Korg's New Baby is The Krome Workstation

Korg Japan posts videos      04/09/12

Prior to the big announcement billed for 2.30PM EST - where Korg US will be streaming a live event announcing some Major News - Korg Japan have released several videos for the the Korg Krome - which we're guessing is likely to be said news.

This looks like a new workstation with lots of Kronos brains and sounds on board, plus touchscreen control, but with a much lighter footprint, making it an easier thing to gig without doing your back in. 

UK PRCES (with/without VAT)

 


KROME 61

£799.00

£958.80

KROME 73

£949.00

£1,138.80

KROME 88

£1,249.00

£1,498.80



 

 


 

 

 

Product Features

  • The Korg workstation ideal for any style of piano playing
  • KRONOS-derived full length, unlooped piano and drum sounds, plus new electric pianos designed to shine on stage
  • Electric pianos with eight-level velocity switching for unmatched expressive power
  • Distinctive aluminum panel design exudes a sense of quality
  • Drums offering separately mixable direct and ambient sounds for studio-grade quality
  • Drum Track plays back realistic, inspiring grooves at the touch of a button
  • Expertly created, in-demand sounds including 640 Programs and 288 Combinations
  • Powerful Effects with 5 Inserts, 2 Master, and 1 Total FX, plus per track/timbre EQ
  • Clear, intuitive control with Korg’s exclusive 7-inch color TouchView™ display
  • USB connection to your computer, plus an SD Card slot for data storage
  • You can use the KROME editor to edit sounds on your computer
  • Available in 61, 73, and 88 key models

For the full skinny, see the Korg live broadcast today at 2.30EST (6.30 UK)

 

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16 Comments...  Post a comment    original story
gtrsynth    Said...

Where are all the real knobs and sliders. There is nothing like using big fat fingers to move small sliders and knobs on a small screen. Same problem as the Kronos. You got to love it.

04-Sep-12 08:05 AM


Bob    Said...

Why do I get the impression that this 'synth' is aimed entirely at R&B and church musicians of a certain persuasion?

04-Sep-12 08:20 AM


rezazel    Said...

boring... and they can't even spell "Chrome" right - oh, wait, I guess that was on purpose :-)

04-Sep-12 08:54 AM


boobs4life    Said...

bore me a river korg!

04-Sep-12 09:28 AM


Andy Keys    Said...

Everyone keeps going on about it being a cut down Kronos ... its not !!! it is using teh M3 EDS synth engine and none of the Kronos engines AT ALL !!! it does have some new samples taken from the kronos but used in a different engine ... even then its not the full story ... My Kronos German grand sample is 4.7gb ... on the Krome its only 2.8gb ... thats 1.9gb less !!! thast some detail gonna be missing there !

Saying all ive said i still think its a great price for what it is and if i didnt already own a Kronos i would consider it at this price point !

04-Sep-12 12:03 PM


Used to LIKE Korg    Said...

Yippity. I could do this with a Roland A-49 and an Ultrabook. In fact, that is exactly what I'm going to do.

Have fun paying even more money for hardware that will depreciate 75% over the next 30 days, kiddies.

04-Sep-12 02:38 PM


prosynman    Said...

To me it seams like the Japanese are no longer listening to there customers anymore. Just another cut down cheaper cost Kronos because no one can afford the over $3,000.00 ticket price of the original. Roland did it with the Jupiter 50 a cut down version of the Jupiter 80. Bad marketing timing for big expensive instruments.

04-Sep-12 02:42 PM


al_bot    Said...

how underwhelming. the missing person demo sounded like really bad porn music. i think i'm going to make it my ring tone.

04-Sep-12 07:19 PM


Japansynth    Said...

Underwhelmed. I guess it's fine, it's a functional keyboard but not an instrument, i.e no one will be remembering it nostalgically in 20 years or trying to create a software emulation of it. Meh!

05-Sep-12 05:19 AM


Joe Gerardi    Said...

Another mid-range synth without aftertouch, and sounds awash in effects. The more I listen to the new equipment, the more three words come to mind:

Glorified Lowrey Organs.

Maybe I'm just an anachronistic old sod, but the sound is the thing: if it doesn't sound good, then effects won't help. I don't care how many Gig of samples they use, program them correctly, and the effects are then only sweetener, not endemic to the sound.

17-Sep-12 11:16 AM


Peter K.    Said...

Andy Keys is spot on. This is like an M3 with newer samples. But without the Radias engine or sample RAM. If you can find an M3 with the Radias and the RAM maxed out, get THAT, because it's a great sounding board once you load in all the sample libraries. Plus, the interface is decent, and you can take the brain out of the keyboard and fly with it on gigs if necessary. They're going for cheap these days!

I think this board will be fine for jobbing bands and whatnot. Personally, this is so different from my Kronos that I'd really not be able to go back...

Having said that, the six octave version has a decent range and is probably very lightweight. These are like the new version of the M50 I think. They seem ok, are priced reasonably, and just get on with the job at hand. It's hard to have your mind blown after owning a Kronos, but I bet a lot of people will find these useful.

25-Sep-12 01:02 PM


Philo Beddoe    Said...

Contrary to what Peter K said,the M3 should not be put up on a pedestal. The Radias is a nice feature,but the piano samples are weak in comparison,the screen is 2" smaller and it has half the ROM and takes TWICE has long to boot up. I owned the M3 and sold it,primarily because the M3 was not originally designed to handle the expansion,which is why my OS in the M3 crashed.

A sampling feature in a hardware workstation is virtually useless for home use and too expensive,so I'm glad Korg did away with sampling with the Krome. The M3 is about twice the price,so essentially,your paying nearly a $1,000 for a synth engine,that you could get if you spent a $100 on any softsynth for you PC. Korg did not set out to appease the entire planet with this synth-but rather,aimed for the budget studio/live musician and did a wonderful job at providing the most possible, for the lowest price tag. The Krome is PERFECT for the musician that wants to use this keyboard as a midi controller,but also still has a love for hardware.

26-Sep-12 11:05 PM


Philo Beddoe    Said...

Contrary to what Peter K said,the M3 should not be put up on a pedestal. The Radias is a nice feature,but the piano samples are weak in comparison,the screen is 2" smaller and it has half the ROM and takes TWICE has long to boot up. I owned the M3 and sold it,primarily because the M3 was not originally designed to handle the expansion,which is why my OS in the M3 crashed.

A sampling feature in a hardware workstation is virtually useless for home use and too expensive,so I'm glad Korg did away with sampling with the Krome. The M3 is about twice the price,so essentially,your paying nearly a $1,000 for a synth engine,that you could get if you spent a $100 on any softsynth for you PC. Korg did not set out to appease the entire planet with this synth-but rather,aimed for the budget studio/live musician and did a wonderful job at providing the most possible, for the lowest price tag. The Krome is PERFECT for the musician that wants to use this keyboard as a midi controller,but also still has a love for hardware.

26-Sep-12 11:05 PM


Peter K.    Said...

I finally got to play a Krome (61 and 88 key versions). The pianos were certainly good, and the unweighted action was nice to play. I think it's a good value.

I still stand by my M3, because it's been good to me; no OS weirdness or anything. I do use things like user sampling (occasionally), the pads are surprisingly useful, and I use aftertouch a lot. It DOES take a long time to boot and load the extra libraries. I got mine fully loaded for about $1100 as an extra keyboard/module for fly out gigs so I don't have to worry about backline, etc.

With all the extras and the Organimation library loaded up, it's a very complete instrument that I recommend looking into - if it's in good shape and stocked with the extras. I wouldn't have picked up my current one if the price wasn't so good.

04-Nov-12 04:58 PM


Graham h    Said...

Many of you are missing the point...this keyboard offers top of the range pro sounds and features in a keyboard that is no more hassle to lug around than a guitar, and at a price that almost anyone can afford. I have a whole studio full of gear and I bought the krone to take away with me on my travels. I can practice or even record great sounding compositions, then bring them back to my studio for further work. Great! The krome may not be the next big thing, but it is the best new lightweight, full pro keyboard for the world to enjoy.

18-Nov-12 10:36 PM


Wolfenbreed    Said...

All these negative comments about how boring the music is... What the hell do you want this thing to do, give you head and make you breakfast too? It's a great sounding board just judging by the demos, especially for the price. People have become so consumed with endless options of ways to create music... Just shut up and compose already!

05-Feb-13 05:05 PM


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