Limited Edition Korg Workstation

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Limited Edition Korg Workstation

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Korg has announced the Limited Edition Pa800 Elite, which they describe as the newest in its line of sophisticated Interactive Workstation keyboards. Here's their press release with all the details...
Designed for the musician, composer, performer and entertainer, it offers sophisticated sound and effects engines, TC-Helicon based vocal effects, real-time performance features, a dual MP3 Recorder/Player function, internal 80GB hard drive and a stereo two-way speaker system in a sleek, professional package.
The Pa800 uses Korg's RX (Real eXperience) Technology to drive Korg's proven EDS (Enhanced Definition Synthesis) engine for a natural sound. The Korg STYLE Engine can quickly transform musical ideas into complete, polished productions. An intuitive layout offers easy access to up to 960 detailed and authentic music Styles created by musicians worldwide. An additional 416 user Style locations are available. Each Style offers a drum part, percussion part, bass part and up to five additional musical parts. Three introductions, four variations, three fills and two endings allow each Style to create dynamic and lively songs.
For ease of use, the Pa800 offers a robust, color 240 x 320 pixel TouchViewâ„¢ screen with 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.
For the songwriter, the Backing Sequencer allows the entire Style to be captured in a single pass. Step-entry allows an individual chord to be quickly changed, automatically rewriting all of the accompaniment parts. Novice users can simply type in the chord changes, without any special playing skills. In performance, Korg's XDS Dual Sequencer allows users to load one sequence or MP3 file while the other plays, and use the DJ-style crossfader for smooth transitions between them.
The exclusive SongBook function allows players to select a song from the user-defined, searchable database and instantly call up the correct sounds, Style, tempo, key and effects for each song, or even play a finished song from the sequencer. A Jukebox function can play back an entire set in a continuous manner. Score View displays music notation, and lyrics can also be displayed or output to an external monitor using an optional video interface kit (VIF4).
The onboard sound system features fixed EQ, loudness control and two 10-cm bass speakers as well as two tweeters powered by 22-Watt amplifiers, housed in a bass reflex enclosure for rich musical sound quality.
Additional features include:
  • Two user-assignable sliders; two assignable switches; joystick
  • Four audio outputs
  • MIDI In/Out/Thru
  • Two balanced/unbalanced mic/line audio inputs
  • Damper pedal input and user-assignable pedal input
  • Connection to optional EC5 pedalboard with five assignable switches
Pricing and Availability:
The Korg Pa800 Elite will be available November 2010 with a U.S. MSRP of $3,800.00. More information:

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