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Korg Kronos 61 Music Workstation

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    Description
    Kronos is more than a new instrument. It is a milestone in synthesis and workstation evolution; one that embodies fresh ideas and breakthrough technologies. Kronos brings together multiple sound engines working in harmony and new interactive performance features that reflect the way musicians play. Most importantly, Kronos provides a seemingly inexhaustible supply of breathtaking, spectacular sounds. Prepare to be amazed.

    Kronos unites nine individual synthesis engines in a single instrument, each providing the finest sound creation techniques available. Together, they represent not only the rich legacy of Korg, but the history of the electronic keyboard industry itself. Dig into the classic sounds of timeless instruments that are still loved to this day. Enjoy unique sounds that once startled the world. Venture into new sonic territory with sounds that have become possible now.

    Each of the individual KRONOS sound engines is eminently qualified to operate as a stand-alone synthesizer. And each one represents the cutting-edge technology available for that type of sound creation. Exacting programming parameters, real-time controllers, integrated effects, and assignable modulation routings provide incredible control for the creating custom edits or for the ambitious sound designer

    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.

    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.
    Innovative Set List Mode

    KRONOS can organize all of the resources you need to get through a song—or a set—using the Set List mode. Using the Set List mode, the TouchView display can host 16 color-coded touch-screen buttons; each one can instantly call up the appropriate Preset, Combination, or Sequence—regardless of mode!

    The Set List mode even adds a nine-band graphic EQ, allowing the overall tone to be tweaked to match the venue. New in OS version 3.0, Set List mode now allows for deeper customization with many slot color options, text size variations, and a full-screen text editor. Connecting a USB computer keyboard makes it simple to enter text and numeric values.

    The nerve center of the KRONOS is KORG’s enormous eight-inch (800 x 600 pixel) SVGA color TouchView display.
    In addition to simply selecting a sound or choosing a parameter with the touch of a finger, the enhanced Touch-Drag ability allows more detailed control of parameter values. Interactive instruments and panel graphics provide the ability to do everything from adjusting the lid of a grand piano to connecting patch cable on a semi-modular synthesizer model.
    In addition to MIDI and Audio tracks, the onboard sequencer is loaded with valuable tools to transform your musical ideas into a complete composition, using realtime and interactive techniques that are unavailable or cumbersome to use on a computer-based system.

    *KARMA

    First appearing on KORG’s Karma Music Workstation in 2002, this revolutionary algorithmic music technology instantly produces sophisticated phrases, drum grooves and full-blown backing tracks. Based on the notes and chords you play—and the intuitive operations you perform with the knobs, sliders, and switches—KARMA can create musical effects that exceed anything you imagined. Now in its greatly-enhanced second generation and offering features like KARMA Wave-Sequencing, Note Mapping and 8 scenes per layer, KARMA is standard equipment on your new KRONOS. It will expand your conception of a song, and will be an enormous asset to your live performances.

    *Drum Tracks

    This function that plays drum patterns automatically was included and highly acclaimed on the M3 music workstation/synthesizer that appeared in 2007. KRONOS is the latest KORG Workstation to offer the Drum Tracks features. First appearing in 2007, Drum Tracks can create everything from a simple reference beat to an outline rhythm track on up to a full-blown drum track for your music productions.
    \Expanded for use in the KRONOS, Drum Tracks now includes professional drum performances, and is ready and able to generate grooves that capture the distinctive feel of a pro drummer, and that challenge the capabilities of stand-alone drum machines.

    *Open Sampling System

    Using KORG’s Open Sampling System, KRONOS can quickly sample an external audio source, regardless of whether KRONOS is in the Program, Combination, or Sequencer modes. The Open Sampling Mode can even resample the performance of the KRONOS itself. The user sample bank, which extends the convenience of the EXs sample library to user samples, allows custom samples to be loaded and played, taking advantage of the gigantic SSD capacity.

    AIFF, WAV, SoundFont 2.0, and AKAI S1000/3000 format samples can be loaded into memory via USB memory. Additionally, you can use a USB Ethernet adapter to exchange large amounts of sample data with your computer at high speed. Instruments or samples that you've previously created on your PC can be used to construct a music production setup based on just the KRONOS itself.

    KRONOS features a sequencer/recording section that offers both 16 MIDI tracks plus 16 audio tracks; a great resource for putting together a dazzling performance or a brilliant production. MIDI sequencing makes it easy to capture ideas, inspiration, and pro-quality phrases using the KARMA, Drum Track, or RPPR (Realtime Pattern Play/Recording) functions.

    The 16-track audio recorder simultaneously captures up to four tracks of 16-bit/24-bit uncompressed data at a sampling rate of 48 kHz. Play along with recorded tracks, add effects, and then resample the KRONOS itself and place the resampled WAV files directly in a track. When polishing your tracks, feel free to use mixer automation and editing functions such as copy, paste, and normalize to get the results you want. Plug in a USB CD-burner and assemble your album right from the TouchView display!

    KRONOS provides 16 internal effects to add impact to your sonic creations. Each of the 12 Insert effects can be applied to individual or multiple timbres in a combination, or to individual or multiple tracks of the sequencer. In addition, two Master effects can be applied to sends 1/2, and two Total effects can be applied to all tracks at the final stage of the sound. A separate three-band EQ is provided for every timbre, for every sequencer track, and for every audio track for adjusting subtle tonal balances or for creatively modifying the overall sound.

    Any class-compliant USB-MIDI controller can be connected directly to the KRONOS. If you connect a KORG pad-equipped USB MIDI controller (nanoPAD, nanoPAD2, padKONTROL), pads 1 through 8 of the controller are automatically mapped to the virtual chord pad function of the KRONOS, allowing them to be used to play drums, trigger chords, or to switch chords in chord mode.

    Smooth sound transitions that eliminate dropouts when changing sounds, regardless of the mode you're in
    When you switch program sounds during a performance to get ready for the next section, or when you switch from Program mode to Combi mode, the sound that's currently being output is always given priority and its effects are maintained during the program change, ensuring a seamless transition with no dropouts. This function has also earned extremely high praise from pro musicians.

    Advanced Control Surface

    In addition to the parameters accessible directly from the TouchView display, KRONOS also offers a wealth of realtime controllers to enhance any performance and to aid navigation. A four-way joystick, ribbon controller, and two assignable switches are located to the left of the keyboard. An additional Vector joystick is nearby.

    Above the keyboard, nine sliders, eight knobs and a number of switches provide realtime interaction with features at the heart of the KRONOS’ impressive sound. The damper pedal input jack supports half-damping, providing one more level of piano realism. In addition to the damper pedal jack, there are also two assignable pedal inputs, one footpedal type and one footswitch style.
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    Architecture
    Type: Digital
    Synthesis: Frequency Modulation, Karplus–Strong, Phase Distorion, Physical modelling, ROM, Sampling, Subtractive, Vector synthesis, Virtual Analog
    Oscillators
    Oscillators: *
    Waveforms: Pink Noise, Pulse, Pulse Variable, ROM, Saw Down, Saw Up, Sine, Square, Super Saw, Triangle, Wave Table, White Noise
    ROM Size: 314
    ROM Resolution: 16 bit, 48 kHz
    Osc Modulation: After Touch, Breath Controller, Continuous Controller, Envelope, Fader, Glide / Portamento, Input, Keyboard, Knob, LFO, Mod Wheel, Oscillator, Pedal, Pitch Wheel, Ribbon, Sequencer, Sync Hard, Velocity
    Oscillator Notes:
    Parameters vary depending on synth engine
    Sampling: 16 bit, 48 kHz, Beat Slicing, Loop, One Shot (Phrase), Multi-Sample
    Envelopes
    Envelopes: *
    Evelope Paramerters: Initional Level, Delay, Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release, Freerun, Looping, Monophonic, Offset, Polyphonic, Triggered, Time
    Envelope Notes::
    Parameters vary depending on synth engine
    Filters
    Filters: *
    Types: 12dB Slope (2-pole), 18dB Slope, 24dB Slope (4-pole), 36dB Slope , Band Limit, Band Pass, Band Reject, Formant, High Pass, Low Pass, Notch, Resonance, Serial, Parallel
    Filter Modulation: After Touch, Envelope, Keyboard, Knob, LFO, Mod Wheel, Oscillator, Pedal, Pitch Wheel, Portamento, Ribbon, Sequencer, Velocity
    Filter Notes:
    Parameters vary depending on synth engine
    LFO
    LFO: *
    LFO Parameters: Envelope, Noise, Sample & Hold, Saw Up, Saw Down, Sine, Square, Triangle, Clocked, Delay, Freerun, Key Sync, Phase
    LFO Notes::
    Parameters vary depending on synth engine
    Polyphony & Tuning
    Polyphony: 200
    Timbrality: 16
    Tuning: Atonal, Micro, Standard
    Modes: Mono, Polyphonic, Split
    Patches
    Patches RAM: 2,560
    Multipatches RAM: 1,792
    Storage: Hard Drive, Internal, USB
    Editing: MIDI, USB
    Arpeggiator
    Karama Engine
    Effects
    185 effect types, 12 insert effects, 2 master effects, & 2 total effects
    Sequencer
    16-track MIDI sequencer
    16-track 24-bit audio recorder
    Case
    Case: Keyboard
    Keyboard: 61 keys, Non-weighted, Plastic
    Controls: Aftertouch, Velocity, Velocity - Release , Buttons, Knobs, Sliders, Switches, Mod - Ribbon, Mod - Wheel, Joy Stick, Pitch -Wheel, Modulation - Audio Input, Pedal - Patch Change, Pedal - Sustain, Pedal - Volume, Tempo Knob, Sequencer
    Display Type: LED, TouchView, Backlit
    Display Count H: 800
    Display Count V: 600
    Dimensions (WxDxH): 40.94 x 14.33 x 5.28
    Weight: 14.3 kg / 31.53 lbs.
    Connections
    Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, SPDIF, USB, Mono Out, Stereo Main, Stereo Headphone
    Audio Output Count: 9
    Inputs: 1/4", SPDIF, USB
    MIDI Ports: IN, OUT, THRU, USB
    General MIDI: GM2 - General MIDI 2
    DAC Bits: 16
    DAC Frequency Rate: 48
    Power: 120V AC
    Production
    Year Released: 2011
    Used By
    Greg Phillinganes, Herbie Hancock, Jordan Rudess, David Sancious, Jeff Lorber, Lyle Mays, Adam Wakeman, Vangelis, Keith Emerson, George Duke, Peter Gabriel
    Manuals & Documents

    Product Links
    Company Product Sites:
    [+] www.korg.com
    Repairs and Support
    [+] i.korg.com
    Pricing
    MSRP List Price: $2,800 - convert
    Retail Street Price: $2,500 - convert
    Used Price: $1,800 - $2000 - convert
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Jack Hertz

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The deepest synth I ever worked with. It gives me so many ideas. 
This is more than a Workstation. It is a dream machine.

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