Korg KROSS 2 Keyboard Synthesizer Workstation, 61-Key

Korg KROSS 2 Keyboard Synthesizer Workstation, 61-Key

A cross between a performance synth and a production workstation, the 61-key Korg KROSS 2 fits 1075 gig-ready presets and a sequencer into a 9-pound package.

Korg PS60 61-Key Performance Synthesizer

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Fuel your on-stage creativity with Korg's Enhanced Definition Synthesis technology and the natural feel of semi-weighted keys.
Designed for the gigging - or soon to be gigging - musician, the affordable Korg PS60 delivers premium sounds and professional effects in an easy-to-use package. Heavy on hardware, the PS60's dedicated performance controls keep all the needs of the performer close at hand.

Features:

- Instant access to six essential sound categories - Piano, E-Piano, Organ, Strings, Brass, and Synth
- 440 impeccably voiced, ready-to-play, sounds created by Korg's renowned programmers
- Korg's EDS-i (Enhanced Definition Synthesis - integrated) sound technology
- Create and save up to 20 split and layered "Performances"- on the fly!
- Intuitive front panel layout with dedicated hardware controllers for frequently-used functions
- Nine dedicated knobs provide live control of the master modulation, reverb/delay, and EQ effects
- Free editing software allows the PS60 to run as a plug-in with your host DAW (AU, VST or RTAS)
- Great-feeling, responsive, semi-weighted 61-key Natural Touch keyboard

A performance synthesizer like no other

In designing the PS60, the needs of the on-stage musician remained front and center. Offering dedicated controls, an ample backlit display, and remarkable ease of use, the PS60 is a refreshing change. The intuitive, realtime controls - even the sounds themselves - were created with the performer in mind, and have been optimized for the unique challenges and immediacy of playing live. Lightweight, stylish and portable, the PS60 travels comfortably from home, to rehearsal, read more to center stage. The portability, ease of use, and hands-on interface make the PS60 the ideal instrument for the vocalist, guitarist, bass player, sax player - anyone who wishes to cover a few keyboard parts while expanding their audio arsenal.

The in-demand sounds every keyboardist requires

Focused on the elemental sounds that make up the body of great keyboard playing, the PS60 delivers 440 spectacular, spot-on sounds - with room for plenty more! The sounds are organized into six categories - piano, electric piano, organ, strings, brass and synth - each with dedicated controls making it easy to find just the right sound. Still not sure? The Audition feature plays a quick riff appropriate to the selected sound, allowing you to hear the sound in context and to help you zero in on the one you want. Using the category controls, you can layer up to six sounds, or make split settings at the touch of a button, creating sophisticated blends to suit your performances.

Rippling with synth power

For sound creation, the PS60 uses 49 MB* of the highest quality, 48 kHz samples. The EDS-i sound engine (Enhanced Definition Synthesis - integrated) provides up to four filters, two amps, five LFOs, and five EGs, used to craft a rich array of stage-ready programs that will both complement and stand out in your band's performance.

Any of 63 effects - including dynamics-type effects and amp modeling powered by KORG's proprietary REMS technology - can be assigned to individual sounds using one of the five insert effects. In addition, two master effects can be applied to the overall sound: a modulation-style effect offering four effect types; and a reverb/delay effect also with four effect types. A dedicated three-band EQ adds the final touch to your sound.

*when calculated as 16-bit linear data

Easy Setup and Performance control

The PS60 is easy to use. The center and right portions of the panel are primarily for customizing and controlling sounds. Simply use the dedicated Category controls to choose your sounds, and use the Easy Setup area to specify their volume, octave, and effect send amounts. Dedicated panel knobs are provided for tweaking the effects and the EQ.

You can also choose to split or layer multiple sounds on the keyboard. These settings are collectively called a "Performance," and you can store 20 of them in internal memory. The Performance area to the left side of the panel is used for deeper editing as well as for recalling these Performance settings quickly and easily - even when on stage!

Command and control

The PS60 provides a variety of controllers to make your performance more expressive. You can produce subtle or drastic pitch and timbral changes by moving the joystick up/down/left/right, and use the octave up/down buttons and transpose buttons to shift the pitch of the keyboard. Two footpedal jacks are provided for use with a damper pedal, footswitch or footpedal, offering hands-free control. When playing organ sounds, an additional dedicated button can switch between fast/slow speeds of the rotary speaker simulator.

Keys to please

The PS60 features a richly-expressive keyboard. The semi-weighted, natural-touch keys provide an uncompromising playing feel. Accomplished and would-be keyboardists alike will find the keyboard ready for anything from a piano performance to delivering sizzling synthesizer sounds.

Hardware / Software symbiosis

The stand-alone PS60 Editor allows you to edit sounds in greater detail than is possible from the PS60 itself. Viewing multiple parameters and graphical cues on your computer's screen makes it easy to create full-fledged sounds in any category. The PS60 Plug-In Editor offers all the same features, and lets you use your PS60 as a plug-in synth from within any VST, Audio Units, or RTAS format DAW software system. As a librarian program, the software lets you build up an enormous stash of sounds that you've created on your computer.

Power Supply:DC 9V 1700mA (Included)
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Keyboard: 61-key natural touch keyboard; Velocity sensing

Synthesis: EDS-i (Enhanced Definition Synthesis - integrated)

Polyphony: 120 voices (120 oscillators) max, single mode; 60 voices (60 oscillators) max, double mode

PCM: 49 MB (when calculated as 16-bit linear data), 136 multisamples (including 7 stereo)

Master Keyboard functionality: Allows control of external MIDI devices

Effects types: Total of 71 types

Modulation: Dynamic modulation, tempo sync delay, LFO

Controllers: Joystick

Audio Outputs: Output, L/Mono, R: 6.3 mm monaural phone jack (unbalanced),
Control Inputs: Damper/Pedal/SW jack x 1(half-damper supported); PEDAL/SW jack x 1

MIDI: In, Out

USB: 1 USB (Type B), USB-MIDI interface

Dimensions (W x D x H): 36.41 x 11.45 x 3.54 in.

Weight: 10.14 lbs

Power Supply:DC 9V 1700mA (Included)
For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 631-390-6800
(10 ratings)
Submitted February 22, 2011 by a customer from gmail.com
"If you are Playing Live and a working Keyboardist...The PS60 is for you!!"
Verified Customer zZounds has verified that this reviewer made a purchase from us.
I believe this will satisfy my musical needs on the road. If it were lost or Stolen I would definitely purchase another one without hesitation. I reviewed and re-reviewed and tested out other keyboards such as the Yamaha MM6, Yamaha MM8 as well as others and the KORG PS60 beat them all out. If the Roland Stage had not been discontinued I would have bought another new Poland Stage (because of it's expandability) but I am so glad I bough the PS60

Sound
The sounds on this synth are great...And to the previous review, had you checked and reviewed this synth the number one thing they stress about it is the fact it is a LIVE synth not a work station. His statement is wrong regarding recording as well. It comes with a setup disc that provides a vst plug-in for your desired DAW. That alone gives you flexibility as well as being able to edit the sounds. The synth does lack some good SAW and other synth sounds. It could use a few more acoustic pianos and brass sounds such as a few sax samples. There is no learning curve with this synth, unbox it, plug it in and go, you can layer on the fly, you can transpose on the fly. The ideal keyboard for the live musician. Where most other keyboards are geared more towards workstations and electronic music this Korg PS60 is great for all genres. I have Roland Juno Stage and a Roland Juno D and the Korg PS60 compliments my rig great. I had a Korg Triton and hated it it was not user friendly....the PS60 is the read more most user friendly keyboard available. If you are just starting out OR a seasoned musician this keyboard is the one for you and fits especially well if you are on a budget and it doesn't sacrifice any sounds.

Features
The Korg PS60 came with a setup disc to allow you to edit sounds as well as a vst program for recording with your DAW. The most impressive thing I like about this keyboard is the ability to transpose immediately with out having to scroll through a bunch of menus.The ability to layer sounds the way you want. It does not have after-touch but the velocity on this keyboard is exceptional. Although some advertisements say it has "semi-weighted" keys it absolutely does NOT...But this does NOT effect this keyboards usability. Would be nice if it had more than the 400 some sounds or at least expandable. FYI::: If you decide to get a gig bag, flight case do NOT get a 61key bag (a 49key gig bag would work) this is MUCH smaller than the average 61 keyboard. In fact I used the Styrofoam packing ends the PS60 was shipped with in the box, taped them up with some nice duck tape to reinforce the styrofoam and placed them on each end as it was shipped and then was able to use my Gig bag and it supported it perfectly. It still had a little wiggle room but it works. It would fit in a 49 key gig bag.

Ease of Use
UNbox, plug it in. scroll through the instruments and play and layer on the fly as well as other things. You don't have to read the manual, just unpack and play...

Quality
Although the PS60 is well made it does have a cheap feel to it because of the plastic body. I wouldn't want to drop it....IT still is very reliable and road ready...Like all Korg products though this thing should last forever if taken care of.

Value
IF you're looking for a Keyboard/synth whether you are just starting out OR a seasoned musician this keyboard is excellent. It is well priced....

Manufacturer Support
I haven't had to use the Korg support so I can't rate it...Others have commented that Korg has a fine customer support.

The Wow Factor
I love it for the fact it was designed for the live musician and doesn't have a workstation and I was SOOOO glad it did NOT have drum sounds...It seems all the keyboards have drum sounds on them which for me personally is a turn off... I have a digital recorder as well as a high end DAW system so I don't need or want a keyboard with a workstation and that is what sold me on the Korg PS60...

Musical Background:
Active Musician, "Recording Engineer, Singer, Songwriter, Studio Musician

Musical Style:
New Country, Classic Rock
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