The upcoming Musikmesse trade show in Frankfurt gives KORG an opportunity to showcase several new products, including this ensemble piano
ext week’s annual Musikmesse provides the world’s top music instrument manufacturers with a platform to launch a whole raft of new instruments, and music technology brand KORG are no exception. As well as revealing the new ‘Canned Tuner’ metronomes and tuning devices, the company will be showcasing the new Havian 30 digital ensemble keyboard.
With European weighted, piano-like hammer-action keys, the Havian 30 provides classic grand, upright and electric piano sounds, plus a collection of additional musical instrument sounds. The accompaniment sounds and performances are inherited from KORG’s Pa-Series arranger keyboards and an optional stand, with damper pedal support and convenient headphone hook, is also available.
To complete the piano collection, KORG added an intimate upright piano, an evocative honky-tonk, and an extensive selection of electric pianos. A realistic harpsichord for historically inspired performances is also included and can be customised by choosing one of the crafted period tunings. Studio-quality effect processors refine the sound to that of a professional studio recording.
Songs in MIDI and MP3 formats can be played, with lyrics and chords shown on the display, and any MIDI track can be converted into a readable score, with markers allowing repeated study or rehearsal. MIDI songs can also be recorded using the full-featured sequencer, or by using the styles to record a live performance, and compositions can be recorded and saved as an MP3 file.
The Havian 30 also possesses its own song organisation database, the SongBook, allowing players to search for and retrieve songs and performance settings based on name, artist, genre or tempo. The SongBook can be edited from a PC computer using the editor software available as a free download from the Korg website. It can also be synchronised with iPad and Android tablet (an optional camera connection kit is required for iPad connectivity).
The Havian 30’s USB ports enable connection to external storage devices, or to a personal computer, smartphone or tablet, without the need for a dedicated MIDI interface. The use of standard MID or MP3 file formats makes it possible to exchange files.
Key features include:
- Professional accompaniment and player sections, metronome, score, lyrics and markers
- An optional stand, including damper pedal support and headphones hook
- 5” TFT color TouchView display and straightforward control panel layout for easy use
- Auto-accompaniment section with a complete style library covering all genres, with Chord Sequencer ?and full editing features
- MIDI/MP3 play and record
- Limiter and 4 band Parametric EQ
- 25W stereo speaker system
At the time of writing, the KORG Havian 30 is yet to have a confirmed retail price or release date, but for more details keep an eye on the manufacturer’s website: www.korg.com. In the meantime, watch the product’s preview video below…