Korg krome alternative/upgrade recommendations

Discussion in 'Keyboard Purchase Recommendations' started by Nigel, Oct 9, 2018.

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    Nigel

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    Hi Peeps,

    After a second visit to the repair shop I've given up on my korg krome and decided to upgrade. I love it's versatility but in truth it's never cut the mustard live alongside my juno ds and novation mininova.

    I play in a synth led disco/pop/edm covers band so I'm looking for a plethora of on board patches, sampling (FA-06?) and intuitive simplicity. I'm not into DAW just yet.

    Rudimentary research has pointed towards: MOXF, FA06, VR09 so far with KRONOS being a distant dream. Budget is up to £1000.

    Thanks for listening.
     
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    I'm sorry to hear your Krome is not meeting your needs Nigel.

    My battle-hardened Krome has never let me down and sounds fantastic. I'm in the midst of programming a range of sounds in it for a new 2019 tour. I keep thinking "it won't be able to do this" and it keeps proving me wrong. We're all entitled to our opinions and mine's been "cutting the mustard live" since 2013, to the point of getting enquiries about it from sound engineers and other musicians at gigs I play. As recently as rehearsal last weekend, in fact! For some gigs it's the only 'board I take.

    I think all the other 'boards you mention are also very good and have their respective strengths and weaknesses.

    Can I make a hopefully not too cheeky suggestion? If you're really serious about improving your sound, I'd be placing the Roland KC550 far higher on the upgrade priority list than the Krome.

    Good luck in your search.
     
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    Hey Cowboy!

    I hoped you would help me out as you have so in the past...a go-to guy :)

    I love it for the 5 million drum patterns and patches but I find it incredibly weak in the brass area. Also it doesn't have that depth of bass,kinda, phat feel of the roland. I suppose I've lost confidence in it but will definitely keep it as the current problem is intermittent. The current repair will bring my spend up to nearly £400 in a year.

    Always appreciate your sound advice.
    Regards Nigel
     
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    What's causing the need for the repair, Nigel? Nothing more frustrating than having to take your keyboard to the workshop all the time - touch wood I've never had an issue with mine.

    Brass "phatness" - have you tried layering multiple patches in a combi?

    One of my bands currently does "Radar Love" and I play all the minor pentatonic brass stuff in the breakdown. It sounds killer! I created a custom patch for it. Sadly my Krome is currently about 1600km away so I can't exactly tell you what I did. But I'll check it out when I get a chance for you. I don't think it was anything too complex.
     
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    First the screen packed up - just a solder and a fiddle but a design flaw. Now the dreaded internal SD card failure - potentially a new motherboard at £300 exc.
    Admittedly I need to more time layering and fiddling. I haven't even worked out how to save presents - DOH.
     
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    Yuck. I would have thought if there is an internal SD card flaw that's a manufacturer's issue? You shouldn't be paying for that one. Good luck and I feel for you.

    Ah...well you are yet to unlock what makes the Krome so incredibly powerful and versatile. Don't write it off just yet! If you need any help feel free to PM me, or alternatively you could ask on the Korg forums, there are some VERY clever chaps on there who can make the Krome really talk.
     
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    You've convinced me to read the manual at least....
     
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    FYI the MOXF, MODX, and VR-09 do not have sampling.
     
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