I previously reviewed the Korg ToneWorks PX4D and gave it my highest recommendation because of the many applications that it has in your gear arsenal. To read that review click here. The latest and greatest offering in the Korg Pandora line is the:
Korg Pandora PX5D Guitar Multi Effects Processor Silver.
The Pandora PX5D has some major new features that will make your life easier and you’ll have more fun using it. The new feature that I like the most is the built in USB capability. This allows you to interface directly with your computer and record your guitar directly into an audio workstation such as Sony Acid 6.0. The Pandora PX5D comes with a version of Ableton Live Lite which is quite versatile. Another huge advantage of having the USB connection is the ability to program the PX5D using the included Sound Editor. It makes creating new patches a cinch. If you own one of the previous Pandoras and loved jamming to a long, complex rhythm and chord pattern but you hated all the time it took you to put it together, you’ll love how easy it is to create these patterns on your computer. It will allow you to chain together up to 16 different rhythm & bass patterns and specify how many times that pattern repeats. You can then record your own rhythm playing on top of that chain and have it all play back for you to jam along with. As I said before, this is invaluable for learning how to play solos and perfecting your ability to play with a beat. The USB connection will also power the PX5D which means you can leave it on with the backlight and the batteries will never run down. That makes it an ideal guitar interface for recording. Finally, the USB will also function as an audio input allowing you record into the PX5D from your computer. So if you’ve built a great song that you want to play guitar over you can load it into the PX5D and have it playback while you play guitar. You can just slip the PX5D in your pocket and take it with you along with your complex backing track.
Another really cool feature of the Korg Pandora PX5D is the included stereo cable which will support two footswitches. You can use these footswitches to step through programs as well as control Start-Stop-Record in Rhythm & Bass and Phrase Trainer modes. Having the ability to step through programs using the footswitch makes this a very viable effects processor for live use.
The Korg Pandora PX5D has 128 preset rhythm patterns for you to use. These include standard metronome settings if you’d prefer to practice to a metronome. I personally prefer a beat so I can learn to feel the groove while I’m playing.
So the main upgrade in my opinion is the excellent USB interface. It makes the Korg Pandora PX5D very much easier than ever before to program and create complex rhythm chains. I recommend this piece of equipment simply for its sheer versatility. The fact that it sounds great too is just icing on the cake.