Kronos 61-Key Synthesizer Workstation
NoiseBug Price : $2999.99
Since its introduction, Korg's Kronos has been the weapons-grade workstation of choice for keyboard A-listers such as Jordan Rudess and Derek Sherinian, as well as the no-compromise synth mavens here at NoiseBug. Now Korg ups the ante with the re-voiced and revamped Kronos. Under the hood of this beast, a new System 3.0 OS enhances functionality while juicing your workflow. The beefed-up SGX-2 piano engine boasts, in addition to its renowned German and Japanese grand pianos, a killer 9GB Berlin grand, as well as uber-expressive sympathetic resonance and una corda samples you can tweak to taste. Kronos also rocks sexy new visuals with a sleek aluminum body, mesh back panel, and lacquered wood end cheeks.
Nine sound engines, infinite possibilities
From acoustic instruments to gritty analog synths, the nine synthesis engines onboard Korg's Kronos can provide every sound you need. The SGX-2 acoustic piano engine captures every nuance of real German and Japanese grand pianos, from damper resonance to mechanical noise. Then there's the EP-1 electric piano engine, which uses Multi-Dimension Synthesis to let you tweak, morph, and totally customize the wide range of classic electric piano sounds. These two synthesis engines are worth the price of admission alone - and they're just the beginning!
Amazing new technologies for smoother, more expressive sounds
The incredible sounds found in the Kronos simply wouldn't be possible without powerful new synthesis technologies. That's why Korg equipped this flexible workstation with components such as solid-state flash-based storage. The ultra-fast streaming possible with solid-state memory is the driving force behind Korg's Virtual Memory Technology, which provides you with high polyphony and incredible unlooped samples. It also allows the Kronos to perform smooth sound transitions, so you can hold sustain notes while switching sounds or modes - just what you need for seamless transitions.
A studio of music-production gear onboard
More than just an amazing performance keyboard, the Korg Kronos is a complete 32-track music-creation workstation. In addition to a robust 16-track sequencer, Korg gave Kronos the capacity to record up to 16 audio tracks as well - all in studio-standard 24-bit/48kHz quality! What's more, Kronos gives you an entire studio rack full of effects to enhance your music. You can run up to 16 fantastic effects at once, each of which more than rivals dedicated standalone effects units. And thanks to the Kronos's Open Sampling System, you can instantly sample and resample any sound you create, allowing you to come up with amazing new sounds.
Easy-to-use hands-on environment
Long known for their easy-to-use workstation environments, Korg raised the bar again by loading Kronos with hands-on controls. Starting with the large 8" TouchView display, you'll find navigating through the Kronos environment to be absolutely intuitive. Kronos also provides you with an entire dedicated control surface, complete with channel-strip-style sliders, knobs, and buttons. Plus, you get great performance controls, including a ribbon controller and one of Korg's fantastic vector joysticks. What's more, Kronos comes loaded with Korg's top-of-the-line KARMA technology, making it a truly impressive performance keyboard as well as a first-class keyboard workstation!
Korg Kronos 61-note Keyboard Workstation Features:
The latest rendition of Korg's beastly keyboard workstation
Korg's 61-note semi-weighted keybed
New SGX-2 piano engine captures every nuance of premium German and Japanese grands
Piano engine features new, fully tweakable sympathetic resonance and una corda samples
256 new programs, re-creations of legendary keyboard sounds, searchable by song title
New Combinations; bank of 128 programs from KaPro
Sleek new look with aluminum body, mesh back panel, and lacquered wood end cheeks
User Sample Bank feature lets you create extremely large sample libraries
You get numerous artist signature sounds created by top musicians
16-part Combis allow all engines to function together in perfect harmony
Dynamic Voice Allocation keeps polyphony high
Use up to 16 premium-quality effects at once; individual effects rival dedicated units
On-board sequencer offers 16 MIDI tracks and 16 audio tracks (24-bit, 48kHz)
Open Sampling System - instant sampling and resampling from any mode (Program, Combination or Sequencer)
Onboard KARMA technology generates infinitely variable performance-driven phrases and backing tracks
Expanded Drum Track for play-along grooves and inspiration
Set List mode lets you organize Programs, Combis, and Songs into a single, easy-to-select screen
Smooth Sound Transition allows held or sustained notes to keep sounding when changing sounds or modes
Direct support for playing drums and chords from Korg pad-equipped USB controllers
General support for all class-compliant USB controllers, including the Korg nano series and microKEY series
Support for Kronos Editor and Plug-in Editor software
USB Ethernet adapter compatibility enables high-speed data transfer between Kronos and your computer
Comprehensive interface based around a large 8" TFT TouchView display
Perform and record with the best: Korg's Kronos!
Nine Sound Engines, Infinite Possibilities
From acoustic instruments to gritty analog synths, the Korg Kronos's nine synthesis engines can provide every sound you need. Simply put, if you took any of these individual synth engines and loaded them into an independent keyboard, you'd have a perfectly legitimate instrument most professional performers would be happy to play. All put together, this multi-faceted synthesis environment lets you access thousands of sound and layer them into rich and engaging music beds. This lets you play deep and complex sound and full instrumental arrangements, all without the need to switch presets or pre-record backing tracks. Check out these amazing synthesis engines!
SGX-2 premium piano sound engine
SGX-2 Premium Piano sound engine captures every nuance of real German and Japanese grand pianos. Even the most discerning pianist can appreciate the level of detail Korg put into these pianos, which include breathtaking string resonance modeling that responds flawlessly to the way you use the damper pedal and provides true sympathetic harmonics. Another astonishing thing about the SGX-2 engine is its una corda soft pedal response. Literally meaning "one string," the soft pedal on the Kronos lets you completely shift the piano action to access a who additional range of timbre you rarely find on even dedicated digital pianos.
EP-1 MDS electric piano sound engine
Love the sound of classic electric pianos? Whether you're looking for the bark and bell-like sound of steel reeds and electrostatic pickups or the hard and percussive sounds of hammers on tines, Korg's EP-1 captures every vintage EP sound you crave. The key to it's astonishing realism is called Multi-dimensional Synthesis (MDS) technology, which eliminates the unnatural sound of looped samples to provide seamlessly smooth dynamics that respond naturally to your touch. In addition to six distinct electronic piano models, the EP-1 engine includes a collection of amp, cabinet, speaker, and effects models you can use to completely define your sound.
CX-3 tonewheel organ sound engine
Of course, you can't have amazing electronic pianos and forget to include a collection of classic organs. That's why Korg had to include their CX-3 tonewheel organ sound engine. If you're already familiar with Korg's popular digital organs, then you won't be surprise to hear this sound engine in action... or maybe you will be, since it comes coupled with all of the advanced processing the Kronos has to offer. Start with iconic tonewheel sound, add it vacuum-tube-amp warmth, toss in some essential vintage effects, and top it off with must-have rotary speaker modeling, and you're off to a good start. And that's not taking into account the interactive percussion, instability, fold-back, leakage, and minutia modeled in obsessive detail that deliver a level of realism that's simply jaw dropping.
HD-1 high-definition synthesizer PCM sound engine
Few companies have produced PCM-based synthesis engines for nearly as long as Korg, which is why it's no surprise that their HD-1 PCM-based synthesizer engine is such an astonishingly powerful sound generator. The natural successor in a lineage going back to the original M1, this sound engine includes a legacy of popular Korg instruments, including many programs left out of previous keyboards due to memory constraints. At the same time, this collection of sounds isn't just a history lesson in Korg classics, it benefits from amazing modern technologies such as low-aliasing sample playback oscillators, high-res filters, and many other synthesis components that will redefine the way you think about traditional digital synthesis.
MS-20EX analog modeling sound engine
It hardly gets more classic than the Korg MS-20 analog synthesizer... Korg has since gone on to re-create the MS-20 in multiple other guises, including an iOS version. Nonetheless, the impressive power of Korg's Component Modeling Technology (CMT) delivers a level of detail that reproduces this favorite mini modular synth more faithfully than ever. What's more, there are no limits to this sound engine, which allows you to go so far as to use external audio as the oscillator source, if you want. There are millions of creative ways to put the MS-20EX engine to work in your rig!
AL-1 analog synthesizer modeling sound engine
When Korg goes big, they go WAY big, like when they introduced the OASYS (Open Architecture Synthesis Studio) in 2005. Considered by many to be the Korg's concept car, the OASYS introduced many new technologies that were way ahead of its time — so far ahead of its time that they're still being explored and developed well over a decade later. One of the sound engines introduced by this beast was the AL-1, a high-fidelity analog-modeling synth that harnesses modern computer processing to combine complex waveforms, routing, and modulation, with filter morphing and freakishly smooth oscillator performance to let you build analog-sounding programs that go leaps and bounds beyond the capabilities of real analog circuitry.
MOD-7 waveshaping VPM/FM synthesis sound engine
Variable Phase Modulation (VPM) hit the keyboard world in 1995 with the introduction of Korg's Prophecy and gained even more popularity when their Z1 followed a couple of years later. This fusion of PCM cross modulation, semi-modular subtractive synthesis, and extensive waveshaping all comes together in the MOD-7 sound engine, which uses the Kronos's powerful graphic interface and hands-on controls to make constructing patches easy. Whether you're after the ping and chime of classic FM electric piano sounds or want to create your own energizing soundscapes or rhythmic pads, there's a ton of sonic real estate to explore in the MOD-7.
STR-1 strings physical model sound engine
These aren't your typical synth strings. Rather than using old-school synthesis, the STR-1 plucked strings sound engine employs physical modeling — a high-tech form of sound generation that calculates the specific behavior of strings in motion to generate realistic guitar, harp, harpsichord, and ethnic stringed instruments in ways PCM/sample-based synths can't quite manage. What's more, this sound engine lets you dig in deep to create unique sounds entirely of your own. It's the perfect tool for anyone who loves getting tweaky and diving into sound design.
Sound Engine Type(s): 9 x Sound Engines
Number of Keys: 61
Type of Keys: Semi-weighted
Other Controllers: 1 x 4-way Joystick, 1 x Vector Joystick, 1 x Ribbon, 9 x Sliders, 8 x Knobs
Polyphony: Variable per Engine, w/ Dynamic Allocation
Number of Effects: 197
Effects Types: Various
Audio Playback: 16-Track Playback (RAM)
Sequencer: 16-track (MIDI), 16-track (Audio)
Audio Inputs: 2 x 1/4"
Audio Outputs: 6 x 1/4", 1 x Headphones
Digital Inputs: 1 x S/PDIF
Digital Outputs: 1 x S/PDIF
USB: 2 x Type A, 1 x Type B
MIDI I/O: In/Out/Thru/USB
Pedal Inputs: 3
Weight: 31.5 lbs.