Korg Kross 88

Korg Kross 88
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Specifications

Form

Number of Keys: 88
Key Weight: Piano
Key Size: Full
Touch Sensitive:
Aftertouch:

Sound

Number of Voices: 1328
Polyphony: 80
Sound Generation: EDS-i
Piano Sounds:
Real World Sounds:
Sounds Editable:
Accompaniments:

Extra Features

Recorder/Sequencer:
Tutorials:

Communication

MIDI:
USB:
Tablet Connectivity:

Power

Power Supply:
Batteries:

Audio

Speakers:
Audio Out:
Audio In:

Pedals

Sustain Pedal:
Soft Pedal:
Expression Pedal:

Release Info

Year: 2012
RRP: $1300

Description

Music Workstation

A mobile synthesizer keyboard with impressive features

With the KROSS, the sounds and songs that you've created at home and the system that you use every day can go with you onto the stage or into the street! Featuring rich sounds that exceed its class, yet remaining highly portable, the KROSS is designed for practical usability. There's a convenient mic input and a built-in audio recorder, and it can run on 6 x AA batteries. It's a distinctive new standard in music workstations, with specs and style that set it apart from all others.

A lightweight body that runs on AA alkaline batteries

In spite of being packed with functionality, the KROSS is lightweight and highly portable. The 61-key model with its distinctive rear bar is amazingly light; at only 4.3 kg/9.5 lb, it's the most portable in its category. The 88-key model packs a piano-touch hammer action keyboard into a mere 12.4 kg/27.3 lbs. Both models are highly portable and lightweight, and can operate on an AC adapter or on six AA alkaline or nickel-metal hydride batteries.

Top professional musicians around the world use Korg synthesizers. The piano, electric piano, and drum sounds of the KROSS have been taken from the flagship instruments used by these pros, giving the KROSS a set of sounds that surpasses other instruments in its class. The grand piano features lavishly-sampled decays with three levels of velocity as well as reproducing the noises produced by the damper pedal, ensuring that every nuance of your performance is reflected in the sound. Also included are an upright piano (unusual for a PCM synth), 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.

Because of its portability, the KROSS will be used in a wide range of situations, and that's why it provides a broad variety of sounds that surpasses even the flagship models of the previous generation. The PCM data is approximately twice as large as preceding models such as the X50 and the PS60. Staples such as the frequently-used rock/jazz organ, strings, brass, and synth sounds have been brushed up. There are also 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 - unique sounds that have not been included in a synth of this class. Our design goal has been to make KROSS the only instrument you need.

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.

Favorites function lets you register 64 selected sounds or audio songs for one-touch access

Sounds that you've created or that you use frequently can be registered to four banks of 16 buttons, giving you a total of 64 sounds that can be recalled at a single touch. This is a real convenience during live performances or song production. You can also register audio songs and recall them along with sounds.

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.

The MIC IN jack (1/4" 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" 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 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.

The KROSS features a step sequencer inherited from the popular Electribe series. It's a simple design in which you use the sixteen buttons to turn individual notes on or off, allowing you to quickly and easily create original rhythm patterns of up to 64 steps. The lightweight body of the KROSS contains all of the basic functionality you expect from a music workstation, including a full-featured 16-track MIDI sequencer with quantization, copy and paste, and individual note event editing. By using an SD card (sold separately), you can exchange SMF-format data with your computer. The KROSS gives you a full set of workstation and production tools, including a Drum Track function that lets you add rhythm simply by pressing a dedicated button, and an arpeggiator that can be used not only with synth sounds but also to generate guitar and bass riffs. Connects to your computer via USB You can connect the KROSS 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 within your DAW as if it were a software synthesizer.

*KROSS Editor and Plug-In Editor can be downloaded from the Korg website.

Specifications

Keyboard

  • 61 key
  • *Velocity sensitive is supported, after touch is not supported
  • *Velocity sensitive is supported, after touch is not supported
  • *The NH keyboard reproduces the touch of an acoustic piano, with a heavier feel in the low register and a lighter feel in the upper register.

    • EDS-i (Enhanced Definition Synthesis-integrated)

    Sounds

    • 80 voices (80 Oscillators) / Single Mode
    • 40 voices (40 Oscillators) / Double Mode
    • *The maximum simultaneous voice polyphony will vary depending on oscillator settings such as stereo multi-samples and velocity crossfading.

    Preset PCM Memory:

    • Oscillator
    • OSC1 (Single), OSC1 + 2 (Double): Stereo multi-samples are supported, and four levels of velocity switching/crossfading/layering are possible for each oscillator
    • 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)
    • Modulation
    • For each oscillator: two envelope generators (Filter & Amp), Two LFOs, Two key tracking generators
    • (Filter & Amp), Two AMS mixers, Pitch EG, Common LFO, Two common key tracking generators

    Combination:

    • Stereo and mono drum samples
    • 4 velocity zones switch (crossfades and layers)

    The number of Combination / Program / Drum Kit:

    • User: 64 (16 favorite x 4 bank)

    Effects

    • 5 Insert Effects (stereo in/out)

    Master Effects:

    • Total: 134 types

      • Dynamic Modulation

      Effects Control Busses:

      • 1 unit

      Combination, Sequencer Mode:

      • 1,028 User Arpeggio patterns (916 Preload)
      • 5 Preset Arpeggio patterns

      Number of Tone:

      • Max: 64 steps

      Step Sequencer

      Program Mode:

      • 1 unit

      Sequencer Mode:

      • 12 tones

      Number of step:

      • Preset: 700 patterns (shared with sequencer patterns)
      • Trigger Mode/Sync/Zone settings

      Sequencer

      • 16-track MIDI Sequencer

      Number of Songs:

      • 1/480

      Tempo:

      • 210,000 MIDI events

      Counter:

      • 16 preset / 16 user template songs

      Preset:

      • KORG (KROSS) format, SMF format 0 and 1

      Audio recorder

      • PCM Audio format (48 kHz / 16-bit)

      Import:

      • WAV (.wav): 48 kHz / 16-bit,

      Continuity recording time:

      • Depends on the SD card that is used; approximately 90 minutes per 1 GB

      Number of Songs:

      • Depends on the amount of space remaining on the SD card

      Counter:

    • 1-16 buttons, STEP SEQ button, SET UP button for Control, RUN button, FAVORITE button,
    • Drum track:
    • ARP button
    • Effect On/Off:
    • Audio Recorder:

      Display:

      • [CATEGORY], [SELECT] dials

      Mode:

      • [VALUE] Dial, [Cursor (Left/Right/Up/Down)], [EXIT], [ENTER],[FUNCTION],[PAGE+],[PAGE-],[MENU] buttons

      SEQUENCER:

      • [TEMPO] knob, [TAP] button

      Split/Layer:

      • [AUDIO IN] button, [VOLUME] knob

      Control Input

      • DAMPER (Half Damper is supported)
      • ASSIGNABLE SWITCH
      • ASSIGNABLE PEDAL

      Outputs

      • 6.3mm Phone jack, Unbalanced
      • Output Impedance: 1.1kO (L / Mono terminal: in case of Mono output, = 550O)
      • Maximum level: +10.0 dBu, Load Impedance: more than 10 kO.

      Headphone Output:

      AUDIO INPUT (Line In):

      • 6.3mm Phone jack, Unbalanced
      • Input Impedance: 33 O
      • Maximum level: -48 ~ -6 dBu

      MIDI

      • Type B x 1 (USB-MIDI Interface)

      SD Card Slot

      • KROSS-61 = 37.09 x 11.06 x 3.58 inches / 942 × 281 × 91 mm
      • KROSS-88 = 57.01 x 15.08 x 5.32 inches / 1,448 × 383 × 135 mm

      Weight

      • Microsoft Windows XP Home/Professional Edition SP3
      • Windows Vista SP2 (all editions including 64-bit edition)
      • Windows 7 SP1 (all editions including 64-bit edition)
      • Windows 8 (all editions including 64-bit edition)

      Computer:

      • Mac OS X 10.5, 10.6, 10.7, 10.8

      Computer:

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