Korg Krome 88-Key Music Workstation

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The new standard for sonic excellence in a gigging musician’s keyboard, providing a limitless palette of sound to bring vivid inspiration your music.

Offering full-length, unlooped samples of every key for a spectacular piano sound, this new keyboard redefines your expectations for an instrument in this class. Taking its name from the Greek word meaning "color," Krome is the new standard for sonic excellence in a gigging musician’s keyboard, providing a limitless palette of sound to bring vivid inspiration your music. Introducing the Krome Music Workstation.

   * 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 88
Other Features SD Card Slot: 2GB min; 32 GB max

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KorgKrome 88-Key Music Workstation
 
4.9

(based on 13 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (9)
  • Responsive / good action (9)
  • Touch sensitive keys (8)
  • Easy to use (7)
  • Portable (7)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Electronic music (9)
    • MIDI (9)
    • Concerts (8)
    • Accompaniment (7)
    • Learning (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
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    5.0

    Amazing Workstation

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    from Phoenix, AZ

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Accompaniment
      • Chamber Music
      • Concerts
      • Electronic Music
      • Learning
      • MIDI
      • Travel

      Comments about Korg Krome 88-Key Music Workstation:

      The Korg Krome 88-Key Music Workstation has a number of sounds in each category. The differences in some may be subtle but it's nice to have the choice. The number one defining characteristic in a keyboard for me is the quality of the sounds and this instrument has them. The touch screen editing is terrific & makes it a lot easier and more intuitive than other keyboards I've used. I like that you can combine up to 16 programs (voices) in one combination patch. It's easy to mute or play an instrument on the fly so i don't need as many "setups". This is a great workstation you should come down and check it out. This is a real hands on review by Rick @ Sam Ash, Phoenix

       
      5.0

      Innovative

      By 

      from Edison, NJ

      Comments about Korg Krome 88-Key Music Workstation:

      The Korg Krome is a very innovative keboard. Instead of have a bunch of buttons across the entire keyboard, you have everything nice and neat on the touch screen. It makes a world of difference when everything is nice and easy to get to.

      This is a hands-on product review by Tamir @ Sam Ash Edison

       
      5.0

      Great keyboard workstation by korg!!

      By 

      from Orlando,Fl

      About Me Professional Musician

      Staff Reviewer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Korg Krome 88-Key Music Workstation:

        Awesome 88 keyboard workstation by Korg!!
        Looks and feels great full 88 Keys.
        Built in sequencer and nice LCD touch screen.
        Great for stage and home studio production!
        "This is a real hands on product review from Billy@ Sam Ash Orlando"

         
        5.0

        Awesome workstation

        By 

        from Canoga Park, CA

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Korg Krome 88-Key Music Workstation:

              This si absolutely the best value for the money. It's a great workstation by a respected brand, and it's got most everything that its more expensive counterparts have, despite being a third of their price.

              This is a real hands-on product review from Joe @ Sam Ash Canoga Park, CA.

               
              5.0

              Korg makes it so easy

              By 

              from Indianapolis, IN

              About Me Professional Musician

              Staff Reviewer

              Pros

              • Portable
              • Realistic Sound
              • Responsive / Good Action
              • Touch Sensitive Keys

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Concerts
                • Electronic Music
                • MIDI

                Comments about Korg Krome 88-Key Music Workstation:

                Hey, if guys from Stevie Wonder's band and AWOL Nation rave about this keyboard what more do I need to say? It's a great keyboard to have with you while you are giggin and killer in the studio. Easy touch screen navigation and sounds for days. Pick up this keyboard if you want to get serious about your playing.

                 
                5.0

                The Best!

                By 

                from Chicago, Il

                Staff Reviewer

                Comments about Korg Krome 88-Key Music Workstation:

                In my opinion when it came to quality, ease of use, and price, out of all the workstations I have had in the past, none of them were with the ease of use and quality sounds all in one like this...
                The Krome 88...the best!
                This is a real hands on product review from Warren @  Sam Ash Buffalo Grove

                 
                5.0

                Krome 88

                By 

                from Cinci, OH

                About Me Professional Musician

                Staff Reviewer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Korg Krome 88-Key Music Workstation:

                  Great sounds, amazing feel like a real piano. This is the one stop shop of all workstations. Everything you need is right here. Simple to use and easy to navigate. Another hot item from Korgland

                   
                  5.0

                  5 Stars!

                  By 

                  from Chicago, Il

                  Staff Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Realistic Sound
                  • Responsive / Good Action
                  • Touch Sensitive Keys

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Accompaniment
                    • Electronic Music
                    • Learning
                    • MIDI

                    Comments about Korg Krome 88-Key Music Workstation:

                    Out of all the workstations I have had in the past none of them were with the ease of use and quality sounds all in one like this Korg Krome Workstation. Its very well laid out in my opinion. This is my very first Korg Workstation and definitely will not be my last Korg product to by. Korg is Awesome and so I give this product a 5 out of 5 stars!
                    This is a real hands on product review from Warren @  Sam Ash Buffalo Grove

                     
                    4.0

                    Korg does it again!

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                    from Chicago

                    About Me Experienced

                    Staff Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Portable
                    • Pre-programmed music
                    • Realistic Sound
                    • Responsive / Good Action

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Concerts
                      • Electronic Music
                      • MIDI
                      • Recording

                      Comments about Korg Krome 88-Key Music Workstation:

                      There is nothing this keyboard cant do. With a full touch screen and access to almost every parameter and feature within each sound the tonal possibilities are endless. The sequencing that this keyboard offers is also very in depth. Included is a vast library of drum loops and sounds for sequencing drum patterns as well. You also have the ability to layer up to 16 different sounds at a single time and each can be controlled with the onboard mixer with in the performance mode. You cant go wrong with this keyboard.

                      This is a hands on review from Jason at Sam Ash Buffalo Grove

                       
                      5.0

                      Great For Gigs!

                      By 

                      from Cleveland

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Portable
                      • Realistic Sound
                      • Responsive / Good Action
                      • Touch Sensitive Keys

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Accompaniment
                        • Concerts
                        • Electronic Music
                        • Live Performance
                        • MIDI

                        Comments about Korg Krome 88-Key Music Workstation:

                        The Korg Krome is an excellent board for home, studio, or live use. The Krome 88 is a great way to get into workstations and showcases a ton of great sounds from Roland. The 7" touch screen is also a great addition, making it much easier to naviagte the menus, instead of having to remember numerous button combinations. The Korg Krome 88 is a great addition to any studio or live setup, highly recommended, two thumbs up!

                        [This has been a real hands on product review from Austin at Sam Ash Cleveland]

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