Stage Vintage: the Next Generation
The SV-1 was an instant classic and Korg delivers the next generation of Stage Vintage with the SV-2. Packed with cutting-edge technology — we’re talking 128-voice polyphony, twice the sounds, and more than ten times the sample data of previous SV models — and hot new features, the SV-2 is the gig-ready stage piano you’ve always wanted. Boasting Korg’s superb, top-of-the-line RH3 weighted hammer action keybed, the SV-2 Stage Vintage Piano is addictive to play. There are 72 breathtaking sounds onboard, including an exhaustive collection of deeply sampled electric and acoustic pianos, organs, strings and orchestral instruments, synths, and more.
From iconic EPs, clavs, ’trons, and string machines with vintage effects and amp models to the finest German, Italian, Austrian, and Japanese grand pianos; playing the SV-2 is like having decades of music history right at your fingertips! The SV-1 set the standard for real-time hands-on control in a vintage-focused stage piano, and the SV-2 takes it even further. No menus here! The sleek, retro-futuristic chassis is outfitted with a purposeful, ergonomic control set of per-function knobs and buttons, so you can nail your sounds quickly in the heat of a set. And look good doing it.
Sublimely soulful renditions of coveted keyboard classics
Korg brought their formidable audio sampling technology to bear in the SV-2 to give you meticulously accurate — and sublimely soulful — renditions of coveted keyboard classics. Sampling fastidiously maintained instruments using the latest multi-mic methods, every sound has been captured with stunning precision. From the slap of the tine and the release of the hammer to the click of the contacts — every element is faithfully preserved in the RX Layer, so you can mix in as much or as little of these authentic artifacts as you want. The full dynamic range of each instrument has also been faithfully preserved to re-creating all of the timbral — as well as volume — changes generated from a delicate pianississimo glance to a forceful fortississimo strike — and everything in between. Korg’s stringent sampling regimen serves up instruments with hyper-detailed, 3-dimensional presence, allowing the sound to assume its rightful place in the performance space — and your mix.
A treasure trove of essential sounds
The SV-2 packs a treasure trove of classic electro-mechanical, transistorized, tape-driven, analog, and digital keyboard instruments, all rendered in remarkable realism. These must-have instruments defined a half century of popular music and the SV-2 puts them all under your fingers — in mint condition, with perfect tuning — no maintenance needed. It’s all here, and then some!
The electric piano collection now includes nearly every American tine and reed models and a Japanese electric grand, as well as a rare German electric piano. Choose from analog, digital, VPM, FM, and sampled — including Korg’s own legendary M1. There’s a ton of clavinovas. How about organs? You’ve got the tonewheel classics; VOX combo, Italian transistor, American tube-powered organs; and new church and cathedral models. Strings? Choose from a ’70s-era analog string machine, prog-era tape-based strings, or a warm, vibrant orchestral string section. What’s more, the SV-2 has you covered for mallets, brass and choir, guitar and bass, and even solo and pad synths that are perfect for splits and layers, which are quick and intuitive to set up on the SV-2 control panel.
Packed with world-class pianos
At its core, of course, the SV-2 is a masterful stage piano. At the touch of a button, you can call up the best grand piano sounds from across the globe — including world-class instruments from the leading German, Italian, Austrian, and Japanese piano makers. For a more intimate musical setting, choose one of the authentic Japanese or German upright pianos. Also included are real honky-tonk and a tack piano. Last but not least, the SV-2 contains two exquisite harpsichords, one French and one Italian. Played by themselves, layered with other sounds, or split across the keyboard, these outstanding instruments give you a formidable sonic arsenal while providing generous performance options.
The Korg SV-2 Stage Vintage Piano features Korg’s flagship RH3 graded hammer action keybed, which features a graduated weighting across the keyboard, with a heavier feel in the lower-register keys and a lighter feel the further up you play. The RH3 keybed is incredibly sensitive to the nuances of your playing, accurately delivering the full expression you put into each performance. Eight different velocity curves allow the keyboard response to match your particular playing technique and the style of each performance.
The SV-2 even offers eight tuning systems, including equal temperament, grand piano stretch, electric piano stretch, electric grand, upright stretch, detuned, and two user-definable types (configurable via the free SV-2 Editor). Naturally, the SV-2 can be transposed into any key, and the overall tuning (concert pitch), can be adjusted to match another instrument or a previously recorded track — a very handy feature!
Studio-grade FX and Valve Reactor circuit
The right effects add layers of sonic richness to a sound. The SV-2 features six independent stages of studio-grade signal processing, juiced by the Korg Valve Reactor circuit, which delivers the added warmth or fat snarl of a real 12AX7A vacuum tube. As with the sounds themselves, all of the effect models are faithful to the originals, and are designed to match the performance, limitations, and behavior of the selected effect.
The effect stages include a 3-band EQ as well as Pre FX such as the Red Compressor, Treble Boost, U-Vibe, Vibrato, Tremolo, and VOX Wah. Amp models include Clean, Twin, Tweed, AC30, Boutique, and Organ, plus several Cabinet Simulators plus Noise Reduction. Modulation FX comprise Classic Chorus, Black Chorus, Orange Phaser, Small Phaser, MX Flanger, and Rotary. Reverb/Delay consists of Room, Plate, Hall, Spring, Tape Echo, and Stereo Delay. Lastly, Limiter gives you a classic Stereo Limiter and Stereo Mastering Limiter.
Your ideal stage piano
The SV-2’s studio-quality effects and Valve Reactor circuit add the crowning jewel of authority to any vintage keyboard patch. Featuring stunning must-have sounds, amazing effects, Korg’s flagship hammer action, and a sleek, roadworthy retro-modern chassis with a fast, one-to-one control panel, the Korg SV-2 is your ideal stage piano. Get your hands on one, and you'll never let go.