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KORG introduces the KROSS 2 synth, C1 Air digital piano, new Pa-Series models and more

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Laura  Barnes
KORG introduces the KROSS 2 synth, C1 Air digital piano, new Pa-Series models and more

The KROSS 2 features more than a thousand preset sounds, 16 sampler pads, USB audio/MIDI interface functionality, and more.

KORG has unveiled the long-awaited successor to its KROSS synthesizer workstation.

The new KROSS 2 is a compact, portable workstation with a huge range of sounds. While maintaining its identity as ultra-lightweight, compact, and capable of running on batteries, this new model dramatically enhances KROSS’s sounds and functionality.

In addition to a total of more than a thousand preset sounds, expansion PCM memory has been newly added. Also new is a pad sampler that allows full-fledged sampling, and USB audio/MIDI interface functionality.

Features include 16 sampler pads, realtime control section for quick parameter editing, ‘favourite’ function (letting you register and instantly recall up to 128 frequently-used sounds), quick layer/split, and an ultra-lightweight compact body weighing only 3.8 kg.

The KROSS 2 has a long operating life, with six AA batteries allowing up to seven hours of use, and it comes with a rich array of input jacks for singer-instrumentalists or vocoder performance without requiring additional equipment.

The KROSS 2 is available now with prices starting at £689.

KORG has also introduced the new C1 Air concert series digital piano, featuring a slim-line cabinet, 30 realistic instrument sounds, on-board recording and Bluetooth audio streaming.

Other specs include digital recreation of true grand piano resonance, an RH3 keyboard that accurately simulates acoustic piano touch and response, a newly developed amplification and speaker system, and three colour options.

The contemporary design features linear legs and measures only 26 cm in depth, meaning the C1 can be placed virtually anywhere. Keeping safety in mind, the cover uses a soft landing mechanism to ensure that it closes gently.

The C1 Air concert series digital piano has an SRP of £969 and will be available in September 2017.

Also new from KORG is the Pa700 and Pa1000 Professional Arrangers.

The Pa700 sound engine uses four times the PCM memory of the best-selling Pa600 and extends the amount of User PCM memory to 256MB using compression. The number of user Style locations has also expanded to a maximum of 1,152, which will cover almost every style imaginable.

The improved built-in speaker system produces a strong, full-bodied sound and the video output is standardised, so your audience can sing along to the onscreen lyrics.

It comes in either Standard and Oriental versions. Oriental version is preloaded with musical resources from Middle East countries.

Those looking for something with even more oomph will be pleased to hear the Pa1000 sound engine uses four times the PCM memory of the best-selling Pa900 and extends the amount of User PCM memory to 600MB using compression.

The built-in speaker system is enhanced by standard features such as the TC Helicon Vocal Harmonizer, a Dual MP3 player and recorder, and the Dual Crossfade Sequencer.

The Pa700 (£1149) is available from September 2017, the Pa700 Oriental (£1239) will be available in October, and you can get your hands on the Pa1000 (£1769) in November.

KORG’s PitchCrow-G Clip-On tuners for guitar/bass are also now available in three new metallic-finished variations.

Metallic Silver, Blue and Red tuners are available for a limited time only and feature a full colour LCD, dedicated guitar/bass mode, 24 hour battery life and ultra-high precision tuning.

The limited edition metallic PitchCrow-G tuners are available from September with an SRP of £19.

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Tags: korg, synthesizer, digital piano, new gear, Korg kross 2, Korg C1 Air, Korg pa700, Korg Pa1000

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