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Korg SV188BK 88-key Stage Vintage Piano Black 

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Overview
  • 88-key keyboard with black finish
  • Velocity-sensitive Korg RH3 (Real Weighted Hammer Action 3)
  • Touch selection: 8 curves
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    $2,379.99
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      Popular stage piano in a new, aesthetically pleasing black matte stage finish.

      Housed in a sleek, curvaceous body, the SV-1BK 83-Key Stage Vintage Piano offers an elegant on-stage appearance. Coupled with retro-style controls and a smooth black finish, the SV-1BK oozes desirability – and playability!

      The Piano aspects of the SV-1BK
      The SV-1BK contains not just one, but multiple piano sounds, including a Japanese Grand Piano, a German Grand Piano, an authentic upright, and more. Then there is the Vintage. The SV-1BK Stage Vintage Piano offers the most rewarding compendium of electro-mechanical, transistorized, tape-driven, analog, 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 SV-1BK also provides access to the effect pedals, amplifiers, speaker cabinets, and studio techniques that gave these sounds their original shine. Together, they provide fingertip access to the sounds that defined generations of popular keyboard playing.

      Designed with performance in mind, the SV-1BK is a pleasure to play. 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 SV-1BK, the entire front panel is always live, using clearly labeled knobs to dial up just the sound you are looking for. Saving your eight favorite settings for quick recall is as easy as saving a station on your car radio.

      Best of all, the Korg SV-1BK 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-1BK as an instrument that was made to be played; providing a retro-chic appearance that reflects the pulse and heart of the original instruments that inspired it.

      The sounds
      The 36 sounds in the SV-1BK 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.

      The acoustic pianos include three-way stereo versions of both classic 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, plus some blended sounds.

      The electric pianos start with a seven-way velocity switched “tine” version, 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-'80s digital classics. 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 analog strings; choir; and a couple of fat analog 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 SV-1BK 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 modeling
      The superb sound generation of the SV-1BK 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 (i.e. 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 tube can provide.

      MODULATION FX (Chorus 1 & 2, Phaser 1 & 2, Flanger, and Rotary)
      Some of the most famous stompbox 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.

      LIMITER
      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 SV-1BK 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; when the button flashes, press it again and the settings are now stored.

      Keyboard, tuning curves
      As mentioned above, the SV-1BK 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 SV-1BK can be transposed into any key.

      Connectivity
      A pro keyboard would be incomplete without all the right connections. The SV-1BK is equipped with balanced XLR and 1/4" 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-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 – or an additional switch pedal, providing the piano purist with access to all three piano pedal functions by adding the Una Corda (soft) function.

      Editor/Librarian Software
      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 SV-1 Editor/Librarian software provides cool graphic-based programming, including access to certain parameters not available on the SV-1 Black'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 free.

      Features
      • 88-key keyboard with black finish
      • Velocity-sensitive Korg RH3 (Real Weighted Hammer Action 3)
      • Touch selection: 8 curves
      • Tuning: Transpose, Fine tuning, Tuning curves
      • Sound generation: EDS (Enhanced Definition Synthesis)
      • Polyphony: 80 notes (max)
      • Sounds:
      • 36 sounds (6 banks × 6 variations)
      • Bank 1 (E. Piano 1): Tine EP/Amp, Tine EP/Phaser, Tremolo EP, Dyno EP, VPM Piano, VPM Tine
      • Bank 2 (E.Piano 2): Reed EP 1, Reed EP 2, Electric Grand, SG-1D Piano, 80's Synth Piano, MIDI Grand
      • Bank 3 (Clav): Clav AC, Clav BC, Clav BD, Clav AD, Piano-ette, ElectraPno
      • Bank 4 (Piano): Grand Piano1, Grand Piano2, Mono Grand, Upright, Piano/Strings, Piano/Pad
      • Bank 5 (Organ): Tonewheel x 3 (Click, Jazz, Full), Console Organ, Italian Combo, VOX Combo
      • Bank 6 (Other): Full Strings, Tape Strings, 70s Strings, Choir, Synth Brass, Sharp Brass
      • Favorites: 8 favorite switches for quick control panel registration
      • Equalizer: Bass, Mid, Treble
      • Pre FX: Compressor, Boost, U-Vibe, Vibrato, Tremolo, VOX Wah
      • Amp Models: Amp 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / Organ Amp + Cabinet Models, Valve Reactor Technology – 12AX7 tube
      • Modulation FX: Chorus1, Chorus2, Phaser1, Phaser2, Flanger, Rotary
      • Reverb/Delay: Room, Plate, Hall, Spring, Tape Echo, Stereo Delay
      • Total FX: Stereo Mastering Limiter, Stereo Limiter
      • Effect Controllers: Equalizer On/Off – 3 encoders: Bass, Mid, Treble
      • Pre FX 2 switches: On/Off, Auto/Pedal switch for Wah
      • 3 encoders: Type select, Speed, Intensity
      • Amp Models On/Off – 2 encoders: Type select, Drive
      • Modulation FX 2 switches: On/Off, Rotary Slow/Fast
      • 3 encoders: Type select, Speed, Intensity
      • Reverb/Delay 2 switches: On/Off, Tap Tempo
      • 2 encoders: Type select, Depth
      • Other Controls: 4 switches
      • Panel Switches: Transpose, Local Off, Touch, Function, Demo = Transpose + Local Off
      • Volume: Master Volume Knob
      • Connections: Audio output, Audio input, Headphones, MIDI, Computer, Damper
      • MIDI: In/Out
      • Headphones: 1 (on the front panel)
      • Audio outputs: L, R (2 × XLR, Balanced), L/Mono, R (2 × 1/4” Jack, Unbalanced)
      • Inputs: L/Mono, R
      • Computer: USB Type B connector (doubles the MIDI interface), USB 1.1 Supported
      • Damper pedal: Korg DS-2H, supplied
      • Pedal 1: Footswitch (like Korg PS-1)
      • Pedal 2: Volume/expression (like Korg XVP-10 or EXP-2) or footswitch (like Korg PS-1)
      • Demo: 36 × incorporated demos
      Included accessories:
      • Power cable, User Guide, Accessory Disk, music stand, damper pedal (Korg DS-2H)
      • Bonus software:

      Take the stage and encapture your audience with great style and sound. Order now!

       

      SV188BK 88-key Stage Vintage Piano Specifications:

      • Power supply: Internal switching adapter, AC100~240V, 50/60Hz
      • Power consumption: 15W
      • Dimensions (WxDxH): 53.3" × 13.66" × 6.1", (1356m × 347mm × 157mm) excluding music stand
      • Weight: 45.3lb. (20.55 kg)
      • SV-1 Editor System Requirements
      • Windows:
      • Computer: A computer that satisfies the operating requirements of Windows 7/Vista/XP, and has a USB port
      • CPU: Intel Pentium IV / 2 GHz, or more, Pentium D or more than Core Duo is recommended
      • RAM: 1GB or larger
      • Operating system: (32-bit version): Microsoft Windows XP SP3 or later, Microsoft Windows Vista SP1 or later, Microsoft Windows 7
      • (64-bit Version) Microsoft Windows XP SP3 or later, Microsoft Windows Vista SP1 or later, Microsoft Windows 7
      • Macintosh:
      • Computer: "Intel or Power PC" Apple Macintosh computer that satisfies the operating requirements of Mac OS X and has a USB port
      • CPU: Apple G4 1.4GHz, or more (Support to Intel Mac), Apple G5 or more than Core Duo is recommended
      • RAM: 1GB or larger
      • Operating system: Mac OS X version 10.4.11, 10.5 or later
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      KorgSV188BK 88-key Stage Vintage Piano
       
      4.2

      (based on 6 reviews)

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      67%

      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Pros

      • Easy to use (5)
      • Good audio (4)
      • Touch sensitive keys (4)
      • Responsive / good action (3)

      Cons

      • Heavy (5)

      Best Uses

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Incredible electric piano replica!

        By Key-of-Z

        from Boston, MA

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Great Expression
        • Portable
        • Realistic Sound
        • Responsive / Good Action
        • Touch Sensitive Keys

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Accompaniment
        • Concerts
        • Electronic Music

        Comments about Korg SV188BK 88-key Stage Vintage Piano:

        This keyboard is not for everyone, but it is for me. I specifically love the quality of the sound and feel when patching in the Fender Rhodes-style electric piano. While it does not have a huge selection of sounds, the quality of the electric pianos more than makes up for it. The overdrive using a real tube preamp works incredibly well!

        However, if you are looking for a keyboard with a wide variety of sounds, good organs, all kinds of bells and whistles, pitch bend, or something lightweight, this keyboard is not for you.

        Personally, I use this keyboard live as my primary rhythm keyboard. I have a second keyboard that I use for cool synths and strange sounds, and another that I use for horn lines. I do play leads on THIS keyboard, and the expression you can get is convincing. It is one of only a few boards that simulates an analog instrument well enough to inspire compositions readily.

        I have had the board for over 1 year and have not broken a key. I perform primarily African music with plenty of rhythmic styles.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Great Sounds, problem keyboard

        By droid

        from Madison, Wisconsin

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Realistic Sound
        • Touch Sensitive Keys

        Cons

        • Heavy
        • Limited Sound Selection
        • Poor Action

        Best Uses

          Comments about Korg SV188BK 88-key Stage Vintage Piano:

          Wonderful rhodes, good acoustic pianos, wurlis, clav. My big problem is, I have broken 6 keys so far, and that's never happened to me before in 20+ years of gigging. Korg won't help me. And the action is sluggish -- I much prefer Roland and Yamaha weighted feel.

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          (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Perfect replicas of Rhodes and Wurly.

          By physicus

          from USA

          About Me Professional Musician

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                Comments about Korg SV188BK 88-key Stage Vintage Piano:

                This Korg NAILS the Rhodes and Wurly tones. That's all you really need to know. Close your eyes, and you wouldn't know they're not the real thing - even side by side with the original instruments. I don't believe any other synth has ever achieved this. After playing the SV-1, you will understand why those instruments were so popular.

                It's a beautiful instrument, which isn't surprising because it was designed in Italy. The look and feel of the SV-1, as much as the sounds, will make you want to play it.

                The preset pianos are so-so, but you can download free additional voices from Korg that are much better (see details farther down). These include some pleasing, realistic acoustic pianos.

                The Clavs are excellent. The organs are good - perfectly adequate for live playing - but they won't fool anyone. (For that, you need a Nord Electro, and even that doesn't rival a real Hammond.)

                I don't like the built-in distortion or fx in the Korg. My advice: connect the Korg to a laptop with a USB cable, run the free editor app, and turn the reverb and chorus down to zero on every patch, except perhaps a smidgeon of reverb on the acoustic pianos. Most of the patches sound much better dry. You can turn off the reverb with a button on the SV-1's front panel, but note that it turns on again when you change patches unless you use the editor app to change the default.

                The following info is for tweakers. (I use 'voices' and 'patches' interchangeably.)

                To find the best mix of patches, you have to pick and choose from different sound sets. There are three available: the factory preload set, Sound Pack 1, and Sound Pack 2. The latter pair can be downloaded for free from Korg's website.

                The SV-1 has six sound banks, each with six slots. That means you can store thirty-six voices in the keyboard at a time. Using the editor app, you can change these whenever you want.

                A _sound bank_ is a memory storage area inside the Korg. There are six of them. Think of them like shelves. A _Sound Pack_ is a collection of patches you store inside the sound banks.

                The factory preset voices in sound banks 1, 2, 3, and 5 are great, except that they have too much reverb. I left those in place, but replaced all the voices in sound banks 4 and 6.

                Sound bank 4 contains the acoustic pianos. I replaced them with the acoustic pianos from Sound Pack 1, except for the 'Honky Tonk' piano; I overwrote that with 'Grand Piano 1B' from Sound Pack 2. I replaced sound bank 6 with a mix of patches: I took the first four organs from Sound Pack 1, and 'Rockin' EP' and 'Soft BC Clav' from Sound Pack 2.

                If that doesn't make sense, it will when you get inside the editor app.

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                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Not your bang for the Buck

                By Wizard

                from Fort Myers FL

                About Me Professional Musician

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                Pros

                • Easy to Use

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Accompaniment

                Comments about Korg SV188BK 88-key Stage Vintage Piano:

                Piano Patches are not the quality I was looking for. Hooked to a Roland KC550 did not have the realistic clarity I had from my old Roland Workstation(XP-80). Patches could be related to the cheaper keyboard sounds.

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                (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                2nd One's the Charm

                By Rockin' Ric

                from Chattanooga, TN

                About Me Experienced

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                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Portable
                • Realistic Sound
                • Responsive / Good Action
                • Touch Sensitive Keys

                Cons

                • Heavy
                • No Speakers
                • Poor Instructions

                Best Uses

                • Concerts
                • Electronic Music

                Comments about Korg SV188BK 88-key Stage Vintage Piano:

                I was initially disappointed when my SV-1 arrived. After unpacking it from the box and setting it up I found that 2 of the keys were frozen & could not be depressed. After a frantic call to MF cust service to arrange an exchange and an additional wait of a couple of weeks, the new SV-1 arrived. This piano is AMAZING!! The range and the precision of the sampled tones are incredible. It is very user friendly despite not having very detailed written instructions. It's a bit on the heavy side (nothing compaired to the originals it is meant to reproduce), so be prepared to have one of your bandmates help you set it up.
                If you are looking for a professional quality extremely versatile stage piano that won't break the bank, look no further. This baby does it all!

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                (4 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Good keyboard, poor job fixing them up

                By Ace

                from Michigan

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Pre-programmed music
                • Realistic Sound
                • Responsive / Good Action
                • Touch Sensitive Keys

                Cons

                • Heavy
                • No Speakers

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Korg SV188BK 88-key Stage Vintage Piano:

                  It came broken 3 times. Three different keyboards, same problem. The third time, I decided to just open it and fix it myself since I couldn't get them to actually check it out before sending it to me. The keyboard works great and sounds great now, though.

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