Piano is one of the most tender musical instruments ever created – the soothing melodies one could play with it know no bounds, and it’s not a coincidence that you want to become a piano player yourself. We’re here to talk about digital pianos in general – what they are, and what you should know before purchasing one, among other things.
The Pa900 sound engine uses double the PCM memory of the best-selling Pa600 and extends the amount of User PCM memory to 192MB. The number of user Style locations has also expanded to a maximum of 1,200 which will cover almost every style imaginable. The improved built-in speaker system produces a strong, rich sound that’s enhanced by standard features such as the TC Helicon Vocal Harmonizer, a Dual MP3 player & recorder, and the Dual Crossfade Sequencer. Video output is supplied as a standard function, so your audience can sing along to the onscreen lyrics. The Pa900 packs all this in a high‐quality case with aluminium side-panels in a silver body to provide a prestigious look on any stage!
With more power than ever before and numerous great new features, the Pa900 sets a new standard for arranger workstations. A massive leap forward from the legendary and best selling Pa800, Korg has raised the bar of excellence to a new level by offering new realistic sounds and powerful new features, delivered in a slim and professional looking design, at an even more affordable price.
The New Pa900
Korg is responsible for the most successful and respected arranger keyboards ever. Used by tens of thousands of music professionals in every country around the world, Korg arrangers have thrilled audiences and delighted players everywhere with the magic combination of unbeatable sound quality and features. Korg’s RX (Real eXperience) Technology blends this great Korg history with powerful new technology and ideas from musicians around the world to deliver a new standard in arrangers. The result is a musical jewel that packages technological magic into a cool and user friendly design: the Korg Pa900.
Feel The Keyboard
The 61-key keyboard offers a semi-weighted action, feels great, features naturally responsive key-on/key-off velocity sensitivity and aftertouch, and is designed for musicians of all levels.
Powerful, slim and easy to use
The Pa900 has been designed with the concept of combining a slim shape with a professional look. But while its size might appear diminutive, its sound is huge, thanks to the power of the onboard high-quality custom designed amplification system. The 2x20 Watt amplifiers drive the 4 loudspeakers in a bass-reflex enclosure to generate a rich, powerful listening experience. The main panel has been redesigned and optimized to ensure that buttons and knobs are ergonomically and intuitively well positioned to enhance any performance. The graphical user interface is now even easier to read and has been renewed with more detailed icons and objects thanks to the new large TFT Graphical Color Touch Screen display. So that musicians of all levels can make great music quickly, there are two interface modes: Easy and Expert. The Easy mode shows only the most important controls while keeping a clean and straightforward interface, useful for beginners or playing live. Of course, in Expert mode you have full editing control. When you do not remember where a file, a song or a style was saved, just use the Search function to let the Pa900 find it for you.
Sound quality at its best
Based on Korg’s sophisticated sound engine, the Pa900 provides truly outstanding new sounds. The RX (Real eXperience) Technology and the DNC (Defined Nuance Control) system refine an already powerful sound engine, allowing the performer to accurately and expressively introduce the most subtle nuances and sound articulation. Assignable switches have been added to the joystick control, resulting in deeper control and rich expression. Thanks to DNC, you can reproduce subtle articulation sounds that are typical of most acoustic instruments, for example, the growl of a passionately-played saxophone, elements of the breath found in wind-Instruments such as trumpet, clarinet and harmonica, and the added characteristics that give added authenticity to the pizzicato and bowed sounds of a rich string section. Many demanding professional sampling sessions with some of the finest musicians in the music industry have resulted in more detailed natural sounds than ever before. More than 1,100 sounds, including a new stereo grand piano (with string resonance and damper realism) and new electric pianos from the acclaimed KORG SV-1 stage piano; new wind instruments, basses and stunning guitars; plus new digital drawbars with leakage and key on/off noises provide the perfect sound foundation for any harmonic and melodic need. More than 70 drum kits give life to any rhythmic texture and sound truly authentic due to the Drum Family Easy Editing feature, which gives total control over volume, pitch, EQ, and more. Up to 192 MB (PCM User memory) are available, so custom sounds can be added easily. The General MIDI (GM) sound bank has been improved for better compatibility with GM files. The Pa900 can also load/import Korg, WAV, AIFF, SoundFont™ formats and export in WAV or AIFF. Sounds can be fully edited, and can now use up to 24 oscillators for each note!
The use of premium effects can not only add polish and class to your overall sound; they can also make your music tracks sound more interesting! Korg is famous for its outstanding studio quality effects, and the Pa900 includes the best of the Korg effects library. Up to 4 Stereo Digital Multi Effect processors can be used for each song. 125 effect types are available, running from the standard reverbs and delays through to the more unusual and vintage effects. In addition each track features EQ with Low, Mid and High controls. A custom track EQ can be memorized in the general preferences for the Song Play mode. This will help adapting the sound to personal taste for any MIDI file you play. Need a lighter Bass track? Save the right equalization, and the Bass will stay light with all the subsequent Songs. A limiter and a final 4 band parametric EQ has been added to the sound output of the Pa900. Everything can be processed by this powerful and musically refined EQ, easily adapting the sound to your musical taste or correcting a problematic live scenario.
Do it with Style
The Pa900 delivers over 400 Styles, straight out of the box. Each one is a fully-realized musical environment dedicated to creating a particular musical style. With so many to choose from, the Pa900 can provide instant access to a vast and robust range of musical genres. Each Style features 4 Fill Ins + Break patterns, one for each variation. Using the new Auto Fill function they can be automatically recalled as you move between the four variations. Our international sound team has created many new Styles; and many of our revered and well-known Styles have been improved with new sounds and new mixing. The Pa900 has 1,200 locations for you to save your new Styles and settings. Several new sophisticated parameters which ensure professional and realistic guitar tracks have been added with Guitar Mode 2, making the guitar tracks of every Style rich and authentic. A new function called Chord Sequencer records your chord progressions on-the-fly so you can immediately practice or play along with your own chord sequences.
TC Helicon Voice Processor
Korg’s long term cooperation with the world leader in vocal harmonies, TC Helicon®, continues in the Pa900. With new features and algorithms the TC Helicon Voice Processor ensures your vocals have the highest possible sound quality. Up to 3 realistic voices are available and can be controlled by the keyboard, or by MIDI events. Other 4 effect blocks are available, including Reverb, Delay, EQ and Dynamics. To ensure professional vocal performance, 2 knobs and 3 buttons controlling the most important vocal functions have been added to the top panel within easy reach.
The famous Korg XDS Crossfade Dual Sequencer Player now supports the “MP3+G” (also known as MP3+Graphics) format for MP3 files in addition to the most popular lyrics formats. This new feature allows backing sequences to play with enriched lyrics and graphics which can be displayed simultaneously on the on-board TFT display and on an external monitor. There is also a Marker Function, allowing direct jumps to a given position in the song. Two different MP3 or MIDI files can be played simultaneously and both MIDI and MP3 files can be transposed, accelerated or slowed down. The Vocal Remover allows vocals to be removed from MP3 files using a center-channel cancellation tool. The 16 track sequencer allows sophisticated levels of sequencing, but also provides quick and easy song creation using the Backing Sequence function. And because the Pa900 is very clever, it can record your entire performance! You can run a song, play the keyboard, sing along and everything will be recorded in MP3 format and stored on an external USB device or in the internal memory. A sophisticated Score Viewer is also available to display the lead track (or any other track) of a song as clear and plain traditional musical notations with notes or chords, together with lyrics and chord abbreviations. Chord names can also be seen both in English and Italian. For those learning music, we also added a function to show note names next to each note.
Particularly useful for live use, the SongBook is a fully programmable and easily searchable Music Database. Each entry contains all the settings required to play a particular song. The SongBook can use styles, MIDI files or MP3s and immediately recall settings such as song title, genre, artist, tempo, volumes, sounds, muted tracks, FX settings, easy edit, 4 STS*, TC Helicon® presets, master transpose and more. Everything you need to play your song back perfectly is in the SongBook, a useful musical feature that is unique to Korg.
*STS - Single Touch Settings are memories that recall sounds for all the keyboard tracks (Upper 1, 2, 3 & Lower).
With the SongBook Editor you can easily view, create and edit your KORG Pa-Series SongBook entries and custom lists using a Windows based computer.
Keyboard 61 keys semi–weighted; Velocity sensitive and after touch are supported System Upgradable Operating System;RX (Real eXperience); DNC (Defined Nuance Control); Multitasking; Load while play feature Tone Generator KORG EDS (Enhanced Definition Synthesis) sound generator: 128 Voices, 128 Oscillators; Filters with Resonance ; Three band EQ for each track Effects Up to 4 Stereo Digital Multi-Effect block systems 125 Master Effect types + 2 Global Effects Voice Processor Technology by TC Helicon® with 4 Effects Three-part Harmonizer, Reverb, Delay, plus Compressor, and EQ Sounds / Drumkits More than 1100, including Stereo Piano and GM/GS improved sound compatibility; more than 70 Drum Kits; User area: 512 Sounds, 128 Drum Kits; Defined Nuance Control (DNC) Technology; Digital Drawbars: 9 Footages; Full Sounds/Drumkits editing capability User PCM RAM Memory: 192 MB Full Sampling Editing Compatibility: Load/Import of Korg, Wav, AIFF and SoundFont™; Export of Wav and AIFF; Edit, Time Slice, Compression Tool. Styles More than 400 preloaded Styles, freely reconfigurable; 1200 available Style locations including the Favorite banks; Eight Style tracks, 4 Single Touch Settings, 4 Pads and one Style Setting per Style; Guitar Track 2 mode, Parallel and Fixed NTT Style Record with Step Record, Track and Event Edit functions; Style controls: 3 Intros, 4 Variations, 4 Fills, Break, 3 Endings, Synchro Start/Stop, Tap Tempo/Reset, Bass Inversion, Auto Fill, Manual Bass, Memory, Accompaniment Mute, Drum Mapping, Snare & Kick Designation, STS Mode Chord Sequencer Real-time Style Chord Sequencer Recorder Performance / STS 320 Realtime Performance locations; STS: Memorize Keyboard tracks settings, up to 4 x 1200 Styles, up to 4 x SongBook entries,“My Setting” function Song Play Patented XDS Crossfade Dual Sequencer Player (Supported formats: MIDI, KAR, MP3 + lyrics, MP3+G); 2 Players with separate Select, Start/Stop, Home, Rewind and Fast Forward controls; X-Fader Balance control; Lyrics, Score, and Chord data can be displayed on screen, or on external video monitor; Markers; Jukebox function Mp3 Player / Recorder Double Mp3 Player and Mp3 Recorder; Real Time Transpose (+6/-5 semitones); Tempo change (±30%); Vocal Remover; Record MP3 files including Styles, SMF, Real Time Tracks, Pads, Microphone and Effects Sequencer Quick Record (Backing Sequence); Multitrack and Step Record functions - Full-featured sequencer; 16 tracks; Up to 200,000 events; SMF native format SongBook Fully programmable music database, based on Styles, SMF, Karaoke, MP3 with automatic selection of Style Play and Song Play modes; User-definable custom lists; Filtering and Ordering options Compatibility "i-Series" models: Styles; Pa series: Style, Performance, Program/Sound, Song, SongBook, Pad Multi Pad 4 Assignable Pads + Stop Button - Pad Record function General Controls Master Volume; Fade In/Out; Keyboard-Acc/Song Balance Volume; Ensemble; Octave Transpose; Master Transpose; Style Change; Quarter Tone and Arabic Scale memorized inside Performance/STS; Real-time controllers: Joystick (pitch + modulation); Mic Volume; Mic FX Volume; Mic On/Off; Mic Preset; Mic Harmony On/Off; 3 Assignable Switches; Tempo +/-; Tempo Lock; Dial; Search Function; Shift; Chord Scan; Split; Metronome On/Off; Sound Select Control Inputs Damper pedal (support half-pedaling with optional DS-1H pedal); Assignable pedal/switch Audio Output: Left/Mono, Right/Mono, Unbalanced Headphone Output: 1 (in the front panel) Video Out: 1 RCA type Mic/Line Inputs 2 Unbalanced Jack; Left/Mono-Mic, with gain control and Right/Mono MIDI In, Out; standard Midi connectors; USB to Midi using the USB Device port; 8 user definable MIDI Setups USB USB-MIDI Interface; Type A (TO DEVICE): 1 (Front); Type B (TO HOST): 1 (Rear); 2.0 Hi Speed connections Mass Storage/Disk Micro SD, back panel slot Display Color TouchView™ 7” TFT display Clock Internal System Clock Power Consumption 20 Watt; 100-240v 50/60 Hz Dimensions (W x D x H) - 1,030 x 378.3 x 138.8 mm / 40.55 x 14.89 x 5.46 inches (without music stand) Weight 10,76 kg / 23.72 lbs Accessories Manual, AC Power Cable, Music Stand, DVD-ROM