The SV-1 was an instant classic at Music Experience. Now 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Never before has a single instrument captured the signature sound, the unique performance experience, and the aesthetic satisfaction of so many definitive keyboards as the KORG SV-2 Stage Vintage. Ten years ago, KORG launched the Stage Vintage line to wild acclaim. The combination of an intuitive live panel, the premier keybed, the ultimate realization of coveted vintage sounds, the clarity of world-class pianos, the warmth and character of period-proper effects, and the distinctively smooth shape has inspired musicians from around the globe for over a decade. Available with either 88 keys or 73 keys, these SV-2 models are the latest additions to the Stage Vintage series, featuring more of everything that makes an SV great. More Sounds. More Memory. More Polyphony. More Presets. More Control. It is quite literally everything one could want in a performance stage piano … and more. Plus, be sure to check out the SV-2S models, equipped with an internal K-ARRAY speaker system.
The SV-2 contains over ten times the sample data available in previous SV models, providing ample memory for many all-new piano and keyboard sounds. The SV-2 is home to 72 compelling sounds, and provides 64 memory locations to store edited Favorites for instant access during performance. Using the SV-2 Editor software, users are now free to create their own split and layered programs and save them to one of the Favorites locations. In fact, a single favorite can access up to three timbres at once – A piano/bass split with a layer of strings, for example. While user splits must be created using the SV-2 Editor, the split point on the keyboard can be adjusted directly from the front panel. Plus, polyphony of the SV-2 now stands at 128 voices, allowing more effective layering of sounds or sustained chording.
The SV-2 represents the pinnacle of audio sampling techniques and careful instrument preparation, delivering the most exacting and accurate rendition of so many keyboard classics. Using only the best-maintained instruments and the latest multi-mic’ing methods, every sound has been captured as precisely as possible. The slap of the tine, the release of the hammer, the click of the contacts—every element is amazingly preserved in the RX Layer; mix in as much or as little of these authentic artifacts as you need. In addition, the full dynamic range of each instrument has been faithfully preserved, recreating all of the timbral and volume changes generated from a ppp (pianississimo) touch to an fff (fortississimo) strike – and everything in between. This detailed sampling regime creates a three-dimensional sense of presence, allowing the sound to fully occupy its place in the mix or in the performance space.
Experience a treasure trove of classic electro-mechanical, transistorized, tape-driven, analog, and digital keyboard instruments, all reproduced with stunning realism. These sounds defined decades of popular music, and are now once again in demand. The SV-2 places all of these sought-after sounds right at the fingertips – in perfect tune and in impeccable playing condition – no maintenance required. It’s all here. Electric pianos now include nearly all the American tine and reed models, a Japanese electric grand, as well as a rare German electric piano. And then there all those clavis, created using a range of settings. Prefer electronic pianos? There are analog, digital, VPM, FM, and sampled versions – including the ever-popular KORG M1 piano. Looking for Organs? Select from tone-wheel classics; VOX combo, Italian transistor, or American tube organs; and now church and cathedral organs. Need some strings? Choose from a 70s-era analog string machine, prog-era tape strings, or a warm orchestral section. Plus, the SV-2 contains mallets, brass and choir sounds, guitar and bass sounds, even solo and pad synths that are ideal for layering or creating convenient splits.
The SV-2 remains, at heart, a stage piano. At the touch of a button, you can summon the most outstanding grand piano sounds from around the world – including exemplary pianos from the leading German, Italian, Austrian, and Japanese instrument makers. For a more intimate setting, choose one of the authentic Japanese or German upright pianos. Also included are a real honky-tonk piano and a genuine “tack” piano. Last but not least, the SV-2 contains two gorgeous harpsichords, one French and one Italian. Featured alone, layered with another sound, or split across the keyboard, these outstanding piano sounds deliver a strong foundation while delivering additional performance options.
The SV-2 invites you to take command of your sound. There is no LCD screen, no menus to dive through. Instantly inviting and familiar, the front panel is always live, so go ahead – grab a knob, rotate it, tweak it, and experiment. Change your mind? Pressing in on the knob quickly restores it to the programmed value. Switches with LED indicators show which effects are active, transposition, and more. Sounds are selected through a pair of rotary switches. Eight illuminated buttons in the center of the panel can quickly recall any of 64 Favorite presets, each containing your own customized sounds and settings. Best of all, the SV-2 now offers a Panel Lock function that prevents the accidental switching of sounds if the Favorites buttons are inadvertently touched while performing – and also prevents curious fingers from switching settings between sets. More detailed and convenient control is offered via the free SV-2 Editor software.
All SV-2 Stage Vintage instruments share the finest KORG RH3 graded-hammer action keybed. As on a grand piano, the weighting of the keys is graduated across the keyboard; heavier in the lower registers and becoming lighter in the upper registers. This RH3 keybed is remarkably sensitive to the nuances of every performance, accurately delivering every expressive element. Selecting one of the eight distinct velocity curves allow the keyboard response to match any playing technique of performance style. Authentic to the end, the SV-2 offers eight tuning schemes including equal, grand piano stretch, electric piano stretch, electric grand, upright stretch, detuned and two user-definable types (configurable using the free SV-2 Editor). The overall tuning, or concert pitch, of the SV-2 can be adjusted to match another instrument or a previously recorded track. Needless to say, the SV-2 can be transposed into any key.
Adding the right effects provides layers of sonic splendor and adds a crowning level of authority to any vintage keyboard sound. The SV-2 features six independent stages of studio-grade signal processing, highlighted by the KORG Valve Reactor. This Valve Reactor circuit delivers the added warmth or snarl that only a true 12AX7A vacuum tube can provide. 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 chosen effect. Effect stages include:
- 3-BAND EQUALIZER (Bass, Middle and Treble)
- PRE FX (Red Compressor, Treble Boost, U-Vibe, Vibrato, Tremolo, VOX Wah)
- AMP MODEL (Clean, Twin, Tweed, AC30, Boutique, Organ, plus several types of Cabinet Simulators and Noise Reduction)
- MODULATION FX (Classic Chorus, Black Chorus, Orange Phaser, Small Phaser, MX Flanger, Rotary)
- REVERB/DELAY (Room, Plate, Hall, Spring, Tape Echo and Stereo Delay)
- TOTAL FX (Stereo Mastering Limiter, Stereo Limiter)
Easy to use and simple to control, these period-accurate effects and amp models add authenticity to your vintage and modern sonic pursuits.
The SV-2 is host to all the audio jacks, data connections, and pedal ports that today’s professional stage pianos require. In addition to the Left and Right 1/4" audio outputs, there are Left and Right XLR outputs for connecting directly to a studio console or onstage snake, without requiring any direct boxes or impedance matching transformers. The headphone output allows for onstage monitoring or for rehearsing in private. Din-style MIDI IN and MIDI Out jacks connect easily to other MIDI instruments and music equipment; the USB port provides a data link between the SV-2 and a computer. There are 3 pedal connections: Damper, Pedal 1, and Pedal 2. The DS-2H Damper pedal is included and responds to half-pedaling for an authentic piano response. Pedal 1 is designed for a switch type of pedal and can operate as a piano Sostenuto pedal, or as a Fast/Slow switch when the Rotary Pro effect is on. Pedal 2 can accept either a sweep-type pedal – great for authentic Wah effects and accurate organ volume control – or an additional switch pedal, providing the piano purist with access to all three piano pedal functions by adding the Una Chorda (soft) function.
|Type||Digital Stage Piano|
|Sound Engine||EDS-X Synthesis|
|Number of Keys||88|
|Type of Keys||RH3 Weighted Hammer Action 3|
|Touch Sensitivity||8 x Touch Velocity Curves|
|Presets||72 Factory Presets: 6 x Basic Sounds (2 sets), 6 x Variations ; 64 Custom Presets|
|Effects||6 x Modulations, 4 x Reverbs, Tape Echo, Stereo Delay, Amp Models, Valve Reactor Tube, Vox Wah, Vibrato, Tremolo...|
|Audio Inputs||2 x 1/4" (L/R)|
|Audio Outputs||2 x 1/4" (L/R), 2 x XLR (L/R)|
|Headphones||1 x 1/4"|
||1 x Type B|
||1 x 1/4" (damper), 1 x 1/4" (switching), 1 x 1/4" (volume/expression)|
||Yes, DS-2H Pedal|
||SV-2 Editor (macOS 10.12.6 or later, Windows 7 SP1 or later)|
|Power Supply||Standard IEC AC cable|
|Manufacturer Part Number||SV288|