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Korg Krome 61 Key Synthesizer Workstation

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The Korg Krome 61 Key Synthesizer Workstation is the new standard for sonic excellence and feel in its class, providing a limitless palette of sound and full-length, unlooped piano and drum sounds derived from the flagship Kronos! Its’ incredible light weight, easy to navigate controls via the 7 inch touch screen, and powerful effects makes the Korg Krome 61 a gigging keyboardist’s dream.

Korg Krome 61 Key Synthesizer Workstation Features

  • Kronos-derived full length, unlooped piano and drum sounds, plus new electric pianos designed to shine on stage
  • 61 incredible semi-weighted natural-touch keys
  • Electric pianos with eight-level velocity switching for unmatched expressive power
  • 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
  • You can use the Krome editor to edit sounds on your computer
In addition to Korg’s well-proven workstation features, the Krome workstation features a carefully chosen selection of the top sounds available today 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 61 is a unique and irreplaceable partner for real-world musicians.

Groundbreaking Grand Piano Sounds
The Krome synth workstation borrows the impressive ‘German D Grand’ that was created for the Kronos keyboards. In addition to the rich sound of 88 full-length unlooped stereo samples, damper resonance is also included. 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.

Electric pianos offering expressive warmth and realism
Krome 61 features three types of electric pianos. Eight velocity levels have been used to ensure faithful response to the player's expression. 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 in the Korg Krome keyboard.

Studio-quality drum sounds
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 and the ambient sound 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, the Krome 61 keyboard has a plentiful array of sounds to cover a broad range of styles. Stimulate your creativity by selecting any of the 640 Programs or 288 Combinations. Each one has been carefully created by pro 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.

Realistic Drum Tracks
Simply pressing a single button turns on the Drum Track feature, providing realistic grooves played by professionals using the Korg 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.

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 within the Krome keyboard.

Complete Workstation
Korg Krome 61 has a full complement of the features you've come to expect from a Korg workstation, starting with the 16-track sequencer. 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 in the Krome 61provides 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.

Natural Expression
The Krome 61 features a semi-weighted natural-touch keyboard; the great feel and response are ideal for playing everything from any style of piano, to dynamic organ performance, to pyrotechnic synthesizer solos.

TouchView Interface
Krome’s huge 800 x 480 pixel TouchView Color display can show numerous parameters at once, ensuring great visibility. Simply touch the screen to change sounds or edit parameters. Finger-drag editing is also supported, allowing you to use the on-screen sliders and knobs directly. Numerous functions take advantage of the TouchView interface, such as the piano roll editor, a stopwatch that’s convenient for keeping track of a live performance, and a calculator keypad that is convenient for entering numerical values.

USB and SD Storage
You can connect the Krome 61 workstation keyboard to your computer via USB to easily transfer MIDI data. You can also use an SD card (commercially available) to manage the Krome’s data files.

Krome Editing Software
The 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.

Product Specifications
Korg Krome 61 Key Synthesizer Workstation Specifications
  • Keyboard: Natural Touch, velocity-sensitive supported
  • Maximum Polyphony: 120 voices (120 Oscillators) / Single Mode, 60 voices (120 Oscillators)/Double Mode
  • PCM Memory:
    • 3.8 GB, 48kHz/16-bit linear equivalent
    • 1,077 Multisamples (Including 7 Stereo multisamples)
    • 1,609 Drumsamples (Including 116 Stereo Drumsamples)
  • Program:
    • Oscillator:
      • OSC1 (Single); OSC1 + 2 (Double): Stereo multisamples are supported
      • 8 velocity zones per oscillator with switching, crossfades and layers
    • Filters:
      • Four types of filter routing (single, serial, parallel, 24 dB)
      • Two multi-mode filters per oscillator (low pass, high pass, band pass, band reject)
    • Driver: Per-voice nonlinear driver and low boost
    • EQ: Three bands, with sweepable mid
    • Modulation:
      • For each oscillator: two envelope generators (Filter and Amp)
      • Two LFOs
      • Two key tracking generators (Filter and Amp)
      • Two AMS mixers
      • Pitch EG
      • Common LFO
      • Two common key tracking generators
  • Combination:
    • Timbres: 16 maximum, each with split/layer/velocity switching with crossfading, plus modifications via Tone
    • MIDI Controller Functionality: Customizable MIDI channel and Internal/External/Both settings per timbre
  • Drum Kit:
    • Stereo and mono drum samples
    • 8 velocity zones switch (crossfades and layers)
  • Sounds:
    • Program: 640 preload, 768 total locations
    • Combi: 288 preload, 512 total locations
    • Drumkits: 32 preload, 48 total locations
  • Insert Effects:
    • 5 Insert Effects (stereo in/out)
    • 2 Master Effects (stereo in/out)
    • 1 Total Effect (stereo in/out)
  • Timbre / Track EQ: 3-band EQ per timbre/track
  • Effect Types: 193, useable as Insert, Master, or Total effects. Note that a double-size effect cannot be used as a total effect
  • Modulation: Dynamic Modulation, 2 Common LFO
  • Effects Control Busses: Stereo sidechain (Limiter, Gate, Vocoder, etc)
  • Effect Preset: 32 preset per effect
  • Polyphonic Arpeggiator:
    • Number of pattern:
      • 900 preload, 1028 total locations
      • 5 preset arpeggio patterns
    • Drum Track:
      • 637 preload, 1000 total locations
      • Configurable Trigger Mode/Sync/Zone
  • Sequencer:
    • Tracks: 16 MIDI tracks + 1 master track
    • Number of Songs: 128 Songs
    • Resolution: 1/480 PPQ
    • Tempo: 40.00- 300.00 (1/100 BPM resolution)
    • Maximum memory: 210,000 MIDI events
    • Template Song: 16 preset / 16 user template songs
    • Cue List function: 20 Cue Lists, 99 steps
    • Pattern: 605 Preset / 100 User patterns
    • RPPR (Realtime Pattern Play and Recording): 1 pattern set per song
    • Format: KORG (KROME) format, SMF format 0 and 1
  • Display: 7-inch color TFT LCD, 800 x 480 pixels
  • Connections:
    • Audio Output (L / MONO, R): 6.3mm (Mono) Phone jack, Unbalanced
    • Headphone Output: 3.5mm Stereo phone jack
    • Control Input:
      • DAMPER pedal (Half Damper supported)
      • ASSIGNABLE SWITCH
      • ASSIGNABLE PEDAL
    • MIDI: IN/OUT
    • USB: USB-MIDI Interface (TYPE B) x 1
    • SD Card Slot: 2 GB / SD memory card, 32 GB/ SDHC memory card
  • Included Accessories: AC Adapter, Quick Start Guide, Accessory Disc (Operation Guide PDF, Parameter Guide PDF, Video Manual)
  • Dimensions (WxDxH): 40.43 x 12.32 x 3.66 inches
  • Weight: 15.87 lbs
Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
Phone:  631-390-6500 Warranty:  1 year parts and labor; US Customers – register your Korg keyboard, keyboard workstation, keyboard rack module or digital piano online and receive a certificate that extends the product warranty for an extra year from the date of purchase. This offer is good for mdse purchased from an authorized Korg dealer after November 1, 2002.
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