Whether your cup runs over or not, we all share one common value when it comes to spending our money: achieving the best possible value for our hard earned cash. This is most likely what Korg had in mind when they designed the Kross.
I receive regular inquiries for weighted keys that have bells and whistles, sound good and don’t break the bank. The “go too” and “obvious” solution is the Korg Kross. Its sound engine, derived from Korg’s one and only flagship model, the Kronos, is massively impressive. The user interface, even in the absence of Korg’s well-loved touchscreen, feels comfortable and allows one to navigate with ease and requires almost no scrolling through menus.
Ultimately, that’s what you want in a workstation so tick those boxes and have a look at what else is on offer. The weighted 88 key version clocks in at a very portable 12.4kg. The hammer action is above average, comfortably playable and responds well. The 61 key version (naturally not weighted) is quite compact and even has a handle bar built into the chassis with the battery compartment on top side instead of the bottom (on both models).
One feature that really steals the show has got to be the on-board audio/line recording feature via external input jacks to SD card and this is over and above the built-in sequencer! Unfortunately you can’t record both mic and line simultaneously.
Fact remains that this is still considered a budget or ‘entry-level’ instrument, but it definitely leaves the impression of a whole lot of bang for not all that much buck. If you’re getting going in the wonderful world of music, already play in the school band, the music team at church, or just embarked on your musical discovery at home, the Kross will surprise you with what it can do and just how well it can do it.
Well played, Korg. Well played.
Review by Gideon Joubert – Keyboard and Piano expert at our Cape Town City store