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
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.
Native Instruments has introduced Maschine MKII, the next generation of its hardware/software beatmaking workstation.
Here’s what’s new with Maschine MKII:
Each one of the 16 touch-pads can be assigned a different color to easily separate and identify sounds, patterns, groups, and scenes.
With the new Maschine, you can timestretch and pitch shift your samples directly from the hardware, eliminating the need to jump back and forth from host systems.
The Maschine MKII controller now has a master push encoder with grid, and 47 all-click-buttons that help to speed up the workflow.
The Maschine MKII’s high contrast displays have a higher viewing angle that will help keep things visible, even with some difficult live performance placements.
The new Maschine also allows for Host Transport Control, meaning that the hardware’s transport controls can be used to control the host DAW when the unit is being used as a VST, Audio Unit or RTAS plug-in.
There are also some new effects such as Transient Master, Tape and Tube Saturators; and
A full version of the Massive synthesizer is included.
Austin-based startup Music Computing has announced their new line of keyboard workstations.
The StudioBLADE and iKeyDOCK are complete, portable production stations, which either include a built-in Windows 7 64-bit PC with touch-screen and DAW software and virtual software instruments, or a docking system for any PC/Mac notebook.
The StudioBLADE series are complete music production workstations powered by Intel processors and 64-bit Windows 7, and each model ships with a studio package with DAW (digital audio workstation), virtual instruments, mastering effects, and utilities to customize the exclusive ControlDAW MIDI control surface.
iKeyDOCK keyboard workstations are designed to be compatible with both Windows and Mac notebooks. The iKeyDOCK provides a dockable solution for any notebook; simply plug-in and start playing.