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HARDWARE WISH-LIST for FUTURE PA models (Hardware only)
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 14, 2019 11:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

From a hardware perspective the PA4X replacement must be complete now to allow time for the software development to take place considering past time lines... so we wait with anticipation to see what will emerge from the korg stables this time... This will either be a continued steady evolutionary upgrade of the present TOTL Arranger Series or (we hope) a much more Powerfull Processing Powered Platform which many around here would like to see and this includes much of the discussion we have seen.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2019 1:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The OSIMO as standard on every new Pa and software updates

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2019 4:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I recently heard a guitar played over the PA1000 Amp, sounds great.

BTW: The "old" PA1000 had a RCA-Video-Out, the new ones do have HDMI Wink

Of yourse the 1000 has "more new features" than the 4X, it´s just a few years "younger".

And, in ALL keyboards available present time there is an OS based on the last millenium, as well most of the hardware ( even the Genos uses internal USB 2.0 instead of native SATA for the harddisk...).

Why should manufacturers change that ? People buy their new keyboards anyway, so why spend a lot of money for new inventions ?
Greetings from East-Frisia, Germany

PA4X MUSIKANT, OS 3.0.1, PKG-Version
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PostPosted: Fri May 24, 2019 1:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is why I'm not going from my Pa3x to the Pa4x. I need most of the requests posted for me to upgrade to a new arranger. The Guitar input, HDMI output, 8 outputs, more poly, etc. That's what I would pay for.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 13, 2019 2:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I hope that Korg are using the extra time for hardware R&D gained by the NEXT OS to go completely back to the drawing board. It seems pretty apparent that Korg have pretty much tapped out the current synth and effects architecture (much of which is really just retasked Triton architecture, which is a 20 year old design!), while the architecture for the Kronos line has gone in an utterly different direction. A far more modern CPU and OS, high resolution video touchscreens, greater polyphony, greater FX capabilities, seamless sound changes and the ability to run alternate synth and Hammond sim engines are now the current state of the art for Korg.

It is LONG past time that the CURRENT Korg state of the art was leveraged as the engine for Korg's 'state of the art' arrangers, rather than fobbing us off with 20 year old design limitations...

Now, don't get me wrong, Korg have done an amazing job squeezing every last bit of usefulness from these aging CPU's and OS's, but they have rather painted themselves into a corner with not a whole lot of place to go any more. But the decision to extend the life of the PA4X with a new OS offers an opportunity for the hardware team to not have to work on the aging system, and skip a model cycle (which will always annoy those addicted to semi-regular model purchases as a way to convince themselves things are improving!), treat the PA4X NEXT as a PA5X, and take the time to develop the Kronos architecture as the basis for the next few PA series models.

I'd seriously be perfectly fine with Korg going another 2-3 years without a new model, and be content with just a bit of fine-tuning to OS NEXT, while the hardware boys threw the Triton architecture and aging hardware and OS out the window, and started from scratch with the Kronos hardware as the new foundation for the PA line for the next 20 years! It would at least give us somewhere to go, somewhere to grow, and we would be basing our arrangers on a hardware and software model that was still currently in the Korg lineup, not on a workstation engine that hasn't been sold for years...

Let's just pretend that OS NEXT is actually the PA5X, and give the team the time to start over again. But if we have this constant whining about 'OMG, when's the next PA coming out?!' we don't really give them the time to go back to the drawing board.

We have outlined a plethora of hardware improvements we really need in this thread, but the basic truth of the matter is, we have to give Korg time to shift over to the new stuff. Because I don't honestly think there's a way in hell that Korg can squeeze hardly any of these ideas out of these aging chips and synth architecture the PA series is currently based on. We need a clean sweep, a fresh start.

And that isn't going to come overnight...
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 05, 2019 9:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

-Motorized slider volumes Smile
-add button for selecting features of ribbon control and pitchbend/modulation joystick
-update USB ports to USB3
-Support of SSD for external storage
-Dedicated Guitar/Mic input
-Support wireless Media connection
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2019 2:01 am    Post subject: Please make a CASE for the -76 & more & better Pads Reply with quote

I was really surprised that Korg has not made case especially for the Pa4x-76!
Please consider this for future products! With "KORG" molded on the side.
I think I can say that the Pa4x is the premier Arranger keyboard out there; so why not be able to show this off?
PADS: I've looked at the Casio MZ-x500 and I really like their PADS!! I am aware of the Korg product that can be added to the Pa4x; but I remain unsure as to how completely it will function. I want, not only drum-beats, but phrases, melodies, chords -- anything I want -- to be accessed through those PADS -- AND allow the option for the PAD sound to sync up with the currently selected rhythm or not. Velocity-sensitive, of course. 16 seems like a good number of PADS to have.
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