Korg Kronos Music Workstation

Korg Kronos Music Workstation


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Product Highlights

  • 88-Keys
  • RH3 Graded Hammer Action
  • 9 Powerful Sound Engines
  • KARMA Technology for Pristine Detail
  • 8" TFT TouchView Display
  • 16 Track Sequencing
  • 16 Track Audio Recording
  • Open Sampling System
  • Premium Quality Effects
  • USB Support for Use as a Plug-in
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The Korg Kronos Music Workstation is a powerful 88-key keyboard with an incredibly detailed palette of sounds, integrated editing features, detailed 8" TFT TouchView display, 16 track sequencer, 16 track audio recording and powerful sampling engine. Kronos implements Korg's KARMA synthesis technology to produce 9 individual sound engines.

Each sound engine is dedicated to authentically reproducing its respective instrument type, resulting in authentically detailed pianos, vintage keyboard sounds, tone-wheel organs, ethnic instruments, plucked instruments, analog synthesizers and more.

Kronos' 16 track sequencer implements any combination of sound engines and imported samples for some of the most powerful and expressive arrangements heard in a keyboard instrument. In addition, Kronos supports up to 16 tracks of audio for recording vocals, other instruments etc. The 8" TouchView display lets players easily program sounds, edit tracks, and more. Kronos is a powerful tool for the professional musician on the road, song writer, producer and more.

9 Sound engines, each offering a unique sound-creation technology (see list below)
16-part Combis allow all engines to function together in perfect harmony; Dynamic Voice Allocation keeps the polyphony high.
Available with 61, 73 or 88 keys. This 88 key models feature Korg's finest RH3 Graded Hammer Action.
Comprehensive interface, based around a new large 8" TFT TouchView display
Virtual Memory Technology (VMT), aided by a fast SSD (Solid State Disk) provides high polyphony and massive, ultra-long, and unlooped samples; offering unheard of performance from a hardware instrument
Smooth Sound Transition: this often-requested feature allows held or sustained notes to keep sounding when changing sounds or modes.
Set List mode: Organize the Programs, Combis, and Songs you need to perform your set in a single, easy-to-select screen - including performance notes!
Use up to 16 premium-quality effects at once; individual effects rival dedicated units
12 Insert effects
2 Master effects
2 Total effects
On-board sequencer offers 16 MIDI tracks + 16 audio tracks (24-bit, 48kHz recording quality)
Open Sampling System - Instant sampling and resampling from any mode: Program, Combination or Sequencer.
Sophisticated KARMA technology generates infinitely variable performance-driven phrases, musical effects, and backing tracks to catalyze your creativity
Expanded Drum Track for play-along grooves and inspiration
Signature sounds created with guidance from world class musicians
Keyboard 88 - Key RH3 Graded Hammer Action
Polyphony GX-1: 100 voices*
EP-1: 104 voices
HD-1: 140 voices
AL-1: 80 voices
CX-3: 200 voices
STR-1: 40 voices
MOD-7: 52 voices
MS-20EX: 40 voices
PolysixEX: 180 voices
Maximum polyphony depends on the kind of synthesis engines and the number of effects being used.
Kronos dynamically allocates voices to multiple synthesis engines when they are used simultaneously.
*100 dual-stereo notes (It corresponds to 400 voices in the maximum.)
Multitimbral 16 Part
Synthesis Method Korg KARMA Technology Produces 9 Sound Engines:
SGX-1 Premium Piano (Acoustic Piano)
EP-1 MDS Electric Piano (Electric Piano)
HD-1 High Definition Synthesizer (PCM Virtual Memory Technology)
AL-1 Analog Synthesizer (Analog Modeling)
CX-3 Tonewheel Organ (Tonewheel Organ Modeling)
STR-1 Plucked String (Physical Modeling)
MOD-7 Waveshaping VPM Synthesizer (VPM Synthesis)
MS-20EX (CMT Analog Modeling)
PolysixEX (CMT Analog Modeling)
Presets 1,664 user memory programs
(1510 or more [760 or more HD-1+750 or more EXi] come preloaded)
1,792 user memory combinations
(448 or more come preloaded)
152 user memory drumkits
(77 or more come preloaded)
256 GM Level2 preset programs+ 9 GM Level2 drum preset programs
Sequencer 16-track MIDI sequencer + 16-track hard disk recorder + master track.
200 songs
Resolution: 1/480
Tempo: 40.00 - 300.00 (1/100 BPM resolution)
Maximum memory: 400,000 MIDI events or 300,000 audio events
MIDI Tracks:
16 tracks plus the master track
697 preset/100 user patterns (per song)
18 preset/16 user template songs,
Audio Tracks:
16-track playback, 4-track simultaneous recording, WAV file format 16bit/24bit. Maximum single-file recording time
Mono: 80 minutes
Controllers Vector joystick, joystick, ribbon controller, switches 1 & 2
Control Assign Switches:
Assigns the Control Surface to Timber/Track, Audio, External, Realtime Knobs/KARMA, or Tone Adjust.
Mixer Knobs Switch:
Assigns the Mixer Knobs to either Channel Strip or Individual Pan, Reset Control Switch, Solo Switch, Knobs 1-8, Switches 1-8 (Upper Row), Switches 1-8 (Lower Row), Sliders 1-8, Master Slider
KARMA Control:
On/Off, Latch, Chord Assign, module Control
TouchView graphical user interface, 8 inch TFT, SVGA (800x600 dots), adjustable brightness
Expansion Slots EXs1 - ROM Expansion
EXs2 - Concert Grand Piano
EXs3 - Brass & Woodwinds
EXs4 - Vintage Keyboards
EXs5 - ROM Expansion 2
EXs6 - SGX-1 German D Piano
EXs7 - SGX-1 Japanese C Piano
EXs8 - Rock Ambience Drums
EXs9 - Jazz Ambience Drums
Outputs L/MONO, R:
1/4" Balanced; 170 ohms Stereo; 85 ohms Mono (L/MONO Only), Nominal Level: +4.0 dBu, Maximum Level: +16.0 dBu (when load impedance is 600 ohms or greater)
Individual 1-4:
1/4" Balanced; 170 ohms Stereo; 85 ohms Mono, Nominal Level: +4.0 dBu, Maximum Level: +16.0 dBu (when load impedance is 600 ohms or greater)
1/4" stereo phone jack, output impedance: 33 ohms, Maximum Level: 60+60 mW (when load impedance is 33 ohms)
Optical, 24-bit, IEC60958, EIAJCP-1201, 48 kHz, (the same signals as L/MONO, R)
24-bit, 48 kHz, 2 channels (the same signals as L/MONO, R)
Inputs Audio Inputs 1 and 2:
1/4" Balanced; Input Impedance: 10 kohms, Nominal Level: +4.0 dBu, Maximum Level: +16 dBu,Source Impedance: 600 ohms, S/N: 95 dB (Typical), Dynamic Range: 95 dB (Typical), Crosstalk: 95 dB (at 1 kHz, Typical)
Optical, 24-bit, IEC60958, EIAJCP-1201, 48kHz
24-bit, 48 kHz, 2 channels
RControl Inputs:
Damper pedal (half damper supported), assignable switch, assignable pedal
MIDI In, Out, Thru
USB Two high-speed USB 2.0 A connectors (for external USB devices)
Internal Storage 30 GB SSD (2.5")
Display 8" TFT TouchView Display
Dimensions (WxDxH) 57.28 x 16.18 x 5.71" (1,455 x 411 x 145mm)
Weight 50.71 lbs. (23.0 kg)
Packaging Info
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 64.0 x 22.1 x 11.0"
Korg Kronos Music Workstation
  • AC Cord
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Accessory DVD Disk
  • 1 Year Warranty

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    sounds great

    By Fab

    from Philadelphia

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    Comments about Korg Kronos Music Workstation:

    Just bought a Kronos 88. I own a roland A90, jp8000, juno 106 and Korg o1Wpro.The Kronos is a fantastic machine which will replace all of these. I'm a "big sound", layers kind of guys. I'm also big on thick analog sounds (hence the JP8000 and Juno); The kronos delivers some really nice sounding vintage pads and organs.Even though the possibilities are mind boggling, overall usage and navigation is pretty simple; I was up and running making patches in no time.I would recommend this KB to anyone interested in a machine that will do the job.Love the set list mode and the smooth sound transition. I've been waiting for that for 20 years!Worth the price, hands down

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