updated 10:22 pm EDT, Wed April 10, 2013
Sound library in new device drawn from Korg legacy equipment
Audio hardware maker Korg has announced the new Kross keyboard -- a mobile, affordable, keyboard workstation with audio/MIDI recording capabilities, AC or battery operation, and a vast selection of sounds drawn from Korg's flagship instruments. Available with 61 or 88 fully-weighted keys, the Kross is said by the company to be the first battery-powered, full-featured Korg keyboard workstation.
Kross contains approximately twice as much sound sample data as preceding Korg models such as the X50 and the PS60. Essential sounds like rock/jazz organ, strings, brass, and synth sounds have all been upgraded and enhanced. Also included are instruments such as toy piano, accordion, combo organ, church organ, and even vintage instruments such as a tape sample, plus sounds for today's EDM dance music and electronica.
Effect types include delay, reverb, chorus, flanger, and rotary speaker, as well as Korg's amp modeling and a vocoder. In total, 134 high-quality effects are available. The grand piano features intricately-sampled decays with three levels of velocity, and also reproduces the noises made by the damper pedal. The five classic electric piano sounds include effect settings.
Kross includes a full-featured, 16-track MIDI sequencer as well as an analog-style step sequencer. The sequencer features sixteen buttons that are used to turn individual notes on or off for quickly and easily creating original rhythm patterns. SMF-format data can easily be exchanged with a computer via an optional SD card. A full set of workstation and production tools include a stereo audio recorder with overdubbing capabilities, a one-touch Drum Track function, and an arpeggiator to animate any type of sound.
The Korg Kross keyboard workstation will be available in August 2013. The 61-key model retails for $699 and the 88-key will sell for $999.