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Korg Krome EX Music Workstation 61-key Synthesizer

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61-key Synth Workstation with Semi-weighted Keys, 896 Programs, 512 Combination Patches, 16-track Sequencer, and Dual Polyphonic Arpeggiators
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The Korg Krome synth workstation made its mark at Music Experience by packing the most usable sounds into a user-friendly platform. Now the Korg Krome EX ups the ante with tons of exciting new sounds and features aimed at contemporary music production in all genres. In addition to the essential classics, Korg Krome EX has numerous new sounds that include custom piano programs designed specifically for the Krome EX series. These are high-quality and immediately usable sounds that take full advantage of the instrument’s high-performance architecture. To accompany the new sounds, the updated chassis features smooth, flowing lines and a lustrous aluminum front panel that’ll look awesome under stage lights. The Korg Krome EX 61 features a responsive semi-weighted 61-note keyboard that’s ideal for any piano style, as well as dynamic organ performance and synth solos.

Packed with sounds for modern music production

Keeping up with a constantly evolving worldwide music scene is a challenge for any electronic instrument designer. With Krome EX, Korg designers meticulously selected the sounds that should be included in today’s workhorse synth workstation. First, they focused on EDM, with effects-heavy polyphonic sounds dripping in rich ambience, searing synth leads, and punchy drum kits that bring music fans to their feet. Ethnic instruments such as kalimba, steel pan, and kokyu — as well as sound effects like those used in movie trailers and commercials — are also onboard. Classic bread-and-butter sounds that never go out of style are also a top priority for Korg sound designers. Piano, electric piano, and drum sounds are the foundation for so much music, and they are well represented in the Korg Krome EX 61. You’ll never have to search or go menu diving to find the perfect sound for any occasion.

    Korg Krome offers crucial high-fidelity piano sounds

    Having great piano sounds is critically important for any serious keyboard workstation. The Korg Krome EX piano sounds were recorded under the supervision of Seigen Ono, renowned authority on DSD recording and mastering. These are beautifully vibrant sounds that build on the success of the German D Grand in the original Krome, further expanding the range of piano sounds in the Korg Krome EX. An upright piano frequently used in pop music has also been included.

      Electric pianos with luscious warmth and realism

      For many keyboardists, realistic electric piano sounds are just as important as their acoustic counterparts. Korg Krome EX features three types of electric pianos. To ensure accurate expression response, eight velocity levels have been used, along with lavish amounts of PCM memory. Just one of Krome EX’s electric piano types contains more sample data than the entire sound memory of a typical PCM synth. No EP is complete without vintage amps, cabinets, and classic effects, which in the Korg Krome EX have been meticulously modeled to deliver a fully immersive electric piano playing experience.

      Drum sounds with resonance fine tuning

      When producing music on a keyboard workstation, onboard drum kits play a major role. The Korg Krome EX supplies a massive collection of more than 2,500 drum samples to power its 48 preloaded kits. One of the most notable kits is Jazz Ambience Drums. Its glorious sound takes advantage of Korg Krome EX’s high-capacity PCM memory to deliver new levels of realism and clarity. Adjusting the mix balance between the close-miked direct sound and the room mic–enhanced ambient sound lets you create a full, rich drum sound with the exact balance and character you want.

      Drum Track serves up realistic grooves

      Simply pressing a single button turns on the Korg Krome EX’s Drum Track feature, which serves up realistic grooves played by professional drummers using Krome EX’s studio-grade drum sounds. You can play along or use them in your music production. In addition to 600+ preset patterns inherited from Korg Kronos, there’s generous memory for saving user patterns as well. Drum patterns can be created and used with the onboard sequencer, and they can provide a rhythm guide while you play. You can also use them creatively in your live performances.

      Dual polyphonic arpeggiators

      In Combi or Sequencer mode, you can run two arpeggiators simultaneously. In addition to standard arpeggio patterns, the arpeggiators can generate guitar or bass riffs and drum patterns; they can even be used for sound design to create motion-enhanced pads, synth sounds, and sound effects. What’s more, you’re free to edit any of the patterns to create your own custom arps.

      Never run out of expertly designed sounds

      In addition to piano, electric piano, and drums, Korg Krome EX sports a generous array of sounds that covers a broad range of music styles. Instantly ignite your creativity with any of the 896 programs or 512 combinations. Each patch has been carefully created by professional studio engineers and musicians to provide exceptional real-world usability for clean, rich backing tracks and soaring solos. Of course, you can customize, tweak, create from scratch, and save your own sounds as well.

      Workstation wonderland

      Korg Krome EX has everything you expect in a Korg music workstation, and naturally that includes a 16-track sequencer. But there’s so much more. Korg Krome EX comes with a formidable suite of tools to jump-start your creativity. For instance, pressing the Auto Song Setup function’s REC button starts recording immediately when inspiration strikes while playing a program or combination. Each template song preassigns popular sounds to sequencer tracks through pre-routed effects to suit a specific musical genre. Whip up a quick arrangement using Korg’s Cue List, and build an army of instant-access patterns using the RPPR (Realtime Pattern/Play Recording) feature. Go back, and you can make any changes using convenient piano-roll editing.

      Intuitive TouchView display

      Korg Krome EX’s big 800 x 480 pixel TouchView color display shows multiple parameters simultaneously, ensuring great visibility even on a darkened stage. 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 for entering numerical values.

        What KORG Says...

        KROME, the best-selling synth focused on packing the most usable sounds into an easy to use platform, has received a major refresh. Updated to meet the needs of the current music scene, KROME EX has a special emphasis on sounds that can immediately fit into productions of all types. In addition to standard sounds that will never grow old, KROME EX provides numerous new programs and PCM data, including piano programs prepared specifically for this product. This instrument provides high-quality and immediately-usable sounds that take full advantage of the KROME's high performance specs. The new body also features a newly revamped build and look to accompany the new sounds. A music workstation for gigging musicians and producers of all stripes. The KROME EX.

        Carefully selected sounds with immediate usability

        Keeping up with a worldwide music scene that evolves daily is a challenge for any instrument designer that Korg is excited to take on. KROME EX answers the question "What sounds should be provided by today’s go-to workstation synth?" First we focus on EDM (Electronic Dance Music) that has conquered the world. Rich, effect-laden polyphonic sounds that evoke massive rooms, clear and crisp synth leads, and punchy drum kits that get listeners moving are some of the new staple sounds that we've added. Ethnic instruments such as steel pan, kalimba, and kokyu, as well as Hollywood-type sound effects frequently used in movie trailers or commercials are also newly provided. KROME EX features a musical catalog for today, where users can simply select a program and immediately begin composing fresh-sounding tracks.

        The best of the basics

        Having bread-and-butter sounds that are always usable is a top priority for our sound designers. The KROME EX is equipped with sounds that are intended for longevity, such as the piano and electric piano that are the foundation of any keyboard, as well as drums that are indispensable for a workstation.

        KROME EX’s piano sounds are crucial

        Piano sounds are critically important for nearly every keyboard instrument. The KROME EX is equipped with new grand piano sounds. These sounds were recorded under the supervision of Seigen Ono, the authority on DSD recording and mastering, and provide a beautifully clear sound that builds on the success of the "German D Grand" that exemplifies the original KROME, further expanding the range of piano sounds. An upright piano frequently used in pop is also newly included.

        Electric pianos with beautiful warmth and realism

        For many keyboardists, a realistic electric piano sound is just as critical as an artisanal acoustic piano sound. KROME features three types of electric pianos. Eight velocity levels have been used to ensure faithful expression response. Lavish amounts of PCM memory have been used for this purpose, to the extent that just one of these electric piano types contains more sample data than the entire sound memory of a typical PCM synthesizer. In addition, the vintage amps, cabinets, and classic effects so important to these timeless sounds have been painstakingly modeled, offering a fully immersive electric piano experience.

        Drum sounds with fine-tune control over resonance

        When producing on a music workstation, the built-in drum kits play a major role. The KROME EX provides a massive collection of more than 2,500 drum samples to power its 48 preload kits. One of the notable kits is "Jazz Ambience Drums." Its generous sound takes advantage of KROME EX’s high-capacity PCM memory to deliver a completely new level of clarity and realism. Adjusting the mix balance between the direct sound (a mic placed near the head or cymbal) and the ambient sound (recorded from a distant mic to capture the resonance of the room), allows you to create a rich drum sound that has exactly the balance and character that you want.

        Drum Tracks deliver realistic grooves

        Simply pressing a single button turns on the Drum Track feature, providing realistic grooves played by professionals using the KROME EX’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, or they can be used creatively in your live performances.

        Expertly created, in-demand sounds including 896 Programs and 512 Preload Combinations

        In addition to piano, electric piano, and drums, KROME EX has a plentiful array of sounds to cover a broad range of styles that will meet a wide variety of needs. Stimulate your creativity by selecting any of the 896 Programs or 512 Combinations. Each one has been carefully created by professional 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.

        Dual polyphonic arpeggiators

        In Combination mode or Sequencer mode, two arpeggiators can be run 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.

        Workstation Wonderland

        KROME EX has a full complement of the features you’ve come to expect from a KORG Music Workstation, starting with the 16-track sequencer. But there’s much, much more. KROME EX comes complete with a rich suite of tools to jumpstart your creativity. 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.

        Natural Expression

        KROME EX 61 and 73 models feature a semi-weighted keyboard; with great feel and response that are ideal for playing any style of piano, to dynamic organ performance, to pyrotechnic synthesizer solos. KROME EX 88 is equipped with KORG’s NH (Natural Weighted Hammer Action) keyboard, ensuring that every nuance of your playing dynamics will be expressively reflected when playing sounds such as piano or electric piano.

        An aluminum panel that stands out on stage, and design that feels substantial and solid

        Wrapped in dark colors, the body of KROME EX features flowing lines that utilize curves on the sides and a lustrous aluminum front panel surface. This distinctive design will stand out even on a crowded stage, leaving a strong impression on the audience for its appearance as well as its clear sound.

        Intuitive TouchView™ interface

        KROME EX’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 KROME EX to your computer via USB to easily transfer MIDI data. You can also use an SD card (commercially available) to manage the KROME EX’s data files.

        Free bundle of music software

        The KROME EX comes with a diverse variety of music software from Izotope including “Ozone Elements” which lets you not only create songs but also master them using AI, “Skoove” which will help you improve your keyboard playing skills, “Reason Lite” DAW software, as well as software synths from KORG and other brands. In other words, the moment you get your hands on this synthesizer you'll have a variety of tools to help you take your music to the next level.

          Korg Krome EX Music Workstation 61-key Synthesizer Features:

          • Responsive semi-weighted 61-note keyboard
          • 800 x 480 pixel TouchView color display
          • 896 programs, 512 combinations
          • High-fidelity piano and electric piano sounds
          • Modeled vintage amps, cabinets, and classic effects
          • 2,500 drum samples, 48 preloaded kits
          • Dual polyphonic arpeggiators
          • 16-track sequencer
          • Auto Song Setup function
          • RPPR (Realtime Pattern/Play Recording)
          • Intuitive 800 x 480 pixel TouchView color display
          • Connect to your computer via USB to transfer MIDI data
          • SD card slot for recording and managing data files

                  Type
                  Synthesizer Workstation
                  Sound Engine Type(s)
                  Enhanced Definition Synthesis - eXpanded, Updated Piano Programs
                  Analog/Digital Digital
                  Number of Keys 61
                  Type of Keys
                  Semi-weighted, Velocity-sensitive
                  Other Controllers Joystick (assignable)
                  Polyphony
                  120 Voices (single mode), 60 Voices (double mode)
                  Presets
                  896 Programs, 512 Combinations, 48 Drum Kits, 256 GM2, 9 GM2 Drums
                  Oscillators
                  Oscillator 1 (single), Oscillator 1+2 (double)
                  LFO
                  2 x LFO
                  Filter
                  2 x Multi-mode Filters (lowpass, highpass, bandpass, band reject)
                  Envelope Generator
                  2 x EG (filter, amp)
                  Effects Types
                  193 Effects; 2 x Master, 5 x Insert, 1 x Total Effect, 32 Preset per Effect
                  Arpeggiator
                  Dual Polyphonic Arpeggiators, 960 Preload
                  Sequencer
                  16-track + Master, 128 Songs, Touch-based Piano Roll Editing, Realtime Pattern/Play Recording
                  Memory
                  4GB PCM Memory
                  Storage
                  SD/SDHC card slot (32GB SDHC max)
                  Audio Outputs
                  2 x 1/4" (L/Mono, R)
                  Headphones
                  1 x 1/8"
                  USB
                  1 x Type B
                  MIDI I/O
                  In/Out/USB
                  Pedal Inputs
                  3 x 1/4" (assignable switch/pedal)
                  Power Supply
                  12V DC power supply (included)
                  Height 3.66"
                  Width 40.43"
                  Depth 12.32"
                  Weight 15.87 lbs.
                  Manufacturer Part Number
                  KROMEEX61

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