Korg Krome-61 Keyboard Workstation, 61-Key

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Play Korg's uber-realistic "German D Grand" piano and 600+ more stunning sounds -- then build 16-track sequences on the Krome workstation's wide 7" display.

The Korg Krome-61 brings you a top-of-the-line professional digital keyboard with natural-feeling, semi-weighted piano action. It delivers complete all-around functionality for any style of keyboard playing, and comes preloaded with numerous unlooped instrument sounds that sound so gorgeous you'll want to use them in the studio as much as you do on stage.

Hear the Krome's Kronos-derived sounds in this video from Korg:

A True Workstation

The Korg Krome-61 isn't just a keyboard -- it's a true full-featured musical creation engine. In addition to its easy-to-use 16-track sequencer, it's got a sweet Auto Song Setup feature that allows you to sketch entire compositions quickly and easily. Now there's only a single REC button standing between your inspiration and the finished idea! And when you're taking the time to prepare arrangements for a live set or studio gig, Korg's Cue List feature will allow you to get all the different parts in the right place as fast as humanly possible.

A Grand Piano that Goes Anywhere

Even with 640 Programs (individual voices) and 288 gig-ready Combinations, sometimes you really just need the sound of a great grand piano. And the Korg Krome might well be the best option out there. The German D Grand Piano patch on the Korg Krome-61 is rendered with so much detail that it uses dozens of times more memory than most keyboards do total. Good thing it's got a whopping 3.8 GB of PCM memory on board! Down to replicating the sound of damper resonances, read more the Krome-61 offers a piano experience that even classically-trained musicians will appreciate. The Natural Touch semi-weighted keybed is great for both acoustic players that are used to heavier keys and for players that need lighter, springier keys for organ or synth-style music.

Please Stop Carrying Around That Dusty Old Rhodes

Korg delivered the same degree of detail when they created the Krome-61's electronic piano sounds. Each of its three electric piano models is rendered at 8 distinct dynamic levels to assure a faithful response to the subtleties of the musician's touch.

The Keyboardist Can Finally Fire That Drummer She Hates

The Krome-61 goes beyond typical digital keyboards with its inclusion of the Jazz Ambiance Drums patch set that was so acclaimed on the now-famous Korg Kronos. Once again, the massive PCM memory onboard this instrument gives you sounds you'll want to use in any type of performance situation. Choose from more than 600 preset rhythm sequences or create your own patterns and loops!

Good Effects On You

The FX section gives you 5 insert slots for each preset, so you can create custom combinations of reverbs, delays, filters, flangers, phasers, and more. And if your music is looking for some new sounds altogether, patches like the Grain Shifter and the onboard amp modeling features will take you into tonal realms you've never even considered before. After all, the Krome is a Korg, so it makes sense that it's a stellar tool for creating killer sounds from scratch.

Software Support When You Want It

The Krome-61 comes USB-ready. In addition to hooking up effortlessly with any DAW, this port allows you to interface with the included Krome Plug-in Editing Software. With this you can prepare your sounds and FX inserts before your gig, or control them with a DAW in real time by connecting to a computer. And right next to the USB port you'll find an SD card reader to save files and patches when you don't have your computer on hand!

Beautiful On Every Level

The dark, curved body design with two contrasting aluminum panels projects a striking, high-end allure. But once your audience hears the sound coming off this slick board, they'll understand that the quality embodied by the Korg Krome-61 is more than skin deep. We think you'll pick up that pretty quickly too.


- Korg's Natural Touch keybed: semi-weighted, velocity-sensitive 61-key keyboard
- Full-length unlooped acoustic and electric piano and drum sounds
- A gorgeous and intuitive 7-inch color TouchView control display
- Pre-programmed with 640 gorgeous sounds and 288 combi patches
- 5 FX Inserts for each preset, along with 2 Master FX, and 1 Total FX
- Timbre and EQ adjustment on each track
- Distinctive design with stylish contrasting aluminum panels
- USB connection
- SD Card slot for data storage
- Includes Krome software editor to edit sounds on your computer
- Complete MIDI I/O
- Standard 1/4-inch L and R outputs
- Can be connected to optional Korg XVP-10 Expression Pedal, EXP-2 Foot Controller, DS-1H Damper Pedal, or PS-1/PS-3 Pedal Switch
- 3.5mm stereo headphone jack
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- Krome 61: Natural Touch keyboard, semi-weighted, velocity-sensitive (C2-C7, transposable from C1-C6 to C3-C8)

- - EDS-X (Enhanced Definition Synthesis-eXpanded)

- Maximum Polyphony:
- - 120 voices (120 Oscillators) / Single Mode
- - 60 voices (120 Oscillators) / Double Mode
- - *The maximum simultaneous voice polyphony will vary depending on oscillator settings such as stereo multisamples and
- - velocity crossfading.
- PCM Memory:
- - 3.8 GB, 48kHz/16-bit linear equivalent
- - 1,077 Multisamples (Including 7 Stereo multisamples)
- - 1,609 Drumsamples (Including 116 Stereo Drumsamples)
- Program:
- Oscillator
- - OSC1 (Single); OSC1 + 2 (Double): Stereo multisamples are supported
- - 8 velocity zones per oscillator with switching, crossfades and layers
- Filters:
- - Four types of filter routing (single, serial, parallel, 24 dB)
- - Two multi-mode filters per oscillator (low pass, high pass, band pass, band reject)
- Driver:
- - Per-voice nonlinear driver and low boost
- EQ:
- - Three bands, with sweepable mid
- Modulation:
- - For each oscillator: two envelope generators (Filter & Amp)
- - Two LFOs
- - Two key tracking generators (Filter & Amp)
- - Two AMS mixers
- - Pitch EG
- - Common LFO
- - Two common key tracking generators
- Combination:
- Timbres: 16 maximum, each with split/layer/velocity switching with crossfading, plus modifications via Tone
- Adjust function
- MIDI Controller Functionality: Customizable MIDI channel and Internal/External/Both settings per timbre
- Master Keyboard Functionality
- It's available for controlling external MIDI devices
- Drum Kit:
- Stereo and mono drum samples
- 8 velocity zones switch (crossfades and layers)
- Sounds:
- Program: 640 preload, 768 total locations
- Combi: 288 preload, 512 total locations
- Drumkits: 32 preload, 48 total locations
- The number of Combination / Program / Drum Kit:
- - User: 512 Combination (288 Preload)
- User: 768 Program (640 Preload)
- User: 48 Drum Kit (32 Preload)
- - Preset: 256 GM2 Program + 9 GM2 Drums Program
- Effects
- Insert Effects:
- - 5 Insert Effects (stereo in/out)
- - 2 Master Effects (stereo in/out)
- - 1 Total Effect (stereo in/out)
- Timbre / Track EQ:
- - 3-band EQ per timbre/track
- Effect Types:
- 193, useable as Insert, Master, or Total effects. Note that a double-size effect cannot be used as a total effect.
- Modulation:
- - Dynamic Modulation, 2 Common LFO
- Effects Control Busses:
- - Stereo sidechain (Limiter, Gate, Vocoder, etc)
- Effect Preset:
- - 32 preset per effect
- Polyphonic Arpeggiator
- Program Mode:
- Single polyphonic arpeggiator
- Combination, Sequencer Mode:
- Dual polyphonic arpeggiators
- Number of pattern:
- 900 preload, 1028 total locations
- 5 preset arpeggio patterns
- Drum Track
- 637 preload, 1000 total locations
- Configurable Trigger Mode/Sync/Zone
- Sequencer
- Tracks:
- - 16 MIDI tracks + 1 master track
- Number of Songs:
- - 128 Songs
- Resolution:
- - 1/480 PPQ
- Tempo:
- - 40.00- 300.00 (1/100 BPM resolution)
- Maximum memory:
- - 210,000 MIDI events
- Template Song:
- - 16 preset / 16 user template songs
- Cue List function:
- - 20 Cue Lists
- 99 steps
- Pattern:
- - 605 Preset / 100 User patterns
- RPPR (Realtime Pattern Play and Recording):
- - 1 pattern set per song
- Format:
- - KORG (KROME) format, SMF format 0 and 1
- Media
- - Load, Save, Utility, data filer functionality (Save and Load MIDI System Exclusive Data)

- *Joystick, SW [1], SW [2]
- *Realtime Control
- - [SELECT] Switch:
- - 4 Knobs;
- - REALTIME CONTROL: Real-time Modulation, Arpeggio control
- *Drum Track
- - [DRUM TRACK] Switch On/Off
- *Arpeggiator
- - [ARP] Switch On/Off

User Interface
- - TouchView(tm) Graphical User Interface
- - 7-inch color TFT LCD, 800 x 480 pixels
- - Onboard LCD brightness control

Mode Switch:
- - [COMBI], [PROG], [SEQ], [GLOBAL], [MEDIA] switch
- VALUE controller:
- - [VALUE] Dial, [INC], [DEC] Switch, 10 key block ([0] - [9], [-], [.], [ENTER], [COMPARE])
- BANK Switch:
- - [A], [B], [C], [D], [E], [F] switch (in Combination mode, [A], [B], [C], [D] switch are available)
- SEQUENCER switch:
- - [PAUSE], [REW], [FF], [LOCATE], [REC], [START / STOP]

- [TEMPO] knob, [TAP] switch

- [PAGE] switch, [WRITE] switch, [EXIT] switch, [VOLUME] knob, Contrast knob

- - 6.3mm (Mono) Phone jack, Unbalanced
- Output Impedance: 1100Ohm, 550Ohm with Mono output
- Maximum level: +16.0 [dBu], Load Impedance: more than 10Ohm.

Headphone Output:
- - 3.5mmStereo phone jack
- Output Impedance: 33Ohm
- Maximum level: 60 + 60mW with 33Ohm load"

Control Input
- DAMPER pedal (Half Damper supported)


- - USB-MIDI Interface (TYPE B) x 1

SD Card Slot:
- Max: 2 GB / SD memory card
- Max: 32 GB/ SDHC memory card
- Note: SDXC memory cards are not supported.

- Power supply (DC12V 3.5A), POWER switch

Dimensions (W x D x H):
- KROME-61 = 40.43 x 12.32 x 3.66 inches / 1,027 313 93 mm

- KROME-61 = 15.87 lbs. / 7.2 kg

- Power Consumption: 13 W

Accessories Included:
- - AC Adapter
- Quick Start Guide
- Accessory Disc (Operation Guide PDF, Parameter Guide PDF, Video Manual)

- XVP-10: Expression/Volume pedal
- EXP-2: Foot Controller
- DS-1H: Damper Pedal
- PS-1, PS-3: Pedal Switch

System Requirements

PC System Requirements for Krome Editor/Plug-In Editor

- OS: Windows Vista SP2 and later (32- and 64-bit, all editions), Windows 7 (all editions, including 64-bit)
- Computer: USB port required

- OS: Mac OS X 10.4.11 or later
- Computer: USB port required

PC System Requirements for Krome Editor/Plug-In Editor
- OS: Windows Vista SP2 and later (32- and 64-bit, all editions), Windows 7 (all editions, including 64-bit)
- CPU: Intel Pentium III / 1 gHz or faster, Pentium D or later Core Duo recommended.
- Memory: More than 512MB (Greater than 1 GB recommended)
- Monitor: 1,024x768, at least 16-bit color
- Others: Computer with USB port, running Windows 7, Windows XP, or Windows Vista

- OS: Mac OS X 10.4.11 or later (32-bit and 64-bit kernel modes supported)
CPU: Late Apple G4 800MHz (Intel Mac supported); G5 or greater than Core Duo recommended
- Memory: More than 512MB (at least 1 GB recommended)
- Monitor: 1,024x768, at least 32,000 colors
- Others: Apple Macintosh computer with USB port, running Mac OS X.

* Krome Plug-In Editor supports VST/RTAS in Windows, VST/ Audio Unit/RTAS in Macintosh.
* Only a single instance of the Krome Editor or Krome Plug-In Editor can be used at once.
* All other product and company names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.
* Specifications and appearance are subject to change without notice for improvement.

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 631-390-6800
Web: https://www.korgusa.com/support

Korg Krome-61 Keyboard Workstation

Offering full-length, unlooped samples of every key for a spectacular piano sound, this keyboard redefines your expectations for an instrument in this class. Taking its name from the Greek word meaning "color," Korg's Krome is the standard for sonic excellence in a gigging musician's keyboard, providing a limitless palette of sound to bring vivid inspiration to your music.

In addition to Korg's well-proven workstation features, Krome features a carefully chosen selection of the top sounds available today for bread-and-butter keyboard instruments such as piano and electric piano, as well as vital and dynamic drum kits, giving you the best of the basics. These highly usable piano, electric piano, and drum sounds by themselves set Krome apart from any other keyboard in its class. With sound quality and features normally found in much more expensive instruments, Krome aspires to set a value standard, and become a unique and irreplaceable partner for real-world musicians.

Spectacular Grand Piano Sounds

Piano sounds are critically important for nearly every keyboard instrument. Krome borrows the impressive "German D Grand" that was created for the Kronos flagship. In addition to the rich sound of 88 full-length unlooped stereo samples, damper resonance is also included. In fact, the PCM memory used for just this "German D Grand" alone occupies several times -- even several tens of times -- more memory capacity than the entire PCM memory used in a typical workstation or PCM synthesizer. Unless the original sound is impeccable, no amount of parameter editing can create an enjoyable playing experience. The Krome's piano is an example of Korg's passion for every musician to enjoy great sounds played on great instruments. This resonant, authentic, and realistic piano represents a major increase in quality for this class of keyboard.

Electric pianos offering expressive warmth and realism

For many keyboardists, the electric piano sound is just as critical as the acoustic piano sound. Krome features three types of electric pianos. Eight velocity levels have been used to ensure faithful response to the player's expression. 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 realistically modeled, ensuring that everything from the touch to the final sound will be utterly enjoyable.

Studio-quality drum sounds

The built-in drum kits play a major role in song production on any music workstation. Krome contains the same "Jazz Ambience Drums" that can be found on the Korg Kronos. Taking advantage of the high-capacity PCM memory, these sounds capture a dramatically high level of response 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.

Colorful palette of sounds

In addition to piano, electric piano, and drums, Krome has a plentiful array of sounds to cover a broad range of styles that will meet a wide variety of needs. Stimulate your creativity by selecting any of the 640 Programs or 288 Combinations. Each one has been carefully created by professional studio and performing musicians to provide exceptional real-world use for both rich clean backing parts or soaring solos. Plus you can tweak, customize, create, and save your own sounds as well.

Realistic Drum Track Grooves

Simply pressing a single button turns on the Drum Track feature, providing realistic grooves played by professionals using the Krome's studio-quality drum sounds. Play along or incorporate them into your music production. In addition to more than 600 preset patterns inherited from Kronos, there's plenty of space for saving user patterns as well. Drum patterns can be created and used with the sequencer, as well as providing a rhythm guide while you play, or they can be used creatively in your live performances.

Dual Polyphonic Arpeggiators

In Combination mode or Sequencer mode, two arpeggiators can be running 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.

Workstation Wonderland

Krome has a full complement of the features you've come to expect from a Korg workstation, starting with the 16-track sequencer. But there's much, much more. Krome comes complete with a rich suite of tools to jumpstart your creative urges. 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 (Realtime Pattern/Play Recording) feature. Go back and you can make any changes using the convenient piano-roll editing.

Awesome Effects

The all-important effect section provides up to five Insert effects, two Master effects, and one Total effect. In addition to great choruses, flangers, phasers, delays, and reverbs, the 193 effect types include dynamic processing effects such as compressor and limiter, evocative effects like the Grain Shifter and Talking Modulator, as well as amp modeling and speaker simulation effects using Korg's proprietary "REMS" modeling technology.

Natural Expression

The Krome 61 features a semi-weighted natural-touch keyboard; the great feel and response are ideal for playing everything from any style of piano, to dynamic organ performance, to pyrotechnic synthesizer solos.

Distinctive design

The dramatic dark colored body provides Krome with an elegantly curved profile. The top control panel is made using two aluminum panels of differing design. The result is a distinctive appearance that projects an unmistakable presence, even on a cluttered stage. In both looks and sound, Krome will make a strong impression on the audience.

Intuitive TouchView Interface

Krome's huge 800 x 480 pixel TouchView Color display can show numerous parameters at once, ensuring great visibility. Simply touch the screen to change sounds or edit parameters. Finger-drag editing is also supported, allowing you to use the on-screen sliders and knobs directly. Numerous functions take advantage of the TouchView interface, such as the piano roll editor, a stopwatch that's convenient for keeping track of a live performance, and a calculator keypad that is convenient for entering numerical values.

USB and SD Storage

You can connect Krome to your computer via USB to easily transfer MIDI data. You can also use an SD card (commercially available) to manage the Krome's data files.

Stand-alone and Krome Plug-in Editing Software

The Krome Editor and Krome Plug-In Editor allow you to edit your Krome from your computer while viewing large numbers of parameters simultaneously, or to use Krome in your DAW as if it were a software synthesizer.


- The Korg workstation ideal for any style of piano playing
- Kronos-derived full-length, unlooped piano and drum sounds, plus electric pianos designed to shine on stage
- Electric pianos with eight-level velocity switching for unmatched expressive power
- Clear, intuitive control with Korg's exclusive 7-inch color TouchView(TM) display
- Drums offering separately mixable direct and ambient sounds for studio-grade quality
- Drum Track plays back realistic, inspiring grooves at the touch of a button
- Expertly created, in-demand sounds including 640 Programs and 288 Combinations
- Powerful Effects with 5 Inserts, 2 Master, and 1 Total FX, plus per track/timbre EQ
- Distinctive aluminum panel design exudes a sense of quality
- 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

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 5 out of 5 stars. (13 ratings)
Submitted December 17, 2015 by Nick Thompson in Scottsboro, AL
"Wanted Kronos but real synths also"
Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
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The thing sounds great! I'm sure the Kronos is a little better in sound quality. But without comparing side by side, I'm completely satisfied with the Krome. The Piano sounds good, EP's sound great!, I'm on the fence with the organs but good I think. The drums are nothing to right home about, but they will work jamming to. I didn't by it for drums any. The strings are pretty good, Not impressed with the horns or sax's. The world sounds I've just skipped right on passed. Synths are pretty good. I like some of the pads. But I use my Prophet 08 and Ion for this. It's light weight. Keys are not the best but this isn't a $3000 machine either. would have loved aftertouch. But I bought for piano, ep's, organ, and controlling my external equipment. **If your looking for a keyboard to control you other midi devices, change banks and programs. This is the one to get. The Roland FA doesn't do it. Yamaha motif, moxf, etc only allow you to control 4 midi devices. The Krome works great with your external synths and effects. I have several rack effects and external synths. I don't play them from the Krome (you can) but just storing my songs and patch changes in combi mode I can change everything in one button press.
Musical Background:
Playing music for 18 years. Play guitar, bass, drums, keyboard/synth (poorly). I play guitar and synths when gigging currently.
Musical Style:
blues, rock, baby metal, electronic
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