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The black Krome 88-Key Music Workstation by Korg features a wide selection of sounds, including piano, electric piano, dynamic drum kits, 640 programs and 288 combinations. The 61-key semi-weighted natural touch keyboard provides a feel and response ideal for any style of piano playing.

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 "colour," KROME is the new standard for sonic excellence in a gigging musician's keyboard, providing a limitless palette of sound to bring vivid inspiration your music. Introducing the KROME Music Workstation.

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 keyboard

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.

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.

Intuitive TouchView interface

KROME's huge 800 x 480 pixel TouchView Colour 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 thats convenient for keeping track of a live performance, and a calculator keypad that is convenient for entering numerical values.

Krome connects to your computer via USB to easily transfer MIDI data. An SD card slot is also available to help you manage Krome's data files. The Krome Editor and Krome Plug-In Editor allow you to edit your Krome settings from a computer and/or integrate it as a software synthesizer in your DAW.


  • 3.8GB High-capacity PCM memory

  • KRONOS-derived full length, unlooped piano and drum sounds, plus new electric pianos designed to shine on stage

  • The Korg workstation ideal for any style of piano playing

  • Electric pianos with eight-level velocity switching for unmatched expressive power

  • 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 Preload Combinations

  • Distinctive aluminum panel design exudes a sense of quality

  • Clear, intuitive control with Korg's exclusive 7-inch color TouchView display

  • 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


Keyboard Type: 88-key NH (Natural Weighted Hammer Action) velocity sensitive, A0 - C8 range (after touch is not supported)
*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.
Tone Generating Technology: EDS-X (Enhanced Definition Synthesis-eXpanded)


Maximum Polyphony
• 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.

PCM Memory
• 3.8 GB (In case of 48 kHz, 16-bit Linear PCM converted)
• 583 multisamples (including 12 Stereo multi-samples)
• 2,080 drumsamples (including 474 Stereo Drumsamples )

Oscillator: OSC1 (Single); OSC1 + 2 (Double): Stereo multisamples are supported 8 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 oscillator (low pass, high pass, band pass, band reject)
Driver: Per-voice nonlinear driver and low boost
EQ: Three bands, with sweepable mid
Modulation: 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

Timbre Number:
• Max: 16
• For each Timbre: keyboard and velocity split/layer/crossfades
• Modifications to the program settings via the Tone Adjust function
Master Keyboard Functionality: Krome can act as a Master Keyboard able to control external MIDI devices such as sound modules.

Drum Kits:
• Stereo and mono drum samples
• 8 velocity zones switch (crossfades and layers)

The number of Combination / Program / Drum Kit:
User Combination: 512 Combination (288 Preload)
User Program: 768 Program (640 Preload)
User Drum Kit: 48 Drum Kit (32 Preload)
Preset Program: 256 GM2 Program + 9 GM2 Drums Program


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

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

Total Effects: 1 Total Effect (stereo in/out)

Timbre / Track EQ: 3-band EQ per in 1 Timbre / in 1 Track

Effect Types: 193 types (Usable as insert, master, or total effects. However, double-size effects cannot be used as a total effect.)

Modulation: Dynamic Modulation, 2 Common LFO

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

Effect Preset: 32 preset per effect

Polyphonic Arpeggiator

Program Mode: 1 unit

Combination, Sequencer Mode: 2 units are available.

Number of pattern:
• 5 preset Arpeggio pattern
• 1,028 User Arpeggio pattern (900 Preload)

Drum Track

Preset Patterns: 637 patterns (Common with the preset pattern of the Sequencer mode) User Patterns:
• 1,000 patterns (Pattern created in Sequencer mode can be converted to drum track user pattern)
• Configurable Trigger Mode / Sync / Zone


Tracks: 16-track MIDI Sequencer + 1 master track

Number of Songs: 128 Songs

Resolution: 1/480

Tempo: 40.00 - 300.00 (1/100 BPM resolution)

Maximum memory: 210,000 MIDI events

Template Song: 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):
• 637 Preset / 100 User pattern (Per song)
• 1 pattern set per song

Format: KORG (KROME) format, SMF format 0 and 1


Media: Load, Save, Utility, Data filer functionality (Save and Load MIDI System Exclusive Data)


Controllers: Joystick, SW [1], SW [2]

4 Knobs; REALTIME CONTROL: Real-time Modulation, Arpeggio control

Drum Track [DRUM TRACK] Switch On/Off

Arpeggiator [ARP] Switch On/Off

User Interface

• Touch view graphical User Interface
• 7 -inch Color TFT LCD, 800 x 480 pixel
• Onboard LCD brightness control


6.3mm (Mono) Phone jack, Unbalanced
Output Impedance: 1.1[kΩ] (L / Mono terminal: in case of Mono output, = 550[Ω])
Maximum level: +16.0 [dBu], Load Impedance: more than 10 [kΩ].

Headphone Output:
3.5mm Stereo phone jack
Output Impedance: 33[Ω], Maximum level: 60 + 60[mW] (In case of 33[Ω] Loaded)

Control Input

DAMPER pedal (Half Damper supported)



Interface: USB-MIDI Interface (TYPE B) x 1

SD Card Slot:
• Max: 2 GB / SD Memory Card is supported
• Max: 32 GB/ SDHC Memory Card is supported
(SDXC Memory Card is not supported)

General Specifications

Dimensions (W x D x H): 57.01 x 15.08 x 5.16 inches / 1,448 x 383 x 131 mm
Weight: 32.41 lbs. / 14.7 kg

Power: Power supply (DC12V 3.5A), POWER switch

Power Consumption: 13 W

Accessories: AC Adapter, Quick Start Guide, Accessory Disc (KROME Operation Guide PDF, Parameter Guide PDF, Video Manual)

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Closest StoreBurlington, Ontario
After 3 Korgs in my lifetime, I'm pleased to say this is my 4th. Love the Kronos based piano sounds as well. That's one feature that really sets this apart. What sold me were the killer features and user friendly touch screen interface. Programming is a snap. Tweaking on the fly made easy. The weighted feel is super responsive and the overall construction is very sturdy. Overall a great workstation for the pricepoint with features not found on other boards at this price. Super happy! Rocks!
Posted by Jim Flynn on Oct 8, 2015
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This board sounds great. Keybed is pretty sweet too with a good feel. A bit of a learning curve at first, but seems straight forward to use the OS.
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