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KORG - Pa500 MidEast Electronic Music Keyboard
Pa500 MidEast Electronic Music Keyboard
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KORG Pa500 MidEast music keyboard.
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Product Details - KORG Pa500 MidEast
The Professional Arranger available at an amateur price!

For the musician, composer, performer and entertainer, the interactive Korg Pa500 MidEast is the perfect musical partner. Like its big brother - the Pa800 - the Korg Pa500 MidEast uses the RX (Real eXperience) technology to deliver a sound unprecedented in an arranger keyboard. With exclusive Korg features such as the XDS Dual Sequencer, intuitive TouchView interface, quarter-tone on-the-fly and a four way joystick for realistic articulation, the only thing really missing is a big price tag.

- General Information
- Sound Samples
- Technical Specifications
- Arabic/MidEast Styles, Sounds, Kits and Pads
- User's Manuals

General Information

Stunning Sound

It all begins with sound. Based on the EDS (Extended Definition Synthesis) engine found in the Korg M3, Pa800 and Pa2XPro, the Korg Pa500 MidEast provides 80 voices of polyphony and a breathtaking quality of sound. Over 880 fully editable sounds are preloaded (including a full GM soundset and 56 drumkits), representing a full range of musical instruments from almost every genre - each exploding with depth, nuance, subtlety, accuracy and richness. The User area has space for up to 128 user sounds and 64 Drum Kits.

Effects Everywhere
For many years, Korg workstations, synthesizers and digital recording studios have included outstanding studio quality effects that are simply breathtaking. In that same tradition, the Korg Pa500 MidEast offers four stereo processors plus a Final semi-parametric three band EQ containing a treasure trove of effects, from rich reverbs and dazzling delays to guitar-type modeling effects from Korg's renowned REMS series - 124 different effects in all. And you'll appreciate the separate three-band EQ on each track for dialing in that perfect sound.

Done with Style
No doubt: Korg's Style programming is world class. The Korg Pa500 MidEast delivers a deluxe set of styles, programmed by some of the leading arrangers in the world; each of whom worked according to their musical strengths. The result is over 320 preloaded Styles that provide unparalleled realism and detail, adding anything from tasteful guitar picking, a tight bass and drum groove, a powerhouse R & B rhythm section all the way up to a full orchestra! Styles follow your timing, voice leading and chord changes to create an amazingly defined musical performance in real-time. With up to eight parts, four variations, three intros/count-in, three fills/break and three endings, each Style is a complete musical environment. Additional parts or "riffs" can be sequenced and triggered in real time using the assignable Pads. Advanced features such as Syncro Start/Stop, Fade In/Out, Assignable Pads, Tap Tempo and Manual Bass allow you to spontaneously add complex and professional touches to your performances.

Guitar mode
Creating convincing guitar parts from a keyboard has never been easy - until now! When creating a guitar part for your Style, you can choose a chord, capo position, and literally transform the keyboard into the fretted strings of the chord to allow realistic picking patterns, strums, chokes, slides, hammer-ons and other "guitar-specific" artifacts. The result is stunning. Best of all, the Korg Pa500 MidEast can automatically enhance the guitar tracks of existing Standard Midi Files.

All together now
Need to switch sounds fast? Four STS (Single Touch Settings) buttons allow you to have up to four sounds split and layered across the keyboard and switch them all instantly with a single button press. The STS assignments can be saved independently for each Style. Each of the 256 Performance settings can instantly recall the Style, Sounds, effects, tempo, key and scale used to perform a particular song.

Creative sequencing scenarios
In addition to traditional "track at a time" workstation sequencing, the Backing Sequencer allows you to create songs quickly and easily by capturing multiple Style driven parts at once. You don't need to be a master programmer - even beginners can write their own song in minutes. In fact, you don't even need to play at all! Using the Step Edit/Entry feature, you can simply type in the chord changes, fills and style changes in step-time - a big boost for arrangers and non-keyboardists. This quick approach to programming is also useful in the studio for creating professional, great-sounding backing music for commercial, film, video, multimedia or internet applications. The sequencer provides massive editing power - you can even edit the tone parameters of each track.

Non-stop entertainment

With Korg's XDS Dual Sequencer, one can load as the other plays, and a DJ-style cross fader can blend between them, providing a seamless, continuous musical performance. The Korg Pa500 MidEast can playback SMF (Standard Midi File), Karaoke files, and GM (General MIDI) files - and is able to display lyrics in most popular karaoke formats. There is also a practical Marker function to allow you to jump directly to a given position in the song: you can fix the markers using the internal sequencer (or using a computer based one - the marker format is standard) and then remix your favorite songs during a live performance for added spontaneity.

Expanding SongBook
The exciting SongBook feature was developed to make your life easier while playing live. The SongBook is a Musical Database, completely user programmable, containing all the settings needed to play a particular song. You have only to search for the song you would like to play by Song Title, Genre, Artist, Tempo, etc. and press "play". Each SongBook entry will instantly recall every setting you've saved in order to play that song perfectly - Sounds, Style, Performance, Volumes, Muted Tracks, FX settings, Easy Edit, STS settings, Master Transpose and more. This indispensable musical feature is unique to Korg.

Less is more
With all the technological power packed inside, it was vital that we also made the Korg Pa500 MidEast easy to understand and easy to use. But we went even further, creating an instrument that provides an intuitive, musical, fast, foolproof experience. With our amazing TouchView display you can simply think, see and touch the panel for easy and intuitive control. So that musicians of all levels can make great music quickly, there are two interface modes: Easy and Expert. The Easy mode shows only the essential elements with bright, bold icons - useful for beginners or playing live - while Expert mode provides full editing control. And when you need more information, check out the on-board contextual Help System - in any of seven languages! In addition to 61-velocity sensing keys, the Korg Pa500 MidEast provides a four-way joystick, assignable switch, assignable slider, assignable pedal jack and four pads to provide the tools to spice up your performance by changing effect settings, adding or muting parts, slowing the tempo, or even adding "mini-sequenced" solo, arpeggio, or backing riffs. Nothing stands between you and your professional performance.

Save it for later
In addition to providing a USB/MIDI computer connection for moving and saving data, the Korg Pa500 MidEast can also save and read data from SD / MMC memory cards for instant access to your custom data, MIDI files and songs. The back panel also features MIDI (In, Out), Audio Ins (1, 2) and Outs (L, R), damper and assignable pedal connections, headphones.


Hiding inside is a full stereo sound system with two double cone speakers in a bass reflex enclosure for the best sound in a small box. The Korg Pa500 MidEast is completely self-contained and easily transportable - whether rushing to a gig, jamming with friends, or teaching a new tune to the band. We couldn't fit any more fun in here if we tried.

Keep your Korg Pa500 MidEast feeling new with operating system updates. These updates are available as free downloads from and will ensure your investment is protected.


Sound Samples

Full Songs
Pa500 World (2.8 MB)
Movie (3.6 MB)
Harmonica & Orchestra (1.7 MB)
Listen & Believe (2 MB)
Big Band (2.5 MB)
Piano Trio (1.3 MB)
Rock Organ (3 MB)
Steel Guitar (2.6 MB)

Solo Instruments
Grand Piano (1.8 MB)
Electric Piano (1.3 MB)
Steel Nylon (700 KB)
Flugel & Sax (1 MB)
Harmonica & Flute (1.4 MB)
Accordion (750 KB)
Overdrive Guitar (1.5 MB)
Theatre Organ(1 MB)

Funk R&B(850 KB)
Serenade (1 MB)
Unplugged Guitar (750 KB)
Organ Ballad (1.5 MB)
Pop Rock (780 KB)
Country (750 KB)
70's Dance(700 KB)
Euro Trance(1.6 MB)
Gipsy Dance(750 KB)
Brazilian Samba(1.1 MB)
Bachata(800 KB)
Smooth Jazz(1.3 MB)
50's Fox(860 KB)
Big Band(1 MB)
Western Movie (1.4 MB)

Technical Specifications

Keyboard 61 keys with Velocity
System OPOS (Objective Portable Operating System) and RX (Real eXperience) Technology - Multitasking, Load while play feature - Upgradable Operative System - SSD Solid State Disk
Tone Generator KORG EDS (Enhanced Definition Synthesis) sound generator: 80 Voices, 80 Oscillators - Filters with Resonance - Three band EQ for each track
Effects 4 Stereo Digital Multi-Effect systems - 124 Effects types - Final semi-parametric three band EQ
Sounds-Drum Kits 880 Sounds, including a Stereo Piano and GM Level 2 compatible Sounds, 56 Drum Kits - User area: 128 Sounds, 64 Drum Kits - Realtime control: Assignable Slider, Switch - Full editing of Sounds and Drum Kits
Styles More than 320 preloaded Styles, SSD-resident, freely reconfigurable - Up to 448 available Style locations- 64 User Styles - Eight Style tracks, 4 Single Touch Settings and one Style Performance per Style - Guitar Track, Parallel and Fixed NTT - Compatible with old "i-Series" and Pa series Style format - Style Record with Step Record, Track and Event Edit functions - Style controls: 4 Variations, 3 Fills, 3 Intros, 3 Endings, Synchro Start/Stop, Tap Tempo/Reset, Fade In/Out, Bass Inversion, Manual Bass, Tempo Lock, Memory, Accompaniment/Real Time Track Balance Volume, Accompaniment Mute, Drum Mapping, Snare & Kick Designation, Single Touch
Performance/STS 256 Realtime Performance locations - STS: Memorize Realtime tracks settings, up to 4 x 512 Styles, up to 4 x SongBook entries - All programmable
Realtime Tracks Four Keyboard tracks (Upper 1, 2, 3, Lower) - 4 Pad tracks
Song Play Patented XDS Crossfade Dual Sequencer player - 2 Sequencers with separate Select, Start/Stop, Home, Rewind and Fast Forward controls - Balance control - Lyrics data can be displayed on-screen - Markers - Jukebox function - Compatible with SMF (formats 0 and 1)
Sequencer Quick Record (Backing Sequence), Multitrack and Step Record functions - Full-featured sequencer - 16 tracks - Up to 110,000 events - SMF native format
SongBook Fully programmable music database, based on Styles, SMF, Karaoke, with automatic selection of Style Play and Song Play modes - User-definable custom lists - Filtering options
Compatibility "i-Series" models: Styles - Pa series: Style, Performance, Program/Sound, Song, SongBook, Pad
Multi Pad 4 Assignable Pads + Stop Button. Pad Record function
Help System Hypertextual, Contextual, Multilingual
General Controls Master Volume, Real Time-Acc/Seq Balance Volume, Ensemble, Octave Transpose, Master Transpose, Style Change, Quarter Tone Arabic Scale, User Scale memorized inside Performance/STS - Realtime controllers: Joystick (pitch + modulation), Assignable Slider, Assignable Switch, Dial, Up/+, Down/-, Keyboard Split
Control Inputs Damper Pedal, Assignable Pedal/Footswitch
Analog Output Unbalanced Jack Left/Mono, Right, Headphones
Analog Input 2 Unbalanced Line In Jacks
MIDI In, Out standard Midi connectors- USB to Midi using the USB Device port - Individual track assignment - 8 user definable MIDI Setups

1 USB Device connection (1.1 Full Speed)

Card Slot SD (Secure Digital) Card and MultiMedia Card (MMC) Memory Devices
Display 320 x 240 pixels, Monochrome TouchView Graphic Touch Screen
Amplification 2 x 15 W - Fixed EQ
Speakers 2 Double Cone Speakers in Bass Reflex Box
Power Supply DC 12V external power supply (supplied)
Consumption 15 Watt
Dimensions 1074 x 404 x 183 mm / 42.2 x 15.9 x 7.5 inches (W x D x H) without music rest
Weight 9.9 kg / 21.8 lbs

User's Manual, AC adapter, Music Stand, CD-Rom

Arabic/MidEast Styles, Sounds, Kits and Pads

User's Manual

All documents are pdf files. To install Adobe Reader for free, please click here.

Korg Pa500 MidEast - ENGLISH (pdf) (19 MB)
Korg Pa500 MidEast - FRENCH (pdf) (18 MB)
Korg Pa500 MidEast - GERMAN (pdf) (18 MB)
Korg Pa500 MidEast - ITALIAN (pdf) (18 MB)


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by John Ebenezer
on 10/20/2010
Hii viewers i have been working with pa-50 and later i brought pa-500 this was very excellant... live guitar playing makes feel while touching the keys ....and my rhythem work is also been very simple in composing with pa-500..............
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