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Help me decide. MOX6 or Krome61


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Okay, I am about to purchase one of these boards.

 

From my other thread about simplifying, you may know I now use a Privia PX350 as my main piano, and my old M50 61.

 

As such my MOX8 is being sold. Now then my conundrum.

 

Getting the MOX6 would be easy, since I can transfer all my programs and masters.

However, having played with a new Krome at the store for a long time, I find I can get all the sounds I want.

 

Here's my pros and cons of each board for how I would be using them.

 

MOX6

Pro: Easy transition, since I have all the libraries saved (John Melas software).

Master is very cool.

Con: Use as a slave board is irritating at best. Having to dive into Song/Mix mode to setup is a pain.

 

Krome

Pro: Familiar (to me) Korg interface.

Very easy to setup Combis for use with external controller.

Easy split and layer programming.

 

Con: No software librarian like I have for the Yamaha.

Will need to finally learn how to dig deep to tweak sounds

 

 

Both key beds play fine to me, so that's not an issue.

 

I am leaning heavily towards the Krome since it's gigging capabilities are much easier for me to setup.

 

Sounds are great on both.

 

Anything I'm missing in my personal analysis?

 

I can get each for the same price (not the MOXF)

David

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What about the Krome tempts you to change from your M50? Is it the pianos/EPs, which you would trigger from your PX350?

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The MOXF would be far more versatile. It has a much larger wave ROM and can accept a flash board. I imagine you'd also like the MOXF keybed better.

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For the $200 more for an MOXF6 ($1199 street price, compared to $999 for Krome 61), it would come down to sounds and interface. Without having had the opportunity to play and program a Krome, Id be inclined to stay MOXF6.since youve had that opportunity, and know which works better for you, I think you already know the answer.
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Thanks all. I guess my posting all this is my way of sounding out my own thoughts.

 

As far as the Krome goes, I can setup Korg workstations in my sleep. I started with a Triton Extreme years ago, then my current M50.

 

I love the MOX, but even though I've had my MOX8 for a couple years now, it's still pain in the butt, to me, to navigate and setup as a "sound module" so to speak. There are many songs I play one sound from the synth itself, and others from my main board.

 

On the Korg this is so very easy to setup. On the Yamaha, I have to dig deep...

 

Anyway, I am in fact leaning towards the Krome.

 

To answer Scott's question: I like the pianos and other piano-type tones on the Krome better than the MOX

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MOX6 - 64 note polyphony

Kross - 80 single mode/40 dual mode polyphony

Krome - 120 single voice mode/60 dual voice mode polyphony

MOXF6 - 128 note polyphony

 

Only 40 voices with layered sounds seems like a potential problem to me.

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I faced a similar decision recently, and I actually opted for the MX61. It's MUCH simpler to operate than the MOX with nearly the same waveset. And the keybed and build are similar to the KROME. I don't regret the choice for a live board. I feel the Acoustic and Electric Pianos are superior to the Korg, and I was a long time Triton LE owner.

 

Something to consider.

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Krome - 80 single mode/40 dual mode polyphony

Only 40 voices with layered sounds seems like a potential problem to me.

 

Bif,

That's the specs for the Kross. The Krome is actually 120/60. Still something I need to consider. Thank you for that head's up.

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Regardless of which I end up with, I use a USP in my setup. Too many venues lately seem to have one moron who starts flipping all the breakers to figure out how to turn on venue lights. I get tired of my gear quick cycling off then on because of this.

 

 

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I faced a similar decision recently, and I actually opted for the MX61. It's MUCH simpler to operate than the MOX with nearly the same waveset. And the keybed and build are similar to the KROME. I don't regret the choice for a live board. I feel the Acoustic and Electric Pianos are superior to the Korg, and I was a long time Triton LE owner.

 

Something to consider.

 

Thank you. Quick question, can you zone the MX similar to the Triton/M50/Krome? That a basic need I have. Example have three different parts playing on three separate areas.

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MOX6 - 64 note polyphony

Krome - 80 single mode/40 dual mode polyphony

MOXF6 - 128 note polyphony

 

Only 40 voices with layered sounds seems like a potential problem to me.

I'm not sure why Korg makes that distinction. MOX6's 64 likewise drops to 32 if you layer (or even just select a stereo sound).

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Krome - 80 single mode/40 dual mode polyphony

Only 40 voices with layered sounds seems like a potential problem to me.

 

Bif,

That's the specs for the Kross. The Krome is actually 120/60. Still something I need to consider. Thank you for that head's up.

 

Whoops. You're right!

 

Kross, Krome, too many dang similarities.

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MOX6 - 64 note polyphony

Krome - 80 single mode/40 dual mode polyphony

MOXF6 - 128 note polyphony

 

Only 40 voices with layered sounds seems like a potential problem to me.

I'm not sure why Korg makes that distinction. MOX6's 64 likewise drops to 32 if you layer (or even just select a stereo sound).

 

Right on! To me, 32 notes is a problem, even for live. Either the MX series or the MOXF would then be better at 128 note polyphony.

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I had the same dilemma recently. Went for the Yamaha mainly for the audio inputs and the usb audio interface.

 

MOX is deeper than the Korg. It is a pain to set up, and I have an engineering degree.. Korg is so much simpler to operate!

 

 

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Thanks all for the discussion. I ordered a Krome 61.

It sounds great to me, and most importantly, the user interface is leaps and bounds better than the Yamaha.

 

It will be here Monday them I get to work setting it up for my rig.

 

 

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I faced a similar decision recently, and I actually opted for the MX61. It's MUCH simpler to operate than the MOX with nearly the same waveset. And the keybed and build are similar to the KROME. I don't regret the choice for a live board. I feel the Acoustic and Electric Pianos are superior to the Korg, and I was a long time Triton LE owner.

 

Something to consider.

 

Thank you. Quick question, can you zone the MX similar to the Triton/M50/Krome? That a basic need I have. Example have three different parts playing on three separate areas.

 

Sorry I'm late responding. I see you've already made your order.

 

Yes, you can set up Performances of up to 16 parts on the MX. There is also a 3rd party editor to help you.

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David,

Please post back how the krome compares to the mox after you've had some time to settle in with it.

 

Would appreciate your opinion and perspective.

 

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The only thing I would add is you should have compared oranges to oranges - ie it is the MOX F that should have been side by side with the Krome, not it's poor (very) cousin the MOX. It seems that writers were citing the MOX. Maybe they meant the MOXf, but it was hard to tell.

 

Anyway once you get over the shiny bright colour screen you will realise you may have made an error the OS is NOT as easy as it looks ;) not to mention a rather awkward insert effects and sequencing system - oh and the PC editor for the Krome is not all that good. And there is an EXCELLENT set of PC tools for the entire Motif series from John Melas.

 

Why am I writing this? Because I owned a Krome 73. I now have the MOXF88.

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Miden,

 

I appreciate the thoughts. A couple points. You may have missed early on in this thread. I own an MOX8 for a couple years now. I am very familiar with its interface. I also have and use the Melas software. The MOX and the MOXF have identical interfaces.

 

Further, I've been programming Korg workstations with the large touch screen-style interface since I got my then new Triton Extreme many years ago, then my Korg M50 a couple years ago, and about to be Krome.

 

I find no difficulty whatsoever in navigating around the GUI of the Korgs.

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Fair enough then :) One does need to be very familiar with the Korg OS and it seems that with this latest info, the Krome was always probably going to be what you were going to buy regardless.

 

I have no difficulty with the Korg OS, or the sound - I just don't like it. As with all of these things it is always personal opinions although perhaps you could have mentioned your long term Korg ownership earlier ;) had I known you were a dedicated Korgy I would not have bothered :D

 

That being said, I have no doubt you will enjoy the Krome, good luck with it :)

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Dave, did you get it in red? Or are you going to customize its finish!

 

Nah, standard black. I have no plans to paint this one.

 

I may be customizing the PX350. Found a really cool Candy Apple Red that looks good under lights..... I'll do a writeup if and when I tackle that. :freak:

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Dave, did you get it in red? Or are you going to customize its finish!

 

Nah, standard black. I have no plans to paint this one.

 

I may be customizing the PX350. Found a really cool Candy Apple Red that looks good under lights..... I'll do a writeup if and when I tackle that. :freak:

 

Have you ever sold any of your customized/painted gear? Just curious of the effect on resale value?

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