Korg Krome 88 Keyboard Workstation


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The Korg Krome 88 sets the bang-for-the-buck standard when it comes to keyboard workstation features, sound sets, and affordability for the working musician

The Korg Krome offers working keyboardists a serious value in top-quality keyboard and drum sounds, sequencing, backing grooves, touch-screen control, and effects. Among its carefully chosen sounds, it features eight-level, multi-sample grand and electric pianos for the utmost in expressivity. The keyboard samples are full-length (un-looped), and include the resonances associated with the hardware performance of the instruments they emulate. Even the drum sounds have mixable room ambience for greater realism, and play back in authentic grooves at the touch of a button. The Krome also includes built-in effects, dual polyphonic arpeggiators, 16-track sequencer, and 600 performance patterns. With touchscreen control, USB port, and an SD card slot for data storage, the Korg Krome offers even deeper levels of control via editor software compatible with Mac and PC. The Krome is available in 61- and 73-key models, with semi-weighted natural-touch keyboards, and an 88-key version with Korg’s Natural Weighted Hammer Action keyboard.

Korg Krome 88-key Music Workstation in one take:

  • The Korg workstation ideal for any style of piano playing
  • 88-key weighted hammer action
  • Kronos-derived full length, un-looped piano and drum sounds, plus new electric pianos designed to shine on stage
  • Electric pianos with eight-level velocity switching for unmatched expressive power
  • Clear, intuitive control with Korg’s exclusive 7-inch color TouchView display
  • 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 Combinations
  • Powerful Effects with 5 Inserts, 2 Master, and 1 Total FX, plus per track/timbre EQ
  • Distinctive aluminum panel design exudes a sense of quality
  • 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
  • Available in 61-, 73-, and 88-key models

Realistic multi-sample grand piano

It was once predicted that the synthesizer would do to the piano, what the piano did to the harpsichord in terms of obsolescence, but it never replaced the piano sound itself, which remains an essential component of every keyboard instrument. The Krome has inherited the impressive “German D Grand” that was created for the Korg’s flagship Kronos workstation. Each of the 88 keys contains eight layers of full-length, un-looped stereo samples, complemented by authentic damper resonance. This resonant, authentic, and realistic piano is a major increase in quality for this class of keyboard.

Expressive electric pianos

The electric piano is just as much an essential part of contemporary music as the acoustic piano sound. The Krome’s three types of electric pianos also employ eight velocity levels to ensure faithful reproduction of classic EPs, and expressive response. To ensure authenticity, including the vintage amps, cabinets, and classic effects critical to these timeless sounds, the Krome’s electric pianos contain more sample data than the entire sound memory of most PCM synthesizers. To say that these samples are rewarding and a joy to play is an understatement.

Studio-quality drum sounds

As much as we keyboardists like to think our contributions to contemporary music are critical, we have to admit that drums are the foundation of rock and pop music. In keeping with the authenticity of its piano sounds, the Krome’s built-in drums, also backed by high-capacity PCM, include both direct drum sound and room ambience, which is where the resonance and richness of drum sounds reside. With the same “Jazz Ambience Drums” found on the Korg Kronos, the Krome enables you to mix both direct and ambient sound for studio-quality backing drum grooves.

Colorful sound palette

Taking its name from the Greek word for color, Krome, has a broad array of sounds in addition to piano, electric piano, and drums, to cover a wide variety of genres. The Krome has 640 programs and 288 combinations, each meticulously created by professional studio and performing musicians. Additionally, you can tweak, customize, create, and save your own sounds as well. The Krome also has 600 preset drum patterns accessible at the press of a single button. With plenty of user storage space, drum patterns can be created and used with the sequencer for both practice and live performance.

Dual polyphonic arpeggiators

The Krome has dual arpeggiators that can run simultaneously In Combination mode or Sequencer mode. This enables the Krome to generate guitar and bass lines, drum patterns, or for sound design, in addition to standard arpeggio patterns. You can use them to create pads, synth sounds, and sound effects that include subtle motion. Arpeggiator patterns can be edited and stored.

16-track sequencer

Among the features you would expect in a quality workstation, Krome has a 16-track sequencer and a full suite of tools for music creation. To capture you ideas as the muse strikes, the Auto Song Setup function lets you record immediately simply by pressing the REC button while you’re playing a program or combination. Each Template Song assigns appropriate sounds to sequencer tracks with pre-routed effects to match a specific musical genre. Korg’s Cue List gives you arrangements in lightning speed, plus you can and build a repertoire of instant-access patterns using the RPPR (Realtime Pattern/Play Recording) feature. MIDI-style piano-roll editing enables you to analyze and refine your improvisations into solid arrangements.

 Korg quality effects

The Krome effects section has five Inserts, two master effects, and one “total” effect. Its 193 effects include modulation effects, such as chorus, flangers, phasers, delays, reverbs, plus dynamics processors including compressor and limiter. There are also more esoteric-sound sounding effects, such as the Grain Shifter and Talking Modulator, as well as amp modeling and speaker simulation effects using Korg’s proprietary “REMS” modeling technology.

Krome 61-, 73-, and 88-key models

Krome 61 and 73 models feature a semi-weighted natural-touch keyboard, that can accommodate any style of piano, and really comes into its own on organ performance and synth solos. For the more pianistic among us, the Krome 88 has a full 88 keys and is equipped with Korg’s NH (Natural Weighted Hammer Action) keyboard that captures every nuance of your playing dynamics expressively, particularly on acoustic piano or electric piano presets.

Distinctive design

Krome features an elegantly curved profile. Its top control panel comprises two aluminum panels of differing design, resulting in a distinctive appearance that projects an unmistakable presence, even on a cluttered stage. In both looks and sound, Krome makes a powerful statement onstage.

TouchView Color display

Krome’s huge 800 x 480 pixel TouchView Color display ensures excellent visibility and can display several parameters at once. 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 that’s convenient for keeping track of a live performance, and a calculator keypad that is convenient for entering numerical values.

USB and SD Storage

You can connect Krome to your computer via USB to easily transfer MIDI data. You can also use an SD card (commercially available) to manage the Krome’s data files.

Plug-In Editor

The Krome Editor and Krome Plug-In Editor allow you to edit your Krome from your computer while viewing large numbers of parameters simultaneously, or to use Krome in your DAW as if it were a software synthesizer.

Krome is a powerful performance and music workstation that offers a great value to the working musician. For more information, call or chat online with your Westlake Pro sales consultant today.


Korg Krome 88 specifications:


Krome 88: NH keyboard (Natural Weighted Hammer Action] keyboard*

Velocity sensing is supported, after touch is not supported

Standard A0-C8 (transposable in the range [A-1…C7]-[A1…C9]

*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.


 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 such as stereo multi-samples and velocity crossfading

PCM Memory:

  • 8 GB, 48kHz/16-bit linear equivalent
  • 583 Multi-samples (Including 12 Stereo multi-samples)
  • 2,080 Drum samples (Including 474 Stereo Drum samples)



  • OSC1 (Single); OSC1 + 2 (Double): Stereo multi-samples are supported
  • 8 velocity zones per oscillator with switching, crossfades and layers


  • Four types of filter routing (single, serial, parallel, 24 dB)
  • Two multi-mode filters per oscillator (low pass, high pass, band pass, band reject)


  • Per-voice nonlinear driver and low boost


  • Three bands, with sweep-able mid


  • 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


  • Timbres: 16 maximum, each with split/layer/velocity switching with crossfading, plus modifications via Tone Adjust function
  • MIDI Controller Functionality: Customizable MIDI channel and Internal/External/Both settings per timbre

Master Keyboard Functionality

  • Available for controlling external MIDI devices

Drum Kit:

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


  • Program: 640 preload, 768 total locations
  • Combi: 288 preload, 512 total locations
  • Drumkits: 32 preload, 48 total locations

The number of Combination / Program / Drum Kit:

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


Insert Effects:

  • 5 Insert Effects (stereo in/out)
  • 2 Master Effects (stereo in/out)
  • 1 Total Effect (stereo in/out)

Timbre / Track EQ:

  • 3-band EQ per timbre/track

Effect Types:

  • 193, usable as Insert, Master, or Total effects. Note that a double-size effect cannot be used as a total effect


  • Dynamic Modulation, 2 Common LFO

Effects Control Buses:

  • Stereo sidechain (Limiter, Gate, Vocoder, etc)

Effect Preset:

  • 32 preset per effect

Polyphonic Arpeggiator

Program Mode:

  • Single polyphonic arpeggiator

Combination, Sequencer Mode:

  • Dual polyphonic arpeggiators

Number of patterns:

  • 900 pre-load, 1028 total locations
  • 5 preset arpeggio patterns

Drum Track:

  • 637 preload, 1000 total locations
  • Configurable Trigger Mode/Sync/Zone



  • 16 MIDI tracks + 1 master track

Number of Songs:

  • 128 Songs


  • 1/480 PPQ


  • 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 Lists
  • 99 steps


  • 605 Preset / 100 User patterns

RPPR (Realtime Pattern Play and Recording):

  • 1 pattern set per song


  • KORG (KROME) format, SMF format 0 and 1


  • Load, Save, Utility, data filer functionality (Save and Load MIDI System Exclusive Data)


*Joystick, SW [1], SW [2]

*Realtime Control

  • [Select] Switch:
  • Realtime Control (Tone, User), ARP
  • 4 Knobs;
  • Realtime Control: Real-time Modulation, Arpeggio control

*Drum Track

  • [DRUM TRACK] Switch On/Off


  • [ARP] Switch On/Off

User Interface


  • TouchView(tm) Graphical User Interface
  • 7-inch color TFT LCD, 800 x 480 pixels
  • Onboard LCD brightness control

Mode Switch:

  • [COMBI], [PROG], [SEQ], [GLOBAL], [MEDIA] switch

Value controller:

  • [VALUE] Dial, [INC], [DEC] Switch, 10 key block ([0] – [9], [-], [.], [ENTER], [COMPARE])

Bank Switch:

  • [A], [B], [C], [D], [E], [F] switch (in Combination mode, [A], [B], [C], [D] switch are available)

Sequencer switch:

  • [PAUSE], [REW], [FF], [LOCATE], [REC], [START / STOP]


  • [TEMPO] knob, [TAP] switch


  • [PAGE] switch, [WRITE] switch, [EXIT] switch, [VOLUME] knob, Contrast knob


Audio output (L / mono, R):

  • 3mm (Mono) Phone jack, Unbalanced
  • Output Impedance: 1.1k ohm, 550 ohm with Mono output
  • Maximum level: +16.0 [dBu], Load Impedance: more than 10 ohm

Headphone Output:

  • 1/8″ (5mm) stereo phone jack
  • Output Impedance: 33 ohm
  • Maximum level: 60 + 60mW with 33Ohm load

Control Input:

  • Damper Pedal (Half Damper supported)
  • Assignable Switch
  • Assignable Pedal


  • In/Out


  • USB-MIDI Interface (TYPE B) x 1

SD Card Slot:

  • Max: 2 GB / SD memory card
  • Max: 32 GB/ SDHC memory card
  • Note: SDXC memory cards are not supported


  • Power supply (DC12V 3.5A), Power switch

Dimensions (W x D x H):

KROME-88 = 57″ x 15-3/32″ x 5-5/32″ / 1,448 × 383 × 131 mm



KROME-88 = 32.41 lb. / 14.7 kg

Power Consumption:

  • 13 W


  • AC Adapter
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Accessory Disc (Operation Guide PDF, Parameter Guide PDF, Video Manual)
  • Option
  • XVP-10: Expression/Volume pedal
  • EXP-2: Foot Controller
  • DS-1H: Damper Pedal
  • PS-1, PS-3: Pedal Switch

PC System Requirements for Krome Editor/Plug-In Editor


  • Windows Vista SP2 and later (32- and 64-bit, all editions), Windows 7 (all editions, including 64-bit)
  • USB port required


  • Mac OS X 10.4.11 or later
  • USB port required


  • Intel Pentium 4/ Greater than 1GHz, later Core Duo recommended.


  • More than 512MB (Greater than 1 GB recommended)


  • 1,024×768, at least 16-bit color


  • Computer with USB port, running Windows 7, Windows XP, or Windows Vista

Macintosh OS:

  • Mac OS X 10.5 or later (32-bit and 64-bit kernel modes supported)

*Note: This plug-in is not 64-bit


  • Intel Mac supported
  • Later Core Duo recommended


  • More than 512MB (at least 1 GB recommended)


  • 1,024×768, at least 32,000 colors


  • Apple Macintosh computer with USB port, running Mac OS X

*Krome Plug-In Editor supports VST/RTAS in Windows, VST/ Audio Unit/RTAS in Macintosh.

 *Only a single instance of the Krome Editor or Krome Plug-In Editor can be used at once.

 *All other product and company names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

*Specifications and appearance are subject to change without notice for improvement.

Additional information

Weight 33 lbs
Dimensions 16 x 58 x 6 in
Key Action

Weighted Hammer Action

MIDI/USB or Both




Velocity Sensitive



120 Voices



Attribute: Manufacturer Part Number


Number of Sequencer Tracks



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