What we think of the Korg SV-1 vintage stage piano:
Korg have really nailed it with their SV-1 vintage stage piano. The acoustic and electric pianos are incredibly natural sounding and realistic, with astonishing bite and attack on the electric pianos. They have sampled from real acoustic instruments from the worlds best manufacturers and the quality of these instruments really shines through. The user interface on this piano is very simple. Where almost every other instrument of its kind is all menu based and you have to go through various screens, this can be operated by anyone and the sounds and settings changed at the touch of a button. The keybed is very good too. The RH3 real hammer action keyboard is solid and responsive to the touch. Whether you are playing piano or organ sounds the keyboard plays very well indeed. We really recommend the Korg SV-1 vintage stage piano, and at £1299 the value for money is incredible. If you are more focussed on playing the acoustic pianos I would however suggest that you spend a little more and purchase the 88 key version, the SV1-88.
73 note velocity sensitive Korg RH3 (Real Weighted Hammer Action 3) keyboard action
8 types of touch curve to choose from
Transpose, fine tuning and tuning curve adjustment
EDS (Enhanced Definition Synthesis) sound engine
80 note polyphony
36 sounds (6 banks × 6 variations) including:
Bank 1 (E. Piano 1): Tine EP/Amp, Tine EP/Phaser, Tremolo EP, Dyno EP, VPM Piano, VPM Tine
Bank 2 (E.Piano 2): Reed EP 1, Reed EP 2, Electric Grand, SG-1D Piano, 80's Synth Piano, MIDI Grand
Bank 3 (Clav): Clav AC, Clav BC, Clav BD, Clav AD, Piano-ette, ElectraPno
Bank 4 (Piano): Grand Piano1, Grand Piano2, Mono Grand, Upright, Piano/Strings, Piano/Pad
Bank 5 (Organ): Tonewheel x 3 (Click, Jazz, Full), Console Organ, Italian Combo, VOX Combo
Bank 6 (Other): Full Strings, Tape Strings, 70s Strings, Choir, Synth Brass, Sharp Brass
8 favorite switches for quick control panel registration
Bass, mid and treble EQ adjustment
Pre-effects including compressor, boost, U-Vibe, vibrato, tremolo and VOX Wah
Amplifier models including Amp 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / Organ Amp + Cabinet Models, Valve Reactor Technology – 12AX7 tube
Modulation effects including Chorus1, Chorus2, Phaser1, Phaser2, Flanger, Rotary
Reverb and delay effects including Room, Plate, Hall, Spring, Tape Echo, Stereo Delay
Stereo mastering limiter and stereo limiter
MIDI In/Out ports
1 x 6.25mm headphone socket
L + R balanced audio outputs (2 × XLR)
L/Mono, R unbalanced outputs (2 × 6.25mm jack)
L/Mono, R audio inputs
USB Type B connector (doubles the MIDI interface), USB 1.1 Supported
Includes power cable, user guide, accessory disk, music stand, damper pedal (Korg DS-2H)
The 36 sounds in the SV-1 span from electric pianos, acoustic pianos, organs, strings and synth. Each category of instrument starts with the essential classics and then moves beyond what other products offer, going into some rare and unique instruments that were the part of the soundtrack of their eras. So the electric pianos start with a seven-way velocity switched “tine” version, continue through the classic “reed” based model and then into a vintage analog “electra” instrument (all from American manufacturers), as well as two different Japanese mid-80’s digital classics. The acoustic pianos include three-way stereo versions of both German and Japanese grand piano giants, a more intimate upright piano, a much-needed mono piano for small gigs, a late ‘70s-mid 80’s Japanese electro-acoustic variation, plus some blended sounds. Organs include three variations of the classic tonewheel model, plus the most famous British and Italian combo organs, along with the first known offering of a signature American tube-driven console organ. Clavs include four variations of the tonal settings plus a related keyboard from the same manufacturer that used a plucked-reed mechanism for a unique and intimate sound. Add in real, tape-based, and analog strings; choir; and a couple of fat analog synth sounds and you have an incredibly versatile palette of sounds to perform with. Each of the core instruments has been accurately sampled including tine, key-off, damper and hammer noises at different velocities. We even sampled piano cabinet resonances to enhance the accuracy of our pianos. This attention to detail, called the RX Experience, is what makes playing the SV-1 a joy. It comes to life under your hands, with a three-dimensional sound evoking the electro-mechanical legends, reborn.
Intuitive and simple interface
The user interface has been designed with performance in mind; every essential control is quickly accessible on the front panel, with no confusing menus or multiple button presses. Rotary knobs include illuminated LED’s to show the position of the knob, and can be pressed to restore the original setting. For really quick changes, the SV-1 has eight car-radio style buttons to instantly call up your eight Favorite sounds and settings. Storing a Favorite is equally as easy. Simply adjust the controls to your preferred settings, then press and hold one of the Favorites buttons; when the button flashes, press it again and the settings are now stored.
Keyboard, tuning curves
The SV-1 is equipped with Korg's finest graded-hammer action (RH3) keyboard on both the 73-key and 88-key versions. The FUNCTION button provides access to eight different tuning curves including equal, grand piano stretch, electric piano stretch, electric grand, upright stretch, detuned and two user-definable types (configurable using the editor/librarian software). Overall tuning can also be accessed via the FUNCTION button, and adjusted by using the EQ treble control. While in this mode, concert pitch (A=440) can be recalled quickly by pressing the treble encoder pot. Needless to say, the SV-1 can be transposed into any key.
Housed in a bold, curvaceous body, the SV-1 really stands out from the crowd. Coupled with retro-style controls and stunning metallic red (73-key) or carbon grey (88-key) finishes, the SV-1 oozes desirability – and playability! An optional adjustable and collapsible chrome stand is available, along with a gig-ready rolling soft case.
A pro keyboard would be incomplete without all the right connections. The SV-1 is equipped with balanced XLR and ¼" outputs; Left and Right audio inputs; MIDI In and MIDI out jacks, USB MIDI Port, and 3 pedal connections: Damper, Pedal 1, and Pedal 2. The Damper pedal is included, and responds to half-pedaling for authentic piano response. Pedal 1 is designed for a switch type of pedal, and can operate as a piano Sustenuto pedal, or as a Fast/Slow switch when the Rotary Speaker effect is on. Pedal 2 can accept either a sweep-type pedal – great for authentic Wah effects – or an additional switch pedal, providing the piano purist with access to all three piano pedal functions by adding the Una Chorda (soft) function.
The SV-1 Editor/Librarian software provides cool graphic-based programming, including access to certain parameters not available on the SV-1's panel. In addition, the Editor/Librarian software allows each of the 36 sounds and the eight Favorites to be programmed and saved individually. This points the way to users sharing and swapping their favorite settings, and for Korg to supply more sounds in the future. The SV-1 Editor/Librarian runs on Mac or PC, and is included free with every SV-1.
Delivery is fast and free to all UK mainland addresses. Depending on your location we will select a courier - normally TNT, UPS or a Pallet service. At Chamberlain Music we aim to deliver as quickly and safely as possible and do our best to keep you informed all the way. Delivery of digital pianos is to doorsteps however many drivers are happy to assist further although they are not contracted to do so. Your piano will be delivered boxed.
Manufacturer warranty: 2 years
W: 1143 mm
D :347 mm
H: 157 mm
Weight: 17.5 kg