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Average rating: 4.8 out of 5
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Denis D'Aoust a professional user from United States writes:
I have two of these keyboards, one for the road and one in my studio set-up. I agree with the other users about the sounds and recording capabilities. It IS great for a one-man-band situation, which describes my key performing when using a portable digital piano. There is such a variety of rhythm styles built-in and editable that I use this as a compositional/producing tool in my studio.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Mar-16-2007 at 13:59
Ross Wilson a part-time user from Scotland writes:
This Keyboard/Digital piano is excellent! The piano sounds are unreal and with it being weighted differently from top to bottom it is uncanny to a real piano. The synth and string sounds are also brilliant and have a real rich tone to them. This for me is a five star keybaord!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Apr-26-2006 at 13:36
Matt Smith a professional user from England writes:
The Korg SP500 is great. It has an excellent keyboard feel, being weighted in four ways across the keyboard. It has a good compliment of sounds, including an excellent Grand Piano. The Strings are superb, with 'N-Strings', 'The Strings', and 'i-Strings' being among the best. The SP500 has a large "TouchView" screen which displays everything you need to know at the time, and the 'Display Hold' button keeps the page you are working with on screen as well.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jan-29-2006 at 08:57
David Swaddell a hobbyist user from USA writes:
This is a really pretty keyboard with a great grand piano sound. The grand piano has a wonderful, sustaining quality, unique among digital pianos. The auto arranger is most useful for lounge type jazz, lite bossa nova, and straight ahead rock n roll. This is not a hip hop or dance instrument, although the reggae rhythm pattern is outstanding. This stage piano can give you hour upon hour of private playing pleasure and could be used in a one man band situation for the styles mentioned above.

The built in recorder is a sequencer that records your performance on eight voice tracks along with control data from the auto arranger, and then allows you to record/sequence five additional tracks. The downside is that the internal file format is not SMF. I think it is based on a seven bit bite, but don't quote me on that. Otherwise, the SP500 can be used with an external sequencer like MOTU DP, and if you enter the MSB and LSB of the tracks by hand, the the SP500 will play MIDI data muti-timbrally from an external sequencer when it is placed in the DEMO mode. By accident I discovered that the SP500 has the same bank and patch structure, although with fewer tones, as the Korg Karma. I use it in my studio to complement synths that have more dance oriented rhythm patterns. The SP500 would also work well for worship music.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jan-22-2006 at 23:10
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