Review of KORG PA500
|Ease Of Use
This is my third Korg Arranger, having previously owned an i-3 and a PA50, and WOW, this is a monster keyboard. The EDS synth engine is the same as in the M3, and the sounds are totally authentic and crystal clear. The P50 was great, but the new songbook feature on the PA500 let's you store unlimited song lists for your sets. Each songbook setting has the name of song, artist, genre as well as tempo, Single Touch Settings (STS) and pad info. STS lets you have four keyboard setups, each with 3 upper program voices and one lower voice. This lets you quickly switch between 4 sets of sounds, for example going from piano to synth to sax to organ settings instantly while playing with the touch of a button. The 4 pads are versatile, letting you use each one as a function control, or for a sound effect, or even a MIDI riff. There are now 3 intros, 3 fills, and 3 endings. And the buttons for intro, variations, fills, and endings have sysex addresses which means that they can be controlled by a MIDI footswitch controller, such as a Behringer FCB1010. This unit is a tremendous value for the one man band or duo crowd. The sounds are pretty much the same as the much more expensive PA2x. And it is so light at 23 lbs. And it has a touch sensitive control screen. When I compare this to the Gibson G101 organ that I paid $1,000 for in 1966, the value price performance point is off the charts. I was really happy with my PA50, until I played an M3 and heard the crisper and richer sounds of the EDS (which is in the PA500 too). All of my current PA50 styles can be quickly read by the PA500 allowing me to quickly get this unit ready to gig with. It has a free songbook editor program that let's me sort and prepare lists on my computer. Thank you MusiciansBuy, for this great deal. I ordered this on Monday, and they got it from Florida to California in 5 days, arriving Saturday morning. And it cost almost 30 less than what the Sacramento stores wanted. You guys are great!!
-Duane - Just Us BAnd
-Sacramento California, 10/29/10