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Korg KROSS 61 Keyboard Workstation  

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Overview
  • Stylish and distinctive red and black two-tone color design
  • The lightweight body is only 4.3 kg/9.5 lbs
  • Can be powered by 6x AA batteries
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    $699.99
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Mobile 61-key synthesizer keyboard with impressive features.

A new entry-level workstation keyboard and more powerful replacement for the X50, the KROSS 61 features a sound engine derived from Krome, a 16-track sequencer with Electribe-style editing, two-channel audio recording with unlimited overdub, seven simultaneous effects, and AA battery or AC adapter operation.

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.

The creative color and design will project a powerful presence whether you're performing on stage or anywhere else. The top panel as seen by the player is a sleek black color, while the rear and side panels visible by the audience use a bold, red color scheme. The two models feature different design concepts; the 61-key model is designed for active mobile use, while the 88-key model has a sophisticated design that looks great on stage.

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.

A wide variety of sounds
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.

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.

Features
  • Stylish and distinctive red and black two-tone color design
  • The lightweight body is only 4.3 kg/9.5 lbs
  • Can be powered by 6x 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, and meet the needs of a broad range of musical styles
  • 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

Take the power of KORG with you on the road. Order the KROSS today.

 
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KorgKROSS 61 Keyboard Workstation
 
4.0

(based on 6 reviews)

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80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (6)
  • Portable (5)
  • Easy to use (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Accompaniment (3)
    • Concerts (3)
    • MIDI (3)
    • Travel (3)
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      • Professional musician (4)

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great Keyboard/Workstation!!!

    By Keyboard J

    from N. California

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    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Portable
    • Realistic Sound
    • Responsive / Good Action

    Cons

    • Non-weighted Keys

    Best Uses

    • Accompaniment
    • Concerts
    • Electronic Music
    • Travel

    Comments about Korg KROSS 61 Keyboard Workstation:

    Great keyboard with great sounds. Piano sounds are rather realistic. There are definitely some sounds that are "out there" sort-of-speak, but there are so many useful ones as well. If there are two sounds you enjoy, you can blend them to create a new sound, which is a really great feature. Layering, splitting, sequencing, and easy recording (on to SD card or direct out) makes... this keyboard the ideal instrument for studio, composing, and even performance. You can store 4 X 16 banks of your favorite sounds and recall them at the click of a button. The ARPEGIATOR can be altered in several different patterns to assist compositions/performances.
    I really enjoy the programmable drum-track section...it's one of my favorite parts of this keyboard.
    At first I was uncertain if I needed to get the 81 key, but so far I have not been unsatisfied with the 61 key option, especially since it's easy to switch octaves. But for the price difference, this was the keyboard for me!

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    (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    should have got the KROME

    By anon

    from mo

    About Me Professional Musician

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          Comments about Korg KROSS 61 Keyboard Workstation:

          doesn't sound as good as my old O1W (90's) should have got the KROME

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great workstation to make music

          By Insane Demon

          from BX, NY

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Great sound
          • Portable
          • Realistic Sound
          • Very Good Sequencer

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • MIDI

            Comments about Korg KROSS 61 Keyboard Workstation:

            This is a great replacement to my other sequencer i had. The sound is great and it is very flexible in terms of creating music and altering sounds. You can actually make a symphony on this workstation and it will sound awesome.

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Audio recorder with mic input is GREAT!

            By techie

            from Canada

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Audio In
            • Easy to Use
            • Mic Input
            • Portable
            • Realistic Sound
            • Touch Sensitive Keys

            Cons

            • No Speakers

            Best Uses

            • Concerts
            • MIDI
            • School Bands

            Comments about Korg KROSS 61 Keyboard Workstation:

            What a great keyboard for the price!!! The audio multitrack recorder is an EXCELLENT add-on... worth the money just for that. You could record harmonies and have a library of songs you record ready to take with you or export as a WAV file for anyone else to hear. WOW! What a great idea. Lightweight and runs on 6AA batteries too. It seemed like more of a toy at first but this is far from it.

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            (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            Serious power, toy keys!

            By Taves

            from NYC

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Better Sounds Than X50
            • Improved Microstation
            • Portable
            • Pre-programmed music
            • Realistic Sound
            • Solid construction

            Cons

            • Overpriced
            • Poor Action
            • The Poorest Action Ever
            • Worse Than Casio Action

            Best Uses

            • Accompaniment
            • Buskin
            • Electronic Music
            • Travel

            Comments about Korg KROSS 61 Keyboard Workstation:

            The construction is very solid and feels reliable, like it won't break. However the machine is housed in a solid chassis, the keys are of lowest quality. The mass or consistency of the keys are very light and they don't seem to be able to withstand much use and abuse. They also present very little resistance. It is unfortunate that Korg created a product with so much potential and missed such an essential part of the keyboard as the keys themselves.

            I understand that they have to cut corners and less key mass equates less overall weight but seriously, the whole thing is called Key-Board! the keys should at least be as important as the rest of the machine. I know Korg is a very creative company and I love their products, so please make this keyboard usable by putting on decent keys. Also the price is inflated since it is so much more money than the originally announced.

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            (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Korg Kross is Kool

            By Tuneopolis

            from Jacksonville, Florida

            About Me Professional Musician

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            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Portable
            • Realistic Sound
            • Responsive / Good Action

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Accompaniment
              • Concerts
              • MIDI
              • Travel

              Comments about Korg KROSS 61 Keyboard Workstation:

              Korg Kross has good sounds, an easy sequencer, audio recorder. Very lightweight. I bought the 61 key version to use as a sound module with my 88 key controller with instant midi capabilities. Great price. Very happy with purchase.

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