Korg Kronos8 88 Key Music Synthesizer Workstation Keyboard

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Product Description

Evolve. When ambition, imagination, and technology converge—the results are spectacular. Created by KORG to satisfy today’s most demanding, accomplished performers and producers—as well as tomorrow’s visionary leaders— the 2015 KRONOS embodies over 50 years of artistic vision and production expertise. With nine distinct synthesis engines and a complete suite of performance and productions tools, KRONOS is simply the most versatile synthesizer ever made.

Korg Kronos 8 88-Key Music Workstation Features

  • Enhanced SGX-2 Grand Piano Engine featuring the new Berlin Grand
  • Massive sound selection
  • Master sound design team
  • KRONOS Expansion Sound Libraries
  • Artist Sound Libraries
  • Famous Song Sounds
  • Nine distinct sound engines
  • Innovative Set List mode with many new updates
  • Color TouchView display—now with TouchDrag capability
  • Sequencer Compositional Tools
  • 16-track audio recording / 16-track MIDI sequencing
  • 16 onboard effects processors
  • USB/MIDI host ports accommodate MIDI control surfaces (KORG microKEY; KORG NanoPAD2; etc.)
  • Flagship RH3 Graded Hammer Action keyboard (73 and 88 key models)
  • Natural Touch semi-weighted action (61 key models)
  • Smooth Sound Transitions
  • Advanced Control Surface
  • Dual Joysticks (X-Y; Vector)
  • Ribbon Controller
  • 8 rotary knobs
  • 9 sliders
  • 16 illuminated buttons
KRONOS restores the magic, the thrill, and the promise that only a visionary new instrument can provide. And KRONOS delivers on that promise. Every resources and technology of service to the modern musician has been refined, perfected, and integrated into a single instrument, and is available on demand. Multiple state-of-the-art sound generation techniques represent the pinnacle of software realization. Onboard effects open the door to processing any internal or external audio source with dazzling results. Multitrack audio and MIDI recording deliver efficient studio operations in a mobile platform. Hands-on hardware includes an assignable control surface, dual joysticks, ribbon controller, top-of-the line keyboard action, and KORG’s revolutionary tap-and-drag color TouchView™ display. Best of all, KRONOS integrates all of these music-making resources into a single instrument in ways that no software setup or hardware platform can rival.

KRONOS easily delivers everything you’d expect, plus many things you’ve only dreamed of. Set List mode keeps all of your custom settings and performance notes organized in the display for on-the-fly selection. Smooth Sound Transitions eliminate note and effect dropouts when switching sounds or modes. Connect virtual patch cables, select sounds, plus edit envelopes and sequences—all using the eight-inch color Touch View display. Add to that advanced sequencing, KARMA, and Drum Track composition tools. Enjoy exclusive KORG wave sequencing, MS-20 filtering and the impossibly-rich Polysix chorus. And only KORG boasts the finest sound-design team on the planet, so you can always sound your very best.

Enhanced SGX-2 Grand Piano Sound Engine
The KRONOS piano engine has always offered huge collections of non-looped/natural decay stereo samples, recorded for every key, with additional unique tools to customize the piano to your needs. Inheriting all of this SGX-1 functionality, the new enhanced SGX-2 Grand Piano engine introduces the new Berlin Grand piano to the existing deep German Grand and lively Japanese Grand. The Berlin Grand offers resonant piano sound with a striking sense of depth. Other enhancements to the SGX-2 engine included Sympathetic String Resonance and newly-recorded Una Corda (soft pedal – literally “one-string”) samples.

Massive Sound Selection
KRONOS comes equipped with thousands of sounds, created using various synthesis modes and calling upon over approximately 21 GB of preset waveform data covering a variety of genres. Each one has been carefully crafted by the KORG Sound Design team. The internal SSD offers a generous 62*GB capacity, providing enormous space for user sampling or downloading KRONOS Sound Libraries. These optional expansion KRONOS Sound Libraries add new professionally programmed sounds—without the need to add any new hardware.

Artist Signature Programs provide the priceless sounds actually used by top-ranking musicians. Additional Song Programs are named for the classic rock and pop songs whose signature keyboard sounds these programs recreate. Use these universally well-known sounds to pay homage to the originals, or as the basis for personal sonic explorations.

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Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
Phone:  631-390-6500 Warranty:  1 year parts and labor; US Customers – register your Korg keyboard, keyboard workstation, keyboard rack module or digital piano online and receive a certificate that extends the product warranty for an extra year from the date of purchase. This offer is good for mdse purchased from an authorized Korg dealer after November 1, 2002.

Product Specifications

Product Specifications
    System: KRONOS System Version 3.0 
    Keyboard: RH3 (Real Weighted Hammer Action 3)

    Synthesis Types: 9
    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 (CMT Analog Modeling)

    Maximum Polyphony: 
    SGX-2: 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

    Preset PCM: 

    314 MB (ROM 1,505 Multisamples, 1,388 Drumsamples) 
    Build-in Expansion PCM Libraries: 
    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 
    EXs17 - SGX-2 Berlin D Piano 
    EXs18 - KORG EXs Collections
    PCM RAM Capacity: Approx. 2GB
    Wave Sequences: 598 User memory, 187 Preload
    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.
    Controllers: Vector joystick, joystick, ribbon controller, switches 1 & 2
    Control Assign Switches: Assigns the Control Surface to Timber/Track, Audio, External, Realtime Knobs/KARMA,
    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, Module Control
    RUM TRACK: On/Off
    Display: TouchView graphical user interface, 8 inch color TFT, SVGA (800x600 dots), adjustable brightness 

    Outputs Analog:

    (MAIN) L/MONO, R: 
    1/4” TRS Balanced: 
    Output Impedance: 350 ? Stereo; 175 ? Mono (L/MONO Only), 
    Nominal Level: +4.0 dBu, 
    Maximum Level: +16.0 dBu (when load impedance is 600 ? or greater)
     MAIN VOLUME knob controls only AUDIO OUTPUT (MAIN) L/MONO and R
    Individual 1-4: 
    1/4” TRS Balanced 
    Output Impedance: 350 ? Stereo; 175 ? Mono, 
    Nominal Level: +4.0 dBu, 
    Maximum Level: +16.0 dBu (when load impedance is 600 ? or greater)
    Headphones: 1/4” stereo phone jack, Output impedance: 33 ?, Maximum Level: 60+60 mW (when load impedance is 33 ?),MAIN VOLUME knob (link with AUDIO OUTPUT (MAIN))
    Outputs Digital: 
    S/P DIF: Optical, 24-bit, IEC60958, EIAJCP-1201, Sample Rate: 48 kHz, (the same signals as L/MONO, R) 
    USB-B: 24-bit, Sample Rate: 48 kHz, 2 channels
    Inputs Analog: 
    Audio Inputs 1 and 2: 
    1/4” TRS Balanced 
    MIC/LINE input level switches, LEVEL knobs
    Input Impedance: 10 k? 
    Nominal Level: LINE: +4 dBu (LEVEL knob = min), –36 dBu (LEVEL knob = max)
    Nominal Level: MIC: –22 dBu (LEVEL knob = min), –62 dBu (LEVEL knob = max) 
    Maximum Level: LINE: +16 dBu (LEVEL knob = min), –24 dBu (LEVEL knob = max)
    Maximum Level: MIC: -10 dBu (LEVEL knob = min), –50 dBu (LEVEL knob = max) 
    Source Impedance: 600 ? 
    Signal to noise ratio: 95 dB (typical) 
    Dynamic range: 95 dB (typical) 
    Crosstalk: 95 dB, at 1 kHz (typical)
    Inputs Digital: 
    S/P DIF: Optical, 24-bit, IEC60958, EIAJCP-1201, Sample Rate: 48 kHz 
    USB-B: 24-bit, Sample Rate: 48 kHz, 2 channels
    Control Inputs: Damper pedal (half damper supported), assignable switch, assignable pedal
    MIDI: In, Out, Thru
    USB A (TYPE A) x 2, For connection to external USB devices (QWERTY keyboards, MIDI controllers, ethernet adaptors, and storage) 
    USB B (TYPE B) x 1, MIDI/audio interface 
    MIDI: 1 (16 channel) input / 1 (16 channel) output
     Audio: 2 channel input / 2 channel output
    Disk Drives: 62 GB SSD (2.5”) (Optional installation of second internal SSD)
    Power Consumption: 60W
    Dimensions (W x D x H): 1,443 x 371 x 148 mm (56.42 x 14.61 x 5.83”)
    Weight: 24.1 kg / 53.13 lbs.
    Accessories: AC cord, Quick Start Guide, Accessory DVD Discs 1-3 (DVDs include KRONOS Operation Guide, Parameter Guide, and Voice Name List PDF files; Video Manual; KORG USB-MIDI Driver; System Restore Data, etc.)
    Frequency Response: 20Hz-22kHz, +/-1.0dB, 10k ? load
    THD+N: 20Hz-22kHz, 0.01%, 10k ? load (typical)
    S/N: 95dB (typical)
    Dynamic Range: 95dB (typical)
    Crosstalk: 95dB, at 1kHz (typical)

Customer Reviews

Walt Smith/Lil Walt Productions Submitted: 10/25/2018
Product Rating
The best decision I’ve made in my professional career!
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What is your opinion of this product?
The Korg Kronos is the flagship centerpiece of my music production workstation. As a stand-alone powerhouse, creativity is never far away. I often capture ideas and arrangements using the incredible sequencer then immediately transfer the audio by using the Kronos as my audio device for seamless integration into Logic Pro X. The Kronos makes me feel like a kid in a candy store when using it as an controller with other software that require a lot of knobs, sliders and unlimited midi control over its parameters. How are The sounds? I’m glad you asked! The Kronos library is massive and has the best sounds I’ve encounter in a workstation. It does not matter what style of music you produce the Korg Kronos is what you want in front of you driving you to create your next hit!!!!!
Steven Finn Submitted: 9/6/2018
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Great instrument
What is your opinion of this product?
Nathaniel Lee Submitted: 8/13/2018
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A great music symphony
What is your opinion of this product?
When I first recieved the Kronos 88 keys, the board definitely had weight to it and when I opened it up and set it up and started to play it was a very wonderful experience. The size of the screen makes it easy to get to the functions of the synthesizer. You have the ability as well use the slider knobs and buttons to change the sounds to how you would like them to sound. With 9 sound engines and the ability to record you will be able to music for years to come. I like that you can connect an external cd/dvd player up to it and save your music up to it. If you are a beginning keyboardist it may be a little bit difficult to use because of the many functions that it has but if you purchase the book for the kronos it will help you to discover the rest of the functions on this powerhouse. But you will be able to what you want to do no this synthesizer with no problem.
kokomochris aka PianoPanMan, Submitted: 11/15/2016
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Blows my Mind..
What is your opinion of this product?
Like I Blows My Mind..i'll start jamin on some groove..and I build and build and Build till i'm screamin at the top of my lungs..i got the 88 limited for home studio and next I'm getting the 76 note for gigs.. I will midi up to said screeming..please check me out on you tube..Christian Krawczyn..."Relax- Enjoy" and the "Answer"
Aaron Sutton Submitted: 8/12/2016
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Fabulous action and sounds
What is your opinion of this product?
First of all, this is an extremely well made keyboard with excellent fit and finish. The action is the most realistic feeling of any keyboard in my opinion. The controls on the face of the Kronos and touch screen are very intuitive. I haven't read the directions in depth at all and it has been very straightforward to change sounds and find categories of sounds. The sounds of the Kronos are so inspiring and I have made a lot of head way in my piano playing since having started playing this! If you can afford the Kronos, or can finance it, it is a sound investment for any musician with a solid need for a keyboard workstation in their home studio. I am quite happy with my purchase, and was very pleased with the 2 day shipping from fedex. The Kronos came brand new with no damage or blemishes whatsoever (much to my relief). The box it comes in is very large so get a buddy to help you move it where you want it, esp if you're taking it upstairs. Overall, a great purchase experience!


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