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    KORG introduce incredible new feature in their latest keyboard range...

    Guess what it is?

    Is it a new synthesis engine?
    No, not another one of those.

    Is it a massive sampled piano?
    No. It's not. Well, yes they have one of those but that's not the incredible new feature.

    Um... Is it a new way to integrate the instrument with my DAW via usb?
    Look. You are thinking along the wrong lines entirely. What is the worst thing about hardware keyboards? Especially if you play live.

    I'll give you a clue... Here's the Spec sheet for one of KORG's latest keyboards:

    61 key
    *Velocity sensitive is supported, after touch is not supported
    *Standard C2 - C7 (transposable in the range [C1...C6]-[C3...C8])
    88-key: NH (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-i (Enhanced Definition Synthesis-integrated)

    Maximum Polyphony:
    80 voices (80 Oscillators) / Single Mode
    40 voices (40 Oscillators) / Double Mode

    *The maximum simultaneous voice polyphony will vary depending on oscillator settings such as stereo multi-samples and velocity crossfading.

    Preset PCM Memory:
    Approximately 112 MB (In case of 48 kHz, 16-bit Linear PCM converted)
    421 multi-samples (including 6 Stereo multi-samples)
    890 drum samples (including 49 Stereo drum samples)

    OSC1 (Single), OSC1 + 2 (Double): Stereo multi-samples are supported, and four levels of velocity switching/crossfading/layering are possible for each oscillator

    Four types of filter routing (single, serial, parallel, 24 dB)
    Two multi-mode filters per oscillator (low pass, high pass, band pass, band reject)

    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

    The Number of Timbre
    Max: 16 Timbres,
    Key zone and velocity zone settings can be used to switch sounds, and the Tone Adjust function allows Program settings to be modified

    Master Keyboard Functionality
    External MIDI device control

    Drum Kit:
    Stereo and mono drum samples
    4 velocity zones switch (crossfades and layers)

    The number of Combination / Program / Drum Kit:
    User: 640 Program (512 Preload)
    User: 384 Combination (256 Preload)
    User: 48 Drum Kit (32 Preload)
    Preset: 256 GM2 Program + 9 GM2 Drums Program

    User: 64 (16 favorite x 4 bank)


    Insert Effects:
    5 Insert Effects (stereo in/out)

    Master Effects:
    2 Master Effects (stereo in/out)

    Effect Types:
    Total: 134 types
    *74 types for Insert Effect
    *101 types for Master Effect 1
    *120 types for Master Effect 2

    Dynamic Modulation

    Effects Control Busses:
    Stereo side chain (Limiter, Gate, Vocoder, etc)

    Number of Songs:
    Max; 128 Songs


    40.00 - 300.00 (1/100 BPM resolution)

    Maximum memory:
    210,000 MIDI events

    Audio recorder
    Recording format:
    PCM Audio format (48 kHz / 16-bit)

    WAV (.wav): 44.1 kHz* / 16-bit, 48 kHz / 16-bit, Stereo
    *Automatic conversion from 44.1 kHz to 48 kHz

    WAV (.wav): 48 kHz / 16-bit,

    Continuity recording time:
    Max: 3 hours

    Recording time:
    Depends on the SD card that is used; approximately 90 minutes per 1 GB

    Number of Songs:
    Max; 200 Songs

    Number of multi-track recordings:
    Depends on the amount of space remaining on the SD card

    General Control:
    Pitch bend wheel, Modulation wheel, SW [1], SW [2], TEMPO knob, TAP button

    User Interface
    240 x 64 pixel LCD w/backlight, with adjustable contrast (hold the EXIT button and turn the Value dial)


    6.3mm Phone jack, Unbalanced
    Output Impedance: 1.1kO (L / Mono terminal: in case of Mono output, = 550O)
    Maximum level: +10.0 dBu, Load Impedance: more than 10 kO.

    AUDIO INPUT (Line In):
    3.5mm Stereo mini phone jack
    Input Impedance: 1.1 kO
    Maximum level: -42 ~– 0 dBu

    MIC IN:

    6.3mm Phone jack, Unbalanced
    Input Impedance: 33 O
    Maximum level: -48 ~ -6 dBu

    Power Supply
    AC Adaptor (DC9V), POWER button
    AA alkaline battery x 6 or AA Ni-MH: Nickel metal hydride battery x 6
    Battery Life:
    In case of AA alkaline battery x 6 = Approximately 4 hours*
    In case of AA Ni-MH: Nickel metal hydride battery (1900 mAh) x 6 = Approximately 5 hours*
    *Varies according to the batteries used and the conditions of usage
    Power Consumption
    5 W

    Dimensions (W x D x H)
    KROSS-61 = 37.09 x 11.06 x 3.58 inches / 942 281 91 mm
    KROSS-88 = 57.01 x 15.08 x 5.32 inches / 1,448 383 135 mm

    KROSS-61 = 9.48 lbs. / 4.3 kg
    KROSS-88 = 27.34 lbs. / 12.4 kg

    AC Adapter
    Quick Start Guide

    XVP-10 Expression/Volume pedal
    EXP-2 Foot Controller
    DS-1H Damper Pedal
    PS-1, PS-3 Pedal Switch

    Did you spot the incredible new feature?

    Another hint:
    KROSS-61 = 9.48 lbs. / 4.3 kg
    KROSS-88 = 27.34 lbs. / 12.4 kg

    I've got empty flight cases that weigh more than that! 4.3Kg... I've dated girls who's undercrackers weigh more than that (by the end of the busy and steamy evening.)

    Even the 88 key version weighs less than a good curry and six pack. I could buy one of these and recoup the money from saved Osteopath bills alone!

    I love KORG synths, but mine, bought many years ago, before I was married. Each weigh about the same as a small moon. These new ones would probably float off and stick to the ceiling like a child's balloon.

    I'm gigging tomorrow. The venue will probably be up-stairs. By the time I get my kit up there I'll be too spinally paralyzed to play the damn things.

    I haven't played the instrument, I've no idea what it sounds like; but I like the idea of this new feature a lot!


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    wow looks awesome


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