Korg Sp-500

Korg Sp-500

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Sp-500, Digital Piano from Korg.

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Korg Sp-500 tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Korg
  • Model: Sp-500
  • Category: Digital Pianos
  • Added in our database on: 04/23/2002

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Korg Sp-500 user reviews

Average Score:5.0( 5/5 based on 2 reviews )
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boba_fett_nr's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Korg Sp-500
88-key piano-style touch heavy (heavier in the bass in the treble).
Many sounds available in most tradditionnels piano sounds such as strings, brass, etc..
N'tant no date Owner 'of this keyboard I can not say more, but on paper they seem complete.
Connectivity complte: Noon, audio out, headphone, sustain and volume pedals.
Small touch screen, and direct ACCS core functions.
A note also that the keyboard is not amp: gain advantage of volume, weight and price; inconvnient requirement for an amplification supplmentaire (but can be used for other purposes).


I did a one-hour test yet.
Parrait enjoyable touch me in the spirit of pianos numriques a little more lightweight than a "real" piano, but more like a piano than a synth.
Without mode employs IMMEDIATE I find the sound I was looking for.
It is equipped with a squenceur (8 tracks I think) and it allows him to play the accompaniment, trs also simple to implement.
In rsum trs trs simple. I have not seen the manual but it should not be very large given the simplicity (the screen is clear and trs in French and more).


I can not really speak his cot because I try in a shop and only the headphones. But nothing shocked me I would say the sound is good to see my good compared trs Previous synth bought in the 90 ...
Trsraliste for me after all.
I put only 7 because I could not really test, but it was a trs Premire good impression.


Test only shop for 1 hour.
I apprci price, size (portable), the squenceur (like a synth), and claiver (88 keys Leste).
I would say certainly the best technology-quality-price for a keyboard 88touche lour with a touch squenceur (including rhythm box)
I do not have a way of competing in the market rsum I put 9 because it is always possible to +.

Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Long time the only one with these characteristics"

Korg Sp-500
Piano hammer action 88 key
Arranger function
Portable (about 20kg)
Connectivity standard midi

Characteristics that made the SP500 is still the only one to provide for long.
Can not find a portable piano that can act as an arranger, arranger keyboards all had at most 76-key synth-style.
Now things have changed a little (Casio, for example) but the SP500 is currently the only one with comprehensive professional features.


The keyboard is good, it's nice to play.
Not very heavy but with a resistance that is fulfilling its role erzast piano.
The manual is correct.
With its touchscreen keyboard usage is generally straightforward.


The main piano sound is good.
There is of course a matter of taste, for my part I am still more comfortable with the Roland piano sounds, my first digital was this brand.
I had a Yamaha P80, I liked him but he did not satisfy me as much as my Roland (RD300, FP8, A-90).
He had to adapt myself to the SP500, I found the sound a bit "stuffy" at first.
In fact, one must understand the perspective in which the sound has been sampled.
Now I like the record "sound" of the piano, coupled with a compact Li Bose for example, it sounds really good.

The functions are arrangers, the arrangements sound good.
In fact I realized that in broad terms the SP500 resumed the engine module arranger I40M.
on the other hand is less comprehensive, no export duties or place of user styles.
And that's a shame.
There are 64 memory locations for storing the parameters of a personal style (mix of instruments, split keyboard, tempo etc..) But you can not backup or replacement of the bank.
It also lacks a few buttons to call as patterns A, B, C, D need in order to scroll up or down with two buttons.
Obviously, the styles are not up to date but to be a directory variety it is still quite usable without seeming corny.

I found myself cursing the business that impose restrictions on the instruments so that it remains confined to a niche technical and financial assistance.
When we know that the SP500 was the only of its kind to exist for many years we thought he might have been a little more generous to chapter, the SP500 would compete any other instrument in their range.

All the sounds are good but they obviously have a little older compared to what exists now.
Older but not obsolete.


I use it since 2005 in a professional setting.
I bought a second one in 2007 as working regularly in a restaurant I left a piano on site.
So I took another one to the other gigs.
The first purchased 600 € with his fly and the second € 650 new state I am more than fully satisfied with the value for money especially, again, there was nothing comparable on the market.
Meanwhile I can complete the keyboard with a Midjay Ketron, which freed me from stress related to the number of memory location for the styles.
on the other hand I prefer the recognition agreement of SP500 is very good at it.

Now playing on PC with vArranger vsti and I no longer need the feature of the SP500 and I'm about to buy a keyboard touch lighter to carry heavy, so I do not do it again this election.
But the SP500 does not disappoint me and I'm very glad I made the journey with him.

It is a very good instrument that was able to play the card of compromise and flexibility to bottom.

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