Korg Releases Free M1 Sound Library for Krome Music Workstation

Today at the 2013 Summer NAMM Show, Korg announced the release of a free bonus sound library for the KROME Music Workstation which focuses on some of the most recognizable sounds from the iconic M1, Korg’s original Music Workstation.

The M1 for Krome collection offers 100 Programs and 100 Combinations, which were “intricately” ported for use in KROME. The download also includes a collection of 10 demo sequences featuring the M1 sounds. Many are demonstrated in the video, above.

Originally launched in 1988, the Korg M1 was the first of what would become a new genre of instrument, the Music Workstation. The M1 featured PCM-based sounds, multi-effects, and an eight-track on board sequencer. This workstation became one of the top-selling keyboards of its time. Continue reading

New Korg Krome Workstation Priced Starting At $999

Korg Krome Workstation

Korg earlier in the week introduced the Krome keyboard line – a new family of workstation keyboards.

The response here and at the Korg Facebook page was mixed. Some readers were hoping that Korg’s ‘major announcement’ would be a new analog synth, while others were disappointed by what they saw as another “generic, overpriced workstation keyboard”.

Now Korg has released pricing details for the Krome, though, and it looks like the new workstation is priced very competitively, given its features. Krome features include sounds derived from their flagship Kronos keyboard, a 7-inch color touchscreen, unlooped piano samples and integration with your DAW.

The Korg Krome is available in three models:

  • Krome 61 (Semi-Weighted Keybed)- $999
  • Krome 73 (Semi-Weighted Keybed) – $1,199
  • Krome 88 (Natural Weighted Hammer Action) – $1,599

Product Highlights: 

  • Kronos-derived full length, unlooped piano and drum sounds, plus new electric pianos
  • Electric pianos with eight-level velocity switching
  • Korg’s 7-inch color TouchView display
  • Drums offering separately mixable direct and ambient sounds
  • Drum Track plays back realistic grooves at the touch of a button
  • 640 Programs and 288 Combinations
  • Powerful Effects with 5 Inserts, 2 Master, and 1 Total FX, plus per track/timbre EQ
  • Aluminum panel design
  • USB connection to your computer, plus an SD Card slot for data storage
  • You can use the Krome editor to edit sounds on your computer
  • Available in 61, 73, and 88 key models.

We’ve got the official intro video and specifications below. See the Korg site for more details.

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