Vox Continental Keyboard
Performance keyboard with 3 vintage organs, electric pianos, multi-sampled acoustic pianos, waterfall keyboard, Korg NuTube overdrive, 9-band EQ, and touch-sensor controls
The Vox Continental is a vintage-style performance keyboard with three vintage organs, electric pianos, and multi-sampled acoustic pianos, featuring Korg’s NuTube overdrive, waterfall keyboard, 9-band EQ, and touch-sensor control
If you’re looking for a keyboard that will light your fire, the Vox Continental will let you pump it up with three vintage organs, but it doesn’t end there. Modern keyboardists no longer fancy the one-keyboard, one-sound approach to performance, since dragging multiple keyboards to a gig, as well as setup and teardown takes all the fun out of being a keyboard wizard. That’s why the Vox Continental is not just a transistor organ re-issue, it also features sounds derived from Korg’s top-o’-the-line Kronos workstation, including grand and electric pianos, as well as overdrive, supplied by Korg’s NuTube technology. A performance-oriented keyboard, the Vox Continental gives you easy access to every function. Whether you’re playing in a Doors tribute band, classic rock, or jazz, the Vox Continental can do it all and more.
Vox Continental stage keyboard in one take:
- Live performance-oriented controls
- Meticulously models three vintage organs
- High-quality electric piano with meticulous attention to detail
- Rich piano powered by expressive multi-samples
- Key/Layer part with a wide range of variations
- Powerful effects optimized for live performance
- Touch-sensor control of a variety of parameters
- Nine-band equalizer
- Real tube drive sound powered by Korg’s energy-efficient Nutube
- Waterfall keyboard for smooth glissandos
- Dynamics knob customizes the response of the keyboard
- Scene memories let you switch between settings
- Light-weight, compact body crafted with sturdy sheet metal and aluminum
- Traditional Vox organ scarlet color
- V861 volume/expression pedal and ST-Continental keyboard stand included
Designed for live performance
To meet the demands of live performance, which requires easy access to controls without breaking musical flow, sometimes between phrases. To accommodate the keyboardist’s needs, the Continental features a top-panel layout with eight buttons right above the center of the unit for Organ, E.Piano, Piano, Key/Layer with indicator light showing on/off state, and four similar buttons for layer states. Scene memories let you quickly recall programs and effects settings. You can use the touch sensors to control a variety of parameters including organ drawbars.
An array of four sound parts delivers high-quality sounds for live use
With approximately 10GB of memory, the Vox Continental has 150 presets specifically chosen and optimized for live use. These sounds are powered by Korg’s HD-1 PCM sound engine, AL-1 analog modeling engine, and vintage EP-1 sound engine from the flagship Kronos.
Organ Part meticulously models three vintage organs
The Organ part contains three different sound engines. The Vox transistor organ sound engine perfectly reproduces the sound of the original Vox Continental from the 1960s—the organ that gave The Doors their signature sound. The Compact Part reproduces every detail of another compact transistor organ from the same era as the Vox Continental. The CX-3 tonewheel organ sound engine faithfully models Korg’s classic combo organ. Since drawbars comprise an intrinsic component of organ tone, the Continental takes a modern and revolutionary approach with touchscreen drawbars to control harmonics and tone.
The Vox and the CX-3 also let you switch between the sounds of upper and lower manuals with a keyboard split at a single touch of a button. The CX-3 has the percussive attack you would expect, while the Compact is equipped with an MTB (multi-tone booster) that lets you create everything from sweet and mellow tones to a distinctively sharp sound.
Also as you would expect from an authentic organ, every sound can be treated to vibrato/chorus and rotary speaker simulation via on/off switch. Vintage effects are also included, letting you immerse yourself in the rich history of organ performance.
High-quality, highly detailed E. Piano
Three electric piano sound engines are provided: TINE gives you the sounds produced by striking a metal bar, REED models the vintage electric pianos that strike a vibrating reed, and FM creates the iconic electric piano sounds of the 80’s. The Vox Continental’s high-quality electric piano sounds also feature realistic amp simulations, cabinet modeling, and carefully sampled overtones.
Rich Piano Part with samples for every key
Three types of piano are provided: Grand with its peerless resonance, Upright which provides the uniquely sophisticated depth of an upright piano, and E.Grand which gives you an electric grand that’s ideal for pop music. Grand and Upright feature non-looped stereo samples for every key, bringing you richly expressive piano sounds that are both delicate and powerful.
Key/Layer Part with variety
This part contains a variety of practical sounds useful in a band or ensemble, organized into the six categories: Key, Brass, Strings, Lead, Synth, And Other. These sounds enable you to provide the signature sounds necessary to cover a variety of musical styles.
Powerful effects optimized for live performance
Designed for the same ease-of-use as the sounds, the effects section is optimized for live performance. The Continental features six effect types, including chorus, phaser, flanger, comp, drive, and wah; four types of delay; five types of reverb; and EQ; each with dedicated knobs and switches for versatile and rapid control of your sound.
Revolutionary LED-equipped touch sensor controls
Unique to the Vox Continental interface is its revolutionary, LED-equipped touch bars that shift functions according to selected part. For example, when you’re playing an Organ part, they function as touch drawbars that you can control directly with your fingertips; for a Key/Layer part, they function as sliders that control parameters such as EG and filter. When the EQ is on, they function as a master nine-band graphic EQ.
These controls are sensitive electrostatic touch sensors that smoothly respond to your fingertips. They provide the graphic operability of drawbars, with the programmability that users expect from today’s technology. They have a concave shape that enables smooth fingertip control, and also lets you sense how far the control has been raised or lowered during performance without looking. These are not the commonly-seen physical sliders, nor are they buttons; rather, these touch sensors are precisely matched to the player’s senses, delivering a revolutionary ease of use.
A bend lever is also provided to control the speed of the rotary speaker simulation, tremolo, or pitch bend.
Real “valve” sound powered by Nutube, the new vacuum tube
Adding a little crunch, smooth distortion, or harmonic tube saturation is provided by Korg’s Nutube, which is a new type of vacuum tube. Since digital modeling can’t truly provide the dense harmonic sound of tubes, Korg created the Nutube, which is new type of vacuum tube that uses vacuum fluorescent display technology. Like a conventional vacuum tube, Nutube has an anode grid filament structure and operates just like an actual triode vacuum tube, along with generating the warm overtones and response that tubes are known for. However, it’s smaller and more energy efficient than traditional tubes. Nutube is controlled by a dedicated switch and knob while you perform. The light emanated by the Nutube circuit adds a visual element to its audible effect.
Semi-weighted waterfall keyboard
The Continental has light-touch waterfall keyboard for organ-centric techniques, such as glissandi and trills. Its semi-weighted keyboard action means that playing feel is also excellent for piano or electric piano performance. When you’re playing complex chords or difficult phrases, the keyboard’s sensitive velocity control ensures expressive playing.
Customizable keyboard response
The dynamics knob lets you control the way in which your playing dynamics (velocity) affect changes in volume and sound. Turning the knob toward the left gives you a wide range of expression from pianissimo to fortissimo, allowing the dynamic performance you need for a solo or for singer-instrumentalist playing. Turning the knob to the right makes the level of the sound consistent regardless of your keyboard playing dynamics. This setting is good for synth-style solos and sounds, or keeping your Vox Continental forward in a loud stage mix.
Use scene memories to for instant setting recall
Favorite sounds or frequently-used variations can be registered as one of 16 scenes (4 scenes x 4 banks) and recalled instantly while you perform. You can also use a USB flash drive to save and load up to 100 sets of 16 scenes. For the keyboard player who works with multiple bands, this feature allows sets of scene memories to be managed without confusion.
A true stage keyboard that shines in live performance
The design and features of the Vox Continental are optimized for live performance. The body sports the distinctive scarlet color that’s traditional for Vox organs, and is made of sturdy sheet metal and lightweight aluminum to ensure durability, and its slim and compact design guarantees excellent portability. The output jacks are balanced XLR to preserve the quality of the audio output without having to use DI. The rear panel Vox logo is fully illuminated; along with the bulldog badge, which makes a bold statement onstage of this instrument’s English heritage.
Comes with dedicated pedal and keyboard stand
A volume/expression pedal (V861) and dedicated keyboard stand (ST-Continental) come standard with the Vox Continental. The V861 features a compact and sturdy black-anodized aluminum chassis for a sophisticated look; it provides two sets of input/output jacks and one Expression jack that let you use it to control volume or wah-wah.
The ST-Continental stand’s design is reminiscent of the VOX organ player of yore, providing a side lever that allows the stand’s angle to be easily adjusted. Since the stand secures the Vox Continental in place with screws, it allows bold tilt settings, such as angling the panel and keyboard toward your audience for greater performance impact. It’s a dedicated stand for a new generation of keyboard heroes.
The Vox Continental is not just a remake of an old classic, rather, a modern keyboard with vintage sounds and vibe for the keyboardist who wants to stand up and stand out. For more information, call or chat online with your Westlake Pro Sales Consultant today.
Vox Continental specifications:
Semi-weighted waterfall (velocity sensitive is supported, after touch is not supported)
- 61 keys: C2 ─ C7 (transposable in the range of [C0…C5] ─ [C4…C9]), velocity sensitive C2 to C7
- 73 keys: E1 ─ E7 (transposable in the range of [E-1…C5] ─ [E3…E9]), velocity sensitive E1 to E7
- Modeling tonewheel organ sound generator: 128 voices
- Modeling transistor organ sound generator: 100 voices
- Modeling electric piano sound generator: 80 voices
- High-definition Piano sound generator: 60 dual stereo notes (equivalent to 240 voices max)
- Modeling analog synthesizer sound generator: 36voices
- PCM sound generator: 64 stereo notes (equivalent to 128 voices max)
– Actual maximum polyphony will vary depending on oscillator settings such as stereo multisamples and velocity crossfade.
- Approx. 10.5 GB (in case of 48 kHz, 16-bit Linear PCM converted)
- 3 types (CX-3, VOX, COMPACT)
- Draw bar, Percussion ON/OFF, Split function, Vibrato/Chorus ON/OFF, Rotary Speaker ON/OFF)
- 3 types (TINE, REED, FM)
- 3 types (GRAND, UPRIGHT, E.GRAND)
- 6 types (KEY, BRASS, STRINGS, LEAD, SYNTH, OTHER)
- 16 (4 x 4)
- It is available to save 100 sets to external USB
- EFFECT: CHORUS, PHASER, FLANGER, COMP, DRIVE, WAH (control via pedal)
- DELAY: 1. DELAY, 2. CROSS, 3. TAPE, 4. MOD DLY
- REVERB: 1. HALL1, 2. HALL2, 3. ROOM1, 4. ROOM2, 5. SPRING
- 9-band stereo input/output
- Vacuum tube Nutube 6P1
- Control the amount of change in volume and tone produced by your keyboard playing dynamics.
- ORGAN: Rotary Slow/Fast
- E.PIANO: Tremolo ON/OFF
- KEY/LAYER: Pitch bend
Touch sensors (electrostatic capacitance type)
- ORGAN: Drawbars
- KEY/LAYER: Sound controls
- EQ: 9-band equalizer
- 20Hz ─ 22kHz ±1.0dB 10k Ω load
- 20Hz ─ 22 kHz 0.005% (standard) 10k Ω load
- 105dB (standard)
Output L/Mono, R
- Connector: 6.3 mm (1/4″) monaural phone jack, unbalanced
- Output impedance: 1.1 ohm (when outputting in stereo), 600 ohm (L/Mono jack, when outputting in mono)
- Maximum level: +16.0 dBu
- Load impedance: 10k ohm or more
- Connector: XLR-3-32 type (balanced) + LIFT – GND switch
- Output impedance: 350 [ohm] (when outputting in stereo)
- Maximum level: +16.0dBu
- Load impedance: 10k ohm or more
- Connector: 6.3 mm (1/4″) stereo phone jack
- Output impedance: 50 ohm
- Maximum level: 150 + 150 mW @32 ohm
- KORG PS-1 and PS-3 pedal switches
- V861 VOL/EXP pedal volume/expression pedalV861
- IN, OUT
- USB A (TYPE A): Saving/loading scene data
- USB B (TYPE B): MIDI interfaces: 1 (16 ch) in/1 (16 ch) out
- Complies with USB specification Ver. 2.0, High speed (up to 480 Mbps)
- AC adapter connector (DC 15 V), power button
Dimensions (W x D x H)
- 61-key model: 36-31/32″ × 13-25/32″ × 3-3/8″ (939 x 350 x 86 mm)
- 73-key model: 43-7/16″ × 13-25/32″ × 3-3/8″ (1,103 x 350 × 86 mm)
- 61-key model: 15.87 lb. (7.2 kg)
- 73-key model: 18.52 lb. (8.4 kg)
- AC adapter, Power cord, V861 Volume/Expression pedal, ST-Continental keyboard stand (for 61-key model and 73-key model）
Accessories (sold separately)
- SC-Continental 61 (for 61-key model)
- SC-Continental 73 (for 73-key model)
- KORG DS-1H
- KORG PS-1
- KORG PS-3
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61 keys, 73 keys
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