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Korg KROSS Operation Manual

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  • Page 2: About This Manual

    Thank you for purchasing the Korg KROSS SYNTHESIZER WORKSTATION. To help you get the most out of your new instrument, please read. About this manual The manuals and how to use them Conventions in this manual The KROSS comes with the following manuals.

  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    About the KROSS’s modes ........

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    Drum Track function settings ..... . 85 About the KROSS’s Sequencer ........55 Drum Track function settings in Program mode.

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    Basic settings for the KROSS ........115...

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    Table of Contents...

  • Page 7: Introduction To The Kross

    In Toggle mode, the assigned function is switched between on and off each time the button is pressed. In Momentary mode, The KROSS 61-key has a 61-note keyboard (velocity sensitive, the assigned function is active on only as long as you hold down aftertouch not supported).

  • Page 8: Realtime Controls

    ), selects Global/Media mode. In this mode you can to adjust the sound or the effects, or to make simple edits. Here adjust overall settings for the KROSS, edit drum kits and you can also turn the external audio input on/off, adjust the arpeggio patterns, and save or load data using an SD card.

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    For example if you select Write Program and press the MENU (OK) button, the WRITE PROGRAM dialog box will appear. This shows the parameters and settings of the KROSS, as well as Here, the FUNCTION (CANCEL) and MENU (OK) functions a variety of other information.

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    Introduction to the KROSS By using the EXIT button together with another button, you can By pressing this (REC) button in Program mode or perform the following functions. Combination mode, you can instantly access the Auto Song Setup function which lets you start recording immediately. (see...

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    The battery compartment of the KROSS 61-key is located on the bottom panel. KROSS or from an external audio input. You can also edit the samples. Up to four stereo samples can be played simultaneously. (see page 93) 17.

  • Page 12: Rear Panel

    This jack outputs the same signal as the OUTPUT L/ MONO and R jacks. The headphone volume is controlled by the VOLUME knob. Note: The headphone jack of the KROSS 88-key model is located on the front of the unit at the left.

  • Page 13: Items In The Display

    MIDI IN connector the page name. MIDI OUT connector MIDI lets you connect the KROSS to a computer or other MIDI b: Page tabs devices, for sending and receiving note data, controller gestures, Most pages are divided into multiple tabs.

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    Introduction to the KROSS h: Check box * Text edit By selecting a check box parameter and pressing the ENTER When you select a parameter indicated by this icon and press the button or turning the VALUE dial, you can select or clear the ENTER button, a text edit window will appear.

  • Page 15: Basic Information

    • Record a single MIDI track, one at a time, or record as The KROSS has four modes many as all sixteen tracks simultaneously. You can also The KROSS has numerous functions that let you play and edit record system exclusive messages. programs or combinations, record and play back sequence data, •...

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    Introduction to the KROSS PAD SAMPLER Using this function, external input audio or phrases that you perform can be recorded and saved as sample data, and assigned to pads 1-16 for playback. Up to four samples can play back simultaneously, while you use pad operations to play samples as one-shot or as a loop.

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    Basic Information About the KROSS’s modes Relational diagram of the KROSS’s modes 16 Pads PROGRAM MODE Insert / Master Effect OSC 1 STEP SEQ Multisample 1 IFX 1 MFX 1 Drum Kit MFX 2 Multisample 2 FAVORITES IFX 5 Multisample 3...

  • Page 18: Basic Operations

    The C-ZONE/DELAY> KEY ZONE page will appear. Selecting modes In order to use a particular function on the KROSS, you must first select the appropriate mode. • Press one of the front panel mode buttons to enter the corresponding mode.

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    Basic Information Basic operations Compare on (i.e., the saved settings), the check mark will be ENTER button and ▲▼ cursor buttons cleared, and your previously edited settings will be lost. Even if When you select a parameter and press the ENTER button, a you turn Compare on again (select the check mark), the previous ▲▼...

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    • Saving to SD card → p.121 A dialog box for the selected function will appear. Note: On the KROSS, the action of writing into internal memory is called “Writing,” and the action of saving to an SD card device is Check-type commands will not display a dialog box;...

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    Adjusts the cutoff frequency of the filter. Varies the brightness of the sound. Tempo This adjusts the tempo for the entire KROSS. The tempo • RESONANCE setting will control the following. Adjusts the resonance level of the filter. Raising the filter * Arpeggiator resonance level gives a distinctive character to the sound.

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    Introduction to the KROSS Tap tempo control is available whenever the KNOB1 knob (TEMPO) can be used.For example it cannot be controlled during songplayback if the Sequencer mode Tempo Mode is set to Auto. (see page 103 of the Parameter Guide)

  • Page 23: Setup

    Setup Turning the power on/off Turning the power on The KROSS can be powered either by an AC adapter or by 1. Turn the KROSS’s VOLUME knob using batteries. all the way to the left so that the volume is down.

  • Page 24: Turning The Power Off

    5. Save the setting. 3. Hold down the power button of the KROSS to turn off Press the FUNCTION button to access the function list. the power. Keep holding down the button until the Choose Write Global Setting.

  • Page 25: Using Batteries

    Turning the power on/off Using batteries KROSS 88-key: While pressing the ||| area of the Using batteries cover(a.), slide it diagonally upward (b.), and open the battery compartment (c.). Note: The battery compartment cover is located on the Batteries that can be used left side of the front panel.

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    Setup In order for the remaining battery amount to be displayed correctly, you must set the Global/Media mode GLOBAL> PREF 1(Preferences 1) page Battery Type setting to specify the type of battery that you’re using. Specifying the type of batteries you installed After you’ve installed the batteries, turn on the power and specify the type of batteries you’re using.

  • Page 27: Connections

    1. Make sure that the SWITCH button LED (ON/OFF) is off (unlit) in the AUDIO IN 1 row of the REALTIME CONTROLS section. 2. Turn the VOLUME knob of the KROSS all the way to the left, minimizing the volume.

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    1. Make sure that the SWITCH button LED (ON/OFF) is off (unlit) in the AUDIO IN 1 row of the REALTIME CONTROLS section. 2. Turn the VOLUME knob of the KROSS all the way to the left, minimizing the volume. Direct Send 3.

  • Page 29: Connecting Foot Controllers

    Connecting a foot switch setting. Although you can edit this in the AUDIO IN This lets you use a simple foot switch, such as the Korg PS-1 page or the QUICK SETTING dialog box of each or PS-3, as an assignable controller. The foot switch can mode, you can’t save it as an individual setting...

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    2. Access the G-INPUT/CTRL> FOOT page. Note: The foot switch will work like this for the entire KROSS–not just when the Sound select list is open. Connecting a foot pedal If you connect an optional EXP-2 foot controller or XVP-10/ XVP-20 expression/volume pedal to the ASSIGNABLE Proceed as follows.

  • Page 31: Using An Sd Card

    SD card slot and press it in until 3. Power-on the KROSS. you hear a click. 4. Connect the KROSS's USB B port to a USB port of your computer. When the KROSS is connected to the computer, the computer detects the KROSS as a USB MIDI device and a USB audio device.

  • Page 32: Connecting Midi Devices

    Controlling an external MIDI tone generator from KROSS If you want to use the KROSS’s keyboard, chord trigger switches and other controllers, sequencer, and arpeggiator to play or control an external MIDI sound module, use a MIDI cable to connect the KROSS’s MIDI OUT connector to the MIDI IN connector of your external MIDI sound module.

  • Page 33: Playing And Editing Programs

    Tip: The sound select list will also appear when you press About the KROSS’s Programs the ENTER button. Programs are the basic sounds of the KROSS; you can play You can also use the cursor buttons ◄► to switch and edit them in Program mode.

  • Page 34: Program Categories And Numbers

    For details on programs, please see the separate “Voice Program categories and numbers Name List.” The sounds of the KROSS are organized by type into SW (Switch assignment) information categories; within each category, an index number is assigned to each sound. All programs are also assigned a In the PROG>...

  • Page 35: Quick Layer/split Function

    Quick Layer/Split function Quick Layer 5. Select the other program (strings) that will be layered Quick Layer/Split function with the program you selected in step 2; then specify its volume and pitch. Quick Layer is a function that makes it easy to set up a layer, •...

  • Page 36: Quick Split

    Playing and editing Programs Quick Split Combination settings made by Quick Layer/Split A typical example of a split is when you play a piano or electric piano with your right hand (in the upper region) and When you use the Quick Layer or Quick Split function, the a bass sound with your left hand (in the lower region).

  • Page 37: Easy Program Editing

    Easy program editing Using the Tone Adjust and EG Adjust functions Easy program editing EG Intensity This adjusts the filter EG intensity (the depth of how the EG affects the filter). Normally, increasingly negative values (“–” settings) will make the filter EG have a shallower effect, and increasingly positive values (“+”...

  • Page 38: Adjusting The Volume Balance

    Playing and editing Programs Saving your edits Using REALTIME CONTROLS to adjust Internally, one controller modifies several parameters. Saving the program does not save the values of these the sound or effects controllers; it saves the edited state of the various parameters.

  • Page 39: Saving Your Edits

    Easy program editing Saving your edits Saving your edits After you’ve edited a program, you must save it if you want to keep the changes you’ve made. If you re-select the program or turn off the power after editing, your edits will be lost.

  • Page 40: Detailed Editing With Programs

    The OSC (oscillator) generates the waveform that is the You can create original sounds by editing a preloaded basis of the sound. On the KROSS, the oscillator consists of program or by editing an initialized program. multiple sampled sounds, such as a multisample or a drum For details, please see “Saving your edits”...

  • Page 41: An Overview Of The Edit Pages

    Detailed Editing with Programs An overview of the edit pages Page Tabs Main content An overview of the edit pages Drum Track pattern selection and PATTERN P-DRUM trigger region settings TRACK In order to do detailed editing, you’ll need to access the edit PROGRAM Drum Track program selection pages in the display.

  • Page 42: Basic Oscillator Settings

    Playing and editing Programs Working with Multisamples Basic oscillator settings What is a multisample? Here is where you can specify the type of program, select the basic waveform (multisample or drum kit), and specify A multisample is a collection of similarly voiced samples, whether it will play polyphonically or monophonically used to create the same type of sound - piano, bass, guitar, (poly/mono).

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    Detailed Editing with Programs Basic oscillator settings 2. Select Stereo as the Multisample Bank for With these settings, Multisample2 will sound for notes multisample1 and multisample2. played with a velocity of 79 or less, and Multisample1 will sound for notes played with a velocity of 80 or There are two main types of Multisample Banks: Mono, greater.

  • Page 44: Creating Time-varying Changes (lfo And Eg)

    Playing and editing Programs 6. Select the Phase parameter, and use the VALUE dial Creating time-varying changes to sweep through its range of values. Notice how the waveform shifts from side to side. (LFO and EG) Among other things, this lets you offset the LFOs from one another in time, which can create interesting organic effects.

  • Page 45: Diverse Modulation Settings (ams And Ams Mixer)

    KROSS, including: use the modulation wheel to control the feedback, you would • Controllers of the KROSS itself, such as the modulation select assignments where the modulation wheel controls the wheel, the pitch bend wheel, and SW 1/2 filter frequency and resonance.

  • Page 46: Controlling Pitch

    As this value is increased, the pitch will change similar to how a guitarist can “bend” strings. On the over a longer time. With a value of 000, there will be no KROSS, you can use the pitch bend wheel to control this in portamento. real time.

  • Page 47: Using Filters

    Detailed Editing with Programs Using Filters Filter Types Using Filters This selects the parts of the sound that will be affected by the The filters allow you to diminish or emphasize specified filter, as described below. With the Serial and Parallel frequency areas of the sound.

  • Page 48

    EG, the LFOs, keyboard tracking, and other built-in and MIDI controllers. This is a great way to add a rich variety of The KROSS keyboard tracking can also be much more tonal change to the sound. complex, since it allows you to create different rates of change over up to four different parts of the keyboard.

  • Page 49: Using The Amp Section

    The Amp EG lets you control how the volume changes over With a setting of Random, the pan will change randomly the course of the duration of a note. each time you play a note on KROSS, producing an interesting effect. Pan - DKIT-SET (Use DKit Setting) Use DKit Setting applies when OSC (Oscillator Mode) is set to Drums.

  • Page 50: Making Controller Assignments

    Strings For more about the arpeggiator, please see page 73. Drum Track settings You can use the KROSS’s rich variety of drum patterns to accompany you with high-quality drum programs while you Making controller assignments perform using a program.

  • Page 51: Playing And Editing Combinations

    EXIT button several times to access the COMBI> MAIN page. In addition to using the controls on the front panel of the KROSS, you can select combinations in the following ways. Category type: Combination number (bank number) Mode/Page title •...

  • Page 52: Combination Categories And Numbers

    Using controllers to modify the numbers sound The sounds of the KROSS are organized by type into In addition to using the keyboard, the KROSS lets you categories; within each category, an index number is control the sound by using the pitch bend wheel, modulation assigned to each sound.

  • Page 53: Editing A Combination

    Main content You can edit any of the Combinations that were shipped with MIDI transmit/receive filter settings for C-FILTER the KROSS. You can create your own combinations by each timbre editing a preloaded combination, or by starting from an initialized combination.

  • Page 54: A Suggested Approach For Editing

    Playing and editing Combinations 3. Use the cursor buttons ◄► to select the timbre whose A suggested approach for editing program you want to switch. 4. Turn the CATEGORY dial to select a category. First select the program that each timbre will use, and set 5.

  • Page 55: Using The Tone Adjust And Eg Adjust Functions

    Keyboard playing dynamics (velocity) switch between different programs. On the KROSS, you can use a different Program for each of up to sixteen Timbres, and combine two or more of the above methods to create even more complex setups. Program A...

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    Playing and editing Combinations As an additional possibility, you can set the slope for a key Key Zone Slope zone or velocity zone so that the volume diminishes In addition to “hard” splits, where the sound changes gradually. This lets you change a split into a keyboard abruptly, you can use the Slope parameters to gradually fade crossfade, or a velocity switch into a velocity crossfade.

  • Page 57: Status Settings

    Timbre entirely. The EXT and EX2 settings allow the For example, if portamento is on, portamento will be applied Timbre to control an external MIDI device. to the internal KROSS sound even if Enable Portamento SW is unchecked. As another example, let’s say that you’ve selected a bass Program for Timbre 1, and a piano Program for Timbre 2, with the goal of creating a bass/piano split.

  • Page 58: Arpeggiator Settings

    These parameters adjust the pitch of the timbre. Adjust these settings in the C-TIMBRE> PITCH page. While you perform using a combination, you can use the KROSS’s rich variety of drum patterns to play high-quality • In a layer-type combination, you can set two or more drum programs.

  • Page 59: Favorites Function

    Favorites function If you want to keep the registrations and settings that What is the Favorites function? you made for the Favorites function, you must save them before you turn off the power. To save these settings, execute the Write Favorites function. (see “Saving your Favorites”...

  • Page 60: Convenient Ways To Use Favorites

    ENTER button and choose from the list settings. that appears. Select a sound in the list, and press the Choose Internal if you want to play one of the KROSS ENTER button to confirm. internal sound generator’s sounds. When you register a...

  • Page 61: Sequencer

    Immediately after the power is turned on, the KROSS will not contain any song data, so if you wish to play a song on the sequencer, you must first load data from an SD card, or receive a MIDI data dump from a MIDI filer.

  • Page 62: Playing Back

    This procedure will load program and combination data measures 10 through 13 of the demo song. and demo song data into the KROSS. This means that 1. In Sequencer mode, access the SEQ> MAIN page. any data you've edited or newly created will be 2.

  • Page 63

    Play Intro: On Muting a specific track/Monitoring a specific track (Mute/Solo functions) The KROSS provides a Mute function that lets you silence specified tracks between 1–16, and a Solo function that lets you hear the specified track or channel by itself. These functions can be used in various ways.

  • Page 64: Recording

    Exclusive Solo is a function that limits the Solo function (described above) to a single track at a time. If Exclusive The sequencer of the KROSS can record your keyboard Mode has a check mark, only the track for which Solo was performance and use of controllers such as the modulation last turned on will play;...

  • Page 65

    “Time Sig (Time Signature)” field. Normally, you Normally when using the KROSS, you will select INT or specify the time signature before recording the first track, BTH.

  • Page 66

    In the Measure field, specify the starting measure of the The first unused song will be the copy-destination song. copy-destination. 5. The KROSS will automatically enter record-ready Following the pattern name for each of the 700 preset mode, and the metronome will sound according to the patterns, the musical style and the name of the most Metronome setting.

  • Page 67: Recording Midi In Real Time

    This external sequencer and record it onto KROSS’s sequencer in is suitable for creating drum patterns, etc. real time.

  • Page 68: Performing With The Arpeggiator Drum Track Or Step Sequencer

    GM, XG, and GS exclusive messages can be recorded Press the SEQUENCER (start/stop) button When on a track, but the KROSS’s tone generator will not you’ve finished listening, press the SEQUENCER respond to these messages. (start/stop) button once again to stop playback.

  • Page 69

    Exclusive messages that will be recorded during Recording internal parameter changes realtime recording You can use SysEx for automation of internal KROSS The following exclusive messages will be recorded. (see effects and Program parameters. page 152 of the Parameter Guide) Here we’ll explain how to record internal parameter...

  • Page 70: Song Editing

    Sequencer Copy Measure: This command copies the measures of Song editing musical data specified as the “From” source to the beginning of the measure specified as the “To” location. When you You can apply a variety of editing procedures to a song. The execute the Copy Measure command, the existing track data available types of editing procedures are listed below.

  • Page 71: Saving Your Midi Song

    Saving your MIDI song Tracks Saving your MIDI song In order to ensure that the data you create is reproduced faithfully, we recommend that you save your data by using the Save All command so that the programs will also be saved.

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  • Page 73: Using Effects

    Effect Stereo In - Stereo Out Effect digital effects. The KROSS provides five insert effects, and two master effects, together with a mixer section that Master effect 1 can use the effects S01: Stereo Compressor– controls the routing of these effects. All of these are stereo S87: Phaser- Cho/Flng and D00: St.Mltband Limiter–D13:...

  • Page 74: Routing And Effect Settings

    Using Effects input settings of the KROSS in G-SET (Use Global Routing and effect settings Settings), or use the individual parameters of each mode to specify the BUS or Send settings. (see “Effect settings for Routing lets you specify how each sound will be connected audio input”...

  • Page 75: Insert Effects

    Routing and effect settings Effect settings for a program 7. In the P-FX ROUTING> IFX page, edit the Insert effects parameters of the insert effect you selected. 1. Access the P-FX ROUTING> IFX page. Edit the parameters in the P-IFX> IFX 1–5 pages. Effect On/Off Effect Chain Chain To...

  • Page 76: Effect Settings For A Combination Or Song

    Using Effects 3. For MFX1 and MFX2, select a master effect for each. Effect settings for a combination or The procedure is the same as when selecting an insert effect. (see “Insert effects”) song Note: Double-size effects can be selected only for MFX1. (see “Double-size effects”) In Combination and Sequencer modes, you can specify how each timbre or track is routed to the insert effects, master...

  • Page 77: Effect Settings For Audio Input

    Effect settings for audio input 1. Access the C-FX ROUTING> IFX page. You can apply the KROSS's effects to an external audio input from the LINE IN jack or MIC IN jack, and record it on the audio recorder or pad sampler; you can also apply an effect to the mic input or line input along with the program or combination that you're playing.

  • Page 78: Dynamic Modulation (dmod)

    If you want the edited settings to be saved in the (see “Dynamic modulation (Dmod) and Tempo KROSS, be sure to execute the Write function. Do this Synchronization” on page 208 of the Parameter Guide) using the PAGE+ (WRITE G-SET) button in the AUDIO IN -QUICK SETTING- dialog box.

  • Page 79: Arpeggiator Function

    Tip: You can synchronize the tempo with an external MIDI device. (see page 117) If the KROSS is set to synchronize with an external device, you can’t adjust the tempo on the KROSS itself. Arpeggiator control (MOD) You can control the duration, strength, and rhythmic feel of the arpeggiated notes.

  • Page 80: Arpeggio Pattern Selection And Operation Settings

    Arpeggiator function Preset: UP–Preset: Choose an arpeggio pattern from Arpeggiator control: [GATE], [VEL], [SWING] RANDOM or 0000–1023. With the factory settings, a variety of arpeggio patterns are provided in the range 0000–1023. Preset: UP Operation settings Arpeggio Pattern Select Changing the length of the arpeggiated notes •...

  • Page 81: Using The Arpeggiator In Combination Mode

    Using the arpeggiator in order that you actually played the notes. Combination mode Sort OFF, UP In Combination mode the KROSS provides dual arpeggiators, allowing you to run two arpeggio patterns simultaneously. Sort 1. In Combination mode, select a combination. (see ON, UP “Selecting Combinations”...

  • Page 82: Arpeggiator Settings In Combination And Sequencer Modes

    In Combination and Sequencer modes, you can use two assigned to it. arpeggio patterns simultaneously, thanks to the KROSS’s dual arpeggiator functionality. The settings in each of these 6. In the C-ARP> A, B pages, set the Run (Arpeggiator modes are adjusted in a similar way.

  • Page 83: Linking The Arpeggiator To Programs Or Combinations

    Using the arpeggiator while you play Linking the arpeggiator to programs or combinations Media mode, and write the combination. (see Combination BASS: 035 Jazzy Guitar pages 116, 122) Before you play, make sure that the global MIDI channel (G- 10.The “Status,” “MIDI Channel” and “Arp Assign” MIDI>...

  • Page 84: Creating A User Arpeggio Pattern

    About user arpeggio patterns After the pattern has played for the length specified, it The patterns that can be selected on the KROSS’s will return to the beginning. This setting can also be arpeggiator are called “arpeggio patterns.” There are two changed during or after editing.

  • Page 85

    Creating a user arpeggio pattern Editing a user arpeggio pattern An example of creating a pattern 5. To rename the user arpeggio pattern, use the Rename Arpeggio Pattern function. (“Rename Arpeggio Pattern” on page 179 of the Parameter Guide) 6. Be sure to execute the Write operation if you want the edited user arpeggio pattern to be saved in internal memory.

  • Page 86

    Arpeggiator function 5. Select “Step” 06, and set “Gate” to LGT (Legato). ENTER button once again and then press the EXIT button. Tip: To simulate the timing nuances of a strummed guitar chord, select Flam. In Program mode, select an acoustic 4.

  • Page 87: Regarding Arpeggiator Synchronization

    Regarding arpeggiator synchronization “Key Sync.” parameter Regarding arpeggiator Dual arpeggiator editing Here we will use a combination as an example in our synchronization explanation. The same procedure applies when editing an arpeggio pattern in Sequencer mode. If you have entered this mode from the Combination mode, “Key Sync.”...

  • Page 88

    Arpeggiator function Synchronization with Song Start • If the arpeggiator is turned on (ARP button is on) and is running, it will reset to the beginning of its arpeggio pattern when a Song Start message is received. (This is unaffected by the Key Sync. setting.) •...

  • Page 89: Drum Track Function

    Trigger Mode parameter is set to Wait KBD Trigger.) 3. Press the DRUM TRACK button once again to stop The Drum Track function makes it easy to play the KROSS’s the Drum Track (the button will be unlit). high-quality drum programs using a wide variety of Drum Track patterns.

  • Page 90: Using The Drum Track Function In Combination Mode

    Drum Track function 5. Press the DRUM TRACK button to verify that the Using the Drum Track function in pattern plays correctly. The method of triggering will depend on the Trigger Combination mode settings. Selecting a combination and turning the Drum Track function on/off 1.

  • Page 91: Drum Track Function Settings

    Drum Track function settings Drum Track function settings in Program mode Drum Track function settings MIDI transmission and reception for the drum track In Program mode, the Drum Track function transmits and receives on the following MIDI channels. Drum Track function settings in Receive: If you’re controlling the triggering by playing the Program mode keyboard, the drum track will receive on the global MIDI...

  • Page 92: Drum Track Function Settings In Sequencer Mode

    Normally you’ll set this to Tch and use for Key Sync (P-ARP> SETUP, C-ARP> A, B, S-ARP> A, the KROSS’s keyboard to control the triggering. Transmit: The drum track will transmit on the MIDI channel specified by the Output (S-DRUM TRACK>...

  • Page 93: Slave Operation

    Set MIDI Clock (see page 117) to External MIDI or External USB. Note: If the KROSS is set to MIDI Clock= Auto, it will also synchronize to the external MIDI device in the same way if MIDI timing clock messages are being received from the external device.

  • Page 94

    Drum Track function...

  • Page 95: Step Sequencer

    Step sequencer Performing with the step Playback and settings in Program sequencer mode The step sequencer is a function that lets you use the front panel pads 1–16 to easily create drum loop patterns. By Playing and stopping the step sequencer turning steps on/off you can create patterns in an intuitive 1.

  • Page 96

    Step sequencer If All is selected, you’ll be able to choose drum sounds from all instruments. If a category is selected, you’ll be able to choose from instruments of that category. If the category is set to Inst variation category, switching programs may also switch the note number of the Inst variation.

  • Page 97: Step Sequencer Settings In Combination Mode

    Performing with the step sequencer Step sequencer settings in Combination mode Prog MIDI Out setting is checked. By default, this is off To add a sense of swing to the steps (unchecked). 1. On the P-STEP SEQ> BASIC page, adjust the Step/Bt Step sequencer programs do not transmit or receive program parameter.

  • Page 98: Using The Step Sequencer With Favorites

    Step sequencer Synchronizing the MIDI transmission from the step sequencer In Sequencer mode, the step sequencer function transmits step sequencer the step sequencer's note data on the MIDI Channel (S- TRACK>MIDI) if track 16's Status (SEQ>PROG) is set to The step sequencer will play in synchronization with the BTH, EXT, or EX2.

  • Page 99: Pad Sampler

    Before you record, insert an SD card formatted by the asking whether you want to overwrite the sample. KROSS into the SD card slot. If an SD card is not inserted; you will be able to record, but the recorded content is lost when you turn off the power.

  • Page 100

    If you want to sample an external audio input, proceed through step 3 of “Sampling the sound of the KROSS” on page 93 and then press the PAGE- (A-IN) button to access the AUDIO IN-QUICK SETTING dialog box and change Off: Press the MENU (Rec Control) button to start audio input settings.

  • Page 101: Editing A Sample

    Performing with the pad sampler Editing a sample Note: If you don't close the EDIT SAMPLE window, the Editing a sample edited content is not saved to the Korg format sample file on the SD card. Note: The edited content is also automatically saved to the SD card each time.

  • Page 102: Playing Samples

    Pad Sampler switch the pad to mute mode Playing samples If there is a pad that is playing, you can hold down the EXIT button ( ) and press the SAMPLER HOLD 1. Make sure that the SAMPLER ACTIVE button is lit. button ( ) to switch the pad to mute mode.

  • Page 103: Midi Transmission And Reception For The Pad Sampler Function

    MIDI transmission and reception for Using samples in other ways the pad sampler function Samples recorded on the KROSS can also be used in other ways as well as playing them back from the pads. Here are some possibilities. Program mode •...

  • Page 104

    Pad Sampler...

  • Page 105: Audio Recorder

    Recorded takes and how they play back mic, guitar, or audio player that’s connected to the KROSS. 0:00:00 2:59:59 You can also overdub as many times as you like by playing...

  • Page 106: Basic Operation

    The OUTPUT level meter shows the level of the sound being stored location. If you press locate while stopped, you’ll output from the L/R jacks: the sound of the KROSS, the return to the beginning 0:00:00 of the song. external audio input, and the playback of the audio recorder.

  • Page 107: Recording And Playing Audio

    • Insert an SD card into the SD card slot. (see “Inserting an SD card” on page 25) If the SD card is being used by the KROSS for the first time, you’ll need to format it in GLOBAL/MEDIA mode. (see “Formatting SD card” on page 128)

  • Page 108: Recording External Audio Input

    6. Perform on the keyboard; the sound of the KROSS the volume balance. If you want to adjust the mic will be recorded. You can also record the performance...

  • Page 109: Playing Back An Audio Song

    1. Select the song on which you want to multi-track Direct Send on: Only the audio input is recorded. The sound record. of the KROSS's performance is not mixed. (In this case, the Hold down the EXIT button ( ) and press the audio input sound is not output from audio out.)

  • Page 110: Preparing A New Audio Song

    Audio recorder Play the keyboard of the KROSS or input audio from the Convenient functions for MIC IN or LINE IN jacks. playback and recording 5. To stop recording, press the PAGE+ (Stop/Reset button (AUDIO REC (play/pause) button: unlit). If you press the MENU (Rec Control...

  • Page 111: Loop Playback

    Note: Since 44.1 kHz WAVE files will be converted into 48 play a specified region (A–B) of an audio song. kHz as they are imported into the KROSS, a small amount of time may be required. Note: The loop play on/off setting and the specified time are saved individually for each audio song.

  • Page 112: Adjusting The Volume

    This lets you use your audio player to listen to an audio song drowns out the performance of the KROSS, or if multi-track produced on the KROSS, or to load the song into your DAW. recording has caused the volume to overload so that no more •...

  • Page 113: Sd Card-related Messages

    Convenient functions for playback and recording SD card-related messages Select the Set Play Level function, and adjust the level as SD card-related messages follows. 1. Set the Level as desired. In addition to the Song Name, the following messages Adjust the volume balance of the keyboard performance related to the SD card may appear in the Song Name area of or external input (e.g., guitar or vocal) that you will be the audio recorder.

  • Page 114

    Audio recorder...

  • Page 115: Pad Audio Play

    When you execute Import Wav, the file is imported as a formatted by the KROSS which contains audio songs new audio song. (“Importing or exporting WAVE files” recorded by the KROSS or audio files that meet the on page 105) requirements listed in “Data that can be played back,”...

  • Page 116

    Pad audio play 5. To switch between banks of assigned audio songs, use the BANK SELECT button and the BANK LEDs. Press the BANK SELECT button to make the BANK LEDs indicate the bank that you want to select; the BANK LED blinks.

  • Page 117: Using Drum Kits

    Drum Kit memory structure you can check this yourself: The KROSS has 67 Drum Kits, divided into Internal, User, 1. Go to the OSC1 Setup tab of the P-OSC> DKit page. and GM (General MIDI) groups as shown below. You can...

  • Page 118: Editing A Drum Kit

    Using Drum Kits Editing a Drum Kit Velocity crossfade settings For this key, let’s create a simple velocity crossfade between two stereo drumsamples. Basic Editing 1. In the DRUM KIT> DS 1 and DS 2 pages, turn 1. Select the Program that you wish to use while editing Drumsample 1 and 2 on.

  • Page 119

    Editing a Drum Kit Before you start editing… 9. In the DRUM KIT> DS 1 page, set the Drumsample 1 Sustaining the sound even after the key is Bottom Vel. to 80. released (Hold) Now, Drumsample2 will sound when you play softly, at velocities of 79 or less–and Drumsample1 will sound Use the Hold function for instruments that should continue when you play harder, with velocities of 80 or more.

  • Page 120: Saving Drum Kits

    Using Drum Kits Controlling pan for each key To use separate pan settings for each key: 1. Access the Program mode P-AMP> BASIC page. 2. Make sure that the DKIT-SET check-box is checked. When DKIT-SET is on, the Program will use the pan settings for each key of the Drum Kit.

  • Page 121: Overall Settings For The Kross, And Saving

    (described below) will be applied to MIDI IN or to MIDI OUT. If you’re using an external MIDI keyboard to play the sound generator of the KROSS, and want to transpose the pitch, set this to Post MIDI. The velocity curve will also apply to MIDI IN.

  • Page 122: Bypassing The Effects

    Clearing the MFX box: Bypasses the master effects has been no user input on the KROSS for a specified amount of time. (see page 18) MFX can also be controlled using the front panel REALTIME CONTROLS.

  • Page 123: Midi Settings

    Global setting MIDI settings • In the GLOBAL>PREF 1 (Preferences 1) page, use Turn local control on if you’re playing the KROSS by itself, Battery Type to select the type of batteries you’re using. or if you’re playing and controlling an external MIDI device unidirectionally while you play the KROSS.

  • Page 124

    Overall settings for the KROSS, and saving/loading data The user scales you create here can be used by specifying the scale for a program, for each timbre of a combination, or for each track of a song. You can choose these scales from the following pages.

  • Page 125: Data Used By The Kross

    Data used by the KROSS Creating and selecting scales Data used by the KROSS The KROSS accesses the following folders and files on the SD card. Folder and file structure (DOS files) DATA KORG KROSS2 NEWFILE.PCG (Data folder) (Programs, combinations, etc.) NEWFILE.SNG...

  • Page 126

    Overall settings for the KROSS, and saving/loading data Files and data structures that the KROSS can recognize The KROSS can load and save the following data. Inside a file, .PCG data and .SNG data have the structure that’s shown in the following illustration. When loading data, you can also select and load data individually.

  • Page 127: Saving Data

    “Preloaded data” refers to the data that is loaded in the Programs, Combinations, Drum kits, Global settings, and KROSS when it is shipped from the factory. You are free to user arpeggio patterns rewrite this data, and with the exception of the demo songs, the data will be written to the location as described in •...

  • Page 128: Writing To Internal Memory

    Overall settings for the KROSS, and saving/loading data MIDI data dump Writing to internal memory The KROSS can transmit the following types of data as a MIDI data dump; you can save this data on an external data Writing a Program or Combination filer or other device.

  • Page 129

    When you select a program in PROG> MAIN or a combination in COMBI> MAIN, the program or combination data is called into the KROSS’s edit buffer. When you then use the various Program or Combination pages to edit the parameters, your changes will affect the data in the edit buffer.

  • Page 130: Editing Names

    Overall settings for the KROSS, and saving/loading data Writing Global settings, User Drum Kits and Editing names User Arpeggio Patterns You can modify the name of an edited program, combination, song, drum kit, or user arpeggio patterns etc. Memory in Global/Media mode...

  • Page 131: Saving To Sd Card

    Saving to SD card For details on the data that can be saved on SD card, please see “Data used by the KROSS” on page 119. The musical data of a song that you create in Sequencer mode cannot be saved in the KROSS’s internal memory.

  • Page 132: Loading Data

    25. Loading the preloaded data and demo songs You can load the factory settings and demo songs back into the KROSS’s internal memory. For the procedure, please see “Loading the preloaded data” on page 129. Loading data from SD card...

  • Page 133

    KROSS. Never remove the media while data is being loaded. Loading individual data from a .PCG file The KROSS lets you load Programs, Combinations, Drum kits, User Arpeggio patterns individually or by individual 2. Choose the Load selected function.

  • Page 134: Media Utility

    Newly purchased media or media that has been used by another device cannot be used “as is;” you must format the SD card before you can use it with the KROSS. When you format the SD card, all data that had been saved on that media will be erased.

  • Page 135: Appendices

    When you execute All Preload PCG, the following data will be loaded: The original preload data is backed up in the KROSS, so you • Program: Bank A, B, C, D, E, F can restore any or all of the Programs, Combinations, Drum •...

  • Page 136: Initializing The System

    Remove the SD card from the KROSS and start it up. If the KROSS starts up normally, don’t use that SD card. □ It may be that the internal data of the KROSS is damaged. (Such a state can occur if writing to internal memory did...

  • Page 137: Audio Output

    Troubleshooting Audio output of effect or the parameter settings. If this occurs, adjust In Combination, or Sequencer mode, you can’t edit the the external audio signal’s input level, output level, or value of Timbre/Track parameters such as MIDI Channel or effect parameters.

  • Page 138: Programs And Combinations

    Appendices The principal parameters have the following default • You can use the Copy From Program, Copy Insert values. Effect, or Copy Master Effect functions to copy these settings from Program mode. → PG p.139, 151, 151 Level: 127 Play/Mute: Play Song does not play correctly after being loaded □...

  • Page 139: Arpeggiator

    Troubleshooting Arpeggiator Arpeggiator Effects The Arpeggiator does not start Effects are not audible □ Is the ARP button turned on (lit)? → p.73 □ Have you selected effect program 000: No Effect ? □ If the arpeggiator does not start for a combination or •...

  • Page 140: Audio Recorder

    Expression or Volume. → p.24 does not appear in MEDIA mode. • Copy the data to the KORG/KROSS2/DATA folder. This folder will be created when you use the KROSS to format the card. → p.119 MIDI • Is the file name extension format appropriate? → p.119 The KROSS does not respond to incoming MIDI data □...

  • Page 141: Messages

    Meaning: The auto power-off function is enabled. If the Meaning: The song that was specified as the copy KROSS has not been played or operated for a specified destination or bounce destination does not exist. length of time, the power will turn off automatically.

  • Page 142

    Meaning: You attempted to load a WAVE file or .KEP file • As you repeatedly delete and write files, the file access of a format that is not supported by the KROSS. efficiency may decline. In this case, you may be able to •...

  • Page 143

    Root directory is full Meaning: When attempting to create a file or directory at No updating was required at this time. The KROSS already the root level of the media, you exceeded the maximum has the latest version of the system files.

  • Page 144

    Meaning: No data exists in the track that you specified as indication reaches zero. the source. • If you want to continue using the KROSS, press a key or • Specify a track that contains musical data. switch. Auto Power Off will be reset, and the same...

  • Page 145: Specifications

    16 preset/16 user template songs Preset Patterns 772 patterns (Held in common with Drum Track patterns.) Format Korg (KROSS) format, SMF (formats 0 and 1) supported 16pads x 8banks Automatically saved to and loaded from SD card Up to four pads can play simultaneously...

  • Page 146

    Appendices Recording format Audio format: PCM audio format (48 kHz/16-bit) Import WAVE format (file name extension .wav) 44.1 kHz/16-bit, 48 kHz/16-bit, stereo * 44.1 kHz is automatically converted to 48 kHz Export WAVE format (file name extension .wav) 48 kHz/16-bit, stereo Continuous recording time: maximum 3 hours Recording time Total recording time: depends on the SD card used (approximately 90 minutes per...

  • Page 147: Operating Requirements

    Specifications Operating requirements 3.8 kg/8.38 lbs (excluding batteries) KROSS2-61 Weight 12.3 kg/27.12 lbs (excluding batteries) KROSS2-88 Accessories AC adapter, KROSS Quick Start Guide XVP-10 Expression/Volume Pedal XVP-20 VOL/EXP PEDAL Options EXP-2 Foot Controller DS-1H Damper Pedal PS-1, PS-3 Pedal Switch...

  • Page 148: Midi Implementation Chart

    *2: Valid if the Global G-MIDI OUT page setting ARP Controllers MIDI Out is set to Control Change. The number shown here is the default setting. *3: RPN (LSB,MSB)=00,00: Pitch bend range, 01,00: Fine tune, 02,00: Coarse tune *4: In addition to Korg exclusive messages, Inquiry, GM System On, Master Volume, Master Balance, Master Fine Tune, and Master Coarse Tune are supported.

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