Korg Kross 61-key Synthesizer Workstation

61-key Synth Workstation with Synth-action Keybed, EDS-i Sound Engine, Audio Recorder, Step and MIDI Sequencers, Drum Track, Arpeggiator, and Mic/Line Inputs
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Let Your Music Soar with This Affordable Workstation

The Korg KROSS-61 is your ideal synth workstation. Amazingly affordable, the KROSS-61 packs 61 synth-action keys, a boatload of class-leading sounds, and a bevy of intuitive and powerful production tools into a svelte, eye-catching chassis that weighs in under 10 pounds. It will even run on six AA batteries, for impromptu busking in the park. With a mic input, a built-in audio recorder, a 16-track MIDI sequencer, drum track, arpeggiator, and Electribe-derived step sequencer, the Korg KROSS-61 will let your music soar.

Korg KROSS-61 at a Glance:
  • The only instrument you need
  • Korg's pro-level EDS-i sound engine with 134 killer effects
  • Gorgeous sounds to make your music sound lush
The only instrument you need

The Korg KROSS is the only instrument you need. With its class-leading soundset, KROSS is your one-stop music production machine. KROSS delivers a broad range of sounds that leave even previous-generation flagship models in the dust. And the quality is simply stunning, bolstered by PCM data that's approximately twice as large as predecessors like the X50 and the PS60. For your gigging pleasure, Korg has lavished attention on frequently-used sounds such as rock/jazz organ, strings, brass, and synth sounds. But you also get ear candy flavors like toy piano, accordion, combo organ, church organ, and even a vintage tape sampler, along with cutting-edge dance music/electronica sounds - unique sounds you won't find in any other synth at this price. And with Sound Selector and a favorites function, finding and organizing your sounds for instant onstage deployment is a piece of cake.

Korg's pro-level EDS-i sound engine with 134 killer effects

Korg's EDS-i is a studio-grade sound engine distilled from the EDS/EDS-X sound engines found on Korg's most advanced instruments. EDS-i lets you use a total of seven effects simultaneously: five insert effects plus two master effects. You get essentials such as delay, reverb, chorus, flanger, and rotary speaker, but there's also amp modeling powered by Korg's REMS modeling technology. There's even a robot voice vocoder! With 134 different high-quality effects onboard, you'll never run out of sonic inspiration.

Gorgeous sounds to make your music sound lush

Korg KROSS-61 is loaded with piano, electric piano, and drum sounds that have been taken from flagship Korg instruments used by the pros - giving the KROSS a soundset that surpasses other instruments in its price range. The grand piano, for example, includes lavishly-sampled decays with three different levels of velocity. Korg has even sampled damper pedal noises, juicing your performances with the ultimate in realism and nuance.

Korg KROSS-61 Features:
  • Great-feeling 61-key synth-action keybed
  • Pro-quality EDS-i sound engine built-in, with a total of seven effects available simultaneously
  • Ideal for a broad range of musical styles
  • Extremely lightweight - under 10 lbs, and can be powered by 6 AA batteries
  • Amazing piano, EP, and drum sounds
  • Many sounds utilize twice as much PCM memory as previous instruments
  • Ideal for a broad range of musical styles
  • Sound Selector makes it easy to find the sound you're looking for
  • Favorites function lets you register 64 sounds or audio songs for one-touch access during gigs
  • External input jacks let you connect a mic or external audio source
  • Quick Layer/Split function for on-the-fly versatility
  • Stereo audio recorder allows you to record and overdub your performances and vocals
  • Step sequencer inherited from the Electribe
  • Onboard 16-track MIDI sequencer, drum track, and arpeggiator
  • Connects to your computer via USB for plug-in integration with your favorite DAW
  • Stylishly distinctive red and black two-tone design looks great onstage
  • KROSS Editor and Plug-In Editor may be downloaded from the Korg website
Let your music soar, with the Korg KROSS-61 workstation!

Additional Media

Kross Series Synthesizer Workstation Quick Start Guide
Kross Series Synthesizer Workstation User Manual
Allen & Heath ZED Series Mixers Review by Sweetwater Sound

Tech Specs

Sound Engine Type(s) EDS-i (Enhanced Definition Synthesis-integrated)
Number of Keys 61
Type of Keys Synth-weighted
Other Controllers 1 x Pitchbend, 1 x Mod Wheel
Polyphony 80 Notes (Single Mode), 40 Notes (Double Mode)
Wave Memory 112MB
Number of Presets 421 Multi-samples, 890 Drum Samples
Number of Effects 134
Effects Types Various
Arpeggiator Yes
Audio Playback 1/8" (Stereo)
Sequencer 16-track
Audio Inputs 1 x 1/4" (Mic), 1 x 1/8" (Line)
Audio Outputs 2 x 1/4" TS, 1/8" (Headphones)
USB 1 x Type B
Pedal Inputs 1 x Damper, 1 x Assignable Switch, 1 x Assignable Pedal
Power Supply 120V External AC
Height 3.58"
Width 37.09"
Depth 11.06"
Weight 9.48 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number KROSS61

Customer Reviews

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Spend 700, Save 7,000.

I got my Kross in the mail from Sweetwater about a year ago now and am confident in saying that for 700, there is not a better keyboard on the market. If you run out of features to manipulate, or feel as though you don't have enough tools to work with in this device, it may be that you have run out of creativity. If the extensive line up of instrument synths weren't enough, Korg threw in an arsenal of crisp drum and rhythm samples to really flesh out any ideas you may have on the fly or in the studio. It's durable, well thought out, and maybe most important, it's splendidly portable. The thing barely has a weight compared to most keyboards that could do what it does, AND you can pop in some batteries for powered play if there isn't an outlet nearby. Very impressed, and as always, Mr. Michael Eads was extremely helpful in getting me set up and situated.
Music background: Performing/Recording Artist of twelve years

Krog Kross Workstation: The best entry level purchase.

Every home studio should have one. The 61 Keys fits perfectly on most desktop. The sound is where the "WOW" factor comes into play; You can get synced with the tones of all your favorite music. (no matter what genre you favor) The Kross is ideal for the one man band, a solid time keeper with a rich sound bank to fill your composition with a full line of accompaniment. I can customize my own backtracking sessions and work on a specific scale and/or mode at will.
Music background: amature/hobbist

This one is a keeper

After lugging around big 88 key pianos and trying my hand at using my Mac as a module I decided I wanted a lightweight keyboard with bread and butter sounds that could at least be a decent gigging keyboard, enter the korg kross. This thing does it all and surprisingly well, plus if you need a battery powered keyboard, this one is probably your only option being that the mx61 isn't battery powered. Some people complain about the keybed action, but I can play from ppp to fff with ease which is something I can't say for all the pianos I've owned. The one thing that did disappoint me was the looper wasn't realtime, that would've made this a slam dunk, but if you're looking for an all around solid keyboard with tons of extras look no further.
Music background: Pro musician

This keyboard will exceed your expectations.

While I wasn't sure what to really expect until I had a chance to play it; Korg exceeded my expectations and then some... There is a lot more power in this lightweight board than what you would expect & at this price-point, it cannot be beaten. Within 20 minutes I had gone through half of the voices, chosen 3 that really spoke to me, & recorded a bass-line into the sequencer; within 20 minutes (and after only browsing through the getting started manual). Do not be fooled: this is more than just an entry-level keyboard; even if the price tag tells you otherwise.
Music background: Hobbyist


I bought this Korg Kross 61 because I needed a portable keyboard and this one works on batteries. If the sounds are no good I still could connect a module or an I pad. Surprise, surprise, no need for anything else. This baby has great and very usable sounds and beats many other workstations I have used that cost more. I made a great buy and I'm just scratching the surface on this thing. Very, very pleased.
Music background: Pro musician, recording and live sound engineer
See also: Work Stations, Korg, Korg Keyboard Workstations