Musikmesse 2013: Korg has introduced the new KROSS keyboard line – an a ‘affordable’ mobile keyboard workstation with some interesting features, including audio/MIDI recording capabilities, AC or battery operation (6xAA), an Electribe -style sequencer and a wide selection of sounds.
Here are the details.
- The lightweight body is only 4.3 kg/9.5 lbs (61-key model) or 12.4 kg/27.3 lbs (88-key model), and can be powered by 6x AA batteries
- Piano, electric piano, and drum sounds that ‘exceed its class’
- A wide variety of sounds that utilize twice as much PCM memory as previous instruments, and meet the needs of a broad range of musical styles
- Sound Selector makes it easy to find the sound you’re looking for
- Favorites function lets you register 64 selected sounds or audio songs for one-touch access – a great feature for live performances
- ‘Pro-quality’ EDS-i sound engine built-in, with a total of seven effects available for simultaneous use
- External input jacks allow a mic or external audio source to be directly connected.
- Quick Layer/Split function for on-the-fly versatility
- Stereo audio recorder allows you to record and overdub your performances and vocals
- Step sequencer inherited from the Electribe, a 16-track MIDI sequencer, a drum track, and an arpeggiator
- Connects to your computer via USB for plug-in integration with your favorite DAW
The Korg Kross keyboard workstation will be available in August 2013 with U.S. Street prices as follows: 61-key: $699 and 88-key: $999.
See the Korg site for details.