Korg Kross 2 61-key Synthesizer Workstation

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Korg Kross 2 61-key Synthesizer Workstation

In addition to a total of more than a thousand preset sounds, expansion PCM memory has been newly added. Also new is a pad sampler that allows full-fledged sampling, and USB audio/MIDI interface functionality. The color scheme is even more stylish, and the user interface allows intuitive operation even by beginners. Effortlessly select the sound that you want to play, shape it to match your imagination, sample a sound, create phrases and rhythms, record your vocal or guitar, bring KROSS 2 on stage, and perform.While maintaining its identity as ultra-lightweight, compact, and capable of running on batteries, this new model dramatically enhances KROSSs sounds and functionality. In addition to a total of more than a thousand preset sounds, expansion PCM memory has been newly added. Also new is a pad sampler that allows full-fledged sampling, and USB audio/MIDI interface functionality. The color scheme is even more stylish, and the user interface allows intuitive operation even by beginners. Whatever you artistic vision, you can make it happen. KROSS 2 is a versatile synthesizer platform made with creative freedom in mind.A rich variety of more than 1,000 preset soundsThe sound quality of KORG synthesizers is endorsed by top-ranking musicians around the world. The evolved KROSS 2 expands polyphony from 80 to 120 voices, and dramatically powers-up the number of internal programs from 809 to 1,075 programs. Including multi-layered pianos and electric pianos, thick strings and other new sounds that will work well with any band, as well as the latest drum kits to cover current styles such as EDM. The wide selection of programs covers your needs from live performance to studio production.Built-in expansion PCM memory, and support for optional librariesThe KROSS 2 now provides 128 MB of built-in expansion PCM memory. By selecting from optional libraries that will be released following KROSS 2, you can expand KROSS 2s internal sounds to meet the needs of your performing style

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Anonymous says:

Kross Road At first buying the Korg Kross 2 the visual aesthetics like most Korg Keyboards of the past looks sleek and beautiful. There were some things that I didn’t like, but it didn’t out weigh the good. I’m a professional player and I needed it a up to date slave keyboard to play incidentals with good organic sounds mainly brass and organ. I also on occasions require synth patches for pads and leads. It needed to be self contained without needing to use a laptop. So I went on a hunt for a keyboard with a price range in mind. I did not want to buy a cheap portable keyboard ($500 and below), and neither did I want to spend my money on flagship workstation (61 keys) that goes for $2000-$3000. Let me explain why. Very seldom do you get a keyboard below $500 that meets professional standard. While the expensive flagship keyboards have the best sounds, but I did not need the bells and whistles of a workstation, sampler, deep editing, etc. I needed something for live playing and not studio. So I was looking in the $600-$1500 range. Usually in that price range you will get a professional lite version of the companies flagship. Some other companies in that price range have good sounds, but they are recycled sounds from 2008. That is 10 years too late for me. For those who are now entering in the synth game let me explain that 2008 is stone ages when it comes to modern music. So let me now go further with the Korg Kross 2.The Negatives:1. I had to get used to that you can use batteries(6hrs). When I read the specs that was a personal hang up for me. I associate batteries in keyboard amateurish.2. Light weight (8.32 lbs). In the past when a product selling point is that it’s ultra light, they lose in other areas.3. Keybed feel. While the last two I mentioned are personal negative and understand it’s positives for others this third negative I stand strongly. I was surprised that Korg will allow such standards. They are lightly semi weighted, but good to play songs that mainly are in white keys. If you play songs in black keys (Keys of Ab, Bb, Db, Eb, Gb) you will be disappointed. The pressure on the unwieldy black keys will make you sound like an intermediate if you are an experienced player. I almost returned it for the lack of playability. Let me also add this for you guys who are looking for midi controllers. Most midi controllers have poor feel. Kross 2 having good piano sounds is useless to play piano pieces.4. The Pitch and Modulation wheel are small and awkwardly positioned north west on the keyboard.5. Screen a bit small to read, but better than their competitors in this price range.Here are the positives:1. Price.2. Sounds. 1,075 programs. Lots of good useable patches for live settings. Good brass,strings, drums(58), and some average organs. Some organs you cannot control the leslie speaker with modulation. Synths(lead/pads) are hit and miss. In the pad department their are some great ones. A quarter of the piano programs including electric pianos are impressively nice. The Kross 2 keybed is not equipped for piano players. The only suggestion is you need to midi a master controller that has better feel. It has a 128 note polyphony, which is the minimum standard professionally. Guitar sounds are poor.3. Extra features that was a nice surprise for the price point. Sequencer (210,000 MIDI events) 772 Preset drum patterns, Sampler (14 sec), Polyphonic arpeggiators, 4 Zone settings, Wave Importation, Audio Recorder (3hrs continuous recording), Vocoder 4. Lay Out. Great for live playing. Engineered for live musicians in mind more so than any other keyboard in that prince range. 16 Sampling pads can be used to assign your favorite sounds by assigning to each pad in bank A through H. No scrolling down or fooling around with a laptop. Real Time Contollers Knobs positioned on the left where you can control Tone, FX, Audio and Tempo. Easy Category written on the board with a big knob used to scroll your sounds.Conclusion: We live in a present time that is ruled by DJ’s. So live keyboard players that play pop/rock music are being force fed new dance technology. The Korg Kross 2 is mindful of EDM producers, and also live musicians. It’s the best of both world, and with some time spent on the board its moderately easy friendly. For live keyboard players use this keyboard as a for slave. For the EDM crowd you can use this as a main. Sounds of the Kross 2 is a 7.5 out of 10 in my book. A few excellent sounds that are ready for producing a great pop track. Not even looking for a sequencer I cannot deny it’s power. I haven’t fooled around much with the sequencer,vocoder, and use the sampler on only two songs. It’s narrow length you are more likely have to put it on a Ultra stand, because a normal keyboard stand the bars will oddly stick out. The dimensions are perfect for producers…

Anonymous says:

Very versatile instrument with good quality and although its a smaller model it allows …

Anonymous says:

it is kinda complicated to use.


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