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Korg Kross 2 Synthesizer Workstation

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Korg Kross 2 Synthesizer Workstation

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  • A rich selection of more than 1,000 powered-up presets
  • 128MB of expansion PCM memory is built-in, and option libraries are supported
  • The rich expressive power of the EDS-i sound engine, and a rich selection of effects with 134 types
  • Superb sampling functionality and 16 sampler pads
  • Favorite function lets you register and instantly recall up to 128 frequently-used sounds

  • KROSS 2, the long-awaited successor of the KROSS, is a compact, portable workstation with a huge range of sounds. While maintaining its identity as ultra-lightweight, compact, and capable of running on batteries, this new model dramatically enhances KROSS's sounds and functionality.

    In addition to a total of more than a thousand preset sounds, expansion PCM memory has been newly added. Also new is a pad sampler that allows full-fledged sampling, and USB audio/MIDI interface functionality. The color scheme is even more stylish, and the user interface allows intuitive operation even by beginners.

    Effortlessly select the sound that you want to play, shape it to match your imagination, sample a sound, create phrases and rhythms, record your vocal or guitar, bring KROSS 2 on stage, and perform. Whatever you artistic vision, you can make it happen. KROSS 2 is a versatile synthesizer platform made with creative freedom in mind.

    The sound quality of KORG synthesizers is endorsed by top-ranking musicians around the world. The evolved KROSS 2 expands polyphony from 80 to 120 voices, and dramatically powers-up the number of internal programs from 809 to 1,075 programs. Including multi-layered pianos and electric pianos, thick strings and other new sounds that will work well with any band, as well as the latest drum kits to cover current styles such as EDM. The wide selection of programs covers your needs from live performance to studio production.

    The KROSS 2 now provides 128 MB of built-in expansion PCM memory. By selecting from optional libraries that will be released following KROSS 2, you can expand KROSS 2's internal sounds to meet the needs of your performing style or situation.

    The high-quality EDS-i Enhanced Definition Synthesis-integrated sound engine is inherited from KORG's professional synthesizers. You can use a total of seven effects units simultaneously: five insert and two master. Rich expressive power is available from the selection of 134 high-quality effects, including standard effects such as delay and reverb as well as amp modeling, vintage effect units, and even a vocoder.

    As a first in its class, the KROSS 2 is newly equipped with a unique sampling function that provides 16 playable pads. You can record the input from the LINE IN jack and assign a stereo sample of up to 14 seconds to each pad. Up to four pads can be triggered simultaneously. You can edit the sample waveform using functions such as start/end loop point settings and normalize, and even resample within the KROSS 2, allowing you to perform extensive sampling without requiring any additional equipment. Long audio files from an SD card can also be assigned to these pads.

    It's easy to get around on KROSS 2, thanks to a user-friendly layout. The panel of the KROSS 2 has been further improved since the first KROSS, ensuring that anyone can quickly access desired sounds and functions from the enormous range of choices.

    The new realtime control section lets you directly control KROSS 2's main parameters without having to navigate through a menu hierarchy. In addition to realtime control of the sounds and effects, and simple editing of programs, you can use the knobs to easily control the vocoder settings or adjust the tempo of the arpeggiator and sequencer.

    The favorite function lets you register frequently-used programs and combinations and recall them at a single touch, and has even been expanded to allow 128 favorite locations, twice the number of the first generation of KROSS. This function is ideal for live players that need quick access to a specialized set of sounds on stage.

    The layer/split function, which lets you layer two sounds or assign separate sounds to the left and right regions of the keyboard, is now easier to set up, thanks to a dedicated quick layer/split button.

    The built-in stereo audio recorder lets you record your KROSS 2 performance, or overdub an external input source such as vocals. There's also a pad audio play function that allows recorded sounds or audio files imported from an external source to be assigned to each of the 16 pads for playback. Unlike the sampling function, this allows extended recording and playback that is limited only by the capacity of the SD card; you can strike a pad to play back the backing of an entire song while you perform on the keyboard, or use the pads to trigger sound effects or background music.

    The 16-track MIDI sequencer records your keyboard performance and controller movements as MIDI data. It can also record your pad sampler performance, providing an easy way for you to create sketches of ideas for songs. This lets you use the 16 pads to intuitively and quickly create original rhythm patterns of up to 64 steps. The drum track lets you add rhythm to your performance simply by pressing a button. Choose from 772 preset drum patterns that cover a variety of styles. The arpeggiator function is a great way to generate ideas for songs; simply hold down keys to generate rhythmic chords, bass phrases, or guitar strumming.

    The 1/4" phone MIC IN jack lets you connect a mic directly, so there's no need for a singer-instrumentalist to provide a separate mixer when performing live. A vocoder function is also built-in, and you can easily perform vocoder sounds with rapid access via the realtime control section. Also provided is a LINE INPUT stereo mini-jack that's convenient for connecting your audio player or for sampling.

    In addition to USB MIDI interface functionality, USB audio interface functionality has been newly added. You can connect the KROSS 2 to your Mac or Windows computer and enjoy DAW recording, or easily use the instrument for playing in conjunction with your iPad or iPhone. The KORG Module high-quality sound module app can be used as an external sound module that's played from the KROSS 2, or you can perform with the backing of tracks that you created using the KORG Gadget DAW app, all with the ease of connecting a single cable.

    A dedicated KROSS 2 Editor and Plug-In Editor are also provided. These let you edit while viewing numerous parameters at a glance on your computer, or allow you to use the KROSS 2 as a software synthesizer from within your DAW.
    Keyboard: 88 keys NH (Natural weighted hammer action) keyboard (no aftertouch);Normally A0-C8 (adjustable in the range [-A-1...C7]-[A1...C9])
    System: EDS-I (Enhanced Definition Synthesis - integrated?

    Sound Engine
    Maximum Polyphony:120 voices (120 oscillators), single mode; 60 voices (60 oscillators), single mode
    * The actual maximum polyphony will vary depending on oscillator settings such as stereo multi-samples and velocity crossfading.

    Preset PCM Memory:
    Approximately 128 MB (calculated as 48 kHz / 16-bit linear PCM data equivalent);496 multi-samples (including seven stereo), 1014 drum samples (including 49 stereo)
    Expansion PCM Memory: Approximately 128MB (when converted to 48 kHz 16-bit linear PCM)

    Program Oscillator: OSC1 (Single), OSC1+2 (Double): Stereo multi-samples are supported 4 velocity zones per oscillator, with switching, crossfades and layers.
    Filters: Four types of filter routing (single, serial, parallel, 24 dB); Two multi-mode filters per voice (low pass, high pass, band pass, band reject)
    Modulation: For each voice, two envelope generators (Filter & Amp), two LFOs, two key tracking generators (Filter & Amp), and two AMS mixers. In addition, pitch EG, common LFO, and two common key tracking generators

    Combination Timbres: Up to 16 timbres, switchable via key zone or velocity zone, layer and crossfade supported, Tone Adjust function allows program settings to be offset
    Master Keyboard functionality: These allow you to control external MIDI devices

    Drumkits: Stereo and mono drum samples; 4-way velocity switches with crossfades and adjustable crossfade shapes (Linear, Power, Layer)
    The Number of Combinations/Programs/Drum Kits User Combinations: 896 Combinations (384 Preload)
    User Programs: 1280 Programs (768 Preload)
    User Drum Kits: 58 Drum Kits (42 Preload)

    Preset Programs: 265 Programs (256 GM2 Programs + 9 GM2 Drum Programs)
    Number of memories: 128 (16 favorites x 8 banks)
    Insert effects: 5 Insert Effects In-line processing; stereo in - stereo out.
    Master effects: 2 Master Effects Two effects sends; stereo in - stereo out.
    Effects types: Total of 134 types (select from 74 types for insert effects, 101 types of master effect 1, and 120 types for master effect 2)
    Modulation: Dynamic Modulation
    Effects Control Bus: Stereo side-chaining for limiter, gates, vocoders, etc.

    Polyphonic arpeggiators
    Program mode: One arpeggiator
    Combination mode: Two arpeggiators
    Sequencer modes: Two arpeggiators
    Preset arpeggio patterns: UP, DOWN, ALT1, ALT2, RANDOM

    User arpeggio patterns
    Number of arpeggio patterns: 1280 (1024 preload)
    Number of tones: 12 tones
    Number of steps: up to 64 steps

    Step sequencer
    Program mode: One unit
    Combination mode: Number of tones: 12 tones + 1 accent tone
    Sequencer mode: Number of steps: up to 64 steps
    * Can be created for each program, combination, and song.

    Drum Track
    Preset Patterns: 772 patterns (Held in common with sequencer patterns.)
    Other: Trigger Mode / Sync / Zone settings can be specified

    Sequencer Tracks: 16MIDI Tracks
    Number of Songs: Up to 128 songs
    Resolution: 1/480
    Tempo: 40.00-300.00 (1/100 BPM resolution)
    Maximum Memory: Up to 210,000 MIDI events
    Counter: Measure/Beat/Tick
    Template Song: 16 preset/16 user template songs
    Preset Patterns: 772 patterns (shared with Drum Track patterns)
    Format: KORG (KROSS) format, SMF format 0 and 1

    Pad sampler specifications:
    6 pads & 8 banks
    Automatically saved on the SD card, and automatically loaded
    Up to four pads can play simultaneously

    Recording format: PCM audio format 48 kHz/16-bit
    Recording time: Up to approximately 14 seconds of stereo sample for each pad
    Import: WAVE format(.wav) 44.1 kHz/16-bit, 48 kHz/16-bit, stereo
    Edit: Waveform display editing functionality, start address and looping settings etc., normalize and other editing operations

    Audio Recorder
    Recording Format: PCM audio format 48kHz/16bit
    Import: WAVE format (.wav) 44.1kHz/16bit, 48kHz/16bit stereo
    Export: WAVE format (file name extension: .wav) 48kHz/16bit, stereo
    Recording Time:
    Maximum continuous recording time: 3 hours
    Depends on the SD card used; approximately 90 minutes per 1 GB

    Number of Songs: Up to 200 songs
    Number of overdub recordings: Depends on the remaining capacity of the SD card
    Counter: Hour/Min/Sec

    Pad audio play:
    16 pads x 8 banks
    Directly play back data from SD card
    Multiple pads cannot be played simultaneously

    Media: File, Utility, Information, additional PCM data management functionality

    General Control: Pitch bend wheel, Modulation wheel, SW1, SW2
    Realtime Control: SELECT button, SWITCH button, KNOB1 knob, KNOB2 knob
    Step Sequencer: STEP SEQ ACTIVE button, Run button
    Favorite: FAVORITES ACTIVE button
    Pad Sampler: Pads 1-16, SAMPLER ACTIVE button, HOLD button
    Pad Audio Play:
    BANK LEDA/B/C/D/E/F/G/H (also used by Step sequencer, Favorite, Pad Sampler, and Pad Audio Play)

    Drum Track: DRUM TRACK button
    Arpeggiator: ARP button
    Audio Recorder: AUDIO REC button

    User Interface
    Display: 240 x 64 pixel LCD backlight & Adjustable contrast
    Category: CATEGORY dial, VALUE dial
    MODE: COMBI button, PROG button, SEQ (GLOBAL/MEDIA) button
    Value Controllers: Cursor buttons, EXIT,ENTER, FUNCTION, PAGE-, PAGE+, MENU buttons
    Sequencer: REC button, START/STOP button
    Quick Layer Split: LAYER/SPLIT button
    Other: VOLUME knob
    Control Input
    DAMPER (Supports piano-style half-damper pedals as well as standard foot switches)

    Audio Outputs (Analog)
    Connectors: 6.3 mm (1/4") phone jacks(TS unbalanced)
    Output Impedance: 1.1k ohm stereo, 550 ohm mono (L/Mono only)
    Maximum Level: +10.0 dBu
    Load Impedance: 10k ohm or greater
    Controllable by the VOLUME knob

    Connectors: 3.5mm (1/8") stereo mini phone jack
    Output Impedance: 33 ohnm
    Maximum Level: 40 + 40 mW
    Controllable by the VOLUME knob

    Audio Inputs (Analog)
    Connectors: 3.5 mm (1/8") stereo mini phone jack
    Input Impedance: 1.1k ohm
    Maximum Input Level: -42 to 0 dBu

    MIC IN
    Connectors: 6.3 mm (1/4") phone jacks(TS unbalanced)
    Input Impedance: 33 ohm
    Maximum Input Level: -48 to -6dBu
    Phantom power or plug-in power is not supported.

    USB: USB connector TYPE B x 1, USB-MIDI interface, USB audio interface
    SD Card Slot: One card slat

    Capacity recognized:
    SD memory cards up to 2 Gigabytes (GB)
    SDHC memory cards up to 32 Gigabytes (GB)
    SDXC memory cards not supported

    AC adaptor power supply DC 9V
    AA alkaline batteries x 6, or nickel-metal hydride batteries x 6

    Battery Life:
    AA alkaline batteries x 6: Approximately 6 hours
    AA nickel-metal hydride batteries (1900mAh) x 6: Approximately 7 hours
    Power Consumption: 5 W
    Dimensions (W x D x H): 1,448 mmx 383 mmx 136 mm / 57.01"x 15.08" x 5.35"
    Weight: 12.3 kg / 27.12 lbs (excluding batteries)
    Included Items: AC adapter, Quick Start Guide