Sampler Feature on Korg Pa Series Keyboards
The sampling options available on Korg Arranger keyboards like Pa-700, Pa-1000 & Pa-4X, have sampling features with different capabilities depending on the model enables much more than just audio based sounds. .
Arranger keyboards with sampling features permit use of the PCM for creating Audio Based Styles, thereby enabling the playing of Audio loops over and above just creating sounds.
The sampling feature is “sampling memory” dependent, and each sample consumes memory depending on the size of sample. Hence, memory capacity of a sampling keyboard is a crucial factor in ensuring optimum functioning of this feature.
Pa-700, Pa-1000 & Pa-4X from Korg offer sampling with utmost capability. E.g. Audio Loop import on the rhythm loop creates an audio based sound by slicing/chopping and assigning them on different keys of the keyboard like a factory drum kit. At the same time it also creates a hidden groove file which can be imported in style creation as MIDI notes to create an Audio Based style. This is a very important function for tweaking the tempo (BPM) in real time while using them depending on the requirements of a song during the performance along with other accompaniment tracks in sync.
The below mentioned Youtube link will help you understand the process. Although it has been created on the Korg Pa-3X, the process is same on the Pa-700, Pa-1000 & Pa-4X
Audio loop can also be assigned on Multipads directly but doing so will not allow you to tweak with the tempo (BPM).
Commonly compatible audio formats for importing samples are .wav, .aiff, soundfont and AKAI (in some cases).
The correct use and implementation of this feature can produce amazing sounding localized (Indian in our country) content which will in turn enhance the performance of a keyboardist. This blog will be useful for musicians who want to widely use the sampling feature on their Arranger Keyboards.