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Korg (www.Korg.com) has announced the Kross keyboard. It will be available in August for US$699 for a 61-key model and $999 for a 88-key version.
Kross is a mobile, affordable, keyboard workstation with audio/MIDI recording capabilities, AC or battery operation (6xAA), and a selection of cutting-edge sounds. Available with 61 keys or 88 fully weighted keys, it’s the first battery-powered, full-featured Korg keyboard workstation, according to the folks at Korg.
The Kross sports analog-style step sequencing and a built-in audio recorder. The piano, electric piano, and drum sounds have been taken from some of Korg’s flagship instruments.
Kross includes a 6-track MIDI sequencer as well as an analog-style step sequencer. The sequencer design features 16 buttons that are used to turn individual notes on or off for creating original rhythm patterns. SMF-format data can be exchanged with a computer via an optional SC card. A set of workstation and production tools include a stereo audio recorder with overdubbing capabilities, a one-touch Drum Track function, and an arpeggiator to animate any type of sound.