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When ambition, imagination, and technology converge—the
results are spectacular. Witness KRONOS. Created by KORG to satisfy today’s
most demanding, accomplished performers and producers—as well as tomorrow’s
visionary leaders—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.
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 TouchView display. Add to that
advanced sequencing, KARMA, and Drum Track composition tools. Enjoy exclusive
KORG wavesequencing, 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.
Flagship RH3 Weighted Hammer Action
Both the 88- and 73-key KRONOS models use KORG’s finest RH-3
Real Weighted Hammer Action. Offering an authentic and accurate piano feel,
there are four zones, ranging from heavier to lighter, to provide a more true
piano playing experience. Even the 88 key model is slim enough to place on a
standard keyboard stand. The KRONOS achieves the perfect balance of
functionality and design.
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
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”)
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
You can even add handy performance notes (“Sing on Chorus;” “Transpose Down;”
“Wait for Sax Solo;” etc.) to each one.
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.
Color TouchView Display—Now with Touch-Drag Capability
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.
The TouchView display also hosts a convenient new Search Function, allowing you
to search for (and preview) sounds based on their titles.