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Korg Kross 2 61-Key Synthesizer Workstation
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Limited edition Korg Kross 2 is a mobile synthesizer workstation with a 61-key, velocity-sensitive keyboard. Combining a synth, sequencer, sampler, recorder, and audio interface in one compact and lightweight unit, it provides musicians and composers alike with the tools for writing and recording original music, or for performing as a "one-man band" or in a group. In addition to the neon color, this model has additional PCM that provides special pre-installed piano and electric piano sounds, as well as synth and drum sounds that meet the needs of cutting edge EDM (electronic dance music) producers.

The Kross 2  offers 1000+ preset sounds, 120 voices of polyphony, 134 effects, and 128MB of built-in expansion PCM memory for optional sound libraries as they become available (available separately). The workstation is equipped with a sampling function that provides 16 playable pads for triggering samples or full audio tracks.

For production applications, the Kross 2 comes with a 16-track MIDI sequencer, a step sequencer, an arpeggiator, and a drum track. A stereo audio recorder enables you to record your performance or overdub an external input source—such as vocals—directly to an SD card (available separately).

The workstation features a user-friendly layout with real-time controls that let you easily access desired sounds and functions on the fly. You can quickly store and recall your favorite programs and combinations, and layers/splits are simple to set up thanks to a dedicated button.

In addition to USB MIDI interface functionality, the USB audio interface enables you to connect the Kross 2 to your Mac or Windows computer and enjoy DAW recording. You can also use the instrument for playing in conjunction with your iPad or iPhone. The keyboard is powered by either six AA batteries or with the included AC adapter.

  • Lightweight (at 8.38 lb) and compact portable workstation
  • 61-key, velocity-sensitive keyboard 
  • Up to seven hours of battery-powered operation from six AA batteries
  • Gray/red neon color with a durable rubberized finish
  • Rear-panel Korg logo is fully illuminated

Technical Specifications

Kross 2-61 61 x keys (velocity-sensitive, no aftertouch)
Normally C2 to C7 (adjustable in the range C1 to C6 and C3 to C8)
Technology EDS (Enhanced Definition Synthesis - integrated)
Sound Engine
Maximum Polyphony 120 x voices (120 x oscillators), single mode
60 x voices (60 x oscillators), single mode

Actual maximum polyphony varies depending on oscillator settings such as stereo multisamples and velocity crossfading
Preset PCM Memory Approximately 128 MB (at 48 kHz / 16-bit linear PCM data equivalent)
496 x multisamples (including seven stereo)
1014 x drum samples (including 49 stereo)
Expansion PCM Memory Approximately 128 MB (when converted to 48 kHz / 16-bit linear PCM)

Used when loading option PCM
Program Oscillator
OSC1 (single), OSC1+2 (double)
Stereo multisamples support 4 velocity zones per oscillator, with switching, crossfades, and layers

4 x types of filter routing (single, serial, parallel, 24 dB)
2 x multi-mode filters per voice (low-pass, high-pass, band-pass, band reject)

For Each Voice: 2 x envelope generators (Filter & Amp), 2 x LFOs, 2 x key-tracking generators (Filter & Amp), 2 x AMS mixers
Pitch EG, common LFO, two common-key tracking generators

User Programs
1280 (768 preloaded)

Preset Programs
265 (256 GM2 programs + 9 GM2 drum programs)
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
Allows you to control external MIDI devices

User Combinations
896 (384 preloaded)
Drum Kits Stereo and mono drum samples
4-way velocity switches with crossfades and adjustable crossfade shapes (Linear, Power, Layer)

User Drum Kits
58 (42 preloaded)
Patch Memories 128 (16 favorites × 8 banks)
Insert effects 5 x insert effects
In-line processing
Stereo in, stereo out
Master Effects 2 x master effects 
2 x effects sends
Stereo in, stereo out
Effects Types 134 x types (select from 74 types for insert effects, 101 types for master effect 1, and 120 types for master effect 2)
Modulation Dynamic modulation
Effects Control Bus Stereo sidechaining for limiter, gates, vocoders, and more
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 preloaded) 
Number of Tones: 12 tones
Number of Steps: Up to 64 steps
Step Sequencer
Program Mode One unit can be created for each program, combination, and song
Combination Mode Number of Tones: 12 x tones + 1 x accent tone
Sequencer Modes Number of Steps: Up to 64 steps
Drum Track
Preset Patterns 772 patterns (held in common with sequencer patterns)
Other Trigger mode/Sync/Zone settings can be specified
Tracks 16 x MIDI tracks
Number of Songs Up to 128 songs
Resolution 1/480
Tempo 40.00 to 300.00 BPM (1/100 BPM resolution)
Maximum Memory Up to 210,000 MIDI events
Counter Measure/Beat/Tick
Template Song 16 x presets / 16 x user template songs
Preset Patterns 772 x patterns (shared with Drum Track patterns)
Format KORG (Kross) format, SMF format 0 and 1
Pad Sampler
Specifications 16 pads x 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 WAV format
44.1 kHz / 16-bit (stereo)
48 kHz / 16-bit (stereo)

44.1 kHz is automatically converted to 48 kHz
Edit Waveform-Display Editing Functionality: Start address, looping settings, normalize, and other editing operations
Internal Audio Recorder
Recording Format PCM audio format, 48 kHz / 16-bit
Import WAV format
44.1 kHz / 16-bit (stereo)
48 kHz / 16-bit (stereo)

44.1 kHz is automatically converted to 48 kHz
Export WAV format 
48 kHz / 16- bit, stereo
Recording Time Maximum Continuous Recording Time: 3 hours 
Varies with type of SD card used (approximately 90 minutes / 1 GB)
Number of Songs Up to 200 songs
Number of Overdub Recordings Varies with 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
Types File, Utility, Information, additional PCM data management functionality
General Control Pitch bend wheel
Modulation wheel
SW1, SW2
Real-Time Control Select button
Switch button
Knob1 knob
Knob2 knob
Step Sequencer/Favorite/Pad Sampler/Pad Audio Play Pads 1 to 16 
Step Seq Active button, Run button 
Favorites Active button 
Sampler Active button, Hold button 
Audio Play Active button 
Bank LED A/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 Inputs
Foot Controllers Damper (supports piano-style half-damper pedals as well as standard footswitches) 
Assignable switch 
Assignable pedal
Analog Audio Outputs
L/Mono, R Connectors: 2 x 1/4" / 6.3 mm phone jacks (TS, unbalanced) 
Output Impedance: 1.1 kOhms stereo, 550 Ohms mono (L/Mono only) 
Maximum Level: +10.0 dBu 
Load Impedance: 10 kOhms or greater 
Controllable by volume knob
Headphone Output Connectors: 1/8"/ 3.5 mm stereo mini phone jack 
Output Impedance: 33 Ohms
Maximum Level: 40 + 40 mW 
Controllable via volume knob
Analog Audio Inputs
Line In Connector: 1/8" / 3.5 mm stereo mini phone jack 
Input Impedance: 1.1 kOhms 
Maximum Input Level: -42 to 0 dBu
Mic Input Connector: 1/4" / 6.3 mm phone jack (TS, unbalanced) 
Input Impedance: 33 Ohms
Maximum Input Level: -48 to -6 dBu
MIDI In/out
USB 1 x USB Type-B port
USB MIDI interface
USB audio interface
SD Card Slot 1 x card slot
SD memory cards up to 2 GB
SDHC memory cards up to 32 GB
(SDXC memory cards are not supported)
Main Specifications
Power AC adapter, 9 VDC 
6 x AA alkaline batteries
6 x NiMH
Battery Life Approximately 6 hours with 6 x AA alkaline batteries 

Approximately 7 hours with 6 x AA NiMH batteries (1900 mAh)
Power Consumption 5 W
Dimensions (W x D x H) 36.81 x 10.59 x 3.46" / 93.50 x 26.90 x 8.80 cm
Weight 8.38 lb / 3.80 kg (excluding batteries)

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