03-19-2013 06:46 PM
06-08-2013 05:28 AM
So for now I think I shall stick with my dear old TR61.
The TR is a rompler/workstation with some synth functionality. The KK is a VA synth with some rompler functionality.
The current version of the TR isn't the KK, it's the Krome (and the M50 completes the lineage in between).
The TR does have some nice advantages over the M50/Krome... aftertouch, sample RAM, assignable outs. So despite the new sounds and nice screens, "upgrading" from a TR to one of its replacements is not a no-brainer, there are real trade-offs.
But sonically and operationally, the KK is a whole different animal, that could complement any of them, but not nearly replace them in functionality. If the TR begat the M50 and then the Krome, I would say the KK lineage would be from the Radias, and before that, the MS-2000. And just like the workstation progression, there are many advantages to the newest generation, but also a few trade-offs.
On the minus side - only bitimbral
Most VA synths are only monotimbral or bitimbral, I don't see that as a limitation, it's not a workstation. With its performance orientation and only 24 notes of polyphony, this isn't the place to go for 16 voice sequences. It's kind of like complaining that a hammer isn't a screwdriver.
06-08-2013 05:37 AM
76 keys please.
Yeah, a 73/76 key version with aftertouch would be a great derivative product from this. 61 sounds like plenty for a VA synth (so many have been 37-49), but with the bitimbral split functionality and auxiliary rompler style sounds, this could cover more gig territory with a larger keyspan, and of course the lack of AT is the biggest knock on its expressivity, presumably sacrificed for the price. So an upscale variant that addresses both those things would be a great option for those willing to pay for it.
06-09-2013 06:02 PM
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