Korg Krome 88 keys weighted, Workstation Keyboard

Krome 88


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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.



Krome 61: Semi-weighted keyboard

*velocity-sensitive supported, after touch is not supported

*Standard C2-C7 (transposable in the range [C1…C6]-[C3…C8])

Krome 73: Semi-weighted keyboard

*velocity-sensitive supported, after touch is not supported

*Standard C1-C7 (transposable in the range [C0…C6]-[C2…C8])

Krome 88: NH keyboard (Natural Weighted Hammer Action] keyboard

*velocity sensitive is supported, after touch is not supported

*Standard A0-C8 (transposable in the range [A-1…C7]-[A1…C9]

*The NH keyboard reproduces the touch of an acoustic piano, with a heavier feel in the low register and a

lighter feel in the upper register.


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

583 Multisamples (Including 12 Stereo multisamples)

2,080 Drumsamples (Including 474 Stereo Drumsamples)



OSC1 (Single); OSC1 + 2 (Double): Stereo multisamples are supported

8 velocity zones per oscillator with switching, crossfades and layers


Four types of filter routing (single, serial, parallel, 24 dB)

Two multi-mode filters per oscillator (low pass, high pass, band pass, band reject)


Per-voice nonlinear driver and low boost


Three bands, with sweepable mid


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


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)


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


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.


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



16 MIDI tracks + 1 master track

Number of Songs:

128 Songs


1/480 PPQ


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


605 Preset / 100 User patterns

RPPR (Realtime Pattern Play and Recording):

1 pattern set per song


KORG (KROME) format, SMF format 0 and 1


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


[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)




[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-73 = 46.89 x 12.32 x 3.66 inches / 1,191 × 313 × 93 mm

KROME-88 = 57.01 x 15.08 x 5.16 inches / 1,448 × 383 × 131 mm


KROME-61 = 15.87 lbs. / 7.2 kg

KROME-73 = 18.08 lbs. / 8.2 kg

KROME-88 = 32.41 lbs. / 14.7 kg

Power Consumption

13 W


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

PC System Requirements for Krome Editor/Plug-In Editor



Windows Vista SP2 and later (32- and 64-bit, all editions),

Windows 7 (all editions, including 64-bit)


USB port required



Mac OS X 10.4.11 or later


USB port required

PC System Requirements for Krome Editor/Plug-In Editor



Windows Vista SP2 and later (32- and 64-bit, all editions),

Windows 7 (all editions, including 64-bit)


Intel Pentium 4/ Greather than 1 gHz, later Core Duo recommended.


More than 512MB (Greater than 1 GB recommended)


1,024×768, at least 16-bit color


Computer with USB port, running Windows 7, Windows XP, or Windows Vista



Mac OS X 10.5 or later (32-bit and 64-bit kernel modes supported)

Note: This plug-in is not 64-bit.


Intel Mac supported

Later Core Duo recommended


More than 512MB (at least 1 GB recommended)


1,024×768, at least 32,000 colors


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.