Korg Krome-73 Reviews4.3/5.0 based on 4 customer reviews
When I first heard the Korg Krome would be slotted under the mighty Kronos, I figured there would be a lot of crompomises to meet this price point. Fortunately, I was wrong! The Krome is my workstation by day and my gigging axe by night. The flagship grand piano sound is an impressive 2+ gigabytes alone. It also gives me a fully featured onboard sequencer with responsive touch screen interface. The decisions for which features are on the touch screen and which are dedicated to buttons and knobs are well-thought out.
from Northern Arizona
March 10, 2013Music Background:
50 years and still going strong.
Great Korg AgainI needed Light weight keyboard to carry in and out of church that had great korg sounds. Korg 73 is just right and much easier editing than on my KARMA, man the menus on that thing are so complex. But on the Krome the Page button covers a lot of ground quickly and creating Combis are a breeze. I get to give this Board a run on Thursday night with the Praise and Worship team at church. I will let you know how it goes.Thanks Jeff you guys rock.
October 16, 2012Music Background:
Korg Krome 73Gorgeous Sounds, especially the UNLOOPED Pianos.Even with the semi weighed keys of the 73 the response is nice, although a piano purist should opt for the 88 weighed version. I understand its not the same keybed as the troubled RH3.
The electric pianos are nice, although they still are not up to the bar set by Nords Stage 2, but in my gig they work nicely.
The organs, another story. Lots of samples with percussion and just doesn't seem like the drawbar voicing samples I want. The rotary sim is so-so, A Ventilator would help tremendously . I am thinking of creating a combi with sine waves to see if I can evoke a more faithful
KILLER Drums, and lots of control over the kits.
I use the board for live gigging, so the workstation features (including the drums) are lost on me and not the reason I purchased it. Its light weight is though. Saying that if you are looking for DAW integration and a multi timbrel sound source, this IS the board. Editing from the front panel is easy, but the new editor software is a breeze and the recommended way to go .
BOOT UP time is 60 seconds, so if you lose power in the middle of a song, you better have a second board or wait out the song. LOL.
My sweetwater Sales Engineer was very helpful with pre sales questions and follow ups.
from Elwood, IN USA
January 12, 2013Music Background:
20+ year Gigging musician
First ImpressionFirst off: Ordered over the phone with Matt / Kenny on Thrusday morning. They updated the OS and shipped Thursday affternoon. It arrived at 12:30 Friday afternoon. I'm impressed. Oh and the Thank You page with a handful of candy in the box was a classy added touch.
Cheesy Power Supply. Giant grounded cord feeding a tiny brick PS with a tiny cable that plugs in to the unit. Power Switch also does not give the warm fuzzies with it's feel.
The Touch-View Display is fantastic and seems fairly responsive for it's size and the amount of data on it. I have the 73 key unit and I have to say that it's no Nord but in this price range it's not too bad.
Piano sounds seem promising so far. I did gig with it last night alongside my Electro 3 after spending an hour or so with it in the afternoon. It performed quite well although it's worth noting that it takes 1 minute to boot up. Seems a bit long. My old Alesis Fusion took less time that that to boot and it was loading a TON of data. I can live with it but if you experience a power bump on stage you are going to wait.
I'm the type of player who wants to plug in and go. I don't have the time or desire to do heavy programming but I do need some reasonable ability to tweak a patch, save it and easily find it when I want it. This board is quite capable of that and the editor software seems really nice as well. Quick on-the-fly tweaks of EQ settings, etc. are a breeze with this thing. There seems to be much to like about the Krome and it does seem reasonably well though out.
Build quality doesn't seem to be superb but also isn't so bad. At least in this price range it's not bad.
The recommended soft case for Krome 73 is the Gator GKB76. Unless you want your Krome 73 to swim in the bag then don't get it. I'm going to either send it back for something in a better size or look elsewhere. I'm not at all pleased with that part of the transaction. I have not checked the specs but I'm almost thinking that the Krome 73 would fit in the next smaller bag. I'll be looking in to that because carrying the Krome around in that giant soft case didn't have a safe and comfortable feel about it.
The drum button and arp's are pretty well thought out as well. It's a great way to audition a patch and it inspires creativity.
All in all, I am pleased after just the first day with the Krome 73. It sounds great for stage use. I haven't played with the sequencing features on it but for an on-board sequencer I am inspired to play with it and see what I can come up with.
Perhaps I'll update this as I learn more. Hope it helped.
December 17, 2012Music Background:
Good sounds but definitely a low budget buildIf you are looking for a high quality work station then keep looking (you get what you pay for), if you want good sounds, reasonably good user navigation, and a good price than this is for you. I have a Motif XS7 and picked up a Krome 73 as an inexpensive secondary board (a little redundant I know). Just set up the Krome and I did a few “first impression” comparisons between the Krome 73 and the Motif (76 key). The Krome has some nice features (touch screen, light weight, easy access) and the sounds, for the most part, are pretty good but it definitely has the feel of a low budget board. The On / Off switch feels like a toy and the key action is "springy" and a bit cheap feeling - the much higher build quality of the Motif is readily apparent. The Krome “sounds” are good but again I have to say the Motif sounds are superior. I know it is quite unfair to compare a Motif costing nearly 3 times that of the Krome but you should be aware that the Krome is not in the same league as high end boards. When you consider the price however, the Krome is very good value. You can produce a lot of sounds that are close to high end boards, apply a ton of layers and splits (more than a Motif!), and the learning curve for this board is a lot easier. In summary, definitely lower quality than a high end board but versatile, good sounds and a good value for the price.