NAMM 2018: Korg Believes Their KR-55 Pro Will Be Hard To Beat

Korg has unveiled the new KR-55 Pro drum machine, which features an easy-to-use interface and real recorded drum grooves. Here’s what Korg had to say about it. (Check out Korg’s other NAMM announcements)

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Packed with 24 high-quality rhythm styles, each fine-tuned to accurately reproduce the sound and experience of playing with a percussionist, this rhythm machine can provide simple, straight-forward drum tracking for musicians of any genre. Each style includes multiple patterns, providing accompaniment for endless recording,thanks to the sophisticated chain function.

The KR-55 also includes an audio player function that can play back audio files from an SD card. The Acoustage, Korg’s virtual surround technology, creates a personal acoustic stage, an experience unattainable from previous systems. Utilizing the Acoustage on the KR-55 Pro turns the rhythm machine into a high-quality listening system.

The KR-55 Pro comes with a Korg tuner and metronome built in, as well as pedal control for hands-free rhythm/recording.

KR-55 Pro key features

  • 24 built-in drum/percussion styles that were recorded live using KORG’s proprietary “Real Groove Technology.”
  • Each rhythm style includes a rich variety of patterns: two variations, basic, fill-in 1, fill-in 2, and ending.
  • Use the chain function to create a rhythm structure for an entire song, and play it automatically.
  • A rich array of input jacks includes one XLR mic input, two guitar/bass inputs, and a stereo AUX input, allowing multi-channel mixing.
  • A high-quality reverb effect and equalizer are provided, giving you the freedom to shape your sound.
  • You can perform along with a rhythm style, and record the combined result as an audio file on an SD card.
  • Multi-track recording is supported, allowing you to produce more sophisticated tracks.
  • The tuner function features a large meter for good visibility. You can also tune while hearing a guide tone.
  • Acoustage technology delivers a spacious sound.
  • The unit can be powered on six AA batteries, allowing up to seven hours of use.
  • A separately sold foot switch lets you control the unit with your foot.

Nick Kwas, lead Product Specialist at Korg USA, said of the KR-55, “For musicians who want the organic sound of a real drummer, without the hassle of programming a drum machine or having to deal with an unreliable drummer, nothing beats the KR-55 Pro.”

Pricing and Availability:
The KR-55 Pro will be available to buy in January 2018 for £259. For full information and specs check out the product page.