Korg has introduced the Pa300, the newest keyboard in its Pa Series of professional arrangers. A spokesperson had this to say about it,
"The portable, 61-key Pa300 comes equipped with a vast, up-to-date collection of high-quality Sounds and Styles, many of which have been distilled from the Pa600 and Pa900. They can quickly and easily be called up to play along with, or for writing music. Sound selection is made easy via a color TouchView display--a first in its price range. Korg's Enhanced RX (Real eXperience) sound engine offers a high level of realism and vivid sound, and is complemented by a pristine, onboard amplification system.
Covering an expanded range of musical genres, the Pa300 provides Styles for almost every occasion. Over 310 Styles are included, each with a variety of intros, endings, variations, fills, breaks and favorites/user bands for storing them. Pa300 also offers more than 950 Sounds-- including stereo piano samples from a concert grand and GM2 sounds--plus 64 drum kits. Additional custom Sound and Styles from many countries around the world can also be found at Korg's online Sound & Style Shop: shop.korg.com/pa
In addition to the color Touchview display, the Pa300 offers players an easy-to-navigate layout and intuitive graphical interface that contains a search function for easy retrieval of any musical resource or file. In addition, two interface modes enable musicians of any level to start making great music quickly: Easy mode shows only the most important controls, while keeping a clean and straightforward interface, useful for beginners or playing live. In Expert mode, the musician has full editing control.
The onboard, high-quality, custom-designed amplification system consists of 2 x 13 Watt amplifiers that drive two loudspeakers in a bass-reflex box to generate a rich, powerful listening experience."
About Arranger Keyboards:
Arranger keyboards are similar to traditional workstations with sounds, effects, sequencing and drums, all combined in a single instrument. Designed primarily for the live performer or songwriter, the Korg series of Professional Arrangers add extra articulation for recreating convincing instrumental performances, and a number of ready-to-use Styles, allowing any song to be played with a full arrangement on the fly, with no pre-programming required.
Pricing and Availability:
The Korg Pa300 will be available in April 2014, with a US Street price of $849.99.
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AES67 Standard, multichannel playback, record, sync