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#323921 - 05/11/11 03:54 AM accessibility of korg pa500
pradeep.sikdar Offline
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Registered: 05/11/11
Posts: 8
Hi all,
before comming to the original topic, I should say alittle about me.
I am a 18 years old student from India.
I am completely visually challenged and working in a fusion band as a keyboard and sound editor.
so, you can imagine why I have raced the question of accessibility.
courrently I am using a yamaha product and I like the sounds of Korg very very much. recently I have to buy a keyboard because my old yamaha is a worst
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I ran through the internet and found there is only 1 Korg product available (Korg Pa50-SD) which doesn't come with a touch screen.
that mean, being a visually challenged, I can freely use this product very well.
I have read the manual completely and feel very happy with the product.
but moreover, I have fallen in love with Korg pa500-ort as the sounds inspired very much.
now, the question is, Can I use Korg pa500 without the touch feature?
to be very frank, I no need to create any style, change the effect parameters, song editing, etc.
my faithful "Cakewalk sonar 8.5 producer" is quite helpful for that.
even if I need these stuff, I can get help from my sighted friends.
as a stage performer, I need to change the programs, performances, styles, use transpose features, use split features, mute/unmute tracks, solo/unsolo
tracks, etc.
can anyone tell me what are the limitations?
a lot of my friends suggest me to buy yamaha psr-3000 but I like Korg very much.
even they love the sounds of Korg, but the accessibility lean them back!
sorry for my long post but you can inagine the importance!
waiting for your kind reply!

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#323997 - 05/11/11 04:19 PM Re: accessibility of korg pa500 [Re: pradeep.sikdar]
FransN Offline
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Registered: 05/16/09
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Loc: Netherlands
I have had the PA500 and it is a great arranger much better then a Yamaha PSR 3000 or whatever Yamaha arranger out there.
But without using the touchscreen it is somewhat difficult to work with.


Edited by FransN (05/11/11 04:32 PM)
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#324001 - 05/11/11 05:43 PM Re: accessibility of korg pa500 [Re: pradeep.sikdar]
TedS Offline
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Registered: 04/28/06
Posts: 224
Loc: North Texas, USA
Welcome to the forum Pradeep!
I believe that it would be tough for you to use the newer Korgs with the touch screen. Stick with a PA80 or PA50SD on the Korgs, they still sound good to my ears.

If your heart is set on Pa500 ORT, what you're asking is doable but your best bet (for many of us) would be to set up your splits, voice changes, etc. in advance as user programs, and then use a foot pedal or assignable switch on the panel to step through them.

Re: Yamaha... personally I wasn't that impressed with the Tyros 1 when it came out. But the PSR-3000, PSR-S900, S710, S910, Tyros 2, 3, 4 all sound great and you will probably find them easier to navigate. I think the S710 comes in an Oriental model too.

Did you also listen to Ketron? They are a top-shelf arranger, they have Asian models, and I believe they do not use touch screen.
Hope this helps,
Ted


Edited by TedS (05/11/11 05:50 PM)
Edit Reason: added info addressing OPs specific concerns

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#324020 - 05/12/11 03:51 AM Re: accessibility of korg pa500 [Re: TedS]
pradeep.sikdar Offline
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Registered: 05/11/11
Posts: 8
thank you all for your kind reply. I will surely check some Ketron product. if I ask all of you to compair between to models--yamaha psr-3000 and korg pa50sd, which 1 is best according to you and why? I know that, everyone have some different view points and requirements. but I think, this topic will help me to choose the right 1 for me. waiting for your kind reply.
kind regards

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#324035 - 05/12/11 07:20 AM Re: accessibility of korg pa500 [Re: pradeep.sikdar]
FransN Offline
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Registered: 05/16/09
Posts: 1144
Loc: Netherlands
I also had the PA50. And yes better then the psr 3000. Sound is very Pro and drums are so much better then the Yamaha.
Also the Korg is much better build and more suitable for on stage. I say go for the Korg PA50sd you won't regret it.
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#324040 - 05/12/11 08:43 AM Re: accessibility of korg pa500 [Re: FransN]
pradeep.sikdar Offline
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Registered: 05/11/11
Posts: 8
thanks for the comparison. I think, I should go for Korg Pa50Sd. but just for the curiosity, whats about Pa50sd vs Psr-S710?
kind regards

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#324041 - 05/12/11 08:54 AM Re: accessibility of korg pa500 [Re: pradeep.sikdar]
FransN Offline
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Registered: 05/16/09
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Loc: Netherlands
The psr s710 is a nice keyboard but almost the half more expensive then the PA50sd. But if you have the money the psr s710 is the better choice.
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