SUMMER NAMM SHOW, NASHVILLE, TN, June 20, 2008 — Korg introduces the Pa588, combining interactive workstation features with Korg’s RH3 graded hammer action, to provide powerful songwriting tools with an authentic feel for the accomplished or amateur pianist. Additionally, a new “Play Piano” switch transforms the Pa588 into a traditional digital piano instantly.
The Pa588 combines the piano sound and feel of Korg’s flagship C-720 Concert Piano with the interactive composition and performance features of its popular Pa500. Using the same EDS (Enhanced Definition Synthesis) sound engine that powers the Korg M3 workstation, Korg’s RX (Real eXperience) Technology™ provides realism and articulation for an expressive, natural sound. It delivers 80-note polyphony along with 880 pre-loaded sounds (plus 128 user locations) and 56 preset drum sounds (64 user-programmable kits) and includes a GM2 soundset. In addition, four simultaneous Effects (124 types) can be used.
The center of all Korg Pa instruments is the Style engine. By following the performer’s chord changes, timing and voice leading, each Style can provide anything from a simple drum and bass groove to a full-blown R&B rhythm section to create a complete performance – all in real time and on the fly, with no programming required. In addition to Drums, Percussion and Bass, a Style can add up to five additional musical parts. Each of the 320 editable Styles is a complete musical environment for either performing a song or composing a new one, with four variations, introductions, endings, fill-ins and more. Musicians can create their own Styles from scratch, or combine various elements from existing Styles to create their own custom settings.
For the songwriter, the Pa588 features both traditional “workstation” sequencing, as well as Korg’s time-saving Backing Sequencer that can record each Style part to its own track in a single pass. Step editing quickly re-writes all Style parts without the need to play new data. Chord changes can also simply be “typed” into the Backing Sequencer to create complete backing tracks without playing a note.
As the Style engine follows the left hand chording, the performer can play up to four additional sounds in real time. Single Touch Settings (STS) allow these sounds to be quickly changed with a single button. Four STS settings can be saved with each Style. The SongBook feature allows all settings – Style, STS, Tempo, Transposition, MIDI file, etc. – needed to recreate a song to be organized into a quickly searchable database for instant access. The new Guitar Mode transforms the keyboard into the fretted strings of nearly any chord/neck position for authentic picking patterns, slides, strums and more.
Intuitive and easy to use, the Pa588’s 240 x 320 pixel TouchView™ display offers two interface modes. For beginners or live performance, the EASY mode uses enhanced graphics to display common performance controls, while EXPERT mode offers full editing control. One-touch, on-screen HELP is available in seven languages.
In performance, Korg’s XDS twin, multi-mode sequencer allows users to load one sequence while the other plays and use the DJ-style crossfader for smooth transitions between them. The Jukebox mode allows a single file to play back multiple songs for non-stop entertainment. The sequencer is compatible with standard SMF or Karaoke files. Karaoke lyrics will appear in the display. Sequence files – as well as sound, style and other data – can be saved and loaded via SD card or MMC memory stick.
A USB jack allows the Pa588 to communicate with a computer and supports USB/MIDI. The onboard stereo sound system features 10cm bass speakers and high resolution tweeters powered by dual 15-Watt amplifiers, all housed in a bass reflex enclosure with a tuned EQ for rich musical sound quality.
Additional features include:
- Assignable slider, switch, pads and pedal input
- Two audio outputs
- MIDI In/Out
- Two unbalanced line audio inputs
- Half-damping pedal and an attractive matching metal stand
The Korg Pa588 will be available early August 2008 with pricing TBA.