Korg introduces KR-11 Compact Rhythm Box

Ahead of the 2024 NAMM Show, being held January 25-28, 2024 in Anaheim, California, Korg has introduced the KR-11 compact rhythm box.

According to the company, the KR-11 “brings the rhythm machine legacy into the modern era, pioneered by the legendary Korg Doncamatic in 1963.”

Aimed squarely at the silent-yet-noisy majority that is the bedroom guitar player population, Korg’s new drum machine is a deliberately pared-back and portable affair, designed to get you practising and playing with the minimum of fuss (and excuses).

It’s not completely feature-lite, however. The battery-powered unit, with built-in speaker, is an upgrade on Korg’s handy KR mini, with 126 preset patterns, arranged into nine genres – from blues/R&B to country and Island tunes – plus, of course, a basic metronome.

If you do want to go beyond the presets, there are 14 user program slots and, for ease of programming and finger drumming fun, 16 velocity-sensitive pads.

Finally, as the KR-11 is for players, there’s an optional pedal switch for hands-off control of rhythm changes.


  • ‘Loads of rhythm patterns, matching any genre’
  • Customization: Edit any pattern and save up to 14 extra user patterns
  • Intuitive and easy control: Just choose your preferred genre, select a pattern, and press the play button
  • Finger drumming: 16 velocity sensitive pads and plenty of sounds
  • Optional pedal switch enables control over pattern changes, fill-ins, and start/stop functions at your feet
  • Headphone/line-out jack is available for external audio output
  • Newly developed speaker system and Acoustage Bass technology
  • 2-way power supply specification: the KR-11 can be powered using either the AC adaptor or 4 x AA alkaline batteries

Audio Demos:

Details on pricing and availability are to be announced. Find out more on the Korg website.

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