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Korg KROSS 88 Keyboard Workstation (Red/Black Edition)

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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... Click To Read More About This Product

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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' 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.


  • Stylish and distinctive red and black two-tone color design
  • The lightweight body is only 12.4 kg/27.3 lb.
  • Can be powered by 6x AA batteries
  • Piano, electric piano, and drum sounds that exceed its class
  • A wide variety of sounds that utilize twice as much PCM memory as previous instruments, and meet the needs of a broad range of musical styles
  • Sound Selector makes it easy to find the sound you're looking for
  • Favorites function lets you register 64 selected sounds or audio songs for one-touch access - a great feature for live performances
  • Pro-quality EDS-i sound engine built-in, with a total of seven effects available for simultaneous use
  • External input jacks allow a mic or external audio source to be directly connected.
  • Quick Layer/Split function for on-the-fly versatility
  • Stereo audio recorder allows you to record and overdub your performances and vocals
  • Step sequencer inherited from the Electribe, a 16-track MIDI sequencer, a drum track, and an arpeggiator
  • Connects to your computer via USB for plug-in integration with your favorite DAW
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-Misuse, including damage occurring during shipment, damage caused by battery leakage, accident, fire, unauthorized repairs, tampering, cosmetic damage or other types of damage which are the result of improper handling or abuse.
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KorgKROSS 88 Keyboard Workstation (Red/Black Edition)

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


Just what I needed and more

By Gary

from East Peoria Illinois

Comments about Korg KROSS 88 Keyboard Workstation (Red/Black Edition):

It is amazing the journey electronic keyboards have made in my 47 years of playing. Their have been a lot of classics that stood the test of time and wear and will always be brought up fondly in discussions with other musicians. I feel this keyboard, the KORG KROSS, will takes it place in good standing in those discussions for a long time to come. Imagine getting loads of easy to bring up sounds, especially a pianos that will take you from soft grooving emotion-filled improvisations all the way to rockin'it out blues power plays. All the while weighing only a few pounds great for those quick get-a-ways on to your next gig without breaking your back .....or your bank account. Great sounds, great feel, great price,....GREAT FUN!!! Gary PS Thank you KORG!!!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Unbelievable sounds, feel, weight and look for a great price.

By John

from Seattle, WA

Comments about Korg KROSS 88 Keyboard Workstation (Red/Black Edition):

Most has been said in previous reviews. Incredible bang for your buck, lightweight but with quality sounds and a great looking stage keyboard.Ive not had it long enough to even scratch the surface but all indications is that it's one of those keyboards I'll keep for a long long time, (like I did with my M1 back in the 80's . I knew that like the back of my hand and I feel Korg has hit a nerve in me again with this board. In my opinion , the action of the keys is identical to the old Fender Rhodes which is not all that bad. Perhaps maybe this keyboard might be more suited to R$B as the action is slightly slower than that of a fully wooden hammered piano, but I'll take the lighter action, (easier on the hands) and the dramatic reduction in weight, (only 27 pounds) is off the charts worth it. I can't imagine how much better the upgrades are that move into the $1700. price range when this keyboard is so good, but it's got all any live musician will ever need as a solo artist or with a band. It's gonna be a great "Everyday Keyboard " to go in and out of the house, into the car and back home almost daily as I am one of the few remaining full time musicians in an industry that has gone astray.Enjoy the Keyboard everyone.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Amazing keyboard!!

By Horace Davenport

from Charlotte, NC

Comments about Korg KROSS 88 Keyboard Workstation (Red/Black Edition):

This is the perfect gigging keyboard. Has a great piano sound. The 88 key weighted action feels really good. The keyboard feels solid though it only weighs around 27 lbs! There are 64 preset favorites (4 banks of 16) to assign any program/combination/audio sound to for instant access in the middle of a song, etc. This was the main attraction for me. No more fumbling for a favorite sound for a solo in the middle of a song. Changes can be made on the fly. It uses a 32 gig SDHC card so you can even use it to play your band break music and bypass the CD player or iPad! It can record the internal sounds plus vocal to audio and export as a WAV. Also has an onboard sequencer. Go on the Korg website or Youtube to see all the other features. Incidentally, I own two Korg Tritons also.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Great bang for the buck

By Edward Boyles

from Crystal Lake, IL

Comments about Korg KROSS 88 Keyboard Workstation (Red/Black Edition):

If you want 88 keys with weighted feel but lightweight for easy portability, this is a great unit. Great piano sound, all the other common brass, organ, synth, etc. sounds are there. Easy layering and splitting. Haven't really hit the sequencer yet, but lots of nice drum sounds & patterns are there for creative inspiration. The weighted key feel is not too heavy, so I really appreciate that since I might play piano and then switch to a lead synth where speed is important. My concerns may not be important to others, and maybe I just haven't figured out all the programability yet. But I can't find an easy way to assign a mute function or a volume pedal to a specific sound in a layered combo. I also would have preferred if they assigned the Leslie speed or on/off function on the organ sounds to one of the switches, instead of the pitch wheel. I sometimes use the pitch wheel for pitch on organ sounds (like Tom Scholz). So very minor concerns, overall a great unit.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


10 Stars!!! Amazing Keyboard.

By Bill Fahrner

from Chatham, On

Comments about Korg KROSS 88 Keyboard Workstation (Red/Black Edition):

First of all, the pics do not do this keyboard justice. Not only is it beautiful, but very function-able. It even has weighted keys! It has amazing sounds, and even excellent organ sounds. I have recommended this to several friends.

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