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The Korg SV-1 Stage Vintage Piano contains hip, in-demand, and soul-satisfying keyboard sounds collected together in a single instrument. Decades of ...Read More

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An 88-key hammer-action vintage piano with six variations of amps and effects; 36 vintage, classic, string, and piano sounds; all the balanced and pedal connections you'll need; plus editor/librarian software for Mac or PC.

The Korg SV-1 Stage Vintage Piano contains hip, in-demand, and soul-satisfying keyboard sounds collected together in a single instrument. Decades of electro-mechanical, transistorized, tape-driven, analog, and digital legends are joined by a collection of rich acoustic pianos, all reproduced with stunning realism. The SV-1 is about much more than excellent sound; it re-creates the look, feel, and visceral pleasure of performing on a vintage 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. Every element of this digital piano has been preserved”the snap of the tine, the release of the hammer, and the click of the contacts. By isolating these sonic components, the RX engine allows you to create a sonic signature from showroom-shiny to road-ravaged, adding just the right amount to suit your taste.

The Korg SV-1 also recreates the effects pedals and studio processing that gave these sounds their original luster. The proven, tube-driven (12AX7) Valve Reactor circuit adds warmth and realism to period-accurate amplifier models. Together, the three-band EQ, Pre-FX, Modulation FX, and Reverb/Delay add yet another dimension of authenticity to your playing.

Designed with performance in mind, the SV-1 is a pleasure to play. The RH3 real weighted hammer action is the finest keybed that Korg offers, with a solid, responsive feel that inspires confidence. You can forget menus, never mind banks and programs, and stop staring at displays because the Korg keyboard's entire front panel is always live, using clearly labeled knobs to dial up exactly the sound you're looking for. Saving your eight favorite settings for quick recall is as easy as saving a station on your car radio.

The SV-1 digital piano provides an economical, reliable, portable, and maintenance-free alternative to collecting and maintaining a stable of vintage instruments. The cabinet styling clearly defines the 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.

Sought-after sounds
The SV-1 provides many signature variations of classic instruments to inspire your performance. The 36 sounds of the Korg SV-1 allow you to rediscover hit-making vintage electric pianos, funky clavichords, classic and cult-favorite organs, string machines, and of course, pianos. The SV-1 also serves up breathtaking grand piano sounds, real-deal upright piano sounds, plus the sounds of hall-of-fame electronic contenders. Each category of instrument starts with the essential classics and then moves beyond what standard products offer, going into rare and unique instruments that were part of the soundtrack of their eras. For example, the electric pianos start with several seven-way velocity switched "tine" versions, continue through the classic "reed" based model, and then into a vintage analog "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 to mid '80s Japanese electro-acoustic variation, Korg's signature and rocking SG-1D, plus some blended sounds. Organs include three variations of the classic tone wheel model, the most famous British and Italian combo organs, and the first-known offering of a signature American tube-driven console organ.

Clavichords include four variations of tonal settings plus a related keyboard sound from the same manufacturer that used a plucked-reed mechanism to achieve a unique and intimate sound. Add in real, tape-based and analog strings, choir, and a couple of fat analog synth sounds and you have an incredibly versatile palette to perform with.

Each of the core keyboards has been accurately sampled including tine, key-off, damper, and hammer noises at different velocities. Tone wheel organs include the much-needed leakage and adjustable key-click. Korg even sampled piano cabinet resonances to enhance the accuracy of their acoustic pianos. By isolating these sonic components, the RX engine allows you to create a sonic signature sound, adding just the right amounts to suit your individual taste. This attention to detail, called the RX Experience, is what makes playing the Korg SV-1 such a joy. It comes to life in your hands with a three-dimensional sound, allowing the electro-mechanical legends to be reborn again.

Period-accurate amps and effects
The superb sound generation of the Korg SV-1 vintage piano 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 modeled by Korg's legendary guitar effects designers. Add a sweep pedal (Korg's EXP-2 or XVP-10) to get funky with the Wah.

Amp Model (Amp Modeling, cabinet simulation and noise reduction): A wealth of amp heads and speaker cabinets are available to add color, drive, and edge to your sound. Plus, Korg's exclusive Valve Reactor circuitry adds the warmth or snarl that only a real 12AX7 tube can provide.

Modulation FX (Chorus 1 and 2, Phaser 1 and 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, 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 through the included computer editor/librarian software.

Zero learning curve
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 LEDs to show the position of the knob, and can be pressed to restore the original setting. For really quick changes, the Korg SV-1 piano has eight car-radio style buttons to instantly call up your eight favorite sounds and settings. Storing a favorite is equally as easy. Simply adjust the controls to your preferred settings, then press and hold one of the favorites buttons and when the button flashes, press it again. Your custom setting is now stored.

Touch and tune
The SV-1 is equipped with Korg's finest graded-hammer action (RH3) keyboard. The Function button provides access to eight different velocity curves that allow the keyboard to respond to match any performance style. Authentic to the end, the SV-1 offers eight tuning schemes 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 with 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 SV-1 can be transposed into any key.

Your winning look
Housed in a bold, curvaceous body, the SV-1 piano really stands out from the crowd. Coupled with retro-style controls and stunning finishes, the SV-1 oozes desirability and playability.

Connect with others
A pro keyboard would be incomplete without all the right connections. The SV-1 is equipped with balanced XLR and 1/4" outputs, Left and Right audio inputs, MIDI In and MIDI Out jacks, a USB MIDI Port, and 3 pedal connections: Damper, Pedal 1, and Pedal 2. The Damper pedal is included, and responds to half-pedaling for authentic piano response. Pedal 1 is designed for a switch type of pedal, and can operate as a piano Sostenuto 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 and accurate organ volume control) or an additional switch pedal, providing the piano purist with access to all three piano pedal functions by adding the Una Corda (soft) function.

Vintage software
While setting out to create an incredibly friendly and easy-to-use instrument, Korg knew that there were more tech-savvy players out there that would love nothing more than to dig a little deeper. The SV-1 Editor/Librarian software provides cool graphic-based programming, including access to many effects parameters not available on the SV-1's panel. In addition, the Editor/Librarian software allows each of the 36 sounds and the eight Favorites to be programmed and saved individually. This points the way to users sharing and swapping their favorite settings, and for Korg to supply more sounds in the future. The SV-1 Editor/Librarian runs on Mac or PC, and is included with every SV-1. MIDI Local can be set on or off from the front panel, allowing the Korg SV-1 to function effectively as a controller keyboard in any software set-up.

  • RX (Real eXperience) technology produces electro-mechanical, transistorized, tape-driven, analog, and digital sounds, plus a collection of rich acoustic piano sounds.
  • Tube-driven (12AX7) Valve Reactor circuit adds warmth and realism
  • Three-band EQ, Pre-FX, Modulation FX, and Reverb/Delay
  • Equipped with Korg's finest graded-hammer action (RH3) keyboard
  • SV-1's entire front panel is always live, so clearly labeled knobs dial up exactly the sound you're seeking and saving your eight favorite settings for quick recall is easy.
  • Retro-chic, cabinet-style appearance
  • 36 sounds allow you to play vintage electric pianos, funky clavichords, classic and cult-favorite organs, string machines, and of course, pianos.
  • Six separate stages of signal processing: Equalizer, Pre FX, Amp Model, Modulation FX, Reverb/Delay, Limiter
  • Rotary knobs include illuminated LED's
  • Eight tuning schemes including equal, grand piano stretch, electric piano stretch, electric grand, upright stretch, detuned, and two user-definable types
  • Equipped with balanced XLR and 1/4" outputs, Left and Right audio inputs, MIDI In and MIDI Out jacks, and a USB MIDI Port
  • 3 pedal connections: Damper, Pedal 1, and Pedal 2
  • The SV-1 Editor/Librarian software provides cool graphic-based programming and allows each of the 36 sounds and the eight Favorites to be programmed and saved individually; operates with Mac or PC

You'll be astounded at the array of modern and vintage sounds you can create, store, and tweak to your desire when you buy the SV-1 Stage Vintage Piano.


SV-1 Stage Vintage Piano - 88 Key

  • Number of Keys: 88
    Keyboard: RH3 - Real Weighted Hammer Action 3, 8 Velocity Touch Curves
    Tuning: Transpose to any Key (± 12 half-steps), Fine Tuning, 8 Tuning Curves
    Sound Engine: EDS (Enhanced Definition Synthesis), RX (Real eXperience) Technology
    Polyphony: 80 notes

    Sounds: 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

    Favorites: 8 Assignable switches for fast program recall
    Effects/Processing: Five Individual Sections

    Equalizer: On/Off Switch; Bass, Mid, Treble Knobs
    Pre-FX: On/Off Switch; Speed Knob, Intensity Knob; Compressor, Boost, U-Vibe, Vibrato, Tremolo, VoxWah (Auto/Pedal Switch)
    Amp Model: On/Off Switch; Drive Knob; Clean, California, Tweed, AC30, Mod'ed OverDrive, Organ Hi-Gain OverDrive
    Modulation FX: On/Off Switch; Speed Knob, Intensity Knob; Chorus 1, Chorus 2, Phaser 1, Phaser 2, Flanger, Rotary (Fast/Slow Switch)
    Reverb/Delay: 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, Transpose Button, Local Off Button, Function Button
    Demo Songs: 36; Press Transpose + Local Off buttons to access

    Audio Outputs: Left/Mono, Right (1/4" Unbalanced); Left, Right (XLR Balanced)
    Audio Inputs: Left/Mono, Right (1/4")
    MIDI: Standard In, Out; USB/MIDI port
    Damper Pedal: Damper (fixed)
    Pedal 1: Switch Type; Sostenuto or Rotary Speaker Fast/Slow functions
    Pedal 2: Sweep Type; Volume/Expression or Wah functions, Switch Type; Soft Pedal (Una Corda) function
    Headphones: Stereo 1/4"
    Power supply: Internal switching adapter, AC100240V, 50/60Hz
    Power consumption: 15 Watt
    Dimensions: 53.3" 13.66" 6.1"
    Weight: 45.3 lb. (without music stand)
    Accessories Included: power cable, quick guide, accessory CD, music stand, damper pedal (Korg DS-2H)
    Additional options (sold separately): ST- SV1 matching stand; EXP-2/XVP-10 expression pedal; PS-1 footswitch, CB-SV1-88 rolling carrying case

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One of the Best

By John Garrison

from Undisclosed

Comments about Korg SV-1 Stage Vintage Piano - 88 Key:

review is under features
If your looking for a Stage Piano, look no further. This Piano has some awesome sounds, perfect
for live performance. Anyone playing live events such as Coffee houses ,Church, Band situations will love this keyboard. The piano sounds are excellent, but you do have to tweak the sound to your specifications. The E-piano sounds are as real as it gets.You also cannot beat the lush Strings
sound. The weight is light enough for one person to tote easily. The keybed is close to a grand
piano feel but not as tough.
It does not have a recorder and also has no sequencer. But having said that, the SV-1 has the
capibilty of plugging into a laptop and with DAW Software you can have a complete workstation.
Overall this is the best digital piano I have owned. You can not beat the looks either.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Everything Korg said it would be and more!

By Patrick

from Central Arkansas

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Comments about Korg SV-1 Stage Vintage Piano - 88 Key:

Overall, I'm very happy. I only wish the MF also sold the stand korg made for it. I'm having to special order it.
This is truly a unique keyboard. It was designed to do a very specific thing. You'll see lots of people blasting it for "for not doing enough"..."korg needs to update to do splits and recording and..." blah blah blah... If you are wanting a work station, don't buy this stage piano. If you are a musician that performs and piano, rhodes, wurlizter elec. piano, organs, etc. are your stock in trade, this is an incredible and powerful instrument. It allows you to do many things so quickly and easily without ever even reading a manual! The knobs and buttons are intuitive, instant and easily saved to the favorites for recall. It features 36 sounds at a time. But what a 36!! Plus you can download two extra 36 sound packs free from korg and install them ala carte via the editor interface (Mac/PC) via usb. This has some nice favorites, splits (bass and another instrument), etc. I really enjoy the original the most with the exception of using the Grand Pianos from the SP2. The piano sounds are gorgeous, authentic and with the RX (realistic sound effects of the instrument sampled i.e. pedal damper on a grand or tine sounds from a rhodes.) you really feel like your playing the real deal. Everything is modifiable via the front panel plus even more options via the editor.
The build quality is outstanding. Solid. Heavy but not too much so for an 88. You certainly feel like you got your money's worth! The key-bed has had some reported issues, I've not had any issues with mine. yet. I hear korg honors their warranty well and even gives you a 2nd year free for signing up online. The tube is a nice feature, coming from being a guitarist for 27 yrs. I'm accustomed to using tube amps and love the sound of a rhodes or wurli thru one! The built in effects are top notch, sound just like the real deal and I love using the wah pedal on the clavichord! Very stevie wonder superstitious!
I felt that the unit was a little over priced and was glad I was able to purchase at a discount via a sale MF was running. I almost bought a kawai m6 instead.... but in hindsight, I never would have used half the functions of the kawai, I seem to play the same three sounds for almost all the music I play and I never need a recorder or splits on a regular basis. If I do, it's in the studio and I have far better and easier software to do all of these things!


Great at what it does--wish it did more

By Jesse Bond

from Wilmington, NC, USA

Comments about Korg SV-1 Stage Vintage Piano - 88 Key:

it's expensive, really only does piano, EP, clav, strings, organs, and 2 synths--but if you want really good sample-based instruments of those types of sounds in a sexy retro package with a great-feeling keybed, this is the board for you
The instruments are highly realistic, and make excellent use of the "RX" noise layer technology--love the clicking of clavs and EPs, and both key noise and sympathetic resonance on acoustic pianos adds a lot... The built-in amp simulation can create some really fun effects (I made an electric-guitar sounding patch using a clav and amp sim cranked up), and is quite good at mimicking classic sounds... I wish the expression pedal was able to control the rotary speaker sim speed for organs, but having the slow/fast toggle available on another pedal input (or just by hitting the button on the control panel) works ok... all the built-in effects are great, and I don't know how I lived without all the delays, verbs, and rotary speaker (great on other instruments--not just organ) effects etc. on my previous board. It's really quite awesome how much you have at your fingertips in a super-easy interface that requires no manuals to explain... but there are really not that many sounds. They included two synths in the stock soundpack, but there haven't been any in those released since--that bums me out a bit. I also sometimes struggle with the fact that I paid as much as I did for a board with only 36 sounds... but they're really good ones
heavy, and heavy-duty... lots of metal, and the keys feel very legit without being too hard to play--the matte finish on them does add to the realism, but it would have been nice to have actual wood keys... Oh well, guess it's not quite expensive enough for that... the interface software is quite good, and give you lots of additional control... I also appreciate Korg's releasing the additional soundpacks they have, expecially with regard to the acoustic pianos--until Sound Pack 2, I was ready to give up on the pianos because of how short their sustain was, but the Grand 2B piano from soundpack 2 is AWESOME.
it's really expensive... I don't think it's really worth the money, but it is one of the only keyboards I've ever been able to apply the word "sexy" too--sure, you're paying for the name brand and the design, but for a sample-based board, these sounds may be about as good as it gets (the next step up being modeled pianos)... For me, the look and the quality of the sounds makes it ALMOST worth the money, but I still struggle sometimes with whether or not I should sell it and buy something cheaper that just has a decent piano and do the rest via software instruments on computer

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Korg SV-1 88: wonderful vintage sounds with having to deal with vintage equipment!

By pontmercy

from Central Arkansas

Comments about Korg SV-1 Stage Vintage Piano - 88 Key:

It's everything I had hoped for and operates perfectly. The usb to computer and the desktop editor are excelllent. There are a total of 72 patches available. Lots more options to modify the sounds and effects via the computer well. The onboard effects are par excellence! I have a whole pedal board worth on board. The expression pedals work great and as expected. The XLR outs are top notch and an uncommon luxury!

Lastly, the style of this unit is just a work of art. In my music room, it is a real show piece, not just some big black rectangle with millions of buttons and lcds. Very retro, but very easy to find the sound you want on the fly!
Love it! I researched many many models when looking for a stage piano to produce the vintage sounds I was craving, combined with great pianos, and good feeling keyboard to use for recording. I found it all with the Korg SV-1 88
Korg builds heavy duty instruments prepared to take on the road. I have no doubt that this keyboard will withstand much more than I'm able or willing to put it through!
The value is in the sounds and styling. Korg did a superb job finding the best possible examples of all the instruments (minus the organs, although I think they sound good, many diehard organ players have voiced negative feelings about them) and captured the essence of not only the sound they make but the noises associated with the mechanical operation of them.

I give it a 9 only because the price was pretty steep. There are several keyboards that offer comparable sounds at a less price but NONE offer the simplicity of operation and level of cool that the korg affords. You get what you pay for.


Used in church

By FantomFingers

from Maryland

Comments about Korg SV-1 Stage Vintage Piano - 88 Key:

We bought 2 (for different rooms) We play adult contemporary music, and this thing sounds GREAT in the mix. I wish it had more variety (sometimes you just need an oboe)

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