The Korg Kross 88 Key Synthesizer Workstation Keyboard provides a remarkable sound set, professional feel and ease of use at an incredible price that makes it a truly great value! Korg loads the Kross 88 with piano, electric piano and drum sounds from their flagship keyboards, offering a sound quality that far surpasses other instruments in its class. Other features include an 88-key piano-touch hammer action keyboard, convenient mic input, built-in audio recorder, as well as the ability to run on 6 x AA batteries.
Korg Kross 88 Key Synthesizer Workstation Keyboard Features
- Stylish and distinctive red and black two-tone color design
- 88-key piano-touch hammer action keyboard for superb feel
- Can be powered by six AA batteries
- Piano, electric piano, and drum sounds that exceed its class
- A wide variety of sounds that utilize twice as much PCM memory as previous instruments
- Sound Selector makes it easy to find the sound you're looking for
- Favorites function lets you register 64 selected sounds or audio songs for one-touch access - a great feature for live performances
- Pro-quality EDS-i sound engine built-in, with a total of seven effects available for simultaneous use
- External input jacks allow a mic or external audio source to be directly connected
- Quick Layer/Split function for on-the-fly versatility
- Stereo audio recorder allows you to record and overdub your performances and vocals
- Step sequencer inherited from the Electribe, a 16-track MIDI sequencer, a drum track, and an arpeggiator
- Connects to your computer via USB for plug-in integration with your favorite DAW
Korg gives the Kross 88 a grand piano sound with lavishly-sampled decays and three levels of velocity as well as reproducing the noises produced by the damper pedal, for authentic grand piano performance and sound. An upright piano sound is also featured, as well as distinctive sounds from Korg's famed SG-1D Sampling Grand and M1 Music Workstation.
The five classic electric piano sounds are just as expressive as the acoustic piano sounds; they also include effect settings, giving you a complete package of the performance-ready sounds that you want. In addition, careful attention has been paid to the drum sounds that are indispensable for song production on a workstation, making them realistic and fresh.
A wide variety of sounds
The PCM data in the Kross 88 keyboard is approximately twice as large as preceding models such as the X50 and the PS60. Korg has also improved the rock/jazz organ, strings, brass, and synth sounds. Other 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 make the Kross incredibly versatile.
Sound Selector makes it easy to find the sound you're looking for
While the Kross provides an extremely broad range of sounds, there are two dedicated dials that let you easily find the sound you need. First use the category dial to choose the broad category such as piano, electric piano, organ, bell, synths, basses, or strings. Then turn the select dial to find the sound you want. It's a quick way to focus on selecting the needed sounds without being distracted by sounds of another type.
Pro-quality EDS-i sound engine is built-in
The EDS-i sound engine is a high-quality sound engine distilled from the EDS/EDS-X sound engines found on Korg’s most advanced instruments. It allows you to use a total of seven effects simultaneously: five insert effects and two master effects. Ranging from standards such as delay, reverb, chorus, flanger, and rotary speaker, and also including amp modeling powered by Korg's proprietary ‘REMS’ modeling technology, and even a robot voice vocoder, you can choose from 134 different high-quality effects.
A lightweight body that runs on AA alkaline batteries
In spite of being packed with functionality, the Kross 88 is lightweight and highly portable. It packs a piano-touch hammer action keyboard into a mere 27.3 lbs. It is highly portable and lightweight, and can operate on an AC adapter or on six AA alkaline or nickel-metal hydride batteries.
The MIC IN jack (1/4 inch phone jack) lets you directly connect a mic. If you're a vocalist as well as a player, there's no need to obtain a separate mixer. In addition, there's a LINE IN jack (stereo 1/8 inch jack) for you to connect your audio player, giving you the option of performing along with the playback in a variety of situations on stage or anywhere else you go.
Quick Layer/Split function
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.
Stereo audio recorder allows you to overdub your performances and vocals
The built-in stereo audio recorder can record not only the performance of the Kross workstation 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.
Connects to your computer via USB
You can connect the Korg Kross 88 to your computer via USB for easy transfer of MIDI data. By using KROSS Editor and Plug-In Editor you can simultaneously view and edit large numbers of parameters on your computer, and use the Kross keyboard within your DAW as if it were a software synthesizer.