Korg Krome EX 73 Music Workstation

Korg Krome EX 73 Music Workstation

Korg Krome EX 73 Music Workstation

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Product Highlights

  • 73-Key Semi-Weighted Keyboard
  • German D Grand Piano Patch
  • Three Types of Electric Piano Patches
  • Vintage Amp, Cabinet and Effect Modeling
  • 600 Preset Drum Patterns with Ambience
  • Onboard 16-Track Sequencer
  • Built-In Digital Effects
  • USB, SD Card, and MIDI Connectivity
  • Mac and Windows Compatible
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Korg Krome EX 73 Overview

  • 1Description

The Krome EX 73 Music Workstation by Korg has received a major refresh. Featuring usable sounds in an easy-to-use platform, the Krome EX keyboard has been updated to meet the needs of the current music scene and place an emphasis on sounds that can immediately fit into productions of all types. In addition to the standard sounds including piano, electric piano, and dynamic drum kits, Krome EX provides numerous updated programs and PCM data, including piano programs prepared specifically for this product. The instrument now provides high-quality sounds that take full advantage of KROME's high performance specs, new body, and updated look to accompany the new sounds, making this a music workstation for gigging musicians and producers of all stripes.

First, we focus on EDM (Electronic Dance Music). 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 updated staple of sounds that have been added. Ethnic instruments such as steel pan, kalimba, and koky?, 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.

Furthermore, Krome EX is equipped with the popular basics. Bread-and-butter sounds that are always fresh. The workstation is equipped with new grand piano sounds recorded under the supervision of Seigen Ono, the authority on DSD recording and mastering. This natural sound builds on the success of the German D Grand, which is the original Krome workstation, further expanding the range of piano sounds. An upright piano frequently used in pop is also included.

Also, Krome EX features three types of electric pianos that have warmth and realism. 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.

Krome EX provides a massive collection of more than 2500 drum samples to power its 48 preloaded kits. One notable kit is Jazz Ambience Drums which capture a dramatic realism by allowing you to adjust the balance between the direct sound and the ambient room sound. Krome EX also includes 640 programs or 288 combinations, each created by professional musicians to provide both clean backing parts and soaring solos. The Drum Track feature, with more than 600 preset patterns, also allows drum patterns to be created and used with the sequencer.

Krome EX features an onboard 16-track sequencer. The Auto Song Setup function starts recording immediately at the press of a button. Each Template Song assigns genre-appropriate sounds to sequencer tracks with prerouted effects. Korg's Cue List enables quick arranging with Realtime Pattern/Play Recording. Any necessary edits or changes can be made using the convenient piano-roll editing.

Finally, Krome EX connects to your computer via USB to easily transfer MIDI data. An SD card slot is also available to help you manage Krome's data files. The Krome Editor and Krome Plug-In Editor allow you to edit your Krome settings from a computer and/or integrate it as a software synthesizer in your DAW.

Korg Krome EX 73 Music Workstation
  • Full-length, unlooped piano and drum sounds
  • Three electric pianos with eight-level velocity switching
  • Drums offering mixable direct and ambient sounds
  • Drum Track plays backing grooves at the touch of a button
  • 640 Programs and 288 Combinations
  • USB and MIDI connectivity plus an SD Card slot for data storage
  • Krome Editor lets you edit sounds on your computer
  • Mac and Windows compatible
Workstation Wonderland
KROME EX has a full complement of features starting with the 16-track sequencer. KROME EX comes complete with a rich suite of tools to jumpstart your creativity. The convenient Auto Song Setup function allows you to record when inspiration strikes. Simply press the REC switch to start recording immediately. Each Template Song assigns popular sounds to sequencer tracks through prerouted effects to match a specific musical genre. Achieve lightning-fast arrangements using KORG's Cue List, and build instant-access patterns using the RPPR (Realtime Pattern/Play Recording) feature. You can go back and make any changes using the convenient piano-roll editing.
Responsive Keyboard
The 73-key semi-weighted natural touch keyboard provides a responsive and organic feel with touch sensitivity.
Dual Polyphonic Arpeggiators
In Combination or Sequencer mode, two arpeggiators can be running simultaneously. These onboard arpeggiators can generate guitar or bass riffs and drum patterns. They can also be used for sound design—creating pads, synth sounds, and sound effects. Edit the preset patterns to create your own.
Built-In Digital Effects
The effects section provides up to five Insert effects, two Master effects, and one Total effect. The 193 effect types include chorus, flanger, phaser, delay, reverb, compression, and limiting. Additional effects like Grain Shifter, Talking Modulator, amp modeling, and speaker simulation are also included.
Distinctive Design and Display
Krome's 800 x 480 pixel TouchView Color display can show numerous parameters at once. Simply touch the screen to change sounds or edit parameters. Finger-drag editing is also supported, allowing you to use the onscreen sliders and knobs directly. Numerous functions utilize the TouchView interface, such as the piano-roll editor, stopwatch, and calculator keypad.
In the Box
Korg Krome EX 73 Music Workstation
  • Accessory Disc with Video Manual
  • AC Adapter
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty; Extends to 2 Years if Registered within 90 Days
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    Korg Krome EX 73 Specs

    Keyboard Type 73-Keys C1 to C7 Velocity Sensitivity is Supported; Aftertouch is Not Supported.
    Tone Generating Technology EDS-X (Enhanced Definition Synthesis-eXpanded)
    Polyphony 120 Voices (120 Oscillators) / Single Mode
    60 Voices (120 Oscillators) / Double Mode

    Maximum Simultaneous Voice Polyphony Depends on Oscillator Settings (for Example: the Setting for Stereo Multisamples)
    PCM Memory 4 GB (In Case of 48 kHz,16-Bit Linear PCM Converted)
    728 Multisamples (Including 44 Stereo Multisamples)
    2502 Drumsamples (Including 574 Stereo Drumsamples)
    Program Audio
    Oscillator OSC1 (Single); OSC1 + 2 (Double): Stereo Multisamples are Supported
    8 Velocity Zones Per Oscillator with Switching; Crossfades and Layers
    Filters Filter Routing: Four Types (Single, Serial, Parallel, 24 dB)
    Per Oscillator: Two Multimode Filters  (Low Pass, High Pass, Band Pass, Band Reject)
    Driver Per-Voice Nonlinear Driver and Low Boost
    Equalizer Three Bands with Sweepable Mid
    Modulation Per Oscillator:
    Two Envelope Generators (Filter & Amp)
    Two LFOs
    Two Key Tracking Generators (Filter & Amp)
    Two AMS Mixers
    Pitch EG
    Common LFO
    Two Common Key-Tracking Generators
    Combination Timbres: 16 x Split/Layer/Velocity Switching with Crossfading & Modifications via Tone-Adjust Function

    MIDI Controller Functionality: Customizable MIDI Channel and Internal/External/Both settings per Timbre

    Master Keyboard Functionality: Available for Controlling External MIDI Devices
    Master Keyboard Functionality Control External MIDI Devices (such as Sound Modules)
    Drum Kits Stereo and Mono Drum Samples
    8 Velocity Zones Switch (Crossfades and Layers)

    Combinations / Programs / Drum Kits:
    User Combinations: 768 Combinations (512 Preload)
    User Programs: 1536 Programs (896 Preloaded)
    User Drum Kits: 80 Drum Kits (48 Preloaded)
    Preset Programs: 256 GM2 Programs + 9 GM2 Drum Programs
    Insert 5 Insert Effects (Stereo In/Out)
    2 Master Effects (Stereo In/Out)
    1 Total Effect (Stereo In/Out)
    EQ Controls 3-Band EQ per Timbre/Track
    Effect Types 193 Types: Usable as Insert, Master, or Total Effect (Double-Size Effects Cannot Be Used as a Total Effect)
    Modulation Dynamic Modulation, 2 LFOs
    Effect Variations Stereo Sidechain (Limiter, Gate, Vocoder, Etc.)
    Presets 32 Per Effect
    Polyphonic Arpeggiator
    Program Single Polyphonic Arpeggiator
    Combination Dual Polyphonic Arpeggiators
    Patterns Preloaded x 960 
    Total Locations x 1088 
    Preset (Arpeggios) x 5 
    Drum Track Preset Patterns: 710 Patterns (Common with The Preset Pattern of The Sequencer Mode)
    User Patterns: 1000 Patterns (Pattern Created in Sequencer Mode can be Converted to Drum Track User Pattern)
    Configurable Trigger Mode / Sync / Zone
    Tracks 16 MIDI tracks + 1 Master Track
    Number of Songs 128 Songs
    Resolution 1/480 PPQ
    Tempo 40.00 to 300.00 (1/100 BPM Resolution)
    Max Memory Size 210,000 MIDI Events
    Auto Templates 16 Preset / 16 User Template Songs
    Cue Mode 20 Cue Lists
    99 Steps
    Pattern 605 Preset / 100 User Patterns
    Recording Patterns / RPPR (Real-Time Pattern Play and Recording)
    Per Song: 10 Presets / 100 User Patterns (Per Song)
    Pattern Set Per Song x 1
    Format KORG (KROME) Format; SMF Format 0 and 1
    Media Management Load, Save, Utility, Data Filer Functionality (Save and Load MIDI System Exclusive Data)
    Joystick Joystick, SW [1], SW [2]
    Realtime Controllers Select
    Tone, Arpeggio
    Knobs: 4 
    Real-Time Modulation
    Drum Sound Module On/Off
    Arpeggiator On/Off
    User Interface
    Display TouchView Graphical User Interface
    7-Inch Color TFT LCD, 800 x 480 pixels
    Onboard LCD Brightness Control
    Front Panel Switches Mode Switch:
    Combi, Prog, Seq, Global, Media Switch

    Value Controller:
    Increase, Decrease, 10 Key Block 0 - 9

    Bank Switches:
    A, B, C, D, E, (in Combination Mode A, B, C, D are available)

    Sequencer Switches:
    Pause, Rew, FF, Locate, Rec, Start/Stop


    Other Switches/Knobs:
    Page, Write, Exit, Volume, Contrast
    Audio Output 1 x 1/4" / 6.3 mm TS (L / Mono)
    1 x 1/4" / 6.3mm TS (R)
    Output Impedance: 1100 Ohms, 550 Ohms with Mono Output
    Maximum level: 16 dBu
    Load Impedance: >10 Ohms
    Headphone Output TRS Stereo: 1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm 
    Output Impedance: 33 Ohms
    Maximum Level: 60 + 60 mW with 33-Ohm Load
    Control Input Damper Pedal (Half Damper Supported)
    Swich: Assignable
    Pedal: Assignable
    MIDI In/Out
    USB Port 1 x USB Type-B
    SD Card Slot Max: 2 GB / SD Memory Card
    Max: 32 GB / SDHC Memory Card
    Note: SDXC Memory Cards are Not Supported
    System Requirements
    Mac System Requirements Mac OS X 10.5 or Later
    Intel Mac Supported
    USB Port Supported: Mac OS X 10.6 or Later
    Later Core Duo Recommended
    Memory: >512 MB (at Least 1 GB Recommended)
    Monitor: 1024 x 768, at Least 32,000 Colors
    Available USB Port
    Windows System Requirements Windows Vista SP2 / 7 (all editions)
    CPU: Intel Pentium 4, >1 GHz
    Later Core Duo recommended
    Memory: >512 MB (1 GB Recommended)
    Monitor: 1,024 x 768, at Least 16-Bit Color
    Available USB Port
    Power Supply 12 VDC 3.5 A
    Power Consumption 13 W
    Power Switch Yes
    Dimensions (W x D x H) 46.9 x 12.3 x 3.7" / 119.1 x 31.3 x 9.3 cm
    Weight 18.1 lb / 8.2 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 26.12 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 53.5 x 16.5 x 7.25"

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