Korg SV-2 Digital Stage Piano, 88-Key

Korg SV-2 Digital Stage Piano, 88-Key

Get a stage piano that can really express. The 88-key Korg SV-2 builds on the Stage Vintage legacy with more sounds, better sampling, and more flexibility.

Korg SV-1 88 Stage Vintage Piano (88-Key)

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Grab the front panel knobs to dial in 36 most-wanted vintage keyboard sounds, classic amp sims, and effects, on the gig-worthy and great-looking Korg SV-1.
When it comes to a gigging keyboard, do you reach for the trusty pianos, organs, Rhodes and Wurli patches every time? Would you prefer to have 88 keys to play with, than 800 sounds you'll never use? Would you rather look at a cool vacuum tube than a nerdy LCD screen? If you answered "yes, yes, and yes," then you'll probably be a big fan of the Korg SV-1 digital piano. The SV-1 feels more like a musical instrument than a computer, and it's here to deliver a grand total of 36 killer pianos, electric pianos, clavs, and organs, along with a selection of vintage amp models, reverbs, and other effects, all with a supremely playable, fully-weighted RH3 keybed.

Hear the SV-1 stage piano in action, in this video from Korg:


Vintage Look and Feel

"SV" stands for "Stage Vintage," and the Korg SV-1's vintage-instrument vibe is apparent before you even hear it. The curved case is clearly built to stand up to the rigors of live performance (and turn a few heads in the process). Flip the substantial power toggle and watch as amber lights blink to life on the beveled control panel. Turn chunky, clicking knobs to select and tweak your sound, or punch eight fat buttons to access your favorites. The controls are a breeze to operate, with nearly every function accessible via a dedicated knob -- ideal for live performance. The keyboard itself utilizes Korg's fully-weighted RH3 graded hammer-action keybed (just like the one found on the Korg M-50), and you can adjust its sensitivity to one read more of eight curves by clicking the dedicated Touch button. Touch-sensitivity is memorized when you save a favorite sound. There's an included damper pedal, and a full three pedal inputs mean you can also hook up sostenuto and soft pedals of a real piano. It's clear that Korg has taken every care to approximate the real deal in the SV-1.

Vintage Instrument Sounds

The SV-1 may not be a time machine, but it's the next best thing for a keyboardist looking to transport their audience back to the classic sounds of the 60s, 70s, and 80s. You'll find loads of Rhodes and Wurlitzers, plenty more electric/electro-mechanical pianos, detailed acoustic pianos (including an impressive upright), indispensable pop piano/pad layers, Hohner Clavinets, and Hammond, Lowrey and Farfisa organs. Click the dial over to "Other" to find tasty novelties like Mellotron-esque violins, a 70s disco "Solina String Ensemble" homage, the obligatory synth choir, and even a couple of iconic 80s pop polysynths. On the acoustic pianos and electro-mechanical instruments, Korg's RX (Real eXperience) Technology sound generator goes beyond multisampling to include subtle imperfections that accompany the notes: the thunk of a damper pedal, clicking keys, snapping tines. You can adjust these RX effects independently, depending on just how "vintage" you want your instrument to sound. Easily switch between a pristine $60,000 concert grand to a trashed-out, ill-behaved suitcase piano that you picked up at a yard sale.

Vintage Effects and Amps

Vintage electric piano sounds go hand-in-hand with period-accurate effects and amps. But typical amp simulations don't include a power amp circuit -- and the sound of a real tube amplifier depends on the varying impedance created by a power amp driving a speaker. So Korg built the SV-1's Valve Reactor as an actual low-wattage power amp circuit, complete with the real 12AX7 vacuum tube built into the front panel. Sonically, this translates into the unmistakable warmth and growl of a tube amp through your choice of speaker cabinets. Like the effect chain in a classic instrument amplifier, the SV-1 has a three-band equalizer section; stompbox "pre" effects simulator with compressor, booster, univibe, vibrato, tremolo, and Vox wah; and post-amp modulation section with chorus, phaser, flanger, and rotary speaker effects. There are also six types of reverb and delay, plus two limiters to keep your levels under control. And you can bypass any or all of these stages, to shape your tone to your liking.

Dig In Deep with Free Editor Software

There's more to the SV-1 than meets the eye. Connect your SV-1's USB port to your Mac or PC to back up and edit all your sounds and effects with Korg's SV-1 Editor/Librarian software. Graphic-based and painless to use, this free software extends the SV-1 experience to your computer to make digging into sounds and effects fun and rewarding. Access parameters beyond what you'll find on the SV-1's front panel to develop your own signature sounds. If you need more than 8 spots to save your favorite sounds, you can now override any of the 36 presets with sounds of your creation, or load new sound banks that Korg releases through their website.

Features:

- 88-key weighted RH3 hammer-action keyboard with 8 velocity-sensitivity curves
- 80-voice polyphony
- 36 on-board presets in 6 banks
- 8 assignable Favorites buttons
- Bypassable effects include EQ, pre FX, amp model, modulation, reverb/delay, and limiter
- Valve Reactor circuit with real 12AX7 tube
- Standard MIDI In/Out plus USB MIDI
- A full 3 pedal inputs; Damper pedal included
- 1/4" unbalanced and XLR balanced stereo audio outputs
- 1/4" headphone out
- Eight tuning schemes and fine tuning adjustment
- Transpose button +/- 12 half steps
- Free SV-1 Editor/Librarian software gives full access to sounds and effects parameters

Think about it: how many sounds do you really want to drag with you on a gig? If acoustic and electric pianos are where it's at for your live rig, treat yourself to the Korg SV-1 and simplify your setup while upgrading your sound.

Power Supply: Power Cable (Included)
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Model: SV188 88-keys

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

Connections:
- Audio Outputs: Left/Mono, Right (1/4 inch Unbalanced); Left, Right (XLR Balanced)
- Audio Inputs: Left/Mono, Right (1/4 inch)
- 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

SV1 73 Dimensions: 45.0 x 13.66 x 6.1" ; Weight: 38.5 lbs (without music stand)

Accessories Included: Power cable, Quick Guide, Accessory CD, Music stand, Damper Pedal (Korg DS-2H)

Power Supply: Power Cable (Included)
For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 631-390-6800

Korg SV-1 88 Stage Vintage Piano, 88-Key

Stage. Vintage. Piano. The name pretty much says it all. The SV-1 contains the hippest, most in-demand and soul-satisfying keyboard sounds ever collected 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. But the SV-1 is about much more than excellent sound; the SV-1 re-creates the look, the 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. The snap of the tine, the release of the hammer, the click of the contacts--every element has been preserved. 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 individual taste.

But for Korg, even that is not enough. The SV-1 also recreates the effect 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. 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-1, 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-1 provides an economical, reliable, portable, and maintenance-free alternative to collecting and maintaining a stable of vintage instruments. The cabinet styling (and optional chrome stand) 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

You know the 36 sounds in the SV-1 by heart; each one is an old friend. Rediscover hit-making vintage electric pianos, funky clavs, classic and cult-fave organs, string machines and, of course, pianos. The SV-1 serves up breathtaking grands, a real-deal upright, plus hall-of-fame electronic contenders. And the SV-1 doesn't just serve plain vanilla; you'll find multiple, signature variations of many classic instruments to inspire your performance.

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. So 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-mid 80's Japanese electro-acoustic variation, Korg's signature and rocking SG-1D, plus some blended sounds. 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 keyboards has been accurately sampled including tine, key-off, damper and hammer noises at different velocities. Tonewheel organs include the much-needed leakage and adjustable key-click. They even sampled piano cabinet resonances to enhance the accuracy of our acoustic pianos. 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 individual taste. This attention to detail, called the RX Experience, is what makes playing the SV-1 a joy. It comes to life under your hands, with a three-dimensional sound evoking the electro-mechanical legends, reborn.

Period-accurate Amps and Effects

The superb sound generation of the SV-1 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 12AX7 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. 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.

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 LED's to show the position of the knob, and can be pressed to restore the original setting. For really quick changes, the SV-1 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. Your custom setting is now stored.

Touch and Tune

The SV-1 is equipped with Korg's finest graded-hammer action (RH3) 88-key keyboard. The Function button provides access to eight different velocity curves that allow the keyboard to response 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 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-1 can be transposed into any key.

Accessorize Your Winning Look

Housed in a bold, curvaceous body, the SV-1 really stands out from the crowd. Coupled with retro-style controls and stunning carbon gray finish with metallic copper ends, the SV-1 oozes desirability - and playability! An optional adjustable and collapsible chrome stand is available, as is a gig-ready rolling soft case.

Connect with Others

A pro 88-key keyboard would be incomplete without all the right connections. The SV-1 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 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, they 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 many effect parameters not available on the SV-1's panel.

SV-1 Main 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. MIDI Local can be set on or off from the front panel, allowing the SV-1 to function effectively as an 88-key controller keyboard in any software set-up.
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Submitted December 2, 2015 by Daniel E in Copperas Cove, TX
"The Best Keyboard"
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First let me say the Zzounds was spectacular. Right after i ordered the keyboard the next day 12 mo financing came out. I had 8 mo financing. I called and they said call FedEx and tell them to send it back. So I did. Then Zzounds let me buy with 12 mo financing. Spectacular. They said it had to be returned first before they could switch the financing. That was so nice of them. Now i have an extra $100 a month to buy more music equipment.

Sound
The keybed is the best. the keys don't go side to side. The keys are solid and the touch is perfect back pressure, not too hard and not too soft. I save 8 favorite sounds I came up with and I recall them with a touch of a button. The electric sounds are great. the straight piano is OK, I don't mind it. But i play a Steinway D with 20 velocity layers on my computer with the keyboard when i want to best possible piano sound available to piano keyboardists. .

Features
8 touch buttons for your favorite sounds. The Shell is metal and solid. The design is awe inspiring. The knobs and their lights are the latest high tech. I just site down and play a piano sound. I don't have to search and look for a horn sound or a harmonica sound or whatever. That is the Kronos. My setup is in many respects better than the Kronos. I have my computer running cubase and work it in conjunction with the keyboard. I have notes on songs in word. Different set lists. I can read more do as much or more than a Kronos.

Ease of Use
No learning curve. Just experiment with the sound knobs. Nice having a music stand. and the damper pedal (A1 quality) comes with it. Hooked up to a computer you can't get much better. And the price for that quality.... I have owned many keyboards and tried most keyboards and I couldn't come up with better than the Korg SV-1

Quality
The keybed is built to band on. I band on it when i do rock and roll songs that require that energy. The keys are solid and there is weight to them. You can tell when you pick the keyboard up.

Value
This is the best value among all the keyboards. I didn't like the looks at first because it looked like a synth with all the knobs. But when you understand the knobs and play it you are hooked.

Manufacturer Support
I dealt with Korg before on a cheaper keyboard and they were fabulous. I had to wait about 20 minutes in line but that is normal.

The Wow Factor
People know you have a quality keyboard. They ask how much did it cost so it looks expensive. You have to play good to live up to having this keyboard.

Musical Background:
Keyboard 2 years

Musical Style:
Rock and Roll, Country, Blues, a whole lot of 3 and 4 chord songs
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