[NAMM] Korg Debuts the PS60
Korg is showing the PS60 Performance Synthesizer, a new "live-music oriented" keyboard instrument.
The PS60 features 440 sounds created using Korg's EDS-i (Enhanced Definition Synthesis – integrated) sound engine. The sounds are organised into six Categories: Piano, Electric Piano, Organ, Strings, Brass and Synth. Each category offers dedicated controls.
The interface allows the performer to layer up to six sounds, or make split settings, to create keyboard textures. Up to 20 split/layered Performance settings can be created and saved for recall.
63 effects – including dynamics-type effects and amp modelling powered by Korg's REMS technology – can be assigned to an individual sound using one of the five insert effects. In addition, two master effects can be applied to the overall sound: a modulation-style effect offering four effect types, and a reverb/delay effect also with four effect types. A three-band EQ adds the final touch. The master effects and final EQ are selected and modified via dedicated hardware controls.
The PS60 uses Korg's new Natural Touch keyboard, providing 61 semi-weighted keys to accommodate both the piano player and synthesist alike. Additional performance controls include a four-way joystick, octave up/down and transpose buttons, and a pair of footswitch/footpedal inputs.
Sounds can be edited by using the free PS60 Editor software. The PS60 can hold 512 Programs (440 are preloaded) and 20 Performance Settings (splits, layers, etc.). The Plug-In Editor offers the same features, and is designed to allow the PS60 to be used as a plug-in synth from within any VST, Audio Units or RTAS-format DAW software system. As a librarian program, the software allows users to build up a stash of sounds that have been created on a computer.
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