KORG KR-55 Pro Rhythm & Drum Machine

At the 2018 NAMM Show, Korg is introducing the KR-55 Pro Rhythm and Drum Machine

The Korg KR-55 Pro is designed to be a simple, multi-function rhythm machine, with real recorded drum grooves and mixer/recorder functionality. It offers 24 rhythm styles, designed to reproduce the sound and experience of playing with a percussionist. Each style includes multiple patterns, providing accompaniment for endless recording, thanks to the sophisticated chain function.

Here’s the official video intro:


  • 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.

Audio Demos:

Pricing and Availability

See the Korg site for details.

8 thoughts on “KORG KR-55 Pro Rhythm & Drum Machine

  1. Couple things to upack in that vid. First of all, you probably want to plug your drum machine into the mixer before you start the first song. Also, maybe wait until your bass player shows up and gets a level.

  2. Amid all this confusing analog gear with its lack of presets and blips and bloops, it’s so nice to see a company remember how to make a product the sole purpose of which is to try to make a real musician’s job obsolete.

  3. I like the simplicity!
    Idea for a “studio” version; would be cool if it spat out MIDI (for using it as a preset rhythm sequencer / simple arranger / fill-ins, etc.) and a nice collection of Korg’s history of drum kits/drum machines?

  4. Why does a dork-ball product like this have an SD cart slot, and something like the Volca Sample does not? I’m sure this will cost more than the Volcas, but in terms of functionality this thing seems horrible to me, and the Volca Sample would be far more usable if it could store more songs/patterns/sounds.

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