KROME, the best-selling synth focused on packing the most usable sounds into an easy-to-use platform, has received a major refresh. Updated to meet the needs of the current music scene, KROME EX has a special emphasis on sounds that can immediately fit into productions of all types.
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 to your music. Introducing the KROME Music Workstation.
KROME EX-73 Features
The Korg workstation is 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
Also available in 61, 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. This 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 keyboards.
ELECTRIC PIANOS OFFER 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 a 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.
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 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.
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.
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 TOUCH VIEW™ 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 & 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 KROME EDITOR 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 software synthesizer. You can download the latest version of the KROME sound editor from the Korg website (korg.com).
KROME EX-73 SPECIFICATIONS
Semi Weighted Keyboard. Velocity sensitive is supported, after touch is not supported.
Standard C1 – C7 (transposable in the range [C0…C6]-[C2…C8])
EDS-X（Enhanced Definition Synthesis – eXpanded）
120 voices (120 Oscillators) / Single Mode, 60 voices (120 Oscillators) / Double Mode.
*The maximum simultaneous voice polyphony will vary depending on oscillator settings, velocity crossfading and whether you are using mono or stereo multisamples.
4 GB (In case of 48 kHz, 16-bit Linear PCM converted)
728 multisamples (including 44 Stereo multi-samples)
2,502 drumsamples (including 574 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
Max 16. For each Timbre, keyboard and velocity split/layer/crossfades.
Modifications to the program settings via the Tone Adjust function.
Stereo and mono drum samples. 8 velocity zones switch (crossfades and layers)
768 Combination (512 Preload)
1536 Program (896 Preload)
User Drum Kit
80 Drum Kit (48 Preload)
256 GM2 Program + 9 GM2 Drums Program
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 in 1 Timbre / in 1 Track
193 types (Usable as insert, master, or total effects. However, double-size effects cannot be used as a total effect)
Dynamic Modulation, 2 Common LFO
Effects Control Busses
Stereo side chain (Limiter, Gate, Vocoder, etc)
32 preset per effect
Combination, Sequencer Mode
2 units are available
Number of pattern
5 preset Arpeggio pattern, 1,088 User Arpeggio pattern (960 Preload)
710 patterns (Common with the preset pattern of the Sequencer mode)
1,000 patterns (Pattern created in Sequencer mode can be converted to drum track user pattern)
Configurable “Trigger Mode / Sync / Zone”
16-track + 1 master track
Number of Songs
40.00 – 300.00 (1/100 BPM resolution)
210,000 MIDI events
16 preset / 16 user template songs
Cue List function
20 Cue List
Songs can be arranged consecutively or repeatedly in up to 99 steps, a cue list can be converted back into a song.
Pattern / RPPR (Realtime Pattern Play and Recording)
710 Preset / 100 User pattern (Per song). 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 , SW 
[SELECT] Switch: TONE, USER, ARP4
Knobs: Modulation, User, Arpeggio control
[DRUM TRACK] Switch: On/Off
[ARP] Switch: On/Off
Touch view graphical User Interface, 7 -inch Color TFT LCD, 800 x 480 pixel, Onboard LCD brightness control