Pa5X is the new flagship in the KORG Professional Arranger lineup, redefining an arranger keyboard. Completely redesigned with a state-of-the-art sound engine and a streamlined color-driven user interface, Pa5X produces a stunningly rich and unique sonic experience that inspires you to create and perform! Pa5X comes packed with thousands of inspiring Sounds and hundreds of fresh Styles, all instantly accessible through an inviting workflow. Pa5X excels both as a live performance instrument and as a powerful creative tool in the studio, allowing you to find your ideal sound no matter where your music takes you.
- Premium Quality and Elegant Design
- Modern and Streamlined User Interface
- Stunningly rich sound-engine: EDS-XP
- Real-time controllers
- Advanced chord recognition, and a library full of chord sequences
- Smooth transition between Sounds, Styles and Songs
- Two cross-fading Players able to mix everything: Styles to Midi-files, or Midi-files to MP3-files, or Styles to Styles (unique to the Pa5X)
- Each player displays lyrics and score
- Create your own Styles and Songs
- SongBook, a music library always with you
- A complete sound library
- Onboard mixer with insert, master, final and mastering effects
- Dedicated Microphone and Guitar inputs with dedicated effects for each
- MIDI, USB, HDMI, Audio In and Out, Pedal connectors
- Standard File Formats
- Optional high-quality accessories
Pa5X OS Update V1.1.0
This update provides improvements to overall system stability and performance, as well as exciting new features like mixer shortcut tab, pad-select buttons on Main screen, Style-sync of two styles using tempo-lock, independent vocal processor levels, and a list view for all selections, including sorting options.
Premium Quality and Elegant Design
The Pa5X was designed with elegance and durability in mind, featuring a sturdy aluminum body and genuine wooden side-panels for a luxury appearance. All of the keybeds on Pa5X provide an authentic feel and full control of expression for any playing situation. The 88-key weighted action has a realistic piano-like touch while the 76- and 61-key versions feature lighter touch semi-weighted keys. All the keybeds include aftertouch control for added expressivity.
Modern and Streamlined User Interface
At the center of Pa5X is a large 8” tiltable touch screen that displays a completely redesigned interface. This makes all the sounds and features of Pa5X easily accessible to home and studio musicians as well as live performers. The colors in the display are carefully matched to the ones used in the LED programmable buttons on the control panel. This color driven interface allows you to easily navigate Pa5X, adding color to your music!
Powerful EDS-XP Sound Engine for Rich and Inspiring Sounds
KORG Professional Arrangers have set the industry standard for powerful musical expression, featuring sound engines that inspire musicians to create and perform. Pa5X introduces the EDS-XP (Enhanced Definition Synthesis – Expanded) sound-engine, which builds upon the technology used in Pa4X with advanced hardware and a powerful new operating system, taking sounds on Pa5X to a new level. The 24 stereo Oscillators and 160 voices of polyphony power thousands of high-quality sounds, covering a wide range of musical instruments and genres. The EDS-XP sound engine also introduces new cutting-edge features such as Round-Robin drum and percussion performance, Smooth Sound Transition, Sound-Controller 3 functionality and much more. This provides an unprecedented level of sonic realism and expression that is only available on Pa5X.
Pa5X features a fully programmable control section with 9 buttons and 9 sliders. You can assign any function to it, from mixer volume to drawbar settings, from microphone mute to bass inversion, to lyrics scroll commands and more. The assigned function is shown by an auxiliary strip display so that you always know what you have under your fingertips – even if you are on a different page to the main display.
Advanced Chord Recognition System and Full Library of Chord Sequences
Pa5X’s chord recognition system is the most sophisticated around, featuring an Expert mode that is crafted around the playing styles of the best modern jazz pianists. This chord recognition system can be as simple or advanced as desired, even allowing you to trigger chords with a single finger! With automatic harmonization, a chord sequencer, and a sophisticated chord recognition engine, Pa5X gives you the tools to create rich musical arrangements no matter what the genre of music.
Smooth Transitions between Sounds, Styles and Songs
Pa5X adds Smooth Sound Transition (SST) technology, allowing for seamless transitions between Sounds, Styles and Songs without any interruption. When you select a different element, the sound, effects and sequences will continue to play, fading away naturally until you are ready for the next sequence or note to begin, making for an uninterrupted and realistic performance.
Cutting-edge Dual Crossfading Players
Pa5x can play two Styles, MIDI files, or MP3 files simultaneously and in any combination, made possible by the dual onboard Players. These two Players can be mixed with a handy crossfader, or can be used to play a song while another one is waiting to start. All the while, Pa5X's sound engine delivers the power, effects processing, and polyphony to make these transitions happen seamlessly.
Lyrics and Scores
Lyrics, Chords, Score and Marker can be clearly shown on the large internal display of Pa5X, or even on an external display when connected via the built-in HDMI port. A wide variety of Lyrics formats are supported, and you can even automatically generate a score from a MIDI Song. Markers allow for quick navigation of a song using the Style-Element buttons, allowing you to easily jump back to a passage you wish to repeat while studying, rehearsing, or performing live.
Creating Styles and Songs
You can create your own Styles, and record your own MIDI and MP3 Songs. The included editing features allow for detailed editing of each single recorded event. A sophisticated transposition table adapts the sequences to any chord you may play. You can record a MIDI Song using a full-featured Sequencer. Even easier, just record what you sing and play (including MP3 Songs) as an MP3 file, and listen to it anywhere you like.
The SongBook: A Music Library Always With You
Songs and Styles can be saved into the onboard SongBook, whose database-like entries are easy to synchronize with external score readers on a tablet. You can therefore use a digital music book to control your Pa5X. The songs in the music database can be saved into Set Lists, each one dedicated to a show, to a singer or a style of music, for easy handling of all music resources at once during live performances. When choosing a song from the SongBook, you also immediately get the necessary Sounds, the Style, a Song, the effects and even a chord sequence.
A Complete Sound Library
The onboard sounds range from ultra-realistic acoustic instruments, to electric vintage keyboards, to synth classics, with the addition of fantasy sounds and special effects for game, media, video and cinema production. Korg has also included instruments from various ages and world cultures, while also leaving ample room for your own expansions. The curated selection of acoustic and electric pianos, which includes sounds from our celebrated SV-2 Stage Vintage Piano, is particularly suitable for the hammer action 88 key version. Also included are specially selected sounds from Korg's flagship synth workstations: Kronos and Nautilus.
Intuitive Mixer Section with Extensive Effects Processing
Sounds on Pa5X are processed by an elaborate chain of professional studio quality effects, with up to 10 Insert FX, 3 Master FX and 1 Finalizer for each of the two Players. The Keyboard Sets can use up to 3 Insert and 3 Master FX. Final mastering effects are applied as the last step on the audio outputs of Pa5X, resulting in a polished sound which is blended and produced. This is a result of KORG’s long term cooperation with Waves Audio®, the world reference in studio mastering effects.
Dedicated Microphone and Guitar Inputs with Effects Processing
A microphone and a guitar can be connected simultaneously to the separate audio inputs of Pa5X. KORG’s extensive experience in vocal harmonization technology and guitar effects processing is featured, with each of these inputs having dedicated on-board effects.
Vocal Processing Powered by Shift Audio
We are proud to have teamed with Shift Audio, a company with 30 years of experience in vocal processing technology. The founders of Shift Audio came from an industry leading company specializing in vocal processing products building on their experience to deliver. The latest generation of vocal processing algorithms optimized to run on the latest technology used in the Pa5X. The result is incredible lifelike four-voice harmonies that give you the feeling of a real singing group surrounded by your own music. You will also enjoy the new Auto Pitch feature in the Pa5X delivering performance and sound found in a lot of modern music.
Guitar Input with Independent Gain Control
The separate guitar input is completely independent and even has its own gain control. Guitar effects include vintage pedal and amplifier simulators to enhance your guitar sound and performance. There are many predefined guitar-presets of up to 4 insert-effects provided, and it is also easy to create and save user effects presets. These new powerful guitar effects make the live performance of your guitarist much easier, as all the effects and effect-settings are handled by the Pa5X.
MIDI, USB, HDMI, Audio In and Out, Pedal Connectors
Pa5X offers a plethora of audio, control and storage connections. You can use MIDI and USB for controllers or storage devices, HDMI for an external display, the XLR, jack and minijack audio connectors for other keyboards, condenser and dynamic microphones, guitars and bass guitars, smartphones and tablets, or to connect your instrument to powered speakers or PA systems via the balanced outs. Four separate line outs are available to handle sounds separately. Three pedal inputs allow for connecting your preferred damper pedal (with half-pedal support), footswitch, volume and expression pedals. You can use the ones you already own, or choose from our range of optional accessories.
|Built In Speakers
|USB and MIDI
|Included From Manufacturer
AC Power Cable
Quick Guide manual
|Number of Keys
|Piano Cabinet Style
|Black with Wood Side Panels
|Yes (With Optional Single Pedal)
| Mic In (Combo XLR, balanced)
Guitar In (1/4" Unbalanced)
Line 1: Left/Right (1/4" jacks, balanced)
Line 2: Stereo (1/8" mini-jack, unbalanced)
| 1/4" Left/Right Main Out
1,2,3,4 individual Outs (1/4" balanced)
1/4" Headphone Out
|Semi–weighted with Aftertouch
|Quarter-Tone Scale Function
|Audio & MIDI
|Number of Sounds
|More than 2,200 Factory Sounds
|Voices of Polyphony
|160 Voices, 160 Oscillators
Korg USA Warranty Policy
All Korg products purchased from a Korg USA authorized dealer are warranted to be free from defects in material and workmanship to the original consumer for a period of one (1) year.
Register your new Korg keyboard, keyboard rack module or digital piano online and receive a certificate that extends the product warranty for an extra year from the date of purchase. Product must be registered within 90 days of purchase to receive an extra year of warranty.
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Tubes, AC Adapters and Foot Switches are warranted to be free from defects in material and workmanship to the original consumer for a period of ninety (90) days.
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The product must be purchased from a Korg USA authorized dealer and have a valid serial number.
This warranty is valid only in the USA.
Damage resulting from the following causes are excluded from the warranty set forth above: misuse, including damage occurring during shipment, damage caused by battery leakage, accident, fire, unauthorized repairs, tampering, cosmetic damage or other types of damage which are the result of improper handling or abuse; the cleaning of controls or contacts due to exposure to dirty, dusty, or otherwise contaminated environment; damage resulting from modification; damage to units used for loan or rental.