Korg Kronos 88 - Music Workstation with SGX-2 Engine (Black)

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Korg Kronos 88 - Music Workstation with SGX-2 Engine (Black)
Key Features
  • 88 Keys with RH3 Weighted Hammer Action
  • 9 Sound Engines
  • KARMA Technology
  • SGX-2 Grand Piano Sound Engine
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The black Kronos 88 from Korg is a music workstation with a vast palette of sounds, integrated editing, detailed 8" TouchView display, 16-track sequencer, 16-track audio recorder, and extensive sampling capabilities. The keyboard features nine distinct sound engines, with each engine dedicated to authentically reproducing its respective instrument type, including detailed pianos, vintage keyboard sounds, tone-wheel organs, ethnic instruments, plucked instruments, analog synthesizers, and more.
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Korg 88 Overview

The black Kronos 88 from Korg is a music workstation with a vast palette of sounds, integrated editing, detailed 8" TouchView display, 16-track sequencer, 16-track audio recorder, and extensive sampling capabilities. The keyboard features nine distinct sound engines, with each engine dedicated to authentically reproducing its respective instrument type, including detailed pianos, vintage keyboard sounds, tone-wheel organs, ethnic instruments, plucked instruments, analog synthesizers, and more.

The sequencer can access any combination of sound engines and imported samples, and the 16-track audio recorder can be used for recording vocals, other instruments, and more. For arranging and inspiration, the instrument includes the company's KARMA technology for generating endless phrases, drum grooves, and full-blown backing tracks based on the notes and chords played. Drum Tracks generate drum patterns automatically; everything from a simple reference beat to a full-blown drum track.

The Open Sampling System can quickly sample an external audio source regardless of operating modes, and it can even resample the performance of the keyboard itself. The user sample bank allows custom samples to be loaded and played, taking advantage of the large SSD capacity. Additionally, the Kronos 73 functions as an advanced control surface, with a four-way joystick, ribbon controller, two assignable switches, and a Vector joystick. Nine sliders, eight knobs, and a number of switches provide real-time interaction with the keyboard sounds.

Multiple-engine, 88-key synthesizer workstation featuring RH3 Weighted Hammer Action keyboard
Nine sound engines, each offering a unique sound-creation technology
16-part Combis allow all engines to function together with dynamic voice allocation
Enhanced SGX-2 Grand Piano engine adds a Berlin Grand piano to the existing German Grand and Japanese Grand
Comprehensive interface based around a large 8" TFT TouchView display with Touch Drag
Virtual Memory Technology (VMT) aided by a fast SSD (Solid State Drive) provides high polyphony and long and unlooped samples
Smooth Sound Transition allows held or sustained notes to keep sounding when changing sounds or modes
Set List allows for organizing programs, combis, and songs for a performance in a single, easy-to-select screen that includes performance notes
Up to sixteen effects can be used simultaneously
Twelve insert effects, two master effects, and two total effects
On-board sequencer offers sixteen MIDI tracks, plus sixteen audio tracks with 24-bit, 48 kHz recording quality
Open Sampling System provides instant sampling and resampling from any mode, program, combination, or sequencer
KARMA technology generates infinitely variable, performance-driven phrases, musical effects, and backing tracks
Expanded Drum Track for play-along grooves
USB/MIDI host ports accommodate MIDI control surfaces
Instrument Models
SGX-2 Premium Piano
EP-1 MDS Electric Piano
HD-1 High-Definition Synthesizer
AL-1 Analog Synthesizer
CX-3 Tonewheel Organ
STR-1 Plucked String
MOD-7 Waveshaping VPM Synthesizer
MS-20EX Analog Synthesizer
PolysixEX Analog Synthesizer

Korg 88 Specs

Keyboard88-key RH3 (Real Weighted Hammer Action 3)
Synthesis MethodSGX-2 Premium Piano (Acoustic Piano)
EP-1 MDS Electric Piano (Electric Piano)
HD-1 High Definition Synthesizer (PCM)
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 Component Modeling Technology (Analog Modeling)
PolysixEX Component Modeling Technology (Analog Modeling)
PolyphonySGX-2: 100 voices (100 dual-stereo notes)
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
Multitimbral16-part
PCM MemoryPreset
314 MB (ROM 1,505 multisamples, 1,388 drum samples)
Build-in Expansion PCM Libraries
EXs1 - ROM Expansion
EXs2 - Concert Grand Piano
EXs3 - Brass and 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
EXs17 - SGX-2 Berlin D Piano
EXs18 - KORG EXs Collections
RAM Capacity
Approximately 2 GB
Wave Sequences
598 User memory, 187 preload
Support for stereo multisamples, synchronization of individual notes, and tempo-based settings
CombinationNumber of Timbres
16 Maximum
Master Keyboard Functionality
Keyboard and velocity splits, layers, and crossfades of up to 16 programs and/or external MIDI devices
Tone-adjust parameter function modifies program settings, and the master keyboard function controls external MIDI devices
PresetsUser Memory Programs
2,560 (1,792 or more [896 HD-1+896 EXi] preloaded)
User Memory Combinations
1,792 (512 preloaded)
User Memory Drumkits
264 (78 preloaded)
256 GM Level 2 preset programs + 9 GM Level 2 drum preset programs
Set List128 Set lists
128 Slots per set list
Each set list provides a 9-band graphic EQ, and a Tone Adjust function that allows program settings to be adjusted
Transpose setting
Hold Time setting of Smooth Sound Transition (SST) supported for each slot
SamplingSystem
Open Sampling System (resampling, in-track sampling)
Bit Depth/Sampling Frequency
RAM: 16-bit/48 kHz stereo/mono sampling
Disc: 16- or 24-bit/48 kHz
Sampling Time
RAM: Dependent on available PCM RAM
Disk: Maximum 80 minutes stereo (879 MB: 16-bit)
Sample Locations
16,000 samples/4,000 multisamples (128 indexes per multisample)
Ripping
Direct sampling (ripping) from audio CD (CD-DA)
Formats
KORG format, AKAI S1000/S3000 data (with advanced Program parameter conversion), SoundFont 2.0, AIFF, and WAVE
Editing
Time stretch, time slice, crossfade loop, and other standard editing features
EffectsInsert Effects: 12, stereo in/stereo out
Master Effects: 2, stereo in/stereo out
Total Effects: 2, stereo in/stereo out
Timbre EQ: One 3-band EQ for each timbre/track
Effect Types: 197
Modulation: Dynamic modulation and common LFO
Effects Control Busses: Stereo side-chaining for compressors, gates, vocoders, etc.
Effect Presets: Total 783 preset, maximum 32 per effect (preset user)
KARMAModules
One module in program mode, 4 modules in combination and sequencer modes
Generated Effects (GE)
2,048 Presets,
1,536 Users (96 preload)
Controllers
On/Off
Latch
Chord
Assign
Module
Control
KARMA real time control sliders 1~8
KARMA scene 1~8
KARMA switches 1~8
KARMA wave-sequencing
GE sub category
Freeze randomize
Time signature control
Tempo synchronize
Auto RTC (Real Time Control) setup
Drum Track Patterns
718 Preset (common with the preset patterns of the MIDI sequencer)
1,000 User patterns
Patterns created in sequencer mode can be converted to drum track user patterns
Trigger Mode/Sync/Zone settings can be specified
SequencerTracks
16-track MIDI sequencer + 16-track hard disc recorder + master track
Songs
200
Resolution
1/480
Tempo
40 to 300 (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 16-bit/24-bit
Other Functions
RPPR (real-time Pattern Play and Record)
1 Pattern set per song
Auto song setup function
ControllersControl Surface
Vector joystick
Joystick
Ribbon controller
Switches 1 and 2
Control Assign Switches:
Assigns the control surface to timber/track, audio, external, real-time knobs/KARMA, or tone adjust/EQ
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
DRUM TRACK
On/off
GeneralDisk Mode
Load, save, utility, audio CD burning, audio CD playback, data filer function (save/load MIDI System Exclusive data), CD-R/RW (UDF format read/write), ISO9660 Level 1
Display
TouchView graphical user interface, 8" (203 mm) color TFT, SVGA (800 x 600 dots), adjustable brightness
MIDI
3 x 5-pin DIN In, Out, Thru
USB
2 x USB Type-A
1 x USB Type-B
Disc Drives
60 GB 2.5" SSD
Option for installing second internal SSD
Control Inputs
Damper pedal (half damper supported)
Assignable switch
Assignable pedal
Electrical CharacteristicsFrequency Response: 20 Hz to 22 kHz, +/-1.0 dB, 10-kOhm load
THD+N: 0.01%, 10-kOhm load (typical), 20 Hz to 22 kHz
S/N: 95 dB (typical)
Dynamic Range: 95 dB (typical)
Crosstalk: 95 dB, @ 1 kHz (typical)
OutputsANALOG
Main L/Mono, R
2 x 1/4" TRS balanced
Output Impedance: 350 ohm stereo, 175 ohm mono
Nominal Level: +4.0 dBu
Maximum Level: +16.0 dBu (when load impedance is 600 ohm or greater)
Main volume knob controls Main Audio output only
Individual 1-4
4 x 1/4" TRS balanced
Output Impedance: 350 ohm stereo, 175 ohm mono
Nominal Level: +4.0 dBu
Maximum Level: +16.0 dBu (when load impedance is 600 ohm or greater)
Headphones
1 x 1/4" TRS
Output Impedance: 33 ohm
Maximum Level: 60 + 60 mW (when load impedance is 33 ohm)
Main volume knob (link with audio output main)

DIGITAL
S/PDIF
Optical, 24-bit, IEC60958, EIAJCP-1201
Sample Rate: 48 kHz, (the same signals as L/Mono, R)
Digital output of the same signals as Main Audio output
USB-B
24-bit
Sample Rate: 48 kHz, 2 channels
Digital output of the same signals as Main Audio output
InputsANALOG
Audio Inputs 1 and 2
2 x 1/4" TRS balanced
Input Impedance: 10 kOhms
Nominal Level Line: +4 dBu
Nominal Level Mic: -22 dBu
Maximum Level Line: +16 dBu
Maximum Level Mic: -10 dBu
Source Impedance: 600 ohm
Signal to Noise Ratio: 95 dB typical
Dynamic Range: 95 dB typical
Crosstalk: 95 dB, @ 1 kHz

DIGITAL
S/P DIF
Optical, 24-bit, IEC60958, EIAJCP-1201
Sample Rate: 48 kHz
USB-B
24-bit
Sample Rate: 48 kHz, 2 channels
Power Requirements100~240 VAC, 50/60 Hz Consumption: 60 W
Dimensions (WxDxH)56.4 x 14.6" x 5.8" (1443 x 371 x 148 mm)
Weight53.1 lb (24.1 kg)
Packaging Info
Package Weight65.4 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)63 x 20 x 12"
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