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Offering full-length, unlooped samples of every key for a spectacular piano sound, the Korg Krome keyboard redefines your expectations for an instrument in this class.

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Not the busiest Forum in the world is it?

Unread post by Mr Stew » Thu Aug 21, 2014 4:55 pm

Anybody out there?

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Unread post by Derek » Thu Aug 21, 2014 7:40 pm

It needs Korg Krome owners to start some debate! :)
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Re: Not the busiest Forum in the world is it?

Unread post by Mr Stew » Fri Aug 22, 2014 7:36 pm

Ok. How about......what features do you like best about the Krome? And the worst thing?

I'll start with - the screen is great and its very light to carry, great for a gigging musician! However, I find the drums and arps can get confused and out of sync if you aren't careful. Plus in Combi mode, the level display meters rise and fall for all the channels even if the channel is muted - it would be better if only active channels moved as it would make it easier to see which sounds were playing at the time! Plus....the 60 second boot up time can be a problem on stage if you turn off or have a power cut (lots of venues have decibel meters which cut power)

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Unread post by Derek » Sat Aug 23, 2014 7:52 am

I've just purchased a Kronos myself, which has a 2.5 minute boot-time. A small portable UPS is a must to hold the power.

Ah, venues with Decibel meters/trips. Played in those myself and we usually managed to "run a bypass" by plugging into the non-metered sockets that are usually there for the cleaner's vacuum! 8O :lol:
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Re: Not the busiest Forum in the world is it?

Unread post by Mr Stew » Sat Aug 23, 2014 10:01 am

Ah, would have loved to get a Kronos but funds wouldn't stretch. Looks built like a tank and the sounds seem amazing!

I think for me, the Krome was a better bet - I gig a lot so the weight and ease of use was important. The Kronos seems very complicated when I watched the video reviews. I like the fact that the Krome is either in Program or Combi mode, its easy to edit and create combi's. I'm not a fan of the external power supply though.


What do you use your Kronos for? Live /studio?

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Unread post by Derek » Sat Aug 23, 2014 11:01 am

Hi,

Yes, I am on a steep learning curve! I will use it for both live and studio. :)
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Unread post by WatneyHeckbulb » Tue Aug 26, 2014 4:59 pm

I looked at the Krome when upgrading my rig two years ago but was lucky enough to be given a Kronos as payment for a set of choral rehearsal CDs I produced for my employers. From what I understand the Krome's architecture is similar to the HD1 engine on the Kronos and with nearly 4 gig of sample ROM there's a lot of good raw material to work with. Also the Krome's piano uses the same velocity-switched unlooped sample set as the Kronos, and the electric pianos and multi-mic'd drum kits have been carried over too. The Krome's a really good board and I'd love to get my hands on one to replace my aging Triton TR. Out of interest what colour's your Krome Mr Stew? I believe there are a few options available on later models.
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Re: Not the busiest Forum in the world is it?

Unread post by Mr Stew » Thu Aug 28, 2014 8:26 am

Simon - I bought a 73 note black Krome.

I desperately wanted a coloured one but they were only available on the 61 note keyboard. I play live an use lots of my own combinations so felt the extra keyboard length more important in the end. The 61 note would have been fine if I was working in a studio.

The Krome is pretty good, in particular I like the fact that it is really really easy to use and program. The large screen means you can see lots of info at once unlike the old M1 and O1/w! Some of the lead solo sounds are a little weak but I'm planning to spend some time programming some of installing 3rd party sound packs when I get time!

Lucky boy to be given a Kronos!

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Re: Not the busiest Forum in the world is it?

Unread post by Mr Stew » Sat Oct 18, 2014 8:45 pm

227 views of this post - and 2 bothered to reply......says it all!! Didn't realise Korg owners were so boring!!!

Come on guys and girls.....

Whats new? Who has found something cool or learnt a great tune recently? I've just bought an SD card so can finally save stuff on my Krome (well pissed off that the Krome can't save songs without an SD card)

Worked out the into / verse to Jamiroquai's virtual insanity last night just for a laugh. Sounds great but can't quite find a sound on the krome that has enough 'bite' as the original. Looking at 6 toys "do your thing" tonight, can't get it quite right though. Sounds easy but something missing!

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Unread post by tux » Sat Oct 18, 2014 11:51 pm

I guess most Korg owners post on the Korg forums. After all that's where most active Korg Kronos/Krome users are.
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Re: Not the busiest Forum in the world is it?

Unread post by Saul » Sun Oct 19, 2014 12:28 am

I know it's a bit disappointing there is not more activity here Mr Stew but do keep in mind this is a mainly "Yamaha" focused site. The reason all the other sections were added over the years is because most of the Yamaha users here also own other gear as well.

Personally I am a big fan of Korg's gear and have owned the Triton, M50 and M3 and a while back Korg sent me the Korg KROSS and the KROME to take a look at but I don't...at the moment have any Korg gear at all. I may have a KROME soon but depends on a lot of things coming together at the right time :)

Korg Forums of course is where most of the activity is but even that can get quiet at times. I do think that at least here you won't get any bias. Although many members here are life long Yamaha users I think they are open minded enough to give a fair opinion when asked about Korg, Roland, Nord etc.
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Re: Not the busiest Forum in the world is it?

Unread post by Saul » Wed Feb 11, 2015 10:30 am

One thing I wanted to add about the KROME which, for the moment at least is a bit of a deal breaker and that is the lack of USB Audio. The Yamaha MOXF and the Roland FA06/08 both act as USB Audio/Midi interfaces. This means I can route the audio from my mac back through the keyboard and out of the monitors.

The KROME really should have had an audio input as well. Given it's near enough the same price as the MOXF and the Roland FA06/08 I think they could have gone the extra mile and included audio.

Apart from that, the KROME is a very nice keyboard. I liked it when I had it hear and missed it when it went back to KORG. I had planned on buying one but the lack of audio/midi via usb always held me back.
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Re: Not the busiest Forum in the world is it?

Unread post by Saul » Tue Apr 05, 2016 1:50 pm

Thought I would post this info here as, Mr Stew pointed out it was a bit quiet.

I recently spoke to Korg about a replacement for the Krome. I figured that since Yamaha had announced Montage and I'm pretty sure there is a cut down version on the way to replace the MOXF, Korg would be beavering away on a Krome replacement...one with an audio interface this time! However, it seems not. They said they have no plans to replace Krome at the present time, which I must admit I find a little odd.

When I tested the Krome against the MOXF I eventually came down on the side of the Yamaha. I found the keys slightly better, the acoustic sounds slightly better and of course it worked perfectly as an audio interface. Given that the replacement for the MOXF is likely to have a touch screen and more than one synth engine I really don't see how Krome can stand against it. Korg are also up against the Roland Juno DS61/88 and Roland FA06/08 which, apart from the keys on the 61 note version are both fantastic value for money keyboards.

Maybe Korg do have plans but are juts not saying anything. I sincerely hope that is the case!
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