Introduction to the PS60
Main features of the PS60
The PS60 is a lightweight and compact performance
synthesizer that delivers high-quality sound and easy
operation, making it an ideal choice for live use.
High-quality sound for live or band performance
The PS60 features high-quality sounds delivered by
the EDS-i (Enhanced Definition Synthesis-integrated)
sound engine which inherits the sound of Korg's
Centered on sounds such as acoustic piano, electric
piano, strings, brass and synth. The PS60 contains 440
sounds that will integrate into any live or studio
performance. A total of up to 512 programs can be
saved into the internal memory.
Easy selection of sounds, and layer/split settings
The sounds are organized into six categories ranging
from acoustic piano (A.PIANO) thru to synth
(SYNTH). With dedicated buttons for each group, you
can quickly and easily select sounds, create layers,
splits and layered splits in the upper and lower regions
of the keyboard.
Performances allow instant recall of your favorite
You can use the buttons and knobs of the performance
control section on the center and right side of the
PS60's front panel to edit the sounds and effects. The
performance section on the left of the front panel
allows you to save twenty of these settings. Your saved
performances are easily recalled using the
Richly expressive keyboard and controllers
The PS60 features a semi-weighted 61-note natural-
touch keyboard that allows you to play anything from
piano sounds to synthesizer sounds with a natural feel.
The controllers you need for expressive playing are
also provided, including a joystick to modify the
sound, a button that holds the current position of the
joystick, a button that switches the rotary speaker
between slow/fast for organ sounds and buttons that
allow you to shift the octave and transpose settings.
There are also two jacks to which you can connect a
damper pedal, foot switch or foot pedal, allowing you
to adjust the volume, control effect modulation or
Lightweight and compact design
The PS60's lightweight and compact design make it a
breeze to carry between live gigs and studio practice
Editor and plug-in editor
The bundled software "PS60 Editor" and "PS60 Plug-In
Editor" are applications that let you use your computer
to edit the PS60's performances and programs.
These editors allow more detailed editing than is
possible on the PS60 front panel. It is possible to make
multisample selections and settings, edit the filter type
and routing, make detailed settings for EG, LFO, AMS,
insert effects and even create user scales.
"PS60 Editor" is a standalone editor.
"PS60 Plug-In Editor" supports VST, Audio Units, and
RTAS formats, and allows you to use the PS60 from
within your DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) or
other host application just as though it was a plug-in
The latest version of the editor, plug-in editor, and
Korg USB-MIDI driver can be downloaded from the
Korg website: http://www.korg.com
(Enhanced Definition Synthesis - integrated)
The EDS-i sound engine integrates the main
functionality such as oscillators, filters, amp, LFO/EG
and effects of the "EDS" (Enhanced Definition
Synthesis) sound engine from the M3 and M50.
It delivers the widely acclaimed rich and vivid sound
The oscillator section lets you use a wide variety of
high-quality PCM sources that were sampled at
48 kHz, occupying a total of 49 Mbytes (when
calculated as 16-bit linear PCM data). The filter section
that is so important to creative sound-making provides
two high-quality filters for each oscillator, and allows
you to freely combine four types of filter: low-pass,
high-pass, band-pass and band-reject.
Modulation functionality is indispensible to detailed
sound design, and here too, the PS60 brings you full-
fledged synthesis power with EG (envelope
generator), LFO, key tracking generator, AMS
(alternate modulation sources) and AMS mixer
inherited from the EDS sound engine.
The effect section lets you add the final touches to the
overall sound using one insert effect for each timbre
(except for the STRINGS timbre, making a total of
five), whose effect type can be one of 63 types
including dynamics effects such as compressor or
limiter and amp modeling powered by Korg's
proprietary "REMS" modeling technology. Effect
dynamic modulation (Dmod) allows you to control the
effects in a wide variety of ways.
You can also use two master effects (modulation and
reverb/delay) and an EQ.
(Resonant structure and Electronic circuit
Modeling System) is KORG's proprietary sound
modeling technology which precisely reproduces the
complex character and nature of both acoustic and
electric instruments as well as electronic circuits in real
sound generation characteristics including instrument
bodies, speakers & cabinets, acoustic fields,
microphones, vacuum tubes, transistors, etc.
emulates a wide variety of