KORG Volca Beats : Trio Jam: KROME/Volca Beats/MS-20 mini

July 7, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Volca Beats is adding synthetic spice to Krome’s realistic PCM Drum sound.

(KROME’s preset : PROG Bank D #024 2VCO Saw)

Korg Krome Workstation – Product Presentation

November 26, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Korgs new budget workstation with M3 synthesis engine and Kronos samples. Luke Edwards came to show us what it can do

Five new Korg Krome video manuals

October 24, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Here’s Korg’s description of the series in their own words:

Looking to learn more about the Korg Krome Music Workstation? Look no further than the Krome Video Manual! In Part 1 we introduce you to the Krome and lead you through basic navigation of the keyboard. With the quick, intuitively laid out interface and controls, you’ll be getting around the Krome in no time.

Rest of the videos can be found here >>

More information on Krome can be found at http://www.korg.com/krome.

Getting up to speed with the new KORG KROME workstation

October 18, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Background info (Googlish from Japanese):

“/ A place called new york New York where it was referred to as” from the live Yuko Takeshi world that was held at the 2012 meeting Korg product launches / KID. September 6, 2012, recorded at Mt.RAINIER HALL SHIBUYA PLEASURE PLEASURE.

Starring: Takeshi world Yuko (Key = KORG KROME), (Dr) Masashi Hattori

HIROKO SEBU | Yuko Takeshi world

About the  KROME in Korg’s own words:

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

Product Highlights:

  • The Korg workstation ideal for any style of piano playing
  • Kronos-derived full length, unlooped piano and drum sounds, plus new 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™ 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
  • Available in 61, 73, and 88 key models.


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 whole new value standard, and become a unique and irreplaceable partner for real-world musicians.

KORG KROME Introduction Movie

September 11, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

A new video from KORG featuring the Krome workstation, description below (Googlish from Japanese):

Only real sound, I do not memorable.

PCM is also equipped with a large capacity of 3.8GB, beginning with the piano sound sampling all key quality that boasts overwhelming, break at once the sense of class. Premium standard model that bears the name was derived from the “Chroma” means color in Greek, which brings to life the vivid music. Music Workstation, KROME Introducing (Chrome)!

Click here for product information.

http://www.korg.co.jp/Product/Synthesizer/KROME/

Closer lookat Mininova, Integra-7, Krome and Kamouflage

September 6, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

A new episode from the guys at Sonic:

“We talk MiniNova, Krome, Integra-7, New Maschines and Raspberry Pi Synths
Guests: Gaz Williams, Rich Hilton and Dave Spiers join sonicstate.com editor Nick Batt”

Here’s what KORG has been teasing us about – the new KROME and microKORG XL+

September 4, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

microKORG XL:

With its unmistakably unique exterior and its inimitable sound, the microKorg set the standard for analog modeling synthesizers. The year 2008 saw the introduction of the microKorg XL, which inherited the microKorg’s fat and powerful sounds, while adding keyboard staples such as electric piano and the CX-3 organ. And now, in the next evolutionary step, the microKorg XL+ delivers a fresh update to the sounds and design of the microKorg XL, making it the ideal compact keyboard.

Googlish from Japnese:

Became the standard model microKORG analog modeling synthesizer with a unique look anything, the sound of the place of work is not authentic. MicroKORG XL to take over the powerful sound while its thick and enhanced, such as the CX-3 organ and electric piano, the function as a keyboard appeared in 2008. microKORG XL +, the brush-up and design of sound microKORG XL. Pursue the ideal that users expect in this compact keyboard, I have evolved further.

Piano SG, such as the organ of the VOX and M1, vintage sound is more comprehensive.
Program genre selector that matches the needs of the times.
New to nostalgic, vintage New design black panel.
Crystal analog modeling technology Korg, with MMT.
Comes with a gooseneck microphone, featuring vocoder function.
Effects engine adopted Korg boasts intense.
Equipped with a natural touch mini keyboard Korg’s proprietary with an emphasis on ease of play.
Corresponds to the drive battery easy to carry.
“MicroKORG XL + Sound Editor”, available for free download preset programs, such as further microKORG.

KORG Krome:

Googlish description from Japanese:

And 73 in KROME-61, Natural Touch keyboard employs a semi-weighted, from tone to tone synthesizer piano, you can play with a natural touch. In KROME-88, adopted the keyboard (Natural weighted Hammer Action) NH, in a tone that can be expressed, exhibits a strong power, such as electric piano piano and subtle nuances.

And aluminum panel to produce a sense of luxury, design full of personality.

Side surface to form a line flowing which made full use of the curve, body dressed in color very dark, making it the elaborate design that combines aluminum, two panels with different design to the panel surface. Unique design and it can be seen on stage lined with a lot of equipment, will leave a strong impression on the audience with a clear sound.
View with color LCD display with large touch with excellent visibility.

Excellent visibility to KROME, 7-inch color display that can be many parameters at once, with a large LCD display of WVGA (800 x 480 pixels). You can come into direct contact with a parameter that also features touch graphical user intuitive interface view is displayed on the display, and edit the parameters of the sound-making. We’re also supports drag-and-edit feature that can be manipulated to direct the knob and slider also. In addition to this, I was with a number, such as a calculator handy stop watch handy, in numeric input features, convenient touch unique view started playing the piano roll editor, to count the time a live performance.

Updated with press releases from KORG:

KORG microKORG XL+ Synthesizer/Vocoder

Vintage … and more!

With its unmistakably unique exterior and its inimitable sound, the microKorg set the standard for analog modeling synthesizers. The year 2008 saw the introduction of the microKorg XL, which inherited the microKorg’s fat and powerful sounds, while adding keyboard staples such as electric piano and the CX-3 organ. And now, in the next evolutionary step, the microKorg XL+ delivers a fresh update to the sounds and design of the microKorg XL, making it the ideal compact keyboard.

Highlights

  • Even more vintage sounds, including the KORG SGproX piano, the M1 and the VOX organs
  • New program genre selector that fits today’s needs
  • New yet nostalgic – black panel “new vintage” design
  • Featuring MMT – the distillation of Korg’s analog modeling technology
  • Vocoder feature with included gooseneck microphone
  • The powerful effect engine you expect from Korg
  • Korg’s proprietary natural touch mini-keyboard, designed with an emphasis on playability
  • Battery powered operation is supported for increased portability
  • More Vintage Sounds than Ever

Lush analog modeled synthesizer sounds that are characteristic of the microKORG have been freshly added to the microKORG XL+. In addition, for band use, the microKORG XL+ comes equipped with the piano sound from Korg’s classic stage piano, the SGproX (famous for its ability to stand out in your band’s mix), as well as its hard-edged grand-type electric piano. This compact package also includes sounds from the M1 and the VOX organ, vintage tape-type string and flute machines, as well as other gorgeous sounds from keyboard history. Each of these 128 programs are genuinely usable sounds, giving the microKORG XL+ plenty of variety to serve as your main keyboard or of course as a secondary keyboard in your rig.

Program genre selector
The microKORG XL featured a sound selector that lets you choose your sound using two large dials: “music genre” and “instrument category.” The new microKORG XL+ offers an additional selection of
these “music genres” to fit today’s fast-moving music scene. Now you can select a program that matches your song more intuitively than ever. For even more convenience, you can also leave one of the dials fixed and only use the other dial to make program changes during a song (music genre fixed), or use the dial to select vocoder variations (instrument category fixed).

New Yet Nostalgic – “New Vintage” Design
The microKORG XL+ projects a style that’s reminiscent of vintage electric pianos, featuring a futuristic yet retro design with a stylish black panel. High-quality parts such as metal levers, dials that move with an audible click, and knobs with a sturdy operating feel are some of the ways that the microKORG XL+ outclasses other instruments in its range and enhances your experience editing synthesizer sounds.

MMT — the distillation of Korg’s analog modeling technology
The microKORG XL+’s sound engine uses MMT (Multiple Modeling Technology), borrowing from Korg’s well proven wealth of analog modeling technology. The MMT sound engine has been featured on numerous products, and provides two oscillators that generate huge powerful sounds. Oscillator 1 (OSC1) gives you a total of seven types of oscillator algorithm to choose from, including formant waveforms such as human voice, and PCM/DWGS waveforms for vintage keyboard and strings. It also lets you use techniques that cannot be imitated on typical PCM synthesizers, such as cross modulation, unison, and VPM (Variable Phase Modulation). By taking advantage of modulation (sync or ring) with oscillator 2 (OSC2), it’s easy to create complex and powerful sounds.

Vocoder Function with Included Gooseneck Microphone
The microKORG XL+ can function as a powerful vocoder that lets you connect a mic and use its audio input to shape the tonal character of the oscillator’s sound to create “talking” effects. The vocoder consists of a 16-band filter bank that can simulate the vocoder sounds of the past and also shift the filter frequencies (Format Shift function) or adjust the level and pan of each band to dramatically change the sonic character. Using the Vocoder is an easy way to add sounds that can be found in today’s popular electronic music. Since a gooseneck microphone is included, you can immediately start using thevocoder in your songs.

The Powerful Effect Engine You Expect From Korg
Two master effects utilize the effect engine that was brought to perfection in Korg’s Kaoss Pad series, giving you a total of 17 powerful effect types including delay and echo effects as well as dramatic effects such as ring modulator and grain shifter. In addition, effects such as delay can be synchronized to MIDI clock for a wide range of possibilities in live performance.

Natural Touch Mini-keyboard
The new Natural Touch mini-keyboard offers an even better playing feel than ever before. The proportion of the keys has been adjusted to make chords easier to play, and the touch has been refined for greater ease when playing rapid phrases. The waterfall-type keys project an aura of sophistication, and they also help when playing a glissando.

Battery-powered for Convenient Portability
The microKORG XL+ can take advantage of the included AC adaptor or it can run on six AA alkaline batteries. Checking in at a mere 22 inches long and 4.4 lbs. in weight (main unit only; not including batteries or mic), the microKORG XL+ is a convenient size to take with you, opening up new performance possibilities on the go.

Expanded Sonic Possibilities via USB
By using a USB cable to connect the microKORG XL+ to your computer and using the sound editor software, you can edit all of the parameters easily from your computer. In addition to this software, you can also download preset program data from the microKORG and the MS2000/MS2000B free of charge to gain access to an even larger number of programs.

PRICE: £407.99 RRP (£339.99 RRP ex VAT) AVAILABLE: October 2012

KORG KROME MUSIC WORKSTATION

On Stage. On the Go. On Top.

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

Product Highlights:

  • The Korg workstation ideal for any style of piano playing
  • KRONOS-derived full length, unlooped piano and drum sounds, plus new 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™ 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
  • Available in 61, 73, and 88 key models.

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 whole new value standard, and become a unique and irreplaceable partner for real-world musicians.

Spectacular Grand Piano breaks new ground
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.

Drum Track delivers realistic 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.

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.

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.

Natural Expression
KROME 61 and 73 models feature 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. KROME 88 is equipped with Korg’s NH (Natural Weighted Hammer Action) keyboard, ensuring that every nuance of your playing dynamics will be expressively reflected when playing sounds such as piano or electric piano.

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 Plug-in KRONE 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. You can download the latest version of the KROME sound editor from the Korg website (http://www.korg.com).

PRICE: £ TBC AVAILABLE: October 2012

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