Korg Pa600 Professional Arranger

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The Pa600 is an affordable, compact, and powerful addition to the Korg PA series.

Providing you with the most up-to-date collection of quality sound and styles combined, the PA600 is a perfect songwriting and performance partner. It even has the option to include custom sound and performance sets (sold separately) from around the world - a true first!

The Pa600 is a brilliant Professional Arranger that distills the sonic essence and functionality of the Pa series into a compact and affordable new instrument. Like its big brothers - the Pa800 and the Pa3X - the Pa600 uses the RX (Real eXperience) and DNC (Defined Nuance Control) technology to deliver sound quality that’s unprecedented in an arranger keyboard. With its new compact cabinet, large TFT color TouchView display, enormous factory and user PCM memory, huge style database and excellent amplification system, Korg has raised the standard of excellence in the entry-level price range. Listen and Believe.

It all begins with the sound. Korg’s sound quality is universally recognized as superior, and is relied on by musicians around the world. The Pa600 gives you a rich, detailed, sophisticated, natural sound with musical instruments from almost every genre, exploding with depth, nuance, subtlety, and accuracy. The DNC (Defined Nuance Control) system adds finely tuned control, and provides various levels of articulation. There are also several sounds distilled from the OASYS (one of the most powerful synthesizers ever made), helping the Pa600 set a new standard for arranger keyboards. Over 950 sounds are preloaded, including a refreshed GM sound set, and 64 Drum Kits. There is also an amazing multilayer stereo acoustic piano that was accurately sampled from a concert grand, and includes string and damper pedal resonance. Sounds are fully editable, and changes can be saved in the User area.

One very exciting feature added to the Pa600 is the option of purchasing musical sounds and styles particular to specific regions around the world. Up to 96MB of additional PCM allows many instruments to be accurately added to the Pa600 sound engine and used with styles that were developed to represent many of the popular musical styles of certain countries. Full details on the available options will be made available at Korg.com as they are released.

Effects
Great sound is more than just the quality of the sample data. For many years, Korg has produced outstanding, studio-quality effects that are simply breathtaking. The Pa600 has four stereo Master Effect processors, with 125 effects including standards such as reverb, delay, and chorus, as well as some of the universally acclaimed REMS guitar-based effects for authentic guitar tones.

Each track features EQ with Low, Mid and High controls. A custom track EQ can be memorized in the general preferences for Song Play mode. This will help sculpt the sounds to your personal taste for any MIDI file you play. Need a lighter bass track? Save the desired equalization, and the bass will stay light with all the subsequent Songs.

A limiter and final 4-band parametric EQ have been added to the sound output of the Pa600. Its total sound can be enhanced by these powerful and musically refined processors, easily adapting to your musical taste, or compensating for a problematic live environment.

Styles
The Pa600 delivers a new set of deluxe styles, programmed by some of the leading arrangers in the world, each of whom worked according to their musical strengths. The result is hundreds of preloaded Styles that provide unparalleled realism and detail. Covering an expanded range of musical genres, the Pa600 provides styles for almost every occasion. If you require a special Style collection, simply record and edit your own styles on board.

More flexibility is added by the choice of different transposition tables to suit any instrument characteristic, and the stunning Guitar Mode 2 adds a totally new perspective to how realistic Guitar tracks can sound. If you need both hands to play a solo passage, record your chord sequence and let the Pa600’s Chord Sequencer play it for you.

The Pa600 is one of the easiest arrangers to carry around. While its size might appear compact, the power of the onboard, exceptionally high-quality custom designed amplification system is anything but small. The 2 x 15-watt amplifiers drive two loudspeakers in a bass-reflex box to generate a powerful listening experience.

Easy To Use
With all the technological power that’s packed inside, it was vital that the Pa600 be easy to understand and use. Your experience using the Pa600 should be intuitive, musical, fast and foolproof. The panel layout has been simplified, and the graphical user interface utilizes an amazing, graphical, color TouchView™ Display, so you simply think, point and click for easy and intuitive use.

So that musicians of all levels can make great music quickly, there are two interface modes: Easy and Expert. Easy mode shows only the most important controls while keeping a clean and straightforward interface, useful for beginners or playing live. While in Expert mode, you have full editing control. Nothing stands between you and your professional performance.

Switches are assignable so your live performances work the way you want, and when you don’t remember where a file, song or style was saved, just use the Search feature and let the Pa600 find it for you.

The player on board the Pa600 can read MIDI, KAR and MP3 files. It can also read lyrics and chords from most of these files, and add markers on-the-fly to MIDI files. Traditional score viewing is also available for those who prefer to read music.

The Score Viewer displays the lead track (or any other track) as clear and plain traditional musical notation with notes or chords, together with lyrics and chord abbreviations. Chord names can also be seen in different languages (English and Italian). For music learners, there’s an added function to show note names next to each note.

SongBook
This exciting feature was developed to make your life easier while playing live. The SongBook is a musical database that’s completely user programmable, containing all the settings needed to play a particular song. You only have to search for the title of the song you would like to play, select it and hit “Play”. SongBook can reference styles, MIDI files, or MP3s, and can immediately recall settings such as song title, genre, artist, tempo, volumes, sounds, muted tracks, effect settings, Easy Edit, STS*, master transpose, and more. Everything that you need to play your song perfectly is in the SongBook; a useful musical feature that is unique to Korg.

Specifications
61 keys with Velocity
Sounds
Factory: More than 950 (including Stereo Piano and GM 2 Sounds) ; 64 Drum Kits
User:  256 Sounds; 128 Drum Kits
Tone Generator: 128 Oscillators (max polyphony 128 voices)- Filters with Resonance
PCM User Memory: 96 MB
Effects & EQ:  4 Stereo Master FX / 125 Effects types; Three band EQ for each track –         
             Articulations; Limiter - Master 4 band Parametric EQ
Others: Dynamic Nuance Control (DNC) Technology; Full editing of Sounds and Drum Kits
Realtime sound control using assignable Switches
Controllers: Joystick – 2 Assignable Switches
Styles
Factory: More than 360 preloaded Styles, freely reconfigurable  
User: Up to 1,200 available Style locations including the Favorite/User banks
Structure: Eight Style tracks, 4 Single Touch Settings and one Style Performance per Style
Style controls:  3 Intros, 4 Variations, 4 Fills, Break, 3 Endings, Autofill, Synchro Start/Stop, Tap Tempo/Reset, Manual Bass, Bass Inversion, Memory, Accompaniment Mute, Snare & Kick Designation, STS Mode – Chord Sequencer
Others: Guitar Mode 2, Parallel and Fixed NTT, Style Record with Step Record, Track and Event Edit functions
Performance/STS
320 Realtime Performance locations
STS: Memorize Realtime tracks
Up to 4 x Styles, up to 4 x SongBook entries
My Setting special Performance
Realtime Tracks Four Keyboard tracks (Upper 1, 2, 3, Lower)
Pads 4 Pad tracks + Stop button – Pad Record
Song Play
Single Player with Select, Start/Stop, Home, Rewind and Fast Forward controls;Jukebox function - Compatible with SMF (formats 0 and 1) and MP3 with Vocal Remover - Lyrics (compatible with CDG), Score, Marker
Display 7” 800 x 480 TFT Graphical Color TouchView
Sequencer
Quick Record (Backing Sequence), Multitrack and Step Record functions
Full featured sequencer - 16 tracks - Up to 100.000 events - SMF format
Song Book
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 options
Search Style, Song, Performance, SongBook, Sound and Lyrics TXT
Compatibility for Sound Data
“i-Series": Styles only
“Pa series”: Style, Performance, Sound, PCM, Song, SongBook and Pad
General Controls
Master Volume, Real Time-Acc/Seq Balance Volume, Ensemble, Octave Transpose, Master Transpose, Fade In/Out, Tempo Lock, Style Change - Quarter Tone Arabic Scale, User Scale memorized inside Performance/STS, Search, Lyrics, Score, Maker, Dial, Tempo, Metronome, Split
Connections
Control Inputs: Damper Pedal, Assignable Pedal/Footswitch
Line Out: Unbalanced Jack Left/Mono, Right, Headphones
Line In: 2 Unbalanced Line In Jacks
MIDI: In, Out Midi connectors - USB to Midi using the USB Device port
Individual track assignment - 8 user definable MIDI Preset
USB: Type A (TO DEVICE) x 1: 2.0 Hi Speed;  Type B (TO HOST) x 1: 2.0 Hi Speed
Speaker System
Amplification: 15W x 2
Speakers: 100 mm x 2 Double Cone Speakers in Bass Reflex Box
Power
Power Supply: AC 100-240 V
Power Consumption: 20 Watts


Pa600 Features:
· Enhanced RX (Real eXperience) and DNC (Defined Nuance Control) sound engine offers improved realism and vivid sound.
· Massive internal Factory PCM provides an extraordinarily powerful wave memory, delivering amazingly high quality sounds.
· Two assignable switches and a four-way joystick ensure total control for the many available levels of sound articulation (DNC).
· Two versions of Pa600 are available: International and Quarter Tone button variations. Both feature an elegantly designed and compact cabinet, including a pristine amplification system.
· Large, bright, backlit TouchView™ color TFT display (800x480).
· Easy layout and intuitive graphical interface with new Search function for easy retrieval of any musical resource or file.
· New resource selection feature with copy/paste, rename and delete.
· Over 360 factory Styles, each including three Intros/Endings, four variations and four Fill In + Break, plus ten Favorite and three User banks for storage of your favorite customized or user created Styles.
· Enhanced Guitar Mode 2 for even more realistic guitar parts, plus synchronized pads.
· Chord Sequencer function that can record any chord progression on-the-fly.
· Improved General Midi set for Standard Midi Files, compatibility with popular lyric formats including graphical (+G), plus Text Viewer, Marker and Score.
· MP3 player with Transpose and Tempo Change.
· 4 Stereo Master Effects (125 FX algorithms).
· Fully programmable SongBook database based on Styles, SMF, karaoke, and MP3, with instant recall of any song setting and  


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