Heavy on hardware, the PS60's new dedicated performance controls keep all the needs of the performer close at hand.
Instant access to six essential sound categories - Piano, E-Piano, Organ, Strings, Brass, and Synth
440 impeccably voiced, ready-to-play, sounds created by Korg's renowned programmers
Korg's latest EDS-i (Enhanced Definition Synthesis - integrated) sound technology
Create and save up to 20 split and layered "Performances"- on the fly!
Intuitive front panel layout with dedicated hardware controllers for frequently-used functions
Nine dedicated knobs provide live control of the master modulation, reverb/delay, and EQ effects
Free editing software allows the PS60 to run as a plug-in with your host DAW (AU, VST or RTAS)
Great-feeling, responsive, semi-weighted 61-key Natural Touch keyboard
Korg PS60 Sounds Review
Focused on traditional piano and keyboard playing, the PS60 has a total of 440 sounds organized into six categories - piano, electric piano, organ, strings, brass and synth. Each category has dedicated controls making it easy to find the various instruments. Using the category controls, you can layer up to six sounds, or make split settings at the touch of a button.
Creating sounds with the X60
For sound creation, the PS60 uses 49 MB of 48 kHz samples. The EDS-i sound engine (Enhanced Definition Synthesis - integrated) provides up to four filters, two amps, five LFOs, and five EGs.
Any of 63 effects - including dynamics-type effects and amp modeling can be assigned to individual sounds using one of the five insert effects. Two master effects can be applied to the overall sound: a modulation-style effect with four effect types; and a reverb/delay effect also with four effect types. A dedicated three-band EQ is also there for tweaking.
The stand-alone PS60 Editor allows you to edit sounds in greater detail than is possible from the PS60 itself. Viewing multiple parameters and graphical cues on your computer's screen makes it easy to create full-fledged sounds in any category. The PS60 Plug-In Editor offers all the same features, and lets you use your PS60 as a plug-in synth from within any VST, Audio Units, or RTAS format DAW software system. As a librarian program, the software lets you build up an enormous stash of sounds that you've created on your computer.
The center and right portions of the panel are primarily for customizing and controlling sounds. Simply use the dedicated Category controls to choose your sounds, and use the Easy Setup area to specify their volume, octave, and effect send amounts. Dedicated panel knobs are provided for tweaking the effects and the EQ.
You can also choose to split or layer multiple sounds on the keyboard. These settings are collectively called a "Performance," and you can store 20 of them in internal memory. The Performance area to the left side of the panel is used for deeper editing as well as for recalling these Performance settings quickly and easily.
The PS60 provides a variety of controllers to make your performance more expressive. You can produce subtle or drastic pitch and timbral changes by moving the joystick up/down/left/right, and use the octave up/down buttons and transpose buttons to shift the pitch of the keyboard. Two footpedal jacks are provided for use with a damper pedal, footswitch or footpedal, offering hands-free control. When playing organ sounds, an additional dedicated button can switch between fast/slow speeds of the rotary speaker simulator.
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