Korg's Kross workstation debuted in 2013, and was originally intended to bring much of the power of the flagship Kronos - or at least its PCM sample-based elements - to musicians in a more affordable package. Korg has now released a new version of this synth: the Kross 2. Its main talking points are more PCM memory, more sounds, and more polyphony at 120 voices.
Korg's EDS-i sound engine is almost pathologically hyper-flexible. It's sample-based, which lets it do all the usual electric and acoustic staples with aplomb, but it also does synth sounds so competently you might mistake it for modeling. The EDS-i engine is also generous when it comes to effects, allowing for five insert and two master effects simultaneously on any sound.
The Kross 2 can run on an included AC adaptor or six AA batteries (standard or rechargeable), and the 88-key weighted version is priced at US $1,049. A 61-key synth-action version will also be available.
Other enhancements include an audio input, user sampling and extensive onboard sample editing, and a new complement of 16 velocity-sensitive trigger pads. And with the 88-key version weighing in at just 27.2 pounds, it may be the one you take to the gig even if you have a fully spec'ed-out Kronos sitting in your studio.
Here's Korg's teaser video. Gotta say I like this little chill-out jam and that marketing videos can and have done much worse ...