A new kind of keyboard from KORG, ideal for the busy home studio producer who performs his or her audio productions in a live environment. With the KROSS, the sounds and songs that you've created at h... Click To Read More About This Product
A new kind of keyboard from KORG, ideal for the busy home studio producer who performs his or her audio productions in a live environment. 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. No more bussing sounds and sequences into multiple devices or worse yet, recording background tracks for playback.
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.
In spite of being packed with functionality, the KROSS is lightweight and highly portable. The 88-key model packs a piano-touch hammer action keyboard into a mere 12.4 kg/27.3 lb.
The KROSS provides a broad variety of sounds that surpasses the flagship models of the previous generation of KORG instruments. 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 improved. 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. The Sound Selector makes it easy to call up your most commonly used sounds.
Splits and layers
Great for the gigging player, the split and layer function is graceful and easy. 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.
Record your performance
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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Comments about Korg Kross88:
This work station is load with features, such as separate audio recorder, and a 16 channel midi sequencer, in addition to a 32 Gig SD card, for saving your data, etc. Also, it comes with a lot of good documentation. Korg seems to have though of everything, because this work station runs on 6 AAA batteries. This work station is a great value for the price.
Comments about Korg Kross88:
Originally waI was a bit surprised when the Guitar Center rep brought out the box, it's almost as tall as I was, and I'm 5'6".
The unit is big enough to prop up a Tablet on the left where the battery compartment is, and your cell phone or even a lamp on the right (I'm in a low lighted area of my man cave). It's very big, the Piano cover I got for this (sized large) would not fit this, but was able to cover another piano I own.
First the down side...the learning curve coming from a Roland is a bit steep but after asking questions on the Korg Forum, I was able to figure things out. When loading a song you saved to further edit, it defaults to "New Song" , and there could be several, so identifying the song you just loaded "Is it New Song1, or New Song2" can be a chore. I'm sure there has to be a fix for that but Korg does a very basic hour long tutorial, after that, you're on your own.
Now the plus, the sound is massive, from the lush Kross Grand Piano to the Strings and Brass (includes Saxes, very impressive flutes, and other woodwind instruments of which I've played prior to taking on the keyboards. And many other sounds, Korg gives you another 500 of them as a download. This keyboard also features a double arpeggiator which is unheard of for a keyboard this price.
It gets much better when you go into User area and you create your own sounds with two Osculators, either use the keyboard or the Korg editor on your PC or MAC for free. You could literally create any sound you want with this machine.
The Combi Mode feels like sort of an Arranger but serves far much more as a basic starter point, the idea, is that if you are covering a popular tune, that the sounds are layed out for you, just remove the drum track or bass if your colleagues have that part covered. My favorite feature is the instant record, and it's got a nice drum machine built in as well. I wanted the 61 keyed unit, but they were out of stock, 88 key ended up replacing my dig piano.