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NAMM 2018: Korg KR-55 Pro Rhythm Drum Machine

Korg KR-55 Pro Rhythm Drum Machine
Korg KR-55 Pro Rhythm Drum Machine

Korg has released the KR-55 Pro Rhythm drum machine, designed to give you simple access to drum sounds in an intuitive and portable, battery-powered unit.

The KR-55 Pro is the ideal tool for jam sessions with the backing of real drum and percussion sounds. It has a variety of input jacks, mixer functionality, effects, EQ and a versatile recorder that accepts SD cards to capture those song-writing sessions. It has 24 built-in drum and percussion styles, created using Korg's "Real Groove Technology"; this technology uses data recorded from professional musicians to capture the 'feel' of a real percussionist. Each sound, groove and phrase can be tempo adjusted with no loss in sound quality, so you can alter the rhythms to perfectly match your jam session.

The KR-55 is battery-powered, so if you're playing a street session, playing acoustically outdoors, or having a jam on the beach; the KR-55 Pro is ready to be your percussion section wherever you are. The top-mount intuitive interface will have you up and running in no time, creating all manner of beats and loops.

If you need to use the KR-55 at a gig or rehearsal, the XLR mic input, stereo AUX-in and the twin guitar/bass inputs will let you create a mix on-the-fly. The reverb and EQ will also help tailor your sound, while the loop function and multi-track recording/editing help you produce more sophisticated arrangements, or capture your sessions to be later exported via SD and edited in your DAW of choice.

A separate foot switch can open even more live performance potential, while the variety of patterns (two variations in addition to basic, fill-in 1, and fill-in 2) will allow you to create a full song arrangement, ready to be stored in 30 banks of chains - each chain being up to 999 measures long.

The KR-55 Pro also has a player function for audio files, alongside a tuner and metronome, as well as a stereo width "Acoustage" virtual surround technology. The multi-track functionality really expands the KR-55's usage options, and means you can use it as a stand-alone recording device when capturing your grooves.

We love the huge range of possibilities that the KR-55 Pro offers; jam sessions, song-writers, live performance, buskers, gigs at remote locations, even teachers and practising musicians could get real benefit from a unit like this. A drum machine like this one frees you from the computer and lets you create music in a very organic way; the KR-55 Pro has the depth of functions to grow as you do in your music-making, and seems like it'll provide endless solutions to your needs, and quite likely your future needs too - the ones you don't yet know about.

See more about the new Korg KR-55 Pro

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See the alternative Korg Volca Beats Analog Rhythm Machine

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By Matt Wilkinson

Posted on 18 Jan 2018 05:10 to category : Instruments News

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