Korg today announced that they are expanding their Kross workstation line with the introduction of the Kross2.
The Kross2’s upgrades include more PCM, more sounds (1075 programs), more polyphony (120), user sampling, audio recording, audio and MIDI over USB, and 16 sample trigger pads.
The synthesizer comes with Korg’s Enhanced Definition Synthesis-integrated sound engine. EDS-i allows for the use of five insert and two master effects to be used simultaneously.
Extensive sampling and sample editing has also been added, along with a new bank of 16 illuminated trigger pads, allowing users to play back samples as well as audio tracks. Kross2 has incorporated a new USB audio/MIDI interface functionality.
- More than 1,000 presets
- 128MB of expansion PCM memory is built-in, and option libraries are supported
- EDS-i sound engine, and a rich selection of effects with 134 types
- Sampling functionality and 16 sampler pads
- Realtime control section for quick parameter editing
- Favorite function lets you register and instantly recall up to 128 frequently-used sounds
- Quick layer/split can be specified by a single button
- Lightweight compact body; the 61-key model weighs only 3.8 kg, the lightest in its class
- Long operating life, with six AA batteries allowing up to seven hours of use
- Audio player/recorder that can be triggered by the pads
- Sequencer, drum track, and arpeggiator to support song production
- Rich array of input jacks for singer-instrumentalists or vocoder performance, without requiring additional equipment
- Also functions as a USB audio interface
Pricing and Availability
Available in September 2017 for $1049.99, Kross2-88 key is available in three different color finishes. A 61-key version will also be available. See the Korg site for more info.