Korg Pa500 Professional Arranger



  • Year of Release: 2008
  • 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
  • USB: 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 / 42,2" (W) x 404 / 15,9" (D) x 183 / 7,5" (H) mm / inch without music rest
  • Weight: 9.9 kg / 21.8 lbs
  • Accessories: Manual, AC adapter, Music Stand, CD-Rom

Operating System

Version 1.19 Pa500_os_v119.zip

Note: Do not try to load this Operative System in instruments other than Pa500!


Musical Resources

Version 1.19 Pa500_res_v119.zip

Note: Please be advised that updating Musical Resources requires special care, since you could overwrite important User data in memory.

Note: Do not try to load these Musical Resources in instruments other than Pa500!


Factory Reset

Version 1.19   Pa500_factory_reset_v119.zip

Note: This procedure will reset the Pa500 to its original factory status. How to proceed is explained in the included documentation.

Note: Do not try to load these files in instruments other than Pa500!


SongBook Editor - Computer Software

Version 1.4.1

SBEdit_v141.zip - Windows XP-Vista-7® compatible


USB to Midi - Computer Driver


KORG_USB-MIDI_Driver_Win_v.1.1.4.zip - Win XP-Vista-7-8 ®


KORG_USB-MIDI_Driver_Mac_v.1.2.0.zip - Mac Os X ®


Computer Sequencer Templates

Steinberg - Nuendo, Cubase
Apple - Logic Pro
Digidesign -
Pro Tools
MOTU - Digital Performer
Cakewalk -

User's Manual

User's Manual Pa500 User Manual v110 (English).pdf
Pa500 User Manual v110 (French).pdf
Pa500 User Manual v110 (German).pdf
Pa500 User Manual v110 (Italian).pdf
Advanced Edit Pa500 Advanced Edit v110 (English).pdf


Upgrade v. 1.00 -> v. 1.10
Pa500 Upgrade v110 (EFGI).pdf

Additional Guides

Easy Start - Courtesy by Korg Usa Pa800_EasyStart.pdf (English)