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The Korg KROSS 2, the long-awaited successor of the KROSS, is a compact, portable workstation with a huge range of sounds.

In addition to a total of more than a thousand preset sounds, expansion PCM memory has been newly added. Also new is a pad sampler that allows full-fledged sampling, and USB audio/MIDI interface functionality. The color scheme is even more stylish, and the user interface allows intuitive operation even by beginners. Effortlessly select the sound that you want to play, shape it to match your imagination, sample a sound, create phrases and rhythms, record your vocal or guitar, bring KROSS 2 on stage, and perform.

While maintaining its identity as ultra-lightweight, compact, and capable of running on batteries, this new model dramatically enhances KROSS’s sounds and functionality. In addition to a total of more than a thousand preset sounds, expansion PCM memory has been newly added. Also new is a pad sampler that allows full-fledged sampling, and USB audio/MIDI interface functionality. The color scheme is even more stylish, and the user interface allows intuitive operation even by beginners.

Whatever you artistic vision, you can make it happen. KROSS 2 is a versatile synthesizer platform made with creative freedom in mind.

A rich variety of more than 1,000 preset sounds
The sound quality of KORG synthesizers is endorsed by top-ranking musicians around the world. The evolved KROSS 2 expands polyphony from 80 to 120 voices, and dramatically powers-up the number of internal programs from 809 to 1,075 programs. Including multi-layered pianos and electric pianos, thick strings and other new sounds that will work well with any band, as well as the latest drum kits to cover current styles such as EDM. The wide selection of programs covers your needs from live performance to studio production.

Built-in expansion PCM memory, and support for optional libraries
The KROSS 2 now provides 128 MB of built-in expansion PCM memory. By selecting from optional libraries that will be released following KROSS 2, you can expand KROSS 2’s internal sounds to meet the needs of your performing style or situation.

The rich expressive power of the EDS-i sound engine, with a full complement of effects
The high-quality EDS-i Enhanced Definition Synthesis-integrated sound engine is inherited from KORG’s professional synthesizers. You can use a total of seven effects units simultaneously: five insert and two master. Rich expressive power is available from the selection of 134 high-quality effects, including standard effects such as delay and reverb as well as amp modeling, vintage effect units, and even a vocoder.

Superb sampling function and a pad sampler
As a first in its class, the KROSS 2 is newly equipped with a unique sampling function that provides 16 playable pads. You can record the input from the LINE IN jack and assign a stereo sample of up to 14 seconds to each pad. Up to four pads can be triggered simultaneously. You can edit the sample waveform using functions such as start/end loop point settings and normalize, and even resample within the KROSS 2, allowing you to perform extensive sampling without requiring any additional equipment. Long audio files from an SD card can also be assigned to these pads.

16-track MIDI sequencer
The 16-track MIDI sequencer records your keyboard performance and controller movements as MIDI data. It can also record your pad sampler performance, providing an easy way for you to create sketches of ideas for songs.

Audio player/recorder that you can easily trigger from the pads
The built-in stereo audio recorder lets you record your KROSS 2 performance, or overdub an external input source such as vocals. There's also a pad audio play function that allows recorded sounds or audio files imported from an external source to be assigned to each of the 16 pads for playback. Unlike the sampling function, this allows extended recording and playback that is limited only by the capacity of the SD card; you can strike a pad to play back the backing of an entire song while you perform on the keyboard, or use the pads to trigger sound effects or background music.

Mic connection for the singer-instrumentalist or for vocoder performance, with no other equipment needed
The 1/4" phone MIC IN jack lets you connect a mic directly, so there's no need for a singer-instrumentalist to provide a separate mixer when performing live. A vocoder function is also built-in, and you can easily perform vocoder sounds with rapid access via the realtime control section. Also provided is a LINE INPUT stereo mini-jack that's convenient for connecting your audio player or for sampling.

Ultra-lightweight and compact body, with support for battery operation
The amazing mobility of the KROSS series is better than ever. The 61-key model features a new and stylish design, and its weight has been further reduced from the 4.3 kg of the previous model to an even more lightweight 3.8 kg. Additional improvements in power efficiency allow up to seven hours of battery-powered operation from six AA batteries. The 88-key model newly provides an accessory compartment that can hold spare batteries or cables, as well as an easily accessible front-located battery panel. On both models, the rear panel KORG logo is fully illuminated, letting you stand out on stage!

Features:
  • A rich selection of more than 1,000 powered-up presets
  • 128MB of expansion PCM memory is built-in, and option libraries are supported
  • The rich expressive power of the EDS-i sound engine, and a rich selection of effects with 134 types
  • Superb sampling functionality and 16 sampler pads
  • A panel layout that lets you access functions without confusion
  • Realtime control section for quick parameter editing
  • Favorite function lets you register and instantly recall up to 128 frequently-used sounds
  • Quick layer/split can be specified by a single button
  • Ultra-lightweight compact body; the 61-key model weighs only 3.8 kg, the lightest in its class
  • Long operating life, with six AA batteries allowing up to seven hours of use
  • A color lineup with a peerless finish that exceeds its class
  • Audio player/recorder that can be easily triggered by the pads
  • Sequencer, drum track, and arpeggiator to support your song production
  • A rich array of input jacks for singer-instrumentalists or vocoder performance without requiring additional equipment
  • Also functions as a USB audio interface

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Things You Will Get:

  • KROSS Synthesizer Workstation
  • AC adapter
  • Quick Start Guide

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Battery Type AA alkaline batteries x 6
Pedal Input Foot Controller EXP-2; Damper Pedal DS-1H; Pedal Switch PS-1 PS-3
Media SD memory cards up to 2 Gigabytes (GB)
SDHC memory cards up to 32 Gigabytes (GB)
SDXC memory cards are not supported
Inputs Line In; Mic In
Display 240 × 64 pixel LCD backlight
Keyboard Type KROSS 2-6161 keys (velocity sensitive; aftertouch not supported)
KROSS 2-8888 keys NH (Natural weighted hammer action) keyboard (no aftertouch)
Songs Up to 200 songs
Sequencer 16 MIDI Tracks; ,  Up to 128 songs
Polyphony 120 voices (120 oscillators), single mode
60 voices (60 oscillators), single mode
Model KROSS 2
MIDI I/O IN; OUT
Controllers Pitch bend wheel, Modulation wheel, SW1, SW2
USB Type B
Weight KROSS2-6: 3.8 kg / 8.38 lbs (excluding batteries)

KROSS2-88: 12.3 kg / 27.12 lbs (excluding batteries)
Dimensions KROSS2-61: 935 mm × 269 mm x 88 mm / 36.81" × 10.59" × 3.46"

KROSS2-88 1,448 mm × 383 mm × 136 mm / 57.01" × 15.08" × 5.35"
Arpeggiator Yes
Audio Resolution 16-bit/48kHz
Pads/Triggers 16 pads × 8 banks
Battery Life Approx. 6 hours
Warranty Info:

One year parts and labor. 90 Days on footswitches, tubes, and AC adapters. Three years on tuners and metronomes.