Korg Pa800 User's Manual

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RX Technology- the Pa800 Real eXperience means up to SIXTEEN
oscillators per program, with multi-level dynamics and extensive real-
time control… The realism is unparalleled
Color TouchView Interface is incredibly EASY TO USE… you’ll be
navigating through the Pa800 in no time
New Easy Mode displays the most frequently-used controls, so you’re
always in command of your favorite features!
Huge collection of pristine sample data provides over 1000 factory
sounds with Korg’s legendary programming
Enhanced Style Functions – 544 Style locations (419 pre-loaded)
Styles can be up to 32 bars long, with 3 intros, 3 fills, 4 variations and
3 endings. Tap-Tempo, Reset & Fade in/out
16-Bit/48kHz Sampling (64 MB RAM) with Auto Time Slice/Extend
and more editing functions. Loads AIFF, WAV, Korg and AKAI® data.
A real effects powerhouse, with over 100 different effects, including
Korg’s acclaimed REMS guitar-based effects!
320 programmable Performance settings let you recall your
favorite settings at the touch of a button
EasyStart CONTENTS
Welcome! 2
Making Connections; Working with the TouchView User Interface 2
Easy Mode; Playing the Demo Songs 3
Playing Sounds 3
Selecting, Playing and Controlling Styles 4
Suggested Styles to Work With 5
Saving Your Settings (Performances) 5
Quick Recording with the Backing Sequencer 6
The SongBook; Using the TC-Helicon Voice Processor 6
Owner’s Manual References 7
Available Options 8
EasyStart
Songbook feature lets you create a searchable database of your
Performance settings- by title, artist, tempo, key- and instantly
recall one to recreate that song. A SongBook entry can also be a
MIDI file on a USB PenDrive!
Multi-Channel Backing Sequencer to instantly record up to 8
backing tracks and up to four real time tracks – each to a
separate track - all in one pass!
XDS Dual Sequencer allows you to cue one song while you’re
playing a different one… The crossfader allows smooth or
immediate transitions from one song to the next, creating a
seamless performance every time
TC Helicon vocal processing works with the onboard mic input
for powerful effects and three-part harmony
USB computer connectivity, plus two USB 2.0 Host ports for
various media storage
Powerful onboard stereo speakers, and 4 assignable outputs
for flexible routing – perfect for recording or PA applications
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The Pa800 is the most powerful arranger available. This guide will familiarize you with its basic operation, and
you’ll be making music in no time at all! Once you’ve got these techniques down, you can work with the excellent
Owner’s Manual for more in-depth details, and make sure to visit www.korgpa.com for lots of support and updates.
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! Please begin this guide by powering up the Pa800, so that the display pages come up in the proper order…
1. Connect the power cord to the Pa800. If you want to use an external speaker system, connect audio cables from the
LEFT/MONO and RIGHT outputs to your sound system, or for private listening, connect headphones to the
HEADPHONE jack on the front.
2. Turn the Pa800 on by pressing the POWER switch on the rear panel. The Pa800 will go through its startup routine, and
you’ll be placed in Style Play mode.
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The intuitive Color TouchView user interface on the Pa800 allows for extremely fast and easy access to the Pa800’s
features and parameters. You can even access a multilingual contextual Help System (simply press the HELP
button to the right of the display)
Before we dive in, let’s get familiar with the TouchView display…
! Before you start playing, make sure that the BALANCE slider located beneath the display is in the center position, and
the BALANCE fader beneath the left speaker is also in the center position!
! Please note the DISPLAY HOLD button to the right of the display. When lit, any selected page will stay displayed until
the EXIT button is pressed. When the DISPLAY HOLD function is turned off, the display will return to the main page
automatically, after several seconds.
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Are you viewing more on-screen information than you need? Try going from Expert Mode to Easy Mode! Touch
the drop-down Page menu in the upper-right corner of the display, and select “Easy Mode”. This mode will show
you what’s assigned to the Single Touch Setting buttons, and it will give you a shortcut to the lyrics in Song Play
mode. It also displays the status of a microphone connected to one of the audio inputs. If you’re just starting with
the Pa800, try this mode to get comfortable with playback of Styles and Songs. Later on, you can return to Expert
Mode, where all Pa800 performance and editing functions are available to you.
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3. Press both the STYLE PLAY and SONG PLAY buttons. Demos will automatically start to play, however you can also
select Solo Instrument, Style or Full Song demos by pressing the appropriate box in the display, and then selecting
the desired demo from the list.
4. Press the EXIT button to return to the main demo page, where you can select a different demo category.
5. Exit Demo Play mode by pressing the STYLE PLAY button.
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The Pa800 utilizes Korg’s amazing RX (Real eXperience) technology and sound engine from the flagship Pa1x-
series instruments… and that same sound engine powers Korg’s new flagship workstation, the M3! With the Pa800,
you can use up to sixteen oscillators per sound to create guitar slides, harmonics and pull-offs, flute overblow,
frulatto, and many other beautiful nuances. This means that your acoustic instruments will sound incredibly
realistic, and you can authentically recreate an entire orchestra worth of instruments using just a few keys! Let’s
experiment with a few of these sounds…
1. Press the SOUND mode button. Here you can try out and play individual sounds. In this mode the sound will be played
across the entire keyboard and will be heard solo without a Style accompaniment.
2. Grand Piano should be the currently selected sound. This is indicated in the “Sound Info” area at the upper part of the
display. Touch this and you’ll be able to search for sounds by category. Within the piano category, try the Grand Piano
RX sound. You can hear the hammers return when you remove your finger from a key, just like a real piano… and with a
damper pedal attached, you’ll notice string and damper resonance! Try pressing down on the pedal without playing
keys… You can even hear the damper by itself!
3. Press the DISPLAY HOLD button at this point, so that you can keep searching through sounds uninterrupted…
4. Press the “Guitar” tab, and then press “Nylon Slide Pro” to select this sound. Play the keyboard with varying degrees
of velocity (light, medium and hard) to hear the different guitar articulations, including a very cool slide!
5. Now select one of the great trombone sounds using this alternate method of selecting sounds: Press the SOUND
SELECT BRASS button to the right of the display, and then select “Big BandShake Y+”. Play a chord, and move the
joystick up for a great jazzy shake!
6. Press the SOUND SELECT WOODWIND button (press the E. PIANO button, and then press the button to the left of
PIANO to switch to the bottom row) and select “Flute Frulatto”. Try this at various velocities. Play softly, and you get
a tasty frulatto… Hit it hard for a percussive overblow.
7. Press the SOUND SELECT DIGITAL DRAWBARS button. This is Korg’s world-renown DSP organ modeling in action!
You’ve got rotary speaker emulation, switchable percussion and foot control.
a. Try speeding up/slowing down the rotary speaker by pushing the Joystick Y+ (push it upwards)!
! In STYLE PLAY mode (Explored in the next section); up to four sounds can be combined together!
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A Style consists of up to four performance instruments, with up to eight accompaniment tracks playing in the
background. This is where the Pa800’s serious power really shows!
To begin, choose a Style (see the list on the next page for some recommendations). Styles can be
selected just like Sounds. Use the STYLE SELECT buttons on the left side of the keyboard, and choose a
Category” in the display. You can also touch the name of the current “Style” in the display. You can press the
STYLE SELECT button repeatedly, to scroll through tabs, or just touch the display to select them.
Press the STYLE SELECT POP/LATIN DANCE, then press the button to the left of the STYLE SELECT
buttons to select the bottom row (LATIN DANCE). On the display, touch the P2 tab, followed by “Gipsy
Dance.” Now follow these steps to get comfortable controlling your music:
1. While playing a Style, you have up to three realtime tracks layered on the upper half of the keyboard, and one lower
track. All of these can be muted and un-muted in the display (a yellow “M” means mute, a green “P” means play. Just
touch as desired to change! Press the green “P” on the lower left, above “DR/PERC” to quickly mute all the drums and
percussion! Press it again to un-mute.
2. There are three Intros. Press SYNCRO START to have the Style play whenever you play a left-hand chord, and press
INTRO 1, 2, or 3, and then press on of the VARIATION buttons to choose the one that will play after the selected
INTRO is finished playing.
- INTRO 1 will provide a musical introduction, with a preset chord progression that begins and ends with the
chord you played.
- INTRO 2 plays a similar introduction to INTRO 1, but will use the chords you play.
- INTRO 3 plays a quick count-in.
Press Intro 1, play a chord, and push the big red START/STOP button.
3. The four VARIATION buttons begin with a “less is more” feel at VARIATION 1, and get more complex up through
VARIATION 4. When you press a new VARIATION button, the selected VARIATION will not start immediately – it will
begin once the previous variation ends its pre-programmed riff.
Switch from one VARIATION to the next, and notice the difference!
4. The three ENDING buttons work in the same way as the INTRO buttons. The first is long, the second is shorter, and
the third is very quick! No matter how quickly you have to pass the mic to someone else, you can still get out gracefully!
If you need to stop immediately, just press the START/STOP button. You can also use the FADE IN/OUT button to…
well… fade in or out.
Press ENDING 1 to hear a great progression featuring some excellent guitar strumming! Start the beat back
up with a chord and that big red START/STOP button.
5. Below and to the right of the display is the ENSEMBLE button. Press this, and the Pa800 will automatically harmonize
your right hand along with the accompaniment!
While the Style is playing, press the ENSEMBLE button and play with your right hand, while changing chords
with the left.
6. On the right side, there are four PADS. These can trigger sound effects, as well as SEQUENCES!!
Press the four PAD buttons to bring more instruments into the Style… If it’s melodic, it will play along with
your chords. If it’s rhythmic, it will automatically play with the beat!
7. On the upper-right side of the keyboard, you have CHORD SCANNING and KEYBOARD MODE buttons. CHORD
SCANNING selects where the Style looks to see the chord you’re playing. Push both at the same time to use the whole
keyboard. The KEYBOARD MODE buttons let you choose whether you want to split the keyboard into upper and lower
sounds, or just use the entire keyboard for the main sound.
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Key Features

  • RX Technology
  • TouchView interface
  • SongBook
  • Vocal processor
  • Backing sequencer
  • Assignable sliders & switches

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Frequently Answers and Questions

How do I save my favorite settings as a Performance?
Press the STYLE PLAY mode button, then the ▼popup, select "Write Performance", give it a name and choose an empty user location to save it.
What is the purpose of the X/Y Joystick?
The X/Y joystick is programmable to control many aspects of performances, such as effects, sounds, and even tempo adjustments. You can customize its function to your liking.
Can I record my own songs using backing tracks?
Yes! The 'Quick Record' function allows you to easily create songs by recording a Style and its elements. You can also edit your creations after recording.

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