Loaded with amazing sounds, powerful performance tools, and everything you need to create master-quality tracks, there's little wonder why Korg's second-edition Kronos is the keyboard workstation of choice for A-list artists like Jordan Rudess and Derek Sherinian. Among its nine pro-quality sound engines, you'll find everything from premium piano models, classic EPs and organs, and a plethora of synths cultivated over decades of development. Between its tactile controls and oversized touchscreen, you couldn't ask for an easier system to navigate, and since it's all housed in a sleek aluminum body with classy wood ends, your Kronos is ready to travel wherever you next gig may be.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
It hardly gets more classic than the Korg MS-20 analog synthesizer, so when we heard the Kronos's MS-20EX analog modeling sound engine in action, the synth nuts here at Music Experience were gobsmacked. 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 but the MS-20EX engine to work in your rig!
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.
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.
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.
How much time do you enjoy putting into getting great sounds from your keyboard that fit your playing style? If you're like most of us, then the answer is none. That's why keyboardist and composers here at Music Experience love the Kronos. This amazing keyboard workstation features sounds that respond naturally, not only to playing dynamics but many other factors as well. From the first time you fire it up, sit down, and play, you'll be in love with this amazing system. All of this is only possible thanks to powerful synthesis technologies, many of which were developed specifically for the Kronos. Onboard, you'll find many signs of this tech, including solid-state storage and memory. That's the driving force behind Korg's Virtual Memory Technology, a flexible system that provides you with high polyphony as well as 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 from one passage to the next.
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 their Kronos series keyboard the capacity to record up to 16 audio tracks as well. That means you get a complete studio-standard, 24-bit/48kHz recording system right inside your workstation! Want to spice up your tracks? No problem! Your Kronos comes with an entire rack full of effects, each of which more than rivals dedicated standalone effects units. Since you can run up to 16 of these fantastic effects at once, it's easy to enhance your entire songs. And thanks to the Kronos's Open Sampling System, you can even sample and resample any sounds you create. Talk about a great way to come up with amazing and unique new sounds.
Long known for their easy-to-use workstation environments, Korg raised the bar again by loading their Kronos series keyboards with abundant hands-on controls. Starting with the large 8" TouchView display, you'll find navigating through the Kronos environment to be refreshingly simple. Each contextual menu puts all of the most important controls at your fingertips, so you never have to dive in deep to get the results you want. A complete set of sliders, knobs, and buttons lets you adjust a wide range of parameters on the fly. Whether you're tweaking tones or mixing a complete song, you're sure to appreciate these extensive controls. On that note, there's a touch-activated ribbon and Korg's fantastic vector joystick onboard, providing you with a massive amount of expression. What's more, your Kronos includes Korg's next-gen KARMA technology, so you don't even need to touch any controls to get realistic real-time accompaniments that let you focus on your own performance.
|Sound Engine Type(s)||9 x Sound Engines|
|Number of Keys||61|
|Type of Keys||Semi-weighted, Natural Touch|
|Other Controllers||1 x 4-way Joystick, 1 x Vector Joystick, 1 x Ribbon, 9 x Sliders, 8 x Knobs|
|Polyphony||Variable per Engine, Dynamic Allocation|
|Number of Presets||1792 memory programs, 78 drum kits|
|Expansion||Expandable to 2560 user programs|
|Number of Effects||197|
|Audio Playback||16-track playback (RAM)|
|Sequencer||16-track (MIDI), 16-track (Audio)|
|Audio Inputs||2 x 1/4" (mic/line switch)|
|Audio Outputs||2 x 1/4" (left, right), 4 x 1/4" (individual outs), 1 x 1/4" (headphones)|
|Digital Inputs||1 x S/PDIF (Toslink)|
|Digital Outputs||1 x S/PDIF (Toslink)|
|USB||2 x Type A, 1 x Type B|
|Pedal Inputs||1 x damper, 1 x switch, 1 x expression|
|Power Supply||Standard IEC AC cable|
|Manufacturer Part Number||KRONOS6|