Korg Krome EX 88 Review – Affordable Workstation Option

The Korg Krome EX 88, 73, and 61 were just announced at the famous music conference, NAMM. This is the successor to the ever-popular Krome series. Since the announcement a few days ago, I have spent hours researching and finding as much information out on it.

The Korg Krome EX series is a bit of a miss by Korg in my opinion. This is Korg’s version of an affordable, simple, keyboard workstation. It has what you would desire in a workstation and it scaled down to a nice and affordable price. The main thing that they have focused on is to appeal to the EDM musician with the sound selection. Continue you on to read my full thoughts below.

I would recommend checking out my post on keyboard workstations as I go in-depth and break down all of the best in the world today. Read more here.

Korg Krome EX Review

I don’t think this is a bad keyboard in any sense and I get that it’s a cheaper product. I just don’t think they took advantage of certain things that they could have.

Sounds

Very rich, crisp EDM leads are loaded with this synth along with some popular trap beats. This is definitely appealing to the kind of music that is totally in right now. Today’s music is in a place where hip-hop and dance are completely ruling.

My main complaint here is that there really isn’t anything new. I have played on the old Krome’s for years and I haven’t seen Korg offer really anything new with this.

Electric Piano & Piano Sounds

The electric piano sounds on the Korg Krome EX are definitely something to note. While watching a few tutorials I was really impressed with how dynamic and rich they sound. Really takes you back and gives you that classic feeling that you want from this type of instrument.

The piano sounds are different on this Korg keyboard as they were recorded by Seigen Ono, a Japanese sound designer that is highly regarded. They went and added the upright piano as it has been being used all over pop music as of recent. To me, this is a very smart call by Korg.

Drums

The Korg EX comes with over 2500 different drum samples that have all of the current styles you will be looking for. These samples are much more up to date than older workstation sounds in my opinion.

Design

The sleek design is really hip and is pretty light-weight. We’re seeing a trend in keyboards lately, they’re all trying to design light-weight products. I feel like the days of the heavy keyboards are coming to an end as nobody wants to tour with these or even carry them into their studios. Unless we’re talking about old analog synths, then it’s a different story.

Dual polyphonic arpeggiators

This is a pretty cool function of the EX. You can run two different arpeggiators simultaneously. The arps can actually generate bass licks and drum patterns and I find this to be a cool feature.

Lack Of Sampling Pads

I’m seeing a lot of people commenting on this in the keyboard community and I have to admit, I am too. With companies really coming out with state of the art products, it doesn’t seem like Korg did everything in their power to do anything new and exciting here. Instead, they almost repackaged an older product and changed the exterior design a bit.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying this is a horrible keyboard, however, I just don’t think it competes with all of the heavy hitters on the market right now.

Overall

In conclusion, I think this is a bit of a let-down. There are so many great products being released right now and it feels like they played it safe could’ve done more than they did.

Roland just released a new digital piano called the FP-10, check out my review here.

I want to say that I am a big Korg fan and I hope you don’t read this and think I am just a Roland or Yamaha fan. I think each company does certain things really well, I just feel like Korg could’ve added more features and done more here.

Do you think I’m being harsh on this keyboard? I am curious to hear your opinion on this keyboard below in the comment section.

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