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Korg KR-55 Pro

Rhythm Machine
Published November 2018
By Bob Thomas

Korg KR‑55 Pro

Equipped with audio recording and playback and a four‑channel mixer, the KR‑55 Pro is more than just a rhythm machine.

Korg have maintained a long, strong and loyal commitment to the rhythm machine market, and their latest offering, the KR‑55 Pro multi‑function rhythm machine, combines the convenience of pre‑programmed, sample‑based rhythms with an SD card‑based audio recorder/player and a four‑channel on‑board mixer to produce a unit that is designed to meet the requirements of live performance, rehearsal and songwriting rhythm duties.

The Box

Many early Korg rhythm machines featured wooden (or wood‑effect) panels in order to match the cosmetics of the electronic organs of the day, and the KR‑55 Pro carries on that tradition. On the rear‑panel of its chunky chassis you’ll find a slot for an optional, though absolutely essential, SD card, the left (mono) and right outputs plus the input for the optional Vox VFS5 footswitch on quarter‑inch jacks, and two stereo mini‑jacks for the aux input and the single headphone output. Power to the unit comes either via a 9V DC external power supply or, for mobile use, from six AA batteries, whose...

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Published November 2018