Our Korg PA4X Review
Founded as Keio Electronic Laboratories, Korg is a multinational company that specializes in electronic musical equipment, recording equipment, pedals, and tuners. They were first founded 57 years ago and have quickly become known as one of the top electronic musical instrument manufacturers in the world.
Korg is known for its commitment to quality and for producing equipment and instruments that are made to last. Their PG4X is no exception and is a great representation of the power and control that Korg offers its users.
What Is the Korg PA4X?
Korg is known for having a powerful series of arrangers – the PA series. This series is the choice of many composers and has been around long enough to be improved upon. The Korg PA4X is the fourth generation in this series and has the added benefit of offering more effects, musical styles, and sounds than any of its predecessors. Because of this, it’s a great option for any musician who loves Korg products but is looking for something with a little extra power.
It’s a great arranger keyboard that won’t impose any limits on your creativity due to the power and control that it offers. Instead, it actually enables creativity and pushes users to improve their sound, no matter whether they are practicing or enjoying a live performance.
Who Is this Keyboard Designed For?
The Korg PA4X is designed to go from practice to studio, to stage without any problems and without slowing down the musician using it. The raw power that it offers makes it really stand out when used on stage, no matter whether it is being played on Sunday morning for a church service or during the week for a loud concert. The incredible versatility offered by the PA4X is beyond what other equipment can offer.
The price and the usability of the Korg PA4X may set it out of reach of beginning musicians and make it a much better option for intermediate, advanced, and professional musicians. Great keyboards are an investment, and the PA4X is no exception, but that doesn’t mean that all beginning musicians will be able to afford this powerful piece of equipment.
What's included in this bundle:
Korg Pa4X 61 Arranger Workstation Keyboard - QTY 1
Korg is responsible for the most successful and respected arranger keyboards ever. Used by tens of thousands of music professionals in every country around the world, Korg arrangers have thrilled audiences and delighted players everywhere with the magic combination of unbeatable sound quality and professional features.
Gator Cases GTSA-KEY61 TSA ATA Molded 61-Note Keyboard Case with Wheels - QTY 1
Protect your investment with a professional keyboard case. This is an ATA case designed to provide maximum protection for your instrument in transit. The molded polyethylene construction includes TSA locking latches. Includes wedge and block interior padding for customization and Ergo-Grip comfort handles. This model also features wheels and towing handles, making it easy to roll into a venue.
Kraft Music 8GB Flash Drive - QTY 1
This flash drive will allow you to store files, songs, and samples for your favorite keyboard, workstation, recording device, or electronic drum set. Simply load your files from your Mac or PC, connect to your instrument and import.
The Korg PA4X ships by itself, which is unsurprising, as that is very common with keyboard arrangers. All of the power is inside the equipment, so as long as you have high-quality cables, a great amp, and headphones, you can enjoy everything that the PA4X has to offer.
Investing in quality equipment will ensure that your Korg PA4X sounds as great as possible. While it does have a large touchscreen that is great for controlling music, musicians who want to really edit and control their sound will want to make sure that they have a computer on hand that they can use for editing and sound manipulation.
Primary Features of the Korg PA4X
The detailed TouchView display on the Korg PA4X really is exceptional. It makes it much easier for you to search for content, set values, and change your settings without having to deal with knobs and buttons. Since it can tilt and is bright, it’s perfect for use in any dim settings or locations. Other great features include:
- 61 semi-weighted keys
- Fast search function
- More than 500 factory styles
- Realistic guitar parts
- 512 sound and 128 drum kit locations
- More than 1,5000 sounds
- Huge internal ROM
- 7” TouchView display that tilts
- Durable and attractive aluminum chassis
There are 3 assignable switches on the Korg PA4X, as well as s ribbon strip and four-way joystick that make it easy to add realism to any performance using the Defined Nuance Control. The DNC allows musicians to mimic the sound of real performers and their instruments, resulting in impressive and surprisingly real sounds and tones.
There are more than 500 musical styles included with the PA4X, which means that the Korg PA4X is great for use with any sound or genre. Not only does it offer these sounds, but musicians can make their own, customize existing ones, and create new phrases and riffs.
Alternatives to the PA4X
While the Korg PA4X is a great arranger keyboard, it may not be the best option for you due to the high price tag. If you want the value of a Korg but need something that is a little lower in price, then you may want to look at the Korg PA1000 as an alternative. This is a great professional arranger with a powerful speaker system, TC-Helicon Vocal Processor, and 61 keys. It has a 7” touchscreen as well and more than 1,700 sounds to choose from.
If money is not an issue but you want a slightly larger arranger keyboard, then consider the Korg Kronos. This comprehensive keyboard boasts 73 keys with 4 resistance zones. Additionally, there are 12 insert effects, 16 extensive onboard effects, and the ability to add MIDI control surfaces to the workstation.
It’s easy to make custom backing tracks using the 16-track MIDI sequencer. Since both MP3 and MIDI files can be used together, musicians have complete control over their sound and can even create a digital score sheet to make following along easy.
Conclusion – Will You Want to Consider the Korg PA4X?
There is a lot of power in the Korg PA4X, but not all musicians can handle the power and get the most use out of the PA4X. Advanced musicians and ones who have been editing and controlling music, sounds, phrases, and sounds will love the control that the PA4X offers. However, beginners simply may not have the experience necessary to get the most out of this equipment.
If you are willing to invest in your future as a musician and are looking for a powerful keyboard arranger that will not only meet your needs now but also provide you with the power that you need to grow in the future, then the Korg PA4X may be a great option for you. It is definitely an investment in your musical future, but it is one that can really pay off.