The Korg Krome range is the go-to workhorse keyboard that helped define the synth workstation category. Now Korg have unveiled a bold refresh, focused on delivering studio-quality sounds for every application – a professional musician’s toolkit.
Korg Krome EX – what’s new?
- High-capacity PCM memory for new levels of tonal detail and authenticity
- 896 new sound programs with 512 combinations for maximum creativity
- Massively expanded EDM and ethnic instrument selection
- A stunning new piano library recorded under supervision of DSD recording guru Seigen Ono
- Painstakingly modelled electric piano library featuring vintage amps, cabinets and effects
- 48 new drum kits with over 2500 drum samples, with adjustable mic positioning for ambience
- Over 600 professionally played drum tracks, with space for user patterns too
- Dual polyphonic arpeggiators can be used as sequencers and run simultaneously
- 16 track sequencer
- Real-time Pattern Play Recording feature allows you to save instant access patterns
- Semi-weighted keyboard for the 61 & 73 models, weighted hammer action keyboard for the 88 model
- Aluminium panelling makes for a futuristic but clean-cut aesthetic
- 800 x 480 touch screen display for easy interaction with your performance
Here's what Korg say about the Krome EX:
Now available in a brand-new color, the KROME EX synthesizer is a real workhorse that features high-quality sounds you can use right away with an emphasis on “future basics”—all packed into a lightweight, portable design. This is a special-edition KROME EX that sports a vibrant copper-colored panel, which looks great under any light... now available in limited quantities.
Carefully selected sounds with immediate usability
Keeping up with a worldwide music scene that evolves daily is a challenge for any instrument designer that Korg is excited to take on. Krome EX answers the question "What sounds should be provided by today’s go-to workstation synth?"
First we focus on EDM (Electronic Dance Music) that has conquered the world. 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 new staple sounds that we've added. Ethnic instruments such as steel pan, kalimba, and kokyu, 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.
Krome EX’s piano sounds are crucial
Piano sounds are critically important for nearly every keyboard instrument. The Krome EX is equipped with new grand piano sounds. These sounds were recorded under the supervision of Seigen Ono, the authority on DSD recording and mastering, and provide a beautifully clear sound that builds on the success of the "German D Grand" that exemplifies the original Krome, further expanding the range of piano sounds. An upright piano frequently used in pop is also newly included.
Electric pianos with beautiful warmth and realism
For many keyboardists, a realistic electric piano sound is just as critical as an artisanal acoustic piano sound. Krome features three types of electric pianos. 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.
Drum sounds with fine-tune control over resonance
When producing on a music workstation, the built-in drum kits play a major role. The Krome EX provides a massive collection of more than 2,500 drum samples to power its 48 preload kits. One of the notable kits is "Jazz Ambience Drums." Its generous sound takes advantage of Krome EX’s high-capacity PCM memory to deliver a completely new level of clarity and realism. Adjusting the mix balance between the direct sound (a mic placed near the head or cymbal) and the ambient sound (recorded from a distant mic to capture the resonance of the room), allows you to create a rich drum sound that has exactly the balance and character that you want.
Dual polyphonic arpeggiators
In Combination mode or Sequencer mode, two arpeggiators can be run simultaneously. In addition to standard arpeggio patterns, these arpeggiators can generate guitar or bass riffs, drum patterns, or they can even be used as building blocks for sound design, to create pads, synth sounds, and sound effects that include subtle motion. You're also free to edit any of the patterns to create your own custom originals.
Krome EX has a full complement of the features you’ve come to expect from a Korg Music Workstation, starting with the 16-track sequencer. But there’s much, much more. Krome EX comes complete with a rich suite of tools to jumpstart your creativity. There's the convenient Auto Song Setup function; if inspiration strikes while you're playing a program or combination, simply press the REC switch to start recording immediately. Each Template Song assigns popular sounds to sequencer tracks through pre-routed effects to match a specific musical genre. Achieve lightning fast arrangements using Korg’s Cue List, and build an armada of instant-access patterns using the RPPR (Real-time Pattern/Play Recording) feature. Go back and you can make any changes using the convenient piano-roll editing.