is facing the wrong way. I should be able to read it from the side where I plug everything in. As it is, I have to turn it around to change settings. In the end I did reconsider returning because it isn't much different than the PX4 (90%), but decided to keep it for the rhythms.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    korg review

    By rds

    from memphis tn

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    Pros

    • Compact Design

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio

      Comments about Korg Pandora PX5D Guitar Multi Effects Processor:

      bought this for a drum machine to practice to. it sounds really good hooked up into my firewire interface coming out Yamaha monitors. the drum and bass simulations sound good for my use. I tried this trough my amp ,for guitar effects, and it sounded terrible. tried it through the effects loop and it sounded terrible. it may sound good from guitar to interface through monitors for guitar effects. haven't tried that. so beware and demo this somewhere before you buy. all I can say is my use for this is the drum machine and bass simulation. these sound real good. I am happy with how they sound. it was worth the money just to have a good sounding beat to practice guitar lead to. I would recommend it.

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      4.0

      Great practice tool!

      By DT

      from IN

      About Me Novice

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Good Selection Of Effects
      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Korg Pandora PX5D Guitar Multi Effects Processor:

          I am a novice at best, so it has way more than what I would have need for. I use this to practice my bass playing at home. I like the following:

          -a plethora of rhythmic options to choose from
          -though the loop is short, the phrase trainer is really why I made the purchase for those hard to catch riffs, scales and patterns
          -unit more solid than the PXB's of the past in my opinion and I purchased the 4.5v adapter vs. battery use.

          It did not come with the CD ROM, so I will have to figure out how to download the material for use with my laptop. Overall very happy with my purchase, earlier than expected prompt delivery, and a great sale price!

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          (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          The PX5D is a "miss" compare to the old PX2

          By Chris

          from San Francisco CA

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          Comments about Korg Pandora PX5D Guitar Multi Effects Processor:

          I recieved the PX5D last week and is somewhat disappointed with this unit. I've hooked this up through an amp, to my computer, to a flat EQ-headphone and through a powered computer speaker, the amp modeling is muddy and no amount of tweaking can reduce the muddiness. The cab simulation is hollow. They should have used the "Drive" (ex: tube, valve, hotbox, scooped and fuzz) and Cab feature of the PX2 instead of the "amp modeling" (UK mdn, US mdn) and the "improved cab" on the PX5D. The PX2 sounded a lot better than the newer Pandora models. If you accidentally press the left and right toggle, you might accidentally edit your own patch. That's a no-no. The only plus for the PX5D are the USB connection and the A to D buttons to access my own sound patches.

          This did not come with the Ableton Live software. I guess they are no longer offering that after the PX5D was first launched.

          The PX5D has more bells and whistle, but tone-wise, I would still go back to my trusty old Pandora PX2.

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          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Solid guitar amp/fx modeler, beat line 6 pedals/portable

          By Wish4moretime

          from Richmond, VA

          Comments about Korg Pandora PX5D Guitar Multi Effects Processor:

          I am on the road lots and I've tried lots of these portable units, expensive and cheap. I think the PX5D is the best unit because it sounds better than Line 6, has more practice features, has a great mix of I/O that supports most portable applications. I highly recommend it. If you want the best sound then I'd recommend a high quality USB audio interface and PC amp and fx simulation software. Tapping the huge processing power of a laptop will be the most HiFi portable audio solution. If however you want to avoid the PC and narrow your focus to the 6 strings, some tab and maybe an ipod, The PX5D is a great solution.
          I own this unit as well at the line Pocket pod, JM-Looper, and gearbox tone direct from Line 6. I have taken all 4 on road trips for practicing and jamming. The Pandora PX5D is the best unit of all of these for practicing and jamming with friends, and is the most versatile.

          The preset tones are very good, and show the capability of the unit. You can get into the unit and edit tones, or use the PC software to edit. I usually just use the unit itself. The modulation fx include volume swell, multitap delay, wah, various reverbs and pitch shifting. If you want to create sophisticated sounds these are really important fx. Of course these are not Lexicon/DAW quality, but they are satisfying to practice with. The Line 6 units do not have volume swell, multitap delay, wah, and pitch shifting. Line 6 are extremely limited in the fx supported and not satisfying. Distortion and amp modelling on the PX5D and pocket pod are roughly equivalent in quality, the JM4 and Directbox use the same algorithms are better sounding than the PX5D, however I can get what I need tonally out of the PX5D for practice and jamming applications.

          The unit has a very limited sequencer that can play internal beats and song loops. This is useful for practicing. The "song" feature is mostly a gimmick, it is very limited. The unit does support some limited download of midi sequences, however I have not tried it. Better to fire up the laptop for this sort of thing.
          The unit is the size of an old school cassette walkman. It is light and build quality is very good, connectors are solid. The unit runs on 2 AA batteries and they last quite a long time.

          The unit has USB and can send and receive audio to any PC. It also has basic software for editing settings on the PC and downloading the changes. The (Mac) software is basic, it works, but hasn't really been that useful for me. Its has defects that Korg really should fix.

          A surprising limitation is finding a good spot for it when jamming. A belt clip like the Rockman would be useful.

          Quality issues with my Line 6 gear:

          I tried to take the JM-Looper on the road, but its power supply sucks, can't handle 240V, and I've sent it in 3x for repairs or replacement because of power related issues. The floor pedal looks tough on the outside, it's flaky on the inside.

          The pocket pod chews through batteries, has very limited fx, and no sequencing sampling, or rhythm features. The tone is OK, but the interface is confusing, and USB doesn't send audio to PC.

          Tone direct is a good USB audio interface for the guitar, Plus it is useless without the laptop. It is REALLY important that I can just plugin, turn it on, dial in a tone and play. When I boot the PC it distracts me from playing, I can fall into work mode.

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          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great and handy practice tool

          By Anonymous

          from Undisclosed

          Comments about Korg Pandora PX5D Guitar Multi Effects Processor:

          I use this with my bass guitar to practice at home. It's got plenty of options to play with to get a nice sounding effect. I use the stock drum patterns to jam along with to come up with some new ideas and practice my timing. The aux in feature is great as I can loop in music and learn songs. The USB is GREAT as it lets you change patches with the downloadable software but the best part is that the unit is powered via the USB source so you don't eat up the battery life. However, you do get a little extra computer noise coming through the unit and it does sound best disconnected from the PC.

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          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Not for me

          Comments about Korg Pandora PX5D Guitar Multi Effects Processor:

          The biggest drawback is the lack of a volume control for the phrase sample playback. I checked the instructions and fiddles with every knob and menu and there is no volume for playback. The metronome is very primitive. You can't set up anything close to what you can on the Boss DB30. Effects/amp models sounded ok, but nowhere near as good as my Behringer V Amp. You know what they say, jack of all trades, master of none. Buy yourself a V amp and a good metronome. The metronome can go into the aux input on the V amp and there you have it. Don't waste time with this gimmicky gadget.

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          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Pandora 5

          Comments about Korg Pandora PX5D Guitar Multi Effects Processor:

          I just bought this baby after having the trusty P4xd for about 5 years. I just opened my new p5xd last night and started dialing in my sounds right away. Within 10 minutes I designed a jimmy page sound, a vai sound, etc and dialed them into the 4 programmable presets buttons! Plain and simple, the factory presets suck, they sound fake totally digital and 90% of the effects/modulation/dynamics just are lackluster and have no soul. The effects are just for laughs and fun for me. But I didn't really buy this for effects, I bought it because you can plug in headphones and practice quietly late into the night using the phrase trainer function which is the best and sounds really good for what it is. Another con to this item is the hiss, or high end fizz that you get when you turn up the gain or use certain amp models, sure you can jack up the noise reduction but that robs the articulation, tone and sustain your guitar puts out. This unit is awesome if you need a practicing tool that can be used with headphones if you live somewhere where noise is an issue. All in all I did think the P4XD might sound a little better tone wise, but the phrase trainer on the 4xd limits you to short recordings and the drum loops sound more lifeless than the 5xd, and you just have less cool things and options to mess with. I am yet to even plug into my computer and see what the 5xd can do. Overall a great little practice tool with good sound and it's worth upgrading to the 5xd if you liked the 4. Thanks KORG.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          just a note

          By krz22

          from Skokie, IL

          Comments about Korg Pandora PX5D Guitar Multi Effects Processor:

          So I had this about a year ago then I sold it because it sounded really thin and digital. Now I missed it's portability and phrase trainer function so I bought it again. This time I took time to configure my sound and found my answer to why it sounded so thin and digital before. PX5D is set on "line" as its default output level. You could change this setting in utility section to 3 different "amp level" setting. Once you choose one of the three amp level settings, the digitalness with be gone and you'll get good enough tone to motivate you to play more. And by the way, the phrase trainer is awesome. Itself is worth to get PX5D.Well, I should note that the line level output is really good for recording however overdrive and distortions just sound plain digital. So for personally, I would use "line" level output setting for clean tones (I mean CLEAN, no dirt at all) and switch it to "amp" level out setting for distortions and overdrives and it will sound a lot warmer and less digital.I hope this removes some of your concern for thin sounds. PX5D is the best portable practice tool!!!

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          5.0

          Nice little unit for practicing....

          By Dave O

          from SF Bay Area

          Comments about Korg Pandora PX5D Guitar Multi Effects Processor:

          I purchased the Korg PX5D a few months ago and I can?t say enough good things about this little wonder. For me this was an alternative way of practicing at the rehearsal studio when sometimes I am too tired to drive across town. I am using a good par of Sony Digital Headphones when practicing. The out of the box presets are a good place to start however like every single multi effects processor I have ever purchased they are never quite what I would like fortunately there is ample amount of tweaking room that can be done to dial in a solid professional sounding patches that should please anyone willing to take the time to play with the unit. For me I play rock and jazz and some stuff in between so most presets tend to be very clean and that has always been a problem for effect processors in a headphone environment but with a few hours of tweaking I was able get just the right sound, the distortion settings are superb amp modeling is cool and the effects are really entertaining, there are a few that just make me go wow how?d they get that in this little thing. One last note is the option to get the foot switches is a must, you can rotate between 4 presets that you assign so while practicing you can change patches with your feet, oh yeah the auxiliary pitch function, phrase trainer and tuner are all great.Bottom line if you?re looking for a small well built unit jam packed with features from a company that has been making cutting edge music technologies since the 70?s this is a good investment in your creativity.

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