Korg Krome EX 61 Synthesizer Workstation Keyboard 61-Key

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89 out of 100. Incorporating 100+ ratings and reviews.

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$1,000
Korg Krome EX 61 Synthesizer Workstation Keyboard 61-Key

The Korg Krome EX 61 is a feature packed 61-key workstation keyboard, with 120 voices, 2,500 drum samples, and a built-in 16-track sequencer.

Among the voices are high-fidelity piano and electric piano sounds, synths and more.

The drum samples are arranged into 48 preloaded kits, with over 600 drum groove presets to play with, or you can use them to craft and save your own beats.

It also features an 800 x 480 pixel touchscreen display, which makes it easy to monitor and make parameter changes.

Other noteworthy features include built-in dual-polyphonic arpeggiators, 16-track sequencer, auto song setup function, built-in effects, amps and cabinet models.

Tech Specs

  • Keys: 61 Semi-Weighted keys
  • Polyphony: 120 Voices (Single Mode), 60 Voices (Double Mode)
  • Sound Engine(s): Digital Enhanced Definition Synthesis - eXpanded, Updated Piano Programs
  • Controllers: Assignable Joystick
  • Effects: 193 Effects; 32 Preset per Effect
  • Audio Recording: Yes with RPPR (Realtime Pattern/Play Recording)
  • Audio Playback: Yes with RPPR (Realtime Pattern/Play Recording)
  • Sequencer: 16-track + Master, 128 Songs, Touch-based Piano Roll Editing, Realtime Pattern/Play Recording
  • Audio Inputs: 2 x 1/4"
  • Audio Outputs: 6 x 1/4"
  • MIDI Inputs/Outputs: In/Out/USB
  • Other Connections: 1 x 1/8" Headphones, SD/SDHC card slot (32GB SDHC max)
  • USB: 1 x Type B
  • Dimensions: 3.66” x 40.43” x 12.32”
  • Weight: 15.87 lbs.

Pros

Sound quality is what impresses most users, which many rate as inspiring and ready for stage or recording use. They are impressed with the many voicings, with special commendations pointing to its piano, electric piano, Fender rhodes, and various synth sounds. The ability to use effects are also well received. The feel of the semi-weighted keys get a lot of thumbs up, along with the bright and big touchscreen display. In his MusicTech review, John Andrews said, "Krome EX is a wonderful example, packing in features that I would have only dreamt of a few years ago – the touch screen, the storage, the effects and massive polyphony are just a few examples – and really does let you produce complete tunes from one box."

Cons

There are a few who aren't too happy with the interface, stating that it takes a lot of effort to get into parameters, which in turn delays the user's ability to maximize every feature. Those who prefer physical controls over touchscreen interface will want to look elsewhere.

Overall

Get premium quality Korg sounds in a reasonably priced package. Those who are into touchscreen style controls will find this appealing.

Although this was previously on our recommended list, there are now more highly rated options available which you can see in our guide to The Best Keyboard Workstations.