Korg Krome 61-Key Music Workstation

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Among the huge palette of sounds, the Krome features the un-looped German D Grand piano from the flagship Kronos Series and new electric pianos that shine on stage and in the studio. 640 programs and almost 300 combinations can be instantly recorded via Auto Song Setup, utilizing dual polyphonic arpeggiators, 600 preset patterns and powerful effects including amp cabinet modeling technology.

   * Kronos-derived full length, unlooped piano and drum sounds, plus new electric pianos designed to shine on stage
   * Electric pianos with eight-level velocity switching for unmatched expressive power
   * NH (Natural Weighted Hammer Action) keyboard, ensuring that every nuance of your playing dynamics will be expressively reflected when playing sounds such as piano or electric piano.
   * Clear, intuitive control with Korg’s exclusive 7-inch color TouchView™ display
   * Drums offering separately mixable direct and ambient sounds for studio-grade quality
   * Drum Track plays back realistic, inspiring grooves at the touch of a button
   * Expertly created, in-demand sounds including 640 Programs and 288 Combinations
   * Powerful Effects with 5 Inserts, 2 Master, and 1 Total FX, plus per track/timbre EQ
   * Distinctive aluminum panel design exudes a sense of quality
   * USB connection to your computer, plus an SD Card slot for data storage
   * Krome Editor and Krome Plug-In Editor allow you to edit your Krome from your computer while viewing large numbers of parameters
     simultaneously, or to use Krome in your DAW as if it were a software synthesizer.

In addition to Korg’s well-proven workstation features, Krome features a carefully chosen selection of the top sounds available today for bread-and-butter keyboard instruments such as piano and electric piano, as well as vital and dynamic drum kits, giving you the best of the basics. These highly usable piano, electric piano, and drum sounds by themselves set Krome apart from any other keyboard in its class. With sound quality and features normally found in much more expensive instruments, Krome aspires to set a whole new value standard, and become a unique and irreplaceable partner for real-world musicians.

Piano sounds are critically important for nearly every keyboard instrument. Krome borrows the impressive "German D Grand" that was created for the Kronos flagship. In addition to the rich sound of 88 full-length unlooped stereo samples, damper resonance is also included. In fact, the PCM memory used for just this "German D Grand" alone occupies several times — even several tens of times — more memory capacity than the entire PCM memory used in a typical workstation or PCM synthesizer. Unless the original sound is impeccable, no amount of parameter editing can create an enjoyable playing experience. The Krome’s piano is an example of Korg's passion for every musician to enjoy great sounds played on great instruments. This resonant, authentic, and realistic piano represents a major increase in quality for this class of keyboard.

Electric pianos offering expressive warmth and realism
For many keyboardists, the electric piano sound is just as critical as the acoustic piano sound. Krome features three types of electric pianos. Eight velocity levels have been used to ensure faithful response to the player's expression. Lavish amounts of PCM memory have been used for this purpose, to the extent that just one of these electric piano types contains more sample data than the entire sound memory of a typical PCM synthesizer. In addition, the vintage amps, cabinets, and classic effects so important to these timeless sounds have been realistically modeled, ensuring that everything from the touch to the final sound will be utterly enjoyable.

Studio-quality drum sounds
The built-in drum kits play a major role in song production on any music workstation. Krome contains the same "Jazz Ambience Drums" that can be found on the Korg Kronos. Taking advantage of the high-capacity PCM memory, these sounds capture a dramatically high level of response and realism. Adjusting the mix balance between the direct sound (a mic placed near the head or cymbal) and the ambient sound (recorded from a distant mic to capture the resonance of the room), allows you to create a rich drum sound that has exactly the balance and character that you want.

Colorful palette of sounds
In addition to piano, electric piano, and drums, Krome has a plentiful array of sounds to cover a broad range of styles that will meet a wide variety of needs. Stimulate your creativity by selecting any of the 640 Programs or 288 Combinations. Each one has been carefully created by professional studio and performing musicians to provide exceptional real-world use for both rich clean backing parts or soaring solos. Plus you can tweak, customize, create, and save your own sounds as well.

Drum Track delivers realistic grooves
Simply pressing a single button turns on the Drum Track feature, providing realistic grooves played by professionals using the Krome’s studio-quality drum sounds. Play along or incorporate them into your music production. In addition to more than 600 preset patterns inherited from Kronos, there's plenty of space for saving user patterns as well. Drum patterns can be created and used with the sequencer, as well as providing a rhythm guide while you play, or they can be used creatively in your live performances.

Dual polyphonic arpeggiators
In Combination mode or Sequencer mode, two arpeggiators can be running simultaneously. In addition to standard arpeggio patterns, these arpeggiators can generate guitar or bass riffs, drum patterns, or they can even be used as building blocks for sound design, to create pads, synth sounds, and sound effects that include subtle motion. You're also free to edit any of the patterns to create your own custom originals.

A Workstation Wonderland
Krome has a full complement of the features you've come to expect from a Korg workstation, starting with the 16-track sequencer. But there's much, much more. Krome comes complete with a rich suite of tools to jumpstart your creative urges. There's the convenient Auto Song Setup function; if inspiration strikes while you're playing a program or combination, simply press the REC switch to start recording immediately. Each Template Song assigns popular sounds to sequencer tracks through pre-routed effects to match a specific musical genre. Achieve lightning-fast arrangements using Korg's Cue List, and build an armada of instant-access patterns using the RPPR (Realtime Pattern/Play Recording) feature. Go back and you can make any changes using the convenient piano-roll editing.

Awesome Effects
The all-important effect section provides up to five Insert effects, two Master effects, and one Total effect. In addition to great choruses, flangers, phasers, delays, and reverbs, the 193 effect types include dynamic processing effects such as compressor and limiter, evocative effects like the Grain Shifter and Talking Modulator, as well as amp modeling and speaker simulation effects using Korg’s proprietary "REMS" modeling technology.


Things You Will Get:

  • Worksation
  • AC Adapter
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Accessory Disc (Operation Guide PDF, Parameter Guide PDF, Video Manual)
Series Krome
Model Krome 61
Other Features N/A

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KorgKrome 61-Key Music Workstation
 
4.8

(based on 12 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (4)
  • Good audio (4)
  • Portable (4)
  • Responsive / good action (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Studio (4)
    • Electronic music (3)
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    5.0

    Great Workstation

    By 

    from Miami, FL

    About Me Professional Musician

    Staff Reviewer

    Pros

    • Portable
    • Realistic Sound
    • Responsive / Good Action

    Cons

    • No Speakers

    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • Electronic Music

    Comments about Korg Krome 61-Key Music Workstation:

    The Krome is an outstanding keyboard. The sound are all authentic sounding. The organs,pianos,and the synth sounds are all very real sounding. Speaking the drum sounds are incredible to.You have to compare the other keyboard work stations to theis to make your own choice but you won't find an easier operating keyboard than this. The price point is just right too. This is a real hands on product review from Richard@ Sam Ash Miami

     
    5.0

    Great synth, Great price!

    By 

    from San Antonio

    About Me Professional Musician

    Staff Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Realistic Sound
    • Responsive / Good Action
    • The Sounds On This Synth
    • Touch Sensitive Keys

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Korg Krome 61-Key Music Workstation:

        I simply can't believe all that you get for this kind of price! Great sounds, great sequencer, lightweight... It's all here!
        This is a real hands on product review from Roland @ Sam Ash San Antonio

         
        5.0

        A Fantastic Workstation

        By 

        from New Haven, CT

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Portable
        • Realistic Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Accompaniment
          • Concerts
          • Electronic Music

          Comments about Korg Krome 61-Key Music Workstation:

          Being a Korg user for years I've gone from the T3 to the K3 & most recently, this unit. There's really no reason for me to switch companies as I know full well the quality I'll get from a Korg. As an owner of this unit I stand behind this review. That being said...This is a real hands on product review from Big Jim at Sam Ash New Haven.

           
          5.0

          Easy to use

          By 

          from Southern California

          About Me Experienced

          Staff Reviewer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Portable
          • Responsive / Good Action

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Korg Krome 61-Key Music Workstation:

            The Krome 61 offers you an amazing workstation that is easy to use. 640 programs with 600 preset patterns. It's not just great piano sounds, drums and digital piano sounds are also a big deal in this keyboard. This is a real hands-on review from David @ Sam Ash Ontario.

             
            5.0

            Best Keys ever!

            By 

            from Glendale, AZ

            Pros

            • Great Finger Response
            • Great Sounds
            • Studio Quality Drums And

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Lessons
              • Live Performances
              • Studio

              Comments about Korg Krome 61-Key Music Workstation:

              This is a real hands on product review from Izzy Acosta Drum Manager @ Sam Ash Music in Glendale, AZ. As a composer, i have used the Krome a number of times. Not only does it have great action on the key, but the sounds it contains are high quality and very rich. In any keyboard, it is vitaly importand that the piano bank sounds are decent but the Krome delivers piano sounds out of this world aswell as Percussion, Orchestra and awsome Effects. Overall, this keyboard is great for studio and live performances.

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              5.0

              Fantastic Performance Keyboard!

              By 

              from King of Prussia PA

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Great action
              • Great sound
              • Lightweight
              • Portable
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Bands
                • Electronic Musicians
                • Live Musicians
                • Producers
                • Studios

                Comments about Korg Krome 61-Key Music Workstation:

                The 61 key Korg Krome is the most outstanding performance/workstation keyboard on the market. It's got plenty of great sounds for even the most demanding musicians and producers. There are breathtaking piano sounds, spine tingling string patches and stunning synth pads and leads. As a performance keyboard, the 61 velocity sensitive keys allow players to move extremely fast, making the most of solos and leads while still maintaining a very responsive touch. For producers and electronic musicians, the sound editing and sequencing features of this keyboard are extremely in depth without being overwhelming. For musicians who already have experience with some of Korg's earlier workstation keyboards, the layout is virtually the same. With USB and SD Card data storage options, the Korg Krome is a must for any musician looking for a professional keyboard that they can use in the studio or on stage. This is a real hands on product review from Ryan@ Sam Ash King of Prussia.

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                4.0

                Great Midrange Workstation

                By 

                from Canoga Park, CA

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Korg Krome 61-Key Music Workstation:

                      This is kindof midway between Korg's entry level, but full-featured and awesome Kross series, and it's flagship Kronos.

                      If you feel that the Kronos is too many knobs, bells, and whistles for you, the Krome, with its touch screen and easy controls, is the answer. Plus, it has many of the most usable sounds that you would find in the much more expensive Kronos.

                      It's a great way to get something you can live with tech-wise and wallet-wise, without sacrificing sound.

                      This is a real hands on product review from JOsh @ Sam Ash Canoga Park.

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                      • No
                       
                      5.0

                      What an amazing workstation!

                      By 

                      from Sam Ash Music Ontario, Ca.

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • sounds incredible

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Houses of Worship
                        • Live Shows
                        • Schools

                        Comments about Korg Krome 61-Key Music Workstation:

                        What an amazing workstation! Sound quality is impressive to say the least and so many programs presets and patterns that I cant even begin to list them. I love the touch screen. It really makes it a breeze to control and navigate through the system. A great investment for an awesome price. This is a real hands on product review by EpR@ Sam Ash Ontario.

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                        • No
                         
                        4.0

                        GREAT KEYBOARD A REAL PRODUCERS TOOL

                        By 

                        from N.J.

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Organs
                        • Piano
                        • Rhodes

                        Cons

                        • Build

                        Best Uses

                        • Studio

                        Comments about Korg Krome 61-Key Music Workstation:

                        Korg have come up with a great Keyboard I admire the fact that they paid attention to the action on both the 61 and 88 key version.
                        The daw integration is great and effort less and there is software to create sound palette and setups on your computer.
                        THe strong point is that the main keyboard Bread and butter sound are are high quality! and to throw in there is a great drum and synth section.
                        All in all great value for the money and keep your sound current! MY OWNLY FLUAT IS THE BULID QUALITY
                        This is a review by Steve in Sam Ash store 21

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                        5.0

                        THE BEST

                        By 

                        from LAS VEGAS NV

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Gig Worthy
                        • Live
                        • recording

                        Cons

                        • Heavy

                        Best Uses

                        • Gig Worthy
                        • Live
                        • Recording

                        Comments about Korg Krome 61-Key Music Workstation:

                        THERE IS NOTHING YOU CAN'T DO WITH THIS BOARD, FROM CREATING YOUR OWN SOUND TO MAKING YOUR OWN SONG, THE SOUNDS ARE SO REALISTIC.IT HAS ALL THE BEST SOUNDS PULLED FROM THE KRONOS AND EVERY OTHER KORG BOARD.IT IS A LITTLE HEAVY BUT TOTALLY WORTH IT, I AM A REVIEWER AT SAM ASH LAS VEGAS, JASON L

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