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Korg SP-250

SP-250, Digital Piano from Korg in the SP series.

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Average Score:4.2( 4.2/5 based on 34 reviews )
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aswilliams09/05/2014

aswilliams's review"A nice practice digital piano with some fun features. "

Korg SP-250
The SP-250 is an 88 note, weighted key digital piano with its own built in speakers and plastic music stand attachment. The keyboard is of plastic construction, with rubber buttons and a metal stand to hold it up. The keybed itself is Korg's "RH3" which has been used on many of their instruments, including the M3 and Kronos if I am not mistaken.

On the front there are 2 1/4 inch jacks for headphone output, a power button, plastic faders for Master Volume and Metronome Tempo, and 17 rubber buttons for changing the sounds.

There are 3 effects- Reverb, Chorus, and Touch (sensitivity).

The keyboard can be transposed up or down with the Transposition button. There is a Demo mode that can be activated by another button which plays example music on the keyboard to show you the sound potential, and there is a button for turning the metronome on and off.

The sound banks, which can be triggered by their buttons, are as follows:

Piano 1 and 2, E Piano 1 and 2, Harpsichord, Clav, Guitar, Vibes, Organ 1 and 2, Strings, Pad, and Choir.

Each bank has 3 alternative modes, which can be activated by pressing the "Bank" button.

The back panel has 5-pin Midi In and Out ports, 1/4 inch Left and Right audio output, and a Sustain Pedal input.

UTILIZATION

Using the keyboard is as simple as can be. You turn the power on and begin playing piano.

The manual is easy to understand, and I highly recommend reading through it to get an idea of the extra features hidden under the hood. There is an impressive amount of options considering that this keyboard is intended to be a basic practice instrument.

I have never used the SP-250 as a midi controller though it does have the proper midi-jacks. As a controller it would be very limiting- you would be able to plug it in and play the keys to trigger more sounds.

Patch selection is as easy as pressing the button for the instrument bank you want. One feature I really enjoy is that you can layer 2 sounds by pressing 2 buttons at the same time. This makes for some fun practice if you want a little more going on in the background of your piano playing by adding strings to the piece. There is no "split" function though so you are stuck with the notes playing together every time.

The volume and tempo knobs are a bit weak feeling. Maybe I am just rough with my equipment but I can see myself breaking those if I ever slipped on them the wrong way.

The tempo knob only lets you select the tempo by sliding from left to right. I find this a little annoying if I want an exact tempo when I'm practicing and wish there was a way to be more precise. Especially considering that this is a practice keyboard, I would think they would have included a more detailed metronome.

Everything works as intended and shouldn't cause any confusion if you are familiar with the terms such as "reverb" and "tempo."

SOUNDS

The sounds are very nice. The pianos could be used in a mix comfortably, though I would not rely on their sound for a solo act. That is how I feel about all of the sounds actually, they are fun and get the job done, and really are great sounds, but the keyboard is a little dated now and you wouldn't want to perform a professional job using these sounds alone.

The touch sensitivity is decent. I don't notice that I am using a digital keybed very often. That is to say that nothing sticks out to set it aside from a real piano as far as play-ability goes. I personally feel that the dynamic range on this keyboard isn't as wide as it could be. You can certainly play soft, medium, and loud, and everything in between those, but I have actually had moments where I use the master volume to get softer and louder within a piece.
The touch sensitivity remedies this to an extent, but compared to something like the Roland FP series I find it lacking in dynamic freedom.

The effects, much like the sounds, are very good and get the job done. They are nothing too special and have little room for change, but they work and you can hear them. I don't like that Reverb is on as a default. I think they did this to make it sound more realistic, but sometimes I like to keep it off and just use the natural reverb of my practice room.

I don't use external speakers with this and never have so I can't comment on the converters. My brother has an SP-250 as well, and I can say that when he records it from the Stereo Outs and sends me the WAV file the piano doesn't sound very good. This could be his fault in some step of the recording process, so don't assume it is the converter's fault. If anything I would recommend that you find an SP-250 you can use and hook it up to speakers if you think you would use external systems often.

OVERALL OPINION

I love the ease of access. There are no loading times to use any feature. You turn it on and are ready to make music. The keybed itself is very nice and everything works as advertised.

I don't like the plastic construction too much, and I'm not particularly in love with the metronome, but other than that and the little complaints I mentioned above it is a great keyboard for practice at home.

The SP-250 is quick and reliable. If you are a student who needs something that you can plug headphones into and practice late into the night this is a good choice. Likewise if you are a professional who just wants a decent keyboard in another room of your home in case inspiration hits you, this would not be a bad option.

I have played more digital pianos in my life than I can remember. I like Roland's FP series much better, particularly the FP 4 if you can find one. The FP series has more and better sounds, better construction, better metronome, and a better keybed. The only reason I have a Korg SP 250 as well is because I got a great deal on one and needed a cheap second keyboard for my studio to teach children's lessons on. I had previously had access to 2 of these at my parent's home and knew it would be reliable.

Additionally, if you are in the market for one of these and have extra money to spend, check out the newer Korg SP-280, which offers updated, yet similar features.
julian_r709/02/2014

julian_r7's review"Excellent choice for an student"

Korg SP-250
I bought my SP250 when I first started studying piano back in 2008. As a student of orchestral conduction, I was looking for an instrument that could help me as a tool. I looked into cheaper options (such as Privia, some Yamaha, some other Korg models, etc.), but I couldn't find a piano that really satisfied me in matters of weight and feel until I found the SP250. The piano sounds are really decent, and the price wasn't sky high, so I decided for it.

Now, when I reached this point I realized that, if I was going to buy an electric piano, I should go for the most transportable choice. I'm also a rock musician and I correctly guessed that, eventually, I was gonna need the instrument to play gigs. Sadly, even though the SP250 comes with a removable support, it's so heavy and large that it is practically impossible to lift by one person alone. It's also quite big, so it won't fit in most cars easily.

That being said, its a simple, straightforward and resistant instrument. It has 88 keys and includes a support, sheet music stand, sus pedal (that attachs itself to the support so it doesn't get loose), mono/stereo output, and MIDI in/out, 2 phones out (which cancel the speaker). Not too many sounds (6 pianos, 6 e-pianos, harspichord, clave, funk clavinet, vibes, xylophone, nylon guitar, 3 church organs, 3 hammonds, 3 string sections/pads, 3 choirs). They can't be really edited, as the only parameters available for change are reverb and chorus. It isn't actually necessary, as the instrument has MIDI capabilities.


UTILIZATION

The setup of the instrument is as easy as it gets: plug and play. The manual is absolutely detailed and clear, and comes in several languages. The effects selection system is really simple, with a particular button for each 'type' of sound, and then another button for selecting a patch inside that first selection. There are controls for reverb, chorus, touch sensitivity, transposition and metronome. Two sliders, one for volume and one for metronome speed. You can also perform control combinations in order to achieve certain transpositions or particular effects, like for example muting the audio output to work in MIDI mode alone.

SOUNDS

The sounds are realistic and effective. Of course, nowadays its easy to find awesomely realistic piano VSTs, but the SP250 built in sounds have always been enough for me when it comes to live setups or quick recordings. The electric piano sounds are subtle and vary their timbre according to dynamics. The harpsichord and clavichord are excellent, and the funky clav features a sort of built in wah fx. The organs are not mind blowing but they work really well. The only weak spot would be the string pads: you are offered a selection of 2 string sections that only vary in attack speed. The remaining string pad and the chorus-pads are average sounding, and I would not use them as my primary pads of choice.

OVERALL OPINION

The only thing that's really missing in this instrument is the presence of mod and bend wheels, though I understand those are features more commonly found in other types of keyboards. It has never had any technical problem, and the value/price ratio is excellent, so I would choose it again over many competitor models.
yoTrakkz10/20/2011

yoTrakkz's review"ok for a beginner"

Korg SP-250
I bought an SP250 to use primarily for stage. I was looking for an 88-key controller that feels good, with at least decent piano sounds, without paying for other bells and whistles I didn't need (sequencers, audio recording features, etc). The SP250 fits the bill very well.

UTILIZATION

Most importantly, it feels really good. As a lifelong keyboard player, I'll say that I'm very comfortable playing it. The acoustic pianos are good and responsive, and with the velocity curve set to 2/3, they perform smoothly and predictably. Smooth sound, not canned or pinched like a lot of these types of keyboards are. I don't spend much time with the electric pianos, so I don't have much to say about them, except to say that the wurli is only fair. It's usable, but not so good, really. Indeed, a wurli sound was a prerequisite for me in buying this keyboard, so I'm glad there's one at all. Also glad I've got a 200A in my studio for when I need one. No set up required with this board.

SOUNDS

I like the built in speakers. They sound good, and having them makes it so that I can set it up in the house between gigs, and always have a 'piano' to hop to quickly when the mood strikes.

As for gigging, the SP250 fits into a 'slim' case very well, and in general it's reasonably compact. But it's not what I'd call 'light'. It's not nearly as heavy as some other behemoth controllers I've used in the past from Yamaha and Kurzweil.


OVERALL OPINION

Overall, Notable initial reasons for purchase were that it included the stand, speakers, sustain pedal (that doesn't slide around because it's attached to the bottom of the stand) and sheet music holder. So it doesn't look so bad in the dining room (though I'm sure the Steinway will look 100x better).
christiandabass05/24/2013

christiandabass's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" fair and honest and friendly in +"

Korg SP-250
This is not a beast for the pros, but it is not ridiculous at all.
This is the first instrument at prices you out of something rotten with too much screaming and sounds accompanying battery, and recording natchave agreement.
You can learn to play the piano, to make hot riffs clavinet, Rhodes and Hammond.
The sound from the speakers is okay to listen soi.Cherchez not the rest.
This is the first level but
This really is not a scam.

UTILIZATION

good touch.
practice to understand.
no need for manual press two keys at the same time, though?
there are the usual connections, noon.

SOUNDS

I'm not a keyboardist training but I feel the difference between that makes you want to play and ... anything. And there is not any quoi.la "touch" function that adjusts the hardness, I personally support pase not the same on a piano and Hammond.
The "sounds" for which we are buying pianos, "Rhodes" and the vibration Hammond.et
You can combine two sounds diferent families, it's fun


Others must cling. (Choir, mandolin or guitar orchestra?)

OVERALL OPINION

1 year
I tried things too far too expensive and I'm too frustrated to technological things soulless because yes that Korg has almost a soul.
What I like least, the effects are automatically preset sounds (reverb, chorus) they are removed immediately, then I take away the right away.
the demo, it is useless, but it is not required!
ah ouiUn good sense to purchase that will neither pointed nor the charlatan.
kreos12/05/2012

kreos's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Impec '"

Korg SP-250
Probably one of the best !!!

USE

A very very good touch

SONORITS

The "Grand Piano" as a real one!

NOTICE GLOBAL

It will be very difficult to Sparer!
My Absolut06/18/2012

My Absolut's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Top!"

Korg SP-250
This is a piano, certe nothing can be more than fair play piano, but it should be seen as well.

Effects not editable, but hey no need.

UTILIZATION

The feel is superb here is the big highlight of the beast! We made lots and lots of piano, and frankly, we all agree this is definitely our favorite touch.

For us it is sufficient, good since we also used to control plug-in we would have liked to have a modulation and pitch but hey you do not.

the Midi Setup is simple no prob.

Not need the manual!!

SOUNDS

We made the pop rock, the piano is often very prominent. We are capable of reconaitre his grain, and we love him.

It is expressive, and nothing to say the above.

Unfortunately his little, but frankly the pianos are top, that's enough. It is realistic rather basic, but good. It's hard to use another stage piano.

OVERALL OPINION

I have nothing bad to say, this instrument is to be taken in a specific context, it is not super versatile, you do not stuff with 10 000. It's like a telecaster you have trouble making the metal. But as the price for piano and I see no better.

We have two keyboards in our groups, it is likely that we bought a second MS 250.
jojo0105/29/2012

jojo01's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Very good digital piano"

Korg SP-250
88-key keyboard. Several piano sounds, e-piano and others such as violin, acoustic guitar ...
Reverb and chorus effects.
The sounds are not editable. We can add more or less of chorus and reverb for each sound.
Level of connectivity, there are two connectors midi in and out, two output jacks, two headphone jacks (nice).
For details, see the description on the website of korg, or previous notices ...

UTILIZATION

I started in practice the piano, but I already had the opportunity to test the true style Steinway grand pianos and Yamaha. The keyboard touch the SP 250 is very good. It really resembles a piano keyboard sound. We can even set three types of touch, the softest to hardest.
The manual is simple and clear. It should bone up a bit to understand the logic of operation, but nothing difficult.
The general setup is simple.
Not yet tested in midi, but I'm not worried on that side. If we know use this protocol, no reason why it does not work.

SOUNDS

The sounds are generally good. Again, I started and I have perhaps not enough experience and requirements in relation to experienced musicians. But the piano sounds are very good, the other sounds are nice too. I think they're all realistic and usable following the desires and needs.
The expression is excellent, the velocity is impeccable. if you play piano, piano ca lot, if we play fortissimo, as follows ca. No complaints.
On the effects, I confess I have trouble feeling the difference between a chorus and 3. Ditto for the reverb. But I have only a few days.
Overall I love all the sounds, to my level and my experience, I find them very good. The church organ sounds to me talk less, but there are good so far.

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for a few days. I had played several months on a Yamaha P85 last year, which I found very good too, but it was the first time, so I did not recoil.
Initially, I was away on a P95, which is the successor to the P85, but I got a secondhand one for SP 250. I bought it without trying it, trusting only in the different opinions here, and on the net. And I do not regret my purchase at all.
I find the feel good, really close to an acoustic. The sounds are good for me and that I use.
I would say that anyone looking for a digital piano quality below 700 euros, it is top.
In addition, it comes with its support and pedal. on the other hand, it is within 20 kg, which makes him a transportable, but not necessarily a laptop. The P95 of yam in fact in the 12 kg. This is significant if you're planning to move often.
For me, if you want a piano that makes sense, the Korg SP 250 or Yamaha P95 are two great models, with a slight preference for the Korg ...
Alozz11/24/2011

Alozz's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Korg SP250"

Korg SP-250
There are 60 notes in total, and That a MIDI

UTILIZATION

The feel good and it seems to me almost like a piano acoustique.Le hit is heavy.

SOUNDS

There are several possibilities of sounds (thirty in total) and the metronome is included.

Can be used as the effect of reverb

OVERALL OPINION

I bought this Korg SP250 and I'm really pleased.

It's really an ideal piano for a beginner like moi.Il fits perfectly in my little studio.

I tried other models auparavant.Il has a price / quality ratio really interesting. The cheapest on the net was on the site www.musicdiscount.com
Estebanpiano10/23/2011

Estebanpiano's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Pretty good"

Korg SP-250
Keyboard 88 keys.

Connection: Midi out, Midi in, sustain pedal, 2 headphone jacks, 2 outputs / mono (Left, right).

30 + different sounds can superimpose two sounds together.
Effects: Reverb (3 levels), Chorus (3 levels), Touch (3 degrees).
A built-in metronome (40 to 200 beats / min).

UTILIZATION

Heavy touch. For my part, I do not feel very nice, because I used to support very high on my keys, and these are a lot of noise.

The manual is very explicit.

The piano is very easy to use.

SOUNDS

The sounds are, for me, very different, realistic and enjoyable.
The piano is reactive.

Effects, except reverb, are effective. Reverberation, for I used to put, but at least gold, I can not find a difference between the maximum and the minimum.

My favorite sounds are: "Piano - Bank 3," Electric piano - a bank, Organ - one bank, and Violin (Strings) - a bank, because I find them very realistic.

My sound that I have less, are: Vibes, Guitar and Voice.

OVERALL OPINION

I use my SP250 for about 5 months. It was my second purchase of piano, a piano was my first kind of "piano teacher", so I was immediately satisfied. In addition to its price range, I think it's one of those who is doing best.
Anyway, as there is a piano for beginners and advanced, I think eventually I could not go back on this one.
Estebanpiano10/23/2011

Estebanpiano's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Pretty good"

Korg SP-250
Keyboard 88 keys.

Connection: Midi out, Midi in, sustain pedal, 2 headphone jacks, 2 outputs / mono (Left, right).

30 + different sounds can superimpose two sounds together.
Effects: Reverb (3 levels), Chorus (3 levels), Touch (3 degrees).
A built-in metronome (40 to 200 beats / min).

UTILIZATION

Heavy touch. For my part, I do not feel very nice, because I used to support very high on my keys, and these are a lot of noise.

The manual is very explicit.

The piano is very easy to use.

SOUNDS

The sounds are, for me, very different, realistic and enjoyable.
The piano is reactive.

Effects, except reverb, are effective. Reverberation, for I used to put, but at least gold, I can not find a difference between the maximum and the minimum.

My favorite sounds are: "Piano - Bank 3," Electric piano - a bank, Organ - one bank, and Violin (Strings) - a bank, because I find them very realistic.

My sound that I have less, are: Vibes, Guitar and Voice.

OVERALL OPINION

I use my SP250 for about 5 months. It was my second purchase of piano, a piano was my first kind of "piano teacher", so I was immediately satisfied. In addition to its price range, I think it's one of those who is doing best.
Anyway, as there is a piano for beginners and advanced, I think eventually I could not go back on this one.