Korg Kronos 88 - Music Workstation with SGX-2 Engine (Limited-Edition Gold)

Korg Kronos 88 - Music Workstation with SGX-2 Engine (Limited-Edition Gold)

Korg Kronos 88 - Music Workstation with SGX-2 Engine (Limited-Edition Gold)

Korg Kronos 88 - Music Workstation with SGX-2 Engine (Limited-Edition Gold)

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Product Highlights

  • 88 Keys with RH3 Weighted Hammer Action
  • 9 Sound Engines
  • KARMA Technology
  • SGX-2 Grand Piano Sound Engine
  • 16-Track MIDI Sequencing
  • 16-Track Audio Recording
  • 16 Effect Processors
  • Open Sampling System
  • Effects
  • Color TouchView Display with Touch-Drag
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Korg 88 overview

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The limited-edition gold 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
In the Box
Korg Kronos 88 - Music Workstation with SGX-2 Engine (Limited-Edition Gold)
  • AC Power Cable
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Accessory DVD Disk
  • One (1) Year Limited Warranty
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    Korg 88 specs

    Keyboard 88-key RH3 (Real Weighted Hammer Action 3)
    Synthesis Method SGX-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)
    Polyphony SGX-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
    Multitimbral 16-part
    PCM Memory Preset
    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
    Combination Number 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
    Presets User 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 List 128 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
    Sampling System
    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)
    Direct sampling (ripping) from audio CD (CD-DA)
    KORG format, AKAI S1000/S3000 data (with advanced Program parameter conversion), SoundFont 2.0, AIFF, and WAVE
    Time stretch, time slice, crossfade loop, and other standard editing features
    Effects Insert 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)
    KARMA Modules
    One module in program mode, 4 modules in combination and sequencer modes
    Generated Effects (GE)
    2,048 Presets,
    1,536 Users (96 preload)
    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
    Sequencer Tracks
    16-track MIDI sequencer + 16-track hard disc recorder + master track
    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
    Controllers Control Surface
    Vector 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
    General Disk 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
    TouchView graphical user interface, 8" (203 mm) color TFT, SVGA (800 x 600 dots), adjustable brightness
    3 x 5-pin DIN In, Out, Thru
    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 Characteristics Frequency 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)
    Outputs ANALOG
    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)
    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)

    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
    Sample Rate: 48 kHz, 2 channels
    Digital output of the same signals as Main Audio output
    Inputs ANALOG
    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

    S/P DIF
    Optical, 24-bit, IEC60958, EIAJCP-1201
    Sample Rate: 48 kHz
    Sample Rate: 48 kHz, 2 channels
    Power Requirements 100~240 VAC, 50/60 Hz Consumption: 60 W
    Dimensions (WxDxH) 56.4 x 14.6" x 5.8" (1443 x 371 x 148 mm)
    Weight 53.1 lb (24.1 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 65.5 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 63.0 x 19.2 x 11.0"

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