EscapeRocks Posted December 4, 2013 Share Posted December 4, 2013 Well, now that my painting project are over, it is time to dig into the new board. First off, I actually returned the one a got last week. I never opened it. Why? To save money. Between the "black Friday" discount, and the trade in value I got for my MOX, I walked out the door with a smoking hot deal. I also got the gold colored Krome. The finish looks to be identical to the Kong Krome. I like it. So, first thing I do is take it out of the box, put it on the stand, and fire it up. Everything. For this long time Korg workstation user (Triton Ex, M50), I did not have to unwrap the manual. With the touch screen on, everything was where it's supposed to be. I am so glad Korg stayed with their interface convention on this. Cool things: Lighted buttons. This a really cool and useful feature. The soft glow emanating from a button lets me see the black on gold writing. Plus, you have instant visual clue as to what's been activated. The color touchview screen. I really like the way different things are sectioned off with contrasting colors or shades. When a program is called up, you can very easily see which controllers (knobs, sw1, sw2) do what. Navigation is standard Korg. I was able to setup complicated combis, with different zones, layers, and splits without having to go cryptic menu diving. This is one area I really began to dislike about my MOX8. The MOX8 is an excellent board. However, it is not really geared towards live performance, the way I use a board. Setting things up on the MOX to be controlled by an external board or by its own keyboard is time confusing, and not very intuitive. I had the board right after it came out, and I still was never comfortable setting it up. Always a huge chore. The MOX is also a great studio or live board if you use laptop/vst. Being its own audio interface is a huge bonus. Okay, all that being said, I was a bit nervous on my decisions to go back to Korg, and away from Yamaha. As some of you know it came down to the Krome or a MOX61 or MOXF61. I has spent a lot of time dialing in the sounds I use. Well, that nervousness went away when I started playing the Krome. I'm not sure of the proper words, but everything seemed more lush and lively on the Krome than my MOX, and of course my M50. Personally, I think it blows the M50 out of the water. The Korg pianos were really deep, and I could hear the differences in my nuanced playing. I quickly ran through pads, strings, synth sounds, etc... all were just alive and practically ready to go out of the box. I know a lot of it is due to the interface and the ease of use to me. Still, if Yamaha could have a UI in it's less expensive boards as Korg does, the Yamaha would be killer, and for me would be an impossible decision to decide between an MOX or a Krome. As it is, the straight forward interface of the Krome won out for me. That and the sounds! Happy with my choice. I'll have more after my first gig with it this weekend. http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh58/escaperocks1/krome1_zpse9c31545.jpg David Gig Rig:Roland Fantom-08| Yamaha MODX+ 6 | MacBook Pro 14" M1| Mainstage Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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