Updated: May 10, 2015

Korg Keyboard Reviews:

Sound on Sound Magazine has said that Korg is at the "forefront" of their field, producing "groundbreaking music gear." Their synths are the standard by which the rest of the industry is judged. Much of Korg's quiet, unassuming, and incredible success is due to their top-quality keyboards, which are arguably the best in the business. When you need professional quality, superior sound, and unsurpassed features, Korg instruments more than deliver. Because of the wide range of options, styles, and prices, it can be difficult to choose the right Korg keyboard for your needs. To ensure you get the quality you want, take a few minutes to learn about Korg. We'll discuss the best Korg keyboards, digital pianos, and synths.


Choosing the Right Keyboards - Before you buy, it is essential to know what you want, and how much you want to spend on it. There are several things to keep in mind: first, very simply, make sure that the keyboard is easy to use. This includes having a readable user's manual and having a large display screen. You should be able to find the functions you want when you want them. You will also find a touch-sensitive keyboard more conducive to playing music with depth. A touch-sensitive keyboard is just that: it can get softer or louder depending on how hard you touch them, just as a standard piano does. And speaking of keys, do you want full-sized keys? Most experts recommend full-size, especially if you are just learning. The number of keys is important as well. If you are beginning, you'll probably use a keyboard with 49 keys, which are also great for children. Those with more experience will usually opt for 61 or 76 keys on a full-sized keyboard or 88 on a digital piano. As you can guess, the higher number of keys indicates a wider range of sounds. Finally, here are some features that are common:

*Instruments or voices. Keyboards have modes in which they can sound like any number of different instruments. Does the keyboard have the capabilities you want/need?
*Recording and playback features.
*MIDI interface. This allows you to record and play back on a computer. You could also opt for a USB interface and software, but most pros prefer the MIDI keyboards.
*Split keyboard mode. With this feature, you can play a different instrument, or voice, with each hand.
*Musical accompaniment. Does it have the sounds and styles you need?
*There are other options for beginners, including metronomes and interactive lessons.

Let's take a look at some popular Korg digital keyboards so you can get an idea of what they do and how much they cost. You can browse the best selling Korg keyboards, digital pianos, and synthesizers here.


Best Korg Keyboards:

Korg microKORG - One of the top Korg electronic keyboards is the Microkorg. A review on EMusician says it best: "The MicroKorg delivers extreme portability and sonic punch for a bargain price." Among the Microkorg's impressive features are 128 user-rewritable programs, MicroKorg Synthesizer/Vocoder, powerful dual-oscillator DSP synthesis engine, 71 waveforms, multi-timbral synthesizer program, ring and sync modulation, 4 filter modes, 2 Classic ADSR envelope generators, 2 MIDI-syncable LFOs, 8-band synthesizer vocoder, 3 modulation effects, delay effects, 2 band equalizer, arpeggiator, edit mode, 6 arpeggiator types, and 2 external audio input jacks. It is very compact with 37 keys, but it packs powerful, high-quality Korg sound. Because it's so small, it can be ideal for younger players (though the keys are not full-sized). But further, it is great for those who are working within small spaces or who need a keyboard synth that is extremely portable. It is also one of the less expensive Korg keyboards at about $375.

Korg X50 - Another very popular Korg model is the X50, another compact, portable powerhouse. MusicTech Magazine gave the 61-key X50 a perfect 10 and said that while it does have some features of the older Korg X5, it is a "far more advanced instrument, packing some powerful new features." So what features can we expect to find in the Korg X50? It has 5123 professional-quality sound programs, 384 combinations for complex sound, Multi Mode, outstanding 4-processor effect section, 4 channel audio output, dual polyphonic arpeggiator, USB connectivity, and sound editing software. An Amazon reviewer noted that while the X50 is not as "customizable" as Korg's Triton series, it uses the same internal mechanics as the top-of-the Tritons. But for a few grand less. That, and the ultra compact design, make it ideal for what Korg calls "active" musicians and we call those on a budget. You can find the X50 for a little over $600.

Korg M3 61 Key Workstation Sampler Keyboard - If you're looking into professional-quality electronic keyboards, you are going to run into the Korg M3. The M3 has a page full of specs, highlighted by the EDS synthesizer technology, 1664 user locations, 1792 combinations, drumkits, maximum polyphony of 120 voices and 120 oscillators, 697MB PCM, 16-track Midi sequencer with 480 ppq resolution, 128 Songs, 20 Cue Lists, multiple audio inputs and outputs, and more. It is hard to believe there is so much in this relatively compact keyboard station. This professional quality piece will cost you $1600 here, from a list price of $3000. The M3 is the successor of the iconic and industry-standard Triton.

KORG SP-250 - Korg also makes digital pianos to offer the same playability and sound that is produced by a regular concert piano. One of Korg's best is the SP-250; this 88-key digital piano has a Stereo Sampling System; light, medium, and heavy touch control; 60 note max polyphony; 30 sound programs; 2 sound programs can be layered; effects; and 30 demo songs. The SP-250 includes a stand, music stand, damper pedal, and AC adapter. Several music websites say that this digital piano is the best in its class, delivers superb piano sound, and offers the same type of experience you would get playing a concert piano. At the same time, it's much more portable for the musician on the go. No wonder it's a bestseller. You can find the Korg SP-250 for $700.

Korg Nano - Now for something a little different. Korg's Nano series is compact, portable, affordable, and pint-sized. You can see the NanoKey here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=taDe3yHB1HY). The idea is to bring music everywhere, easily and affordably. The little Nano has 25 keys with CC Mode button, 4 velocity curves, Pitch Up/Down buttons, USB Bus power, and octave shift Up/Down buttons. Korg calls it a "Flexible MIDI Keyboard Controller that's Smaller than a Laptop Keyboard." And the keys are quite similar to a laptop as well. An Amazon reviewer calls it a "tiny handy 2 octave musical data entry tool." It won't replace a keyboard, but it will supplement it and allow you to take it anywhere you could a laptop, which is virtually everywhere. You can pick the NanoKey up for under $50. Check out other great Korg keyboards here. No matter what your budget, your needs, or your skill level, you can find a Korg that is built to accommodate you. This is a top-of-the-line brand that is renowned the world over for its superior sound, usability, portability, and excellence. The keyboard doesn't make the musician, but it sure does help.