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Korg KROSS 61 Keyboard Workstation  

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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... Read More

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Overview

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.

Features
  • Stylish and distinctive red and black two-tone color design
  • The lightweight body is only 4.3 kg/9.5 lbs
  • 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
  • Sustain pedal sold separately
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All Korg products purchased from a Korg USA authorized dealer are warranted to be free from defects in material and workmanship to the original consumer purchaser as listed below:

Labor: 1 Year
Parts: 1 Year

Exceptions: Tubes, AC Adapters, Foot Switches: 90 days

Warranty Requirements and Limitations:

-Proof of Warranty - The customer must provide proof of purchase in order to obtain warranty service. The dated sales slip or copy thereof is the only acceptable proof of purchase.

-The product must be purchased from a Korg USA authorized dealer and have a valid serial number.

Damage resulting from the following causes are excluded from the warranty set forth above:
-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.
-The cleaning of controls or contacts due to exposure to dirty, dusty, or otherwise contaminated environment.
-Damage resulting from modification.
-Damage to units used for loan or rental.

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KorgKROSS 61 Keyboard Workstation
 
4.7

(based on 6 reviews)

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75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (3)
  • Portable (3)
  • Pre-programmed music (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Accompaniment (3)
  • Concerts (3)
  • Learning (3)

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5.0

Worth the money

By adam

from lawndale, ca

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Portable
  • Pre-programmed music
  • Realistic Sound

Cons

  • Long book of instructions

Best Uses

  • Accompaniment
  • Concerts
  • Electronic Music
  • Learning
  • MIDI
  • School Bands
  • Travel

Comments about Korg KROSS 61 Keyboard Workstation:

To be honest, I purchased mine very recently, so I don't know too much about it's features. So here goes -
it's a good workstation for the price. I recently set one up where I live and so far so good. The sound is realistic, so are the drums that accompany each track. Seems to be headphones only, but that's not a big deal for me. The instruction manual is fairly big; a cd on how to use the Kross would have been better.

 
5.0

Magnificent Keyboard

By Joe Cass

from Lyndhurst, NJ

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Pre-programmed music
  • Responsive / Good Action

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Accompaniment
    • Concerts
    • Learning

    Comments about Korg KROSS 61 Keyboard Workstation:

    The Korg Kross 61 Workstation is an excellent choice amongst Musicians whether Novice to Professional grade. Offering a slew of choices from Baby grand or Player a Piano to Synthesizer to Organ that replicates a Hammond. Uses AC adapter or AA Batteries (Lith/Ion preferred) will give years of great performance that is sure to please.

    (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Korg Kross Krams Lots In An Unusable Space

    By Jay

    from Los Angeles, CA

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Many features
    • Portable

    Cons

    • Difficult to Use

    Best Uses

    • Recording Preliminary Musical Ideas
    • Secondary Live Keyboard

    Comments about Korg KROSS 61 Keyboard Workstation:

    I've had LOTS of time with this machine which has plenty to love about it for the price point. Audio input, SD recording, effects, synth modeling, sampling; it seems like this keyboard has it all. Alas, to modify or use any of these features requires plenty of button presses and hot-key memorization. The UI is confusing and difficult. Trying to arrange or compose a song is impossible, especially utilizing complicated techniques like switching meters. While you'll have the capability to do many things, you'll be spending most of your time trying to figure out how to do them.

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Truly a learning experience.

    By dapayne

    from Queens, NY

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Portable
    • Pre-programmed music
    • Realistic Sound
    • Responsive / Good Action
    • Touch Sensitive Keys

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Accompaniment
      • Concerts
      • Electronic Music
      • Learning

      Comments about Korg KROSS 61 Keyboard Workstation:

      I've got into an instrument by playing it straight out of the box and then figure how other parts work. This keyboard has my total focus on learning how to utilize every bit of it's functions and I love it. It's truly aspired me to create music once again and well as use this in shows to come. Very convenient.

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great little keyboard!

      By GINA

      from Sterling Heights, MI

      Comments about Korg KROSS 61 Keyboard Workstation:

      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!

      (11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Value for the $$ !

      By John Herard

      from Houston, Tx

      Comments about Korg KROSS 61 Keyboard Workstation:

      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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