Korg Krome Review

Korg Krome Review
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Hello! And welcome to our Korg Krome review! Today we are taking a look at a high-end keyboard/workstation that experienced players will really like.

If you are the type of pianist that doesn’t just play music but also makes it, the Korg Krome will be for you.

The keyboard has lots of features conducive to creativity. For your benefit, we have looked at all of them.

As always, we studied what this piano did right, and what it did wrong. What did we learn?

To find out you are going to have to read on for our review of the Korg Krome!

Korg Krome
Our rating: (3.8 / 5)

Important Features

Below you will find everything that you could want to know about the Korg Krome.

Creative Studio

Making music is definitely the biggest emphasis at work here. The creative studio featured on the Krome is overwhelmed with features.

One of the first things that stick out is the recording capacity. Why?

You can record up to sixteen tracks onboard. That’s opposed to the five or six track recorder you usually find featured in a keyboard.

Korg Krome

The recorder is also only a small part of how the Krome empowers your creative side. Purchase of this board also gives you access to the Krome plugin editing software.

The editing studio is used from your computer, which easily hooks up with the Korg via a USB port.

With the editing software, you are given the chance to thoroughly tweak the music that you have recorded.


Then there are the onboard options to think about. The keyboard comes preloaded with 640 different programs. You also get 900 Arp programs and another six hundred different drum grooves.

Couple these features with the massive library of piano tone samplings and one thing is clear. The Korg Krome is all about giving artists the tools they need to get creative.

To this end, the keyboard is extremely successful.

Excellent Display

With all of these features, you are going to need a great display to view them all, right? Taken care of. The Korg features a full-color LCD display that proudly presents all of the keyboard’s capabilities.

It’s rare that onboard displays look this good on an electric keyboard. The touchscreen is easy to navigate and provides an attractive way to access the features you need.

Portable

This is definitely a keyboard that is best suited for the studio. Even if your studio happens to be your dining room table.

However, if you do need to take the Korg on the go, you will be pleased to note that doing so will be easy. This unit features a relatively low weight and dimensions that are easy to transport.

Korg KROME 88-Key Music Workstation Keyboard & Synthesizer

There is, however, a small but unfortunate caveat to this. The Korg may indeed be easy to move around, but you will have to be careful. The body and the keys seem to be on the fragile side. If you drive safe, exercise caution, and invest in a good case, you shouldn’t have any problems.

That said, durability issues are always disappointing. Pianos don’t experience much wear and tear but for the money you pay, you do want something built to last.

Issues

Budget buyers are going to detect a problem right away. Price. Though not the priciest keyboard on the market, the Korg Krome isn’t exactly affordable either.

But of course, price correlates with quality, and for the most part, this is a very good instrument. Non-cost oriented concerns were fairly limited.

One thing we didn’t like was that the body of the board felt fairly delicate. Granted, we didn’t try smashing it, but the product does give the clear impression of being fragile.

 Korg KROME 88-Key Music Workstation Keyboard & Synthesizer

Unfortunately, this is a problem that is common both to Korg and to synth boards at large. This does not mean that you should eliminate the instrument as an option.

It does mean you should approach it delicately. This is especially true of musicians that take their keyboards to gigs.

The poor build also extends to the keys, unfortunately. Specifically, we noticed that the hinge point was very awkwardly situated. They seem to have put it at the top end of the key, rather than having it centered the way most do.

This is another quality that is somewhat common to synths, but it is a little bit problematic. The awkward hinge point makes it difficult to play higher on the key.


We also found the keys themselves have a bouncy feel to them. Rather than the nice, solid resistance you get from a well weighted board, the keys on the Korg feel almost springy.

Taken at once, this all might sound like overwhelmingly bad news. That’s really not the case. It is true that the construction of this keyboard could use some revamping. However, it is also true that it features great software.

If you want lots of sound, recording, and editing options, this is going to be a dream product for you.

Pros And Cons

Our Korg Krome review is now complete! Now that you have all of this new information, let’s go over it one more time in some easily digested pros and cons!

Pros Of Korg Krome

  • Comprehensive sound studio provides hundreds of tones and rhythms
  • High-quality editing software
  • Great onboard LCD screen
  • Portable
  • 16-track recorder

Cons Of Korg Krome

  • Pricey
  • Keys are a little bit awkward
  • Piano build is a little bit fragile

Conclusion

Let’s summarize. With this keyboard, you get a full slate of features, high-quality sound, and good keys. It is on the pricier side, but then that’s usually the case with products of this nature.

Remember, if all you are looking for is a good piano, this might not be for you. The emphasis here is definitely on making music. Much of the tech that went into this board is dedicated to that goal. If you aren’t going to be making music, you probably don’t want to pay for those features.

At the end of the day, it really just comes down to what sort of musician you are