Quick OverviewPiano Electric Korg SV1-73 73 Keys Stage Piano Black
The SV-1 has been captivating audiences since 2009. Now, the acclaimed Korg SV-1 Stage Vintage Piano has been given an elegant matte black stage finish: the SV-1BK Black.
LIMITED EDITION SV-1RV
For the retro enthusiast, the Limited Edition SV-1RV features a bold red body and vintage reverse-color keys that call to mind the classic combo organs of the 1960s and 70s.
Stage. Vintage. Piano. The name pretty much says it all.
Two phenomenal grand piano sounds 1 European, 1 Japanese
Korgs finest piano keyboard with Graded Hammer Action; 73 or 88 keys
Intuitive LIVE front panel with single-function knobs
8 Easy-to-set car-radio style Favorites buttons
36 coveted and in-demand piano & vintage keyboard sounds:
Grand Pianos: Smooth European; Lively Japanese; Mono Grand (for live); etc.
Electric Pianos: Tine styles; Reed Types; Plucked Type; Clavs; etc.
Electronic Pianos: Korg SG-1D; Transistor; 80s synth; VPM styles; etc.
Organs: Tonewheels; USA Tube Console; Italian Combo; VOX
Keyboards: String Machine, Tape Strings, Synth Brass; etc.
Other: Piano + Layers; Real Strings; Real Choir, etc.
Valve Reactor 12AX7 tube-driven amp modeling (6 Models)
6 Pre-FX; 6 Modulation FX; 6 Reverb Delays; 3-Band EQ
Stereo inputs / Stereo outputs ( all 1/4")
XLR Stereo balanced stage/recording outputs
Includes damper pedal & music rack
Options: assignable footswitch; assignable footpedal;
Housed in a sleek, curvaceous body, the SV-1BK offers an elegant on-stage appearance. Coupled with retro-style controls and smooth black finish, the SV-1BK oozes desirability and playability! An optional collapsible black stand is available, along with a gig-ready rolling soft case.
Lets begin with Piano. 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. 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 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 (and optional Black stand) 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.
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 German and Japanese grand piano giants, a more intimate upright piano, a much-needed mono piano for small gigs, a late 70s-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 Korgs 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, Korgs 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. Korgs 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 LEDs 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
The SV-1BK is equipped with Korg's finest graded-hammer action (RH3) keyboard on both the 73-key and 88-key versions. 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.
A pro keyboard would be incomplete without all the right connections. The SV-1BK is equipped with balanced XLR and " 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.
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 Blacks 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 with every SV-1 Black.
SV-1-73 Black : 73 keys.
SV-1-88 Black : 88 keys.
Velocity sensitive Korg RH3 (Real Weighted Hammer Action 3)
Transpose, Fine tuning, Tuning curves
EDS (Enhanced Definition Synthesis)
80 notes (max)
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
8 favorite switches for quick control panel registration
Bass, Mid, Treble
Compressor, Boost, U-Vibe, Vibrato, Tremolo, VOX Wah
Amp 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / Organ Amp + Cabinet Models, Valve Reactor Technology 12AX7 tube
Chorus1, Chorus2, Phaser1, Phaser2, Flanger, Rotary
Room, Plate, Hall, Spring, Tape Echo, Stereo Delay
Stereo Mastering Limiter, Stereo Limiter
Equalizer On/Off 3 encoders: Bass, Mid, Treble
Pre FX 2 switches:
On/Off, Auto/Pedal switch for Wah
Type select, Speed, Intensity
Amp Models On/Off 2 encoders:
Type select, Drive
Modulation FX 2 switches:
On/Off, Rotary Slow/Fast
Type select, Speed, Intensity
Reverb/Delay 2 switches:
On/Off, Tap Tempo
Type select, Depth
Transpose, Local Off, Touch, Function, Demo = Transpose + Local Off
Master Volume Knob
Audio output, Audio input, Headphones, MIDI, Computer, Damper
In / Out
1 (on the front panel)
L, R (2 XLR, Balanced)
L/Mono, R (2 1/4 Jack, Unbalanced)
USB Type B connector (doubles the MIDI interface), USB 1.1 Supported
Korg DS-2H, supplied
Footswitch (like Korg PS-1)
Volume/expression (like Korg XVP-10 or EXP-2) or footswitch (like Korg PS-1)
36 incorporated demos
Internal switching adapter, AC100240V, 50/60Hz
Dimensions (W x D x H) :
SV-1-73 Black = 45.0 13.66 6.1 inch (1143 347 157 mm)
SV-1-88 Black = 53.3 13.66 6.1 inch (1356 347 157 mm) excluding music stand
? SV-1-73 Black = 38.5 lbs. (17.5 kg) M
SV-1-88 Black = 45.3 lbs. (20.55 kg)
excluding music stand
Power cable, User Guide, Accessory Disk, music stand, damper pedal (Korg DS-2H)
SV-1 Editor (Windows / Mac)
CB-SV1 Carrying Case, ST-SV1-BK Keyboard stand, XVP-10 volume/expression pedal,
XP-2volume/expression pedal, PS-1 footswitch pedal
*Specifications and features are subject to change without notice.
SV-1 Editor System Requirements
A computer that satisfies the operating requirements of Windows 7/Vista/XP, and has a USB port
Intel Pentium IV / 2 GHz, or more.
Pentium D or more than Core Duo is recommended.
1GB or larger
< 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
Intel or Power PC Apple Macintosh computer that satisfies the operating requirements of
Mac OS X and has a USB port
Apple G4 1.4GHz, or more (Support to Intel Mac).
Apple G5 or more than Core Duo is recommended.
1GB or larger
Mac OS X version 10.4.11, 10.5 or later
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