A new entry-level workstation keyboard and more powerful replacement for the X50, the KROSS 61 features a sound engine derived from Krome, a 16-track sequencer with Electribe-style editing, two-channe... Read More
A new entry-level workstation keyboard and more powerful replacement for the X50, the KROSS 61 features a sound engine derived from Krome, a 16-track sequencer with Electribe-style editing, two-channel audio recording with unlimited overdub, seven simultaneous effects, and AA battery or AC adapter operation.
With the KROSS, the sounds and songs that you've created at home and the system that you use every day can go with you onto the stage or into the street! Featuring rich sounds that exceed its class, yet remaining highly portable, the KROSS is designed for practical usability. There's a convenient mic input and a built-in audio recorder, and it can run on 6 x AA batteries. It's a distinctive new standard in music workstations, with specs and style that set it apart from all others.
The creative color and design will project a powerful presence whether you're performing on stage or anywhere else. The top panel as seen by the player is a sleek black color, while the rear and side panels visible by the audience use a bold, red color scheme. The two models feature different design concepts; the 61-key model is designed for active mobile use, while the 88-key model has a sophisticated design that looks great on stage.
A lightweight body that runs on AA alkaline batteries
In spite of being packed with functionality, the KROSS is lightweight and highly portable. The 61-key model with its distinctive rear bar is amazingly light; at only 4.3 kg/9.5 lb, it's the most portable in its category. The 88-key model packs a piano-touch hammer action keyboard into a mere 12.4 kg/27.3 lbs. Both models are highly portable and lightweight, and can operate on an AC adapter or on six AA alkaline or nickel-metal hydride batteries.
A wide variety of sounds
Because of its portability, the KROSS will be used in a wide range of situations, and that's why it provides a broad variety of sounds that surpasses even the flagship models of the previous generation. The PCM data is approximately twice as large as preceding models such as the X50 and the PS60. Staples such as the frequently-used rock/jazz organ, strings, brass, and synth sounds have been brushed up. There are also instruments such as toy piano, accordion, combo organ, church organ, and even vintage instruments such as a tape sampler, as well as bell-type sounds and the sounds you need for cutting-edge dance music and electronica - unique sounds that have not been included in a synth of this class. Our design goal has been to make KROSS the only instrument you need.
Sound Selector makes it easy to find the sound you're looking for
While the KROSS provides an extremely broad range of sounds, there are two dedicated dials that let you easily find the sound you need. First use the category dial to choose the broad category such as piano, electric piano, organ, bell, synths, basses, or strings. Then turn the select dial to find the sound you want. It's a quick way to focus on selecting the needed sounds without being distracted by sounds of another type.
Favorites function lets you register 64 selected sounds or audio songs for one-touch access
Sounds that you've created or that you use frequently can be registered to four banks of 16 buttons, giving you a total of 64 sounds that can be recalled at a single touch. This is a real convenience during live performances or song production. You can also register audio songs and recall them along with sounds.
Pro-quality EDS-i sound engine is built-in
The EDS-i sound engine is a high-quality sound engine distilled from the EDS/EDS-X sound engines found on Korg's most advanced instruments. It allows you to use a total of seven effects simultaneously: five insert effects and two master effects. Ranging from standards such as delay, reverb, chorus, flanger, and rotary speaker, and also including amp modeling powered by Korg's proprietary "REMS" modeling technology, and even a robot voice vocoder, you can choose from 134 different high-quality effects.
Quick Layer/Split function
Dedicated buttons are provided for Layer/Split settings. Start by selecting the first program you want to use; then press the dedicated button to enable Layer or Split. When this is on, a screen will appear in which you can choose the other sound and specify details such as the split point. Then simply write your settings and the layer/split sound will be saved as a Combination.
Stereo audio recorder allows you to overdub your performances and vocals
The built-in stereo audio recorder can record not only the performance of the KROSS itself, but also the sound of a mic or external input. You can play backing tracks that you created, or overdub onto them to create songs and demos. Audio can be imported and exported as WAV files using an SD card (separately sold), making it easy to exchange material with your computer.
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I'm so glad I got this keyboard; I've been using this since this June and I'm already writing new songs and finishing old ones that needed the right background tracks. Plus, it's a wonderful performance keyboard as well. It's amazing that you get so much for so little. And it's so light! I couldn't believe how easy it was to lift it considering my other boards break my back. I already own a Triton Pro which is still good but this one is definitely for this generation and then some!
I've had this one about a month and I'm very impressed, and I'm not easy to impress. It has the sequencer, arps, and drum sets which is great but would mean nothing if it didn't SOUND GOOD. But IT DOES!! The sounds are very good to excellent right out of the box, but if you want to tweak 'em you can! I might sound like a sales rep (I'm not) but I don't think you can beat this board for under $1k. I'm using the on-board sequencer and I'm very pleased with it. I've moved all my tracks from my old workstation to this one and am VERY happy with the results. I used to have to set my drum machine and FX boxes manually, but now I've automated just about everything and it's great !! The only negatives I could bring up would be the same for any brand of keyboard for this price - small screen that makes complicated setups a little cumbersome (but not bad). The keys could have used just a little more weight too. Minor issues (to me anyway). I think K put a lot of thought into making this a nice little workstation, but if you only need it for live performance it has a lot of good features for that too. The "Favorites" function gives you easy access to the settings you use the most. Very handy. All in all, an excellent buy for the money.
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