The Korg Grandstage X Completely Redesigned Stage Piano With 7 Inspiring Sound Engines

Could Korg Grandstage X be the best-looking stage piano yet?

We’d be happy to be seen with it at a gig.

Korg Grandstage X Stage Piano debuts ahead of 2024 NAMM Show.

It’s been six years since Korg released the GrandStage, so a new version was definitely in order (not least because the original has now been discontinued). That has now arrived in the shape of the Grandstage X, a mighty fine looking stage piano that comes with seven dedicated sound engines.

With its angled control panel, flat top, aluminium body and perforated metal cheeks, the Grandstage X certainly gets off on the right style note; the two tone ivory and black colour scheme looks great, to our eyes. It’s the sound that counts, though, and here, the story starts with the SGX-2 engine, which powers 13 acoustic pianos. These include the new GSX Piano and the existing Nautilus, Oasys and SG1D pianos from Korg’s back catalogue, and there’s a nod to the ‘80s and ‘80s house revival with the inclusion of the classic M1 Piano.

The EP-1 engine provides seven electric pianos that cover the requisite vintage bases, and there are no less than three different organ engines (CX-2, Vox and FC-1). Further engines include the AL-1 analogue modelling sound source, which deals with synths, and the HD-1 PCM module.

The interface on the Grandstage X has been designed with live players in mind, and promises to be very intuitive. You can layer and split at the touch of a button, and there are dedicated level controls for each part.

The keyboard has Korg’s RH3 weighted hammer action, and we’re intrigued by the key-touch slider, which promises “instant control over volume and timbre changes with each keystroke”. There are Nutube-powered analogue-style effects, an EQ and multiple delays and reverbs. The Grandstage X also has a slight arranger keyboard vibe with the inclusion of a rhythm and chord progression function, which creates a backing track that’s said to complement your playing.

Here’s what they say about it:

“Meet the Grandstage X, Korg’s flagship stage piano, now completely redesigned with seven inspiring sound engines, 700 preloaded sounds, a user-friendly interface, and a sleek aesthetic design. Every aspect of the Grandstage X is intuitively arranged, empowering you to select and play your favorite sounds effortlessly. With its elegant, light ivory two-toned body and perforated side panels, the Grandstage X not only delivers the highest sonic quality but also stands as a visual centerpiece whether on stage or in the studio.

Grandstage X is not just a stage piano; it’s a statement of excellence. Prepare to elevate your performance and let the Grandstage X take you and your music to new heights.”

Korg Grandstage X Sound Demo:

There’s no shortage of competition in the stage piano market, but with its distinctive look and high-quality sounds, the Grandstage X could definitely be a contender. There’s no word on a price yet, but you can expect it to arrive in June. Find out more on the Korg website.

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