Korg Kross 2 61-Key Synthesizer Workstation (Red Marble)

Korg Kross 2 61-Key Synthesizer Workstation (Red Marble)

Korg Kross 2 61-Key Synthesizer Workstation (Red Marble)

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Korg Kross 2 61-Key Synthesizer Workstation (Red Marble)

Korg Kross 2 61-Key Synthesizer Workstation (Red Marble)

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  • 61 Keys, Velocity-Sensitive
  • 1000+ Preset Sounds, 120-Voice Polyphony
  • 128MB of Expansion PCM Memory
  • Sampler with 16 Trigger Pads
  • Built-In Stereo Audio Recorder
  • Step and 16-Track Sequencer, Arpeggiator
  • Real-Time Controls
  • Mic & Stereo Line Inputs
  • USB Audio/MIDI interface
  • Battery or AC Powered
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Keys / Color: 61 / Red Marble

61 / Red Marble 61 / Super Matte Black

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  • 1Description

The red marble Korg Kross 2 is a mobile synthesizer workstation with a 61-key, velocity-sensitive keyboard. Combining a synth, sequencer, sampler, recorder, and audio interface in one compact and lightweight unit, it provides musicians and composers alike with the tools for writing and recording original music, or for performing as a "one-man band" or in a group.

The Kross 2  offers 1000+ preset sounds, 120 voices of polyphony, 134 effects, and 128MB of built-in expansion PCM memory for optional sound libraries as they become available (available separately). The workstation is equipped with a sampling function that provides 16 playable pads for triggering samples or full audio tracks.

For production applications, the Kross 2 comes with a 16-track MIDI sequencer, a step sequencer, an arpeggiator, and a drum track. A stereo audio recorder enables you to record your performance or overdub an external input source—such as vocals—directly to an SD card (available separately).

The workstation features a user-friendly layout with real-time controls that let you easily access desired sounds and functions on the fly. You can quickly store and recall your favorite programs and combinations, and layers/splits are simple to set up thanks to a dedicated button.

In addition to USB MIDI interface functionality, the USB audio interface enables you to connect the Kross 2 to your Mac or Windows computer and enjoy DAW recording. You can also use the instrument for playing in conjunction with your iPad or iPhone. The keyboard is powered by either six AA batteries or with the included AC adapter.

Portable Design for the Gigging Musician

  • Lightweight (at 8.38 lb) and compact portable workstation
  • 61-key, velocity-sensitive keyboard 
  • Up to seven hours of battery-powered operation from six AA batteries
  • Limited-edition red marbled finish is unique and different on each Kross 2 unit
  • Rear-panel Korg logo is fully illuminated

Rich Selection of Presets

1000+ Preset Sounds
  • Wide selection of sound programs covers your needs from live performance to studio production
  • 1075 internal sound programs
  • Multi-layered pianos, electric pianos, thick strings, and more
  • Drum kits, including EDM grooves
  • 120-voice polyphony
Built-In Expansion PCM Memory
  • 128MB of built-in expansion PCM memory
  • Expandable with optional libraries as they become available (available separately)
EDS-i Sound Engine with Effects
  • High-quality EDS-i Enhanced Definition Synthesis-integrated sound engine
  • 134 effects, including delay, reverb, amp modeling, vintage effect units, vocoder, and more
  • Use a total of seven effect units simultaneously, with five inserts and two masters

Sampling Function and Pad Sampler

  • Sampling function provides 16 playable pads
  • Record the input from the Line In jack and assign it to any pad as a stereo sample of up to 14 seconds
  • Up to four pads can be triggered simultaneously
  • Edit sample waveforms using functions such as Start/End loop point settings or Normalize
  • Resample within Kross 2 to perform extensive sampling without requiring any additional equipment
  • Long audio files from an SD card can also be assigned to the pads

User-Friendly Layout

Real-Time Control Section
  • Directly control the main parameters without having to navigate through a menu hierarchy
  • Provides real-time control of the sounds, effects, and simple editing functions
  • Use the knobs to quickly control the vocoder settings, or adjust the tempo of the arpeggiator and sequencer
Favorites Function
  • Register frequently used programs and combinations, and recall them at a single touch
  • 128 favorite locations
  • Ideal for live players who need quick access to a specific set of sounds on stage
Quick Layer/Split
  • Layer two sounds or assign separate sounds to the left and right regions of the keyboard
  • Dedicated Layer/Split button
Category Dial
  • Helps you quickly find the sounds you're looking for among the large selection of presets
  • Choose the general type of sound, such as piano or organ, and then make your selection quickly and efficiently

Audio Player/Recorder

  • Built-in stereo audio recorder lets you record your Kross 2 performance, or overdub an external input source such as vocals
  • Pad Audio Play function enables you to assign recorded sounds or audio files imported from an external source, to each of the 16 pads for playback
  • Strike a pad to play back the backing of an entire song while you perform on the keyboard
  • Use the pads to trigger sound effects or background music
  • Allows extended recording and playback that is limited only by the capacity of the SD card

Sequencer

16-Track MIDI Sequencer
  • Sequencer records your keyboard performance and controller movements as MIDI data
  • Allows you to record your pad sampler performance
  • Ideal for recording musical ideas or sketching songs
Step Sequencer
  • Use the 16 pads to intuitively and quickly create original rhythm patterns with up to 64 steps
Drum Track
  • Choose from 772 preset drum patterns in a wide variety of styles
  • Add rhythm to your performance simply by pressing a button
Arpeggiator
  • Helps spark your imagination and generate song ideas
  • Simply hold down keys to create rhythmic chords, bass phrases, or guitar strumming

Microphone Input/Line Input/Vocoder

  • Mic input with 1/4" TS phone jack lets you plug a dynamic mic directly in the keyboard
  • Eliminates the need for a separate mixer when performing live
  • Built-in vocoder function—easily perform vocoder sounds with quick access via the real-time control section
  • Line input with 1/8" stereo mini jack, for connecting your audio player or for sampling

USB Audio/MIDI Interface

  • Connect the Kross 2 to your Mac or Windows computer and enjoy DAW recording
  • The Korg Module (available separately) sound module app can be used as an external sound module played from the Kross 2
  • Perform along with the backing of tracks you created using the Korg Gadget DAW app (available separately)
  • Dedicated Kross2 Editor and Plug-In Editor (free downloads, available separately) let you edit while viewing numerous parameters at a glance on your computer, or allow you to use the Kross 2 as a software synthesizer from within your DAW
In the Box
Korg Kross 2 61-Key Synthesizer Workstation (Red Marble)
  • AC Adapter
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    Keyboard
    Kross 2-61 61 x keys (velocity-sensitive, no aftertouch)
    Normally C2 to C7 (adjustable in the range C1 to C6 and C3 to C8)
    System
    Technology EDS (Enhanced Definition Synthesis - integrated)
    Sound Engine
    Maximum Polyphony 120 x voices (120 x oscillators), single mode
    60 x voices (60 x oscillators), single mode

    Actual maximum polyphony varies depending on oscillator settings such as stereo multisamples and velocity crossfading
    Preset PCM Memory Approximately 128 MB (at 48 kHz / 16-bit linear PCM data equivalent)
    496 x multisamples (including seven stereo)
    1014 x drum samples (including 49 stereo)
    Expansion PCM Memory Approximately 128 MB (when converted to 48 kHz / 16-bit linear PCM)

    Used when loading option PCM
    Program Oscillator
    OSC1 (single), OSC1+2 (double)
    Stereo multisamples support 4 velocity zones per oscillator, with switching, crossfades, and layers

    Filters
    4 x types of filter routing (single, serial, parallel, 24 dB)
    2 x multi-mode filters per voice (low-pass, high-pass, band-pass, band reject)

    Modulation
    For Each Voice: 2 x envelope generators (Filter & Amp), 2 x LFOs, 2 x key-tracking generators (Filter & Amp), 2 x AMS mixers
    Pitch EG, common LFO, two common-key tracking generators

    User Programs
    1280 (768 preloaded)

    Preset Programs
    265 (256 GM2 programs + 9 GM2 drum programs)
    Combination Timbres
    Up to 16 timbres, switchable via key zone or velocity zone
    Layer and crossfade supported
    Tone Adjust function allows program settings to be offset

    Master Keyboard Functionality
    Allows you to control external MIDI devices

    User Combinations
    896 (384 preloaded)
    Drum Kits Stereo and mono drum samples
    4-way velocity switches with crossfades and adjustable crossfade shapes (Linear, Power, Layer)

    User Drum Kits
    58 (42 preloaded)
    Favorites
    Patch Memories 128 (16 favorites 8 banks)
    Effects
    Insert effects 5 x insert effects
    In-line processing
    Stereo in, stereo out
    Master Effects 2 x master effects
    2 x effects sends
    Stereo in, stereo out
    Effects Types 134 x types (select from 74 types for insert effects, 101 types for master effect 1, and 120 types for master effect 2)
    Modulation Dynamic modulation
    Effects Control Bus Stereo sidechaining for limiter, gates, vocoders, and more
    Polyphonic Arpeggiators
    Program Mode One arpeggiator
    Combination Mode Two arpeggiators
    Sequencer Modes Two arpeggiators
    Preset Arpeggio Patterns Up, Down, Alt1, Alt2, Random
    User Arpeggio Patterns Number of Arpeggio Patterns: 1280 (1024 preloaded)
    Number of Tones: 12 tones
    Number of Steps: Up to 64 steps
    Step Sequencer
    Program Mode One unit can be created for each program, combination, and song
    Combination Mode Number of Tones: 12 x tones + 1 x accent tone
    Sequencer Modes Number of Steps: Up to 64 steps
    Drum Track
    Preset Patterns 772 patterns (held in common with sequencer patterns)
    Other Trigger mode/Sync/Zone settings can be specified
    Sequencer
    Tracks 16 x MIDI tracks
    Number of Songs Up to 128 songs
    Resolution 1/480
    Tempo 40.00 to 300.00 BPM (1/100 BPM resolution)
    Maximum Memory Up to 210,000 MIDI events
    Counter Measure/Beat/Tick
    Template Song 16 x presets / 16 x user template songs
    Preset Patterns 772 x patterns (shared with Drum Track patterns)
    Format KORG (Kross) format, SMF format 0 and 1
    Pad Sampler
    Specifications 16 pads x 8 banks
    Automatically saved on the SD card, and automatically loaded
    Up to four pads can play simultaneously
    Recording Format PCM audio format 48 kHz / 16-bit
    Recording Time Up to approximately 14 seconds of stereo sample for each pad
    Import WAV format
    44.1 kHz / 16-bit (stereo)
    48 kHz / 16-bit (stereo)

    44.1 kHz is automatically converted to 48 kHz
    Edit Waveform-Display Editing Functionality: Start address, looping settings, normalize, and other editing operations
    Internal Audio Recorder
    Recording Format PCM audio format, 48 kHz / 16-bit
    Import WAV format
    44.1 kHz / 16-bit (stereo)
    48 kHz / 16-bit (stereo)

    44.1 kHz is automatically converted to 48 kHz
    Export WAV format
    48 kHz / 16- bit, stereo
    Recording Time Maximum Continuous Recording Time: 3 hours
    Varies with type of SD card used (approximately 90 minutes / 1 GB)
    Number of Songs Up to 200 songs
    Number of Overdub Recordings Varies with remaining capacity of the SD card
    Counter Hour/Min/Sec
    Pad Audio Play 16 pads x 8 banks
    Directly play back data from SD card
    Media
    Types File, Utility, Information, additional PCM data management functionality
    Controllers
    General Control Pitch bend wheel
    Modulation wheel
    SW1, SW2
    Real-Time Control Select button
    Switch button
    Knob1 knob
    Knob2 knob
    Step Sequencer/Favorite/Pad Sampler/Pad Audio Play Pads 1 to 16
    Step Seq Active button, Run button
    Favorites Active button
    Sampler Active button, Hold button
    Audio Play Active button
    Bank LED A/B/C/D/E/F/G/H (also used by step sequencer, favorite, pad sampler, and pad audio play)
    Drum Track Drum Track button
    Arpeggiator Arp button
    Audio Recorder Audio Rec button
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    Display 240 x 64 pixel, LCD backlight
    Adjustable contrast
    Category Category dial, Value dial
    Mode Combi button, Prog button, Seq (global/media) button
    Value Controllers Cursor buttons, Exit, Enter, Function, Page-, Page+, Menu buttons
    Sequencer Rec button, Start/Stop button
    Quick Layer Split Layer/Split button
    Other Volume knob
    Control Inputs
    Foot Controllers Damper (supports piano-style half-damper pedals as well as standard footswitches)
    Assignable switch
    Assignable pedal
    Analog Audio Outputs
    L/Mono, R Connectors: 2 x 1/4" / 6.3 mm phone jacks (TS, unbalanced)
    Output Impedance: 1.1 kOhms stereo, 550 Ohms mono (L/Mono only)
    Maximum Level: +10.0 dBu
    Load Impedance: 10 kOhms or greater
    Controllable by volume knob
    Headphone Output Connectors: 1/8"/ 3.5 mm stereo mini phone jack
    Output Impedance: 33 Ohms
    Maximum Level: 40 + 40 mW
    Controllable via volume knob
    Analog Audio Inputs
    Line In Connector: 1/8" / 3.5 mm stereo mini phone jack
    Input Impedance: 1.1 kOhms
    Maximum Input Level: -42 to 0 dBu
    Mic Input Connector: 1/4" / 6.3 mm phone jack (TS, unbalanced)
    Input Impedance: 33 Ohms
    Maximum Input Level: -48 to -6 dBu
    Others
    MIDI In/out
    USB 1 x USB Type-B port
    USB MIDI interface
    USB audio interface
    SD Card Slot 1 x card slot
    SD memory cards up to 2 GB
    SDHC memory cards up to 32 GB
    (SDXC memory cards are not supported)
    Main Specifications
    Power AC adapter, 9 VDC
    6 x AA alkaline batteries
    6 x NiMH
    Battery Life Approximately 6 hours with 6 x AA alkaline batteries

    Approximately 7 hours with 6 x AA NiMH batteries (1900 mAh)
    Power Consumption 5 W
    Dimensions (W x D x H) 36.81 x 10.59 x 3.46" / 93.50 x 26.90 x 8.80 cm
    Weight 8.38 lb / 3.80 kg (excluding batteries)
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