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Korg Kross 2 Synthesizer (Special Edition Colours)

Korg Kross 2 Synthesizer (Special Edition Colours)

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The Korg Kross 2 synthesizer is a compact, highly portable performance and production workstation that offers a wide range of exciting sounds. The Kross 2 maintains an ultra-lightweight alongside a sleek and compact body and is capable of running via batteries helping to enhance the functionalities. More than 1000 presets are available for instant use, and PCM memory expansion provides you with the ability to save your own sounds. A new pad sampler lets you sample as you please while USB audio and MIDI interface capabilities offer an unparalleled experience. The new special edition colour scheme provides you with a sleek finish while the user interface gives you intuitive operation.

Korg Kross 2 Synthesizer

The Korg Kross 2 expands upon its polyphony allowing you to reach anywhere between 80 to 120 voices and is equipped with 1075 pre-programmed sounds. This includes multi-layered pianos, electric pianos, thick strings, and a range of drum kits that work well within any genre of music. The extensive collection of preset sounds covers everything you need for live performances and music production. 128MB of built-in expansion PCM memory allows you to create and store your own sounds enabling you to meet the needs of your production and performance styles.

A high-quality EDS-i enhanced definition Synthesis-integrated sound engine has been inherited from the Korg’s professional synthesizers. There is also a powerful DSP which lets you use up to seven effects simultaneously, five as insert effects and two as master effects. A total of 134 high-quality effects provide you with a range of standard effects such as delay, reverb, amp modelling, a vocoder, and a vintage FX unit.

A newly equipped unique sampling function provides you with 16 playable pads that allow you to record the input from the Line In Jack and assign a stereo sample of up to 14 seconds to each pad. Four pads can be triggered simultaneously, and you can edit each sample waveform with functions such as start/end loop point settings, normalise, and even resample. You can also load audio files directly from an SD card and assign them to the sample pads.

An intuitive, user-friendly layout ensures you get rapid access to your desired sounds and functions while a real-time control section gives you direct access to the Kross 2’s main parameters without the need to navigate through endless menus. The additional controls let you easily control the vocoder settings as well as adjust the tempo of the arpeggiator and sequencer. A favourite function enables you to save your most frequently-used programs and combinations and recall them at any moment with a single touch; you can save up to 128 favourite presets, perfect for live performers that require quick access to a specialised set of sounds.

The layer/split function allows you to layer two sounds on top of each other or assign separate sounds to the left and right sections of the keyboard making it easier to set up. A category dial provides you with the ability to immediately find the sounds you’re looking for among the huge range that is available. Simply choose the type of sound such as piano or organ and make your selection.

The portability of the Kross 2 is impressive, the lightweight has been reduced from 4.3kg down to 3.8kg and offers additional improvements in power efficiency allowing or seven hours of battery-powered operation from six AA batteries. The high-quality finish looks professional and succinct thanks to a sophisticated rubberised finish which is highly durable and feels great.

Korg Kross 2 Synthesiser (Special Edition Colours) Key Features:


  • KROSS-61: 61 keys (velocity sensitive; aftertouch not supported) 
  • KROSS-88: 88 keys NH (Natural weighted hammer action) keyboard (no aftertouch)

Sound Engine

  • Maximum Polyphony: 120 voices (120 oscillators), single mode, 60 voices (60 oscillators), single mode 
  • Preset PCM Memory: Approximately 128 MB (calculated as 48 kHz / 16-bit linear PCM data equivalent), 496 multisamples (including seven stereo), 1014 drumsamples (including 49 stereo)
  • Expansion PCM Memory: Approximately 128MB (*when converted to 48 kHz 16-bit linear PCM
  • Program Oscillator: OSC1 (Single), OSC1+2 (Double): Stereo multisamples are supported 4 velocity zones per oscillator, with switching, crossfades and layers.
  • Program Filters: Four types of filter routing (single, serial, parallel, 24 dB) 
  • Two multi-mode filters per voice (low pass, high pass, band pass, band reject) 
  • Program Modulation: For each voice, two envelope generators (Filter & Amp), two LFOs, two key tracking generators (Filter & Amp), and two AMS mixers. In addition, pitch EG, common LFO, and two common key tracking generators
  • Combination Timbres: Up to 16 timbres, switchable via key zone or velocity zone, layer and crossfade supported, Tone Adjust function allows program settings to be offset 
  • Combination Master Keyboard functionality: These allow you to control external MIDI devices
  • Drumkits: Stereo and mono drumsamples. 4-way velocity switches with crossfades and adjustable crossfade shapes (Linear, Power, Layer).

The Number of Combinations/Programs/Drum Kits

  • User Combinations: 896 Combinations (384 Preload)
  • User Programs: 1280 Programs (768 Preload) 
  • User Drum Kits: 58 Drum Kits (42 Preload) 
  • Preset Programs: 265 Programs (256 GM2 Programs + 9 GM2 Drum Programs)
  • Number of memories: 128 (16 favorites × 8 banks)


  • Insert effects: 5 Insert Effects In-line processing; stereo in - stereo out. Master effects 2 
  • Master Effects: Two effects sends; stereo in - stereo out. 
  • Effects types: Total of 134 types (select from 74 types for insert effects, 101 types of master effect 1, and 120 types for master effect 2)
  • Modulation: Dynamic Modulation 
  • Effects Control Bus: Stereo side-chaining for limiter, gates, vocoders, etc.

Polyphonic arpeggiators

  • Program mode: One arpeggiator 
  • Combination mode: Two arpeggiators
  • Sequencer modes: Two arpeggiators 
  • Preset arpeggio patterns: UP, DOWN, ALT1, ALT2, RANDOM
  • Number of arpeggio patterns: 1280 (1024 preload) 
  • Number of tones: 12 tones, 
  • Number of steps: Up to 64 steps

Step sequencer

  • Program mode: One unit
  • Combination mode: Number of tones - 12 tones + 1 accent tone 
  • Sequencer mode: Number of steps: up to 64 steps

Drum Track

  • Preset Patterns: 772 patterns (Held in common with sequencer patterns.) 
  • Other: Trigger Mode / Sync / Zone settings can be specified


  • Tracks: 16 MIDI Tracks 
  • Number of Songs: Up to 128 songs 
  • Resolution: 1/480
  • Tempo: 40.00–300.00 (1/100 BPM resolution)
  • Maximum Memory: Up to 210,000 MIDI events
  • Counter: Measure/Beat/Tick
  • Template Song: 16 preset/16 user template songs
  • Preset Patterns: 772 patterns (shared with Drum Track patterns) 
  • Format: KORG (KROSS) format, SMF format 0 and 1

Pad sampler

  • Specifications: 16 pads × 8 banks - Automatically saved on the SD card, and automatically loaded 
  • Up to four pads can play simultaneously 
  • Recording format: PCM audio format 48 kHz/16-bit
  • Recording time: Up to approximately 14 seconds of stereo sample for each pad 
  • Import: WAVE format, file name extension: .wav, 44.1 kHz/16-bit, 48 kHz/16-bit, stereo. * 44.1 kHz is automatically converted to 48 kHz/i> 
  • Edit: Waveform display editing functionality, start address and looping settings etc., normalize and other editing operations

Audio Recorder

  • Recording Format: PCM audio format 48kHz/16bit 
  • Import: WAVE format (file name extension: wav ) 44.1kHz/16bit, 48kHz/16bit stereo * 44.1 kHz is automatically converted to 48 kHz/i> 
  • Export: WAVE format (file name extension: .wav) 48kHz/16bit, stereo
  • Recording Time: Maximum continuous recording time: 3 hours, Depends on the SD card used; approximately 90 minutes per 1 GB 
  • Number of Songs: Up to 200 songs 
  • Number of overdub recordings: Depends on the remaining capacity of the SD card 
  • Counter: Hour/Min/Sec
  • Pad audio play: 16 pads × 8 banks, Directly play back data from SD card, Multiple pads cannot be played simultaneously


  • File
  • Utility
  • Information
  • Additional PCM data management functionality


  • General Control: Pitch bend wheel, Modulation wheel, SW1, SW2 
  • Realtime Control: SELECT button, SWITCH button, KNOB1 knob, KNOB2 knob
  • Step Sequencer/Favorite/Pad Sampler/Pad Audio Play: Pads 1–16, STEP SEQ ACTIVE button, Run button, FAVORITES ACTIVE button, SAMPLER ACTIVE button, HOLD button, AUDIO PLAY ACTIVE button, BANK LEDA/B/C/D/E/F/G/H (also used by Step sequencer, Favorite, Pad Sampler, and Pad Audio Play)
  • Drum Track: DRUM TRACK button 
  • Arpeggiator: ARP button 
  • Audio Recorder: AUDIO REC button

User Interface

  • Display: 240 × 64 pixel LCD backlight, Adjustable contrast (hold the EXIT button and turn the VALUE dial) 
  • Category: CATEGORY dial, VALUE dial 
  • MODE: COMBI button, PROG button, SEQ (GLOBAL/MEDIA) button 
  • Value Controllers: Cursor buttons, EXIT,ENTER, FUNCTION, PAGE-, PAGE+, MENU buttons 
  • Sequencer: REC button, START/STOP button 
  • Quick Layer Split: LAYER/SPLIT button 
  • Other: VOLUME knob

Control Input

  • DAMPER (Supports piano-style half-damper pedals as well as standard foot switches) 

Korg Kross 2 Synthesiser (Special Edition Colours) Technical Specifications:

Main Specifications

  • Power: AC adaptor power supply DC 9V 
  • AA alkaline batteries x 6, or nickel-metal hydride batteries x 6 
  • Battery Life: AA alkaline batteries x 6: Approximately 6 hours 
  • AA nickel-metal hydride batteries (1900mAh) x 6: Approximately 7 hours * Varies depending on the batteries used and the conditions of use. 
  • Power Consumption: 5 W
  • Dimensions (WxDxH mm) KROSS2-61: 935 × 269 x 88 " 
  • Dimensions (WxDxH mm) KROSS2-88: 1,448 × 383 × 136
  • Weight KROSS2-61: 3.8kg (excluding batteries) 
  • Weight KROSS2-88: 12.3kg (excluding batteries) Included Items: AC adapter, Quick Start Guide

Audio Outputs (Analog)

  • AUDIO OUTPUT L/MONO, R Connectors: 6.3 mm (1/4") phone jacks(TS unbalanced) 
  • Output Impedance: 1.1k ohm stereo, 550 ohm mono (L/Mono only) 
  • Maximum Level: +10.0 dBu 
  • Load Impedance: 10k ohm or greater 
  • Controllable by the VOLUME knob 
  • HEADPHONE OUTPUT Connectors: 3.5mm (1/8") stereo mini phone jack 
  • Output Impedance: 33 ohnm 
  • Maximum Level: 40 + 40 mW 
  • Controllable by the VOLUME knob

Audio Inputs (Analog)

  • LINE IN Connectors: 3.5 mm (1/8") stereo mini phone jack 
  • Input Impedance: 1.1k ohm 
  • Maximum Input Level: -42 to 0 dBu MIC IN Connectors: 6.3 mm (1/4") phone jacks(TS unbalanced) 
  • Input Impedance: 33 ohm 
  • Maximum Input Level: -48 to -6dBu 
  • Phantom power or plug-in power is not supported.


  • MIDI: IN, OUT 
  • USB: USB connector TYPE B x 1, USB-MIDI interface, USB audio interface 
  • SD Card Slot: One card slat * Capacity recognized: SD memory cards up to 2 Gigabytes (GB). SDHC memory cards up to 32 Gigabytes (GB). SDXC memory cards are not supported.