Korg Krome 73-Key Music Workstation (Black)

Korg Krome 73-Key Music Workstation (Black)

Korg Krome 73-Key Music Workstation (Black)

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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 73 overview

  • 1Description

The black Krome 73-Key Music Workstation by Korg features a wide selection of sounds, including piano, electric piano, dynamic drum kits, 640 programs and 288 combinations. The 73-key semi-weighted natural touch keyboard provides a feel and response ideal for any style of piano playing.

The Korg Krome has plentiful onboard sounds, including the "German D Grand" patch, which features 88 full-length unlooped stereo samples and damper resonance. The three types of electric pianos have eight velocity levels to ensure a faithful response to the nuances of your playing. Additionally, vintage amps, cabinets and effects have been modeled to add realism to your playing experience. Krome contains "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 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 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 pre-routed 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.

Krome 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 73-Key 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
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. 193 effect types including chorus, flanger, phaser, delay, reverb, compressor and limiter. Additional effects like Grain Shifter, Talking Modulator and 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 on-screen 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 73-Key Music Workstation (Black)
  • Accessory Disc with Video Manual
  • AC Adapter
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty; Extends to 2 Years if Registered within 90 Days
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Korg Krome 73 specs

    Keyboard
    Keyboard Type 73-key velocity-sensitive, C1 to C7 range
    Tone Generating Technology EDS-X (Enhanced Definition Synthesis-eXpanded)
    Voices
    Polyphony 120 voices (120 Oscillators) / Single Mode
    60 voices (120 Oscillators) / Double Mode

    The maximum simultaneous voice polyphony will vary depending on oscillator settings such as stereo multisamples and velocity crossfading.
    PCM Memory 3.8 GB, 48kHz/16-bit linear equivalent
    583 Multisamples (Including 12 Stereo multisamples)
    2,080 Drumsamples (Including 474 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 Four types of filter routing (single, serial, parallel, 24 dB)
    Two multi-mode filters per oscillator (low pass, high pass, band pass, band reject)
    Driver Per-voice nonlinear driver and low boost
    Equalizer Three bands, with sweepable mid
    Modulation For each 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 maximum, each with split/layer/velocity switching with crossfading, plus 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
    Drum Kits Stereo and mono drum samples
    8 velocity zones switch (crossfades and layers)
    Sounds Program: 640 preload, 768 total locations
    Combi: 288 preload, 512 total locations
    Drumkits: 32 preload, 48 total locations
    Effects
    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, useable as Insert, Master, or Total effects
    Note that a double-size effect cannot be used as a total effect
    Modulation Dynamic Modulation, 2 Common LFO
    Effect Variations Stereo sidechain (Limiter, Gate, Vocoder, etc)
    Presets 32 presets per effect
    Polyphonic Arpeggiator
    Program Single polyphonic arpeggiator
    Combination Dual polyphonic arpeggiators
    Patterns 900 preload, 1028 total locations
    5 preset arpeggio patterns
    Drum Patterns 637 preload, 1000 total locations
    Configurable Trigger Mode/Sync/Zone
    Sequencer
    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 RPPR (Realtime Pattern Play and Recording):
    1 pattern set per song
    Format KORG (KROME) format, SMF format 0 and 1
    Media Management Load, Save, Utility, data filer functionality (Save and Load MIDI System Exclusive Data)
    Controller
    Joystick Joystick, SW [1], SW [2]
    Realtime Controllers [SELECT] Switch:
    REALTIME CONTROL (TONE, USER), ARP
    4 Knobs;
    REALTIME CONTROL: Real-time Modulation, Arpeggio control
    Drum Sound Module [DRUM TRACK] Switch On/Off
    Arpeggiator [ARP] Switch 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:
    [VALUE] Dial, [INC], [DEC] Switch, 10 key block ([0] - [9], [-], [.], [ENTER], [COMPARE])

    BANK Switch:
    [A], [B], [C], [D], [E], [F] switch (in Combination mode, [A], [B], [C], [D] switch are available)

    SEQUENCER switch:
    [PAUSE], [REW], [FF], [LOCATE], [REC], [START / STOP]

    TEMPO:
    [TEMPO] knob, [TAP] switch

    Others:
    [PAGE] switch, [WRITE] switch, [EXIT] switch, [VOLUME] knob, Contrast knob
    Outputs
    Audio Output 1 x 1/4" TS (L / Mono)
    1 x 1/4" TS (R)
    Output Impedance: 1100Ω, 550Ω with Mono output
    Maximum level: 16 dBu
    Load Impedance: more than 10Ω
    Headphone Output 1 x 1/8" (3.5 mm) TRS stereo
    Output Impedance: 33Ω
    Maximum level: 60 + 60 mW with 33Ω load
    Control Input DAMPER pedal (Half Damper supported)
    ASSIGNABLE SWITCH
    ASSIGNABLE PEDAL
    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 (32-bit and 64-bit kernel modes supported)
    Note: This plug-in is not 64-bit
    CPU: Intel Mac supported
    Later Core Duo recommended
    Memory: More than 512MB (at least 1 GB recommended)
    Monitor: 1,024 x 768, at least 32,000 colors
    Others: Available USB port
    Windows System Requirements Windows Vista SP2 / 7 (all editions)
    CPU: Intel Pentium 4 greater than 1 GHz
    Later Core Duo recommended
    Memory: More than 512MB (Greater than 1 GB recommended)
    Monitor: 1,024 x 768, at least 16-bit color
    Others: Available USB port
    General
    Power Supply DC12V 3.5A
    Power Consumption 13W
    Power Switch Yes
    Dimensions (W x D x H) 46.89 x 12.32 x 3.66" (1,191 x 313 x 93 mm)
    Weight 18.08 lb (8.2 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 26.4 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 53.0 x 17.0 x 8.0"

    Korg Krome 73 reviews

    Krome 73-Key Music Workstation (Black) is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 1.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good sounds; Reduced live gear to 1 kbd. Krog Krome 73 has replaced my 2-keyboard live rig, but it wasn't easy. It's a mixed-bag of some outstanding strengths and some head-shaking weaknesses. Overall, this is a very good board, is light, sounds good, is a good price/value, and it's working for me. But I'm going to be critical of the things I thought could be better. You decide if you can live with it. I suspect that the sounds and programming are going to be similar if not identical for the 61 and 88 key models. I've owned this for about 8 months, played 20+ gigs, and programmed maybe 100 combinations. Overview: Piano: excellent Electric pianos: good (faithful samples?) Organs: good, but will need tweaking Strings: excellent Horns: very good Synths: excellent Pros: Lightweight Lower cost for quality of sounds and features Excellent splits, layers, and velocity switching Very nice piano sounds Great synth sounds Very nice sounding effects Built reasonably well Cons: Organs probably need tweaking to use Black keys are hard to press near the hinge Steep learning curve for splits, layers, and velocity switching Routing effects is difficult to use and seems limited to me Power adapter connection to board is wimpy There are software/firmware bugs. No opinion / do not or have not used: Sequencer / Midi recorder Appegiator (the pre-programmed combis lead me to believe that this is impressive?) Drum track function (again, combis lead me to believe that this could be slick) Loading/saving data and computer interface (could be a gem? I just don't know) Real-time controls (other than the Leslie organ speed, I don't use them). I find the acoustic piano sounds excellent. I've heard better, but for a live setup with a cover band, it's just fine. It sounds fine when I'm practicing as well. I don't think the piano is worth nit-picking, especially given the lower price of this board. The electric pianos are good. I had been playing a Roland RD-700 on stage. I very much enjoyed the Rhodes-like pianos it had to offer. The Krome is probably a more technically accurate reproduction of the old electrics, so if that's what you're after, I think you'll be happy. The Roland RD-700 probably has cleaner, less true-to-original Rhodes sounds, but that's kind of my preference. Hard to describe. The organs, again, I think many may be a more technically accurate reproduction of some of the old organs, but that doesn't mean I'm in love with them. It's simply disappointing that in 2013 we are still opening up the box of a brand new synth and not finding 10 organs that just knock your socks off. I found myself having to layer and tweak some organs to get what I wanted. I actually very much like the organs in my Roland RS-50. They may not be a faithful reproduction, but I like them. I had a hard time getting a lot of the organs on the Krome to bite. I've got one organ patch with a flute layered in there, because I didn't know what the hell else to do to get the sound I needed. Ugh. There's nothing like a real Leslie, but the leslie imitation on the Krome is fine. The joystick can be pushed forward to change the speed of the modulation (slow to fast, fast to slow), so that's kind of a cool real-time effect. I like the synths and pads on this board. They are stronger than what I had in either of my Rolands. I feel it's a strength of the board, and one of the reasons I bought it. I simply needed better pads and synths. Lots of fun pre-programed combinations to play with. Drums. Tons of them. Sound fine. I'm not a synth drum guy, so whatever. This board takes somewhere between 30 and 60 seconds to boot. So, if the plug gets pulled in the middle of the performance, you'll be down for more than you like. (Hasn't happened to me yet). Speaking of power, it's a not-so-common power adapter. 12v with yet another circle size/shape. It's a weak connection. You'll want to be careful and always use the power cord hook on the back. There are software bugs. Rats. Sometimes a sound will just be really wrong. Rebooting isn't required, but usually you have to change to a different combi or program to clear things up. You will run into little funky things once in a while. There are few bad notes out there. In particular, the banjo sample has to keys (G# and A below middle C I believe), that are awful and do not match the recent of the keys. Once in a while, in a horn patch somewhere, you'll find a note (and maybe its neighbor) that just doesn't seem right. It seems obvious to me. I'm not one of those nit-pickers complaining about sample velocity switching or whatever. If I notice it, it's bad and only passable in a live situation. So, maybe 3 programs I've run into this. You would never be able to make a recording using this banjo sound. But I use the banjo, including the two bad notes, when I'm playing on stage. Nobody analyzes the banjo sound during Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy. This board can layer 16 sounds with something like 8 splits. This is a much-welcomed, fork-lift upgrade from what I had. On my Roland RD-700, I only have one split and can layer only two sounds. The RS-50 was a real drag to try to program, so I don't even know if I was ever successfully layering or what. 2-line LCD panel syndrome. The Korg Krome has a decent-sized color touch screen. You'll have to use more pressure than a smart phone or iPad, but it works fine. I can't say that the color touch screen makes this thing easy to use, but it at least makes it possible to learn how to program the thing. (The RS-50 will take that secret to its grave... where's that manual again?) Speaking of the manual, it appears complete. I have had to consult it, and I have found my answers. Interestingly, in spite of the complexity of the board, I found myself in the manual a lot less than I thought I would be. This is really my first workstation-esque board. There's a lot of stuff I'm not used to seeing or tweaking. For example, if you want to layer a sound with another one, you better make sure that the second sound is set to receive midi on channel 1. Timbres (as they are called) 1 through 16 default to channels 1 through 16, so if you plan on having the keys in front of you actually make sounds on any timbre, you need to set its Midi receive channel to 1. This is a pain for people like me who just have one keyboard. In general, I find myself flipping from menu to menu a lot to get done what I need to get done. There's a learning curve here. But I've found myself bouncing around the menus, finding seemingly related information in separate spots, but I've gotten used to it. The velocity switching is very cool and is a feature I didn't know I was missing it until I had it. For those of you not familiar, you can have a lighter touch of the keyboard just play a string sound, but when you hit it harder, it will plan strings and horns together (or just horns). I don't know how many splits you can do, but it's a lot in my opinion. Another thing that I didn't know I had been missing is the cross-fading of sounds through the range of its split. Again, for those of you not familiar with this, I can have a string sound split on the lower two-thirds and a horn sound on the upper two-thirds, which means that the strings are actually layered in the middle third. You can cross-fade the volumes between the two sounds, so as you go higher up in range from out of the strings into the horns, the strings will get softer and the horns will get louder, until the strings disappear at the top of their split, leaving only the horns. The splitting and velocity switching has allowed me to program Led Zeppelin's Kashmir, playing it with just one single combination. Took me 2 hours to program, but it can be done. One thing that I really love about this keyboard is that it is 6 octaves from C to C. I like C to C much better than E or F to whatever. 6 octaves is enough to do significantly fancy splits, but not so big that it's long and heavy. No weighted keys (and no aftertouch, which bugs some people). The keys are fine, until you get to playing nearer to the hinge. This is a big disappointment. Trying to play a flat near the hinge is a chore and feels unnatural. I'm able to work with it and have somewhat gotten used to it, but I'm surprised that Korg decided this design was acceptable. Effects routing seems limited to me. Somebody can tell me I'm wrong (I'd welcome that!), but it appears at any one time, you can run 5 effects. You can route the different timbres to whatever combination of effects you like, and then there's a couple master (end game?) effects that go on top of the whole wad. In the end, it's workable, but confusing to me. The frustration comes in when I want to layer two sounds with potentially vastly-different effects. I may have an organ (with modulation, a cabinet emulation, etc.) and then some big space synth sound with digital delay and what not. Layering the tones is easy, but since effects on each tone really makes a difference, you somehow have to combine the two effects into the combination so that they both can sound right with their effects. Just a warning that effects may be a pain once in a while. In the end, I have successfully consolidated from 2 boards to just 1 Krome in my live rig. Considering the sounds and features, it seems to be a good value. I'd replace it if it vanished. It appears that I'd have to spend 2 and half to 3 times as much to get a better keyboard that smooths out all the complaints I've listed. Me and my Krome have a little bit of a love/hate relationship, but it's unlikely I'm ever going to find that single keyboard that I have no complaints about that's under $1500.
    Date published: 2013-08-11
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