Evolve.

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.

Berlin Grand

Nine Distinct Sound Engines

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

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.

System
KRONOS System Version 3.0
Keyboard
88 key: RH3 (Real Weighted Hammer Action 3)
73 key: RH3 (Real Weighted Hammer Action 3)
61 key: Natural Touch Semi Weighted

Tone Generator

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 Strings (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*1*2
SGX-2: 100 voices*3
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

*1: In rare cases, when a large number of processor-intensive effects are active simultaneously (for instance, more than 14 O-Verbs), polyphony may be slightly reduced.
*2: A portion of the multicore processor in KRONOS is devoted to generating voices, and a separate portion is devoted to generating effects. KRONOS dynamically allocates the voice processing power between the engines as necessary. The quoted maximum numbers of voices apply when 100% of the voice processing power is devoted to a single engine.
*3: 100 dual-stereo notes (equivalent to 400 mono 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 *4
*4: The memory available for Sampling Mode will change based on the use of Expansion PCM libraries and User Sample Banks. Approx. 760 MB is available when shipped from the factory (When loading the file named “PRELOAD.KSC”).
Wave Sequences
598 User memory, 187 Preload
Support for stereo multisamples, synchronization of individual notes, and tempo-based settings.

SGX-2 Program

Premium Piano
Virtual Memory Technology (VMT) plays large samples directly from the internal SSD
Full key stereo sampling, Chromatically sampled at up to 12 velocity levels, no looping.
Damper resonance and mechanical noise are reproduced.
Modeled String Resonance.
Una Corda sample support
PCM
EXs6:SGX-1 German D Piano
EXs7:SGX-1 Japanese C Piano
EXs12:SGX-1 Austrian D Piano (Option Sound libraries)
8 velocity levels, no Una Corda samples
EXs17:Berlin D Piano
12 velocity levels, includes Una Corda samples
Piano Type
64 (With the factory settings, the 16 varieties of EXs12 SGX-1 Austrian D Piano do not produce sound. The EXs12 option must be downloaded.)
Oscillator Control
Damper Resonance
Damper Noise
Mechanical Noise
Note Release
String Resonance
Una Corda

EP-1 Program

MDS Electric Piano
Tine and reed-type electric pianos powered by Multi-Dimensional Synthesis (MDS), and vintage effects.
Electric Piano Model Types
6
Tine EP I, Tine EP II, Tine EP V, Tine EP DMP, Reed EP200, Reed EP200A
Oscillator Control
Harmonic Sound Level, Attack Noise, Level, Release Noise Level, Attack Brightness, Hammer Width
Panel Control
Tine Type
Preamp Volume, Tone (Treble, Bass), Vibrate (On/Off, Intensity, Speed), Amp/Cabinet (On/Off, Drive)*5
Reed Type
Preamp Volume, Tone (Treble, Bass), Vibrate (Intensity, Speed), Amp/Cabinet (On/Off, Drive)*5
Effect Types
9
Small Phase, Orange Phase, Black Phase, Vintage Chorus, Black Chorus, EP Chorus, Vintage Flanger, Red Comp, VOX Wah

HD-1 Program

Advanced Vector Synthesis
Control oscillator volumes and synthesis & effects parameters via the Vector Joystick and the tempo-synchronized Vector Envelope.
Structure
Single: only OSC1, Double: OSC1 and OSC2.
Double mode lets you layer two completely separate synth voices, each with their own velocity-switched oscillator, dual filter, EGs, LFOs, etc.
Drums: One drum kit, Double Drums: Two drum kits.
Oscillators
Virtual Memory Technology (VMT) plays large samples directly from the internal SSD.
8 velocity zones per oscillator, with switching, crossfades and layering
Each zone can play mono or stereo Multisamples or Wave Sequences
Filters
Two multi-mode filters per voices (low-pass, high-pass, band-pass and band-reject),
Four-mode filter routings (single, serial, parallel and 24dB mode)
Driver
Per voice non-linear driver and low boost circuit
EQ
Three bands, with sweep-able mid
Modulation
Three envelope generators, two LFOs per voice, common LFO, four key tracking generators, AMS (Alternate Modulation Source), two AMS mixers

EXi Program Common

Advanced Vector Synthesis
Control oscillator volumes and synthesis & effects parameters via the Vector Joystick and the tempo-synchronized Vector Envelope.
Modulation
Common Step Sequencer, AMS (Alternate Modulation Source), Common LFO, 2 Key Tracking Generators
EQ
Three bands, with sweep-able mid

AL-1 Program

Oscillators
Ultra-low-aliasing oscillators
OSC1, OSC2, Sub-oscillator and noise generator; ring modulation, FM and Sync
Audio Input
External audio can be processed through the ring modulator, filter, driver, amp, and EQ
Filters
Two multi-mode filters (low-pass, high-pass, band-pass and band-reject) with four types of filter routings (single, serial, parallel and 24dB mode),
Multi Filter mode (only Filter-A; modulatable mix of Low Pass, High Pass, Band Pass, and dry input, for creating a wide variety of unique filter types and effects)
Driver
Per-voice non-linear driver and low boost circuit
Modulation
Five Envelope generators, four per-voice LFOs, two AMS Mixers; Per-voice Step Sequencer.

CX-3 Program

Tonewheel Organ Modeling
Phase-synchronous tonewheels (clean and vintage modes), percussion, key click, wheel brake
EX Mode
Four additional, user-specified drawbars, and expanded percussion.
Internal Effects
Rotary speaker, vibrato/chorus, amp modeling with overdrive, 3-band EQ
Drawbar Control
Controlled via nine front-panel sliders (via Tone Adjust)
Split
Upper, Lower (even in EX mode)
Modulation
Two AMS mixers

STR-1 Program

Physically Modeled String
Includes physically modeled damping, decay, dispersion, nonlinearity, harmonics, dual pickups, and more.
Most string parameters can be controlled in realtime.
String Excitation
Three independent excitation sources can be used simultaneously: Pluck, Noise, and PCM.
16 preset “pluck” types, with modulatable width and randomization. Noise generator with saturation and dedicated low pass filter
PCM Oscillator: 
KORG’s ultra-low-aliasing technology, as introduced in the HD-1;
4 velocity zones per oscillator;
Uses any mono Multisamples, including ROM, EXs, User Sample Bank, or Sampling Mode.
Supports Virtual Memory.
Excitation Filter: 
Dedicated 2-pole multimode filter for shaping the string excitation.
Filter can be enabled/disabled separately for each excitation source.
Low Pass, High Pass, Band Pass, and Band Reject modes
Audio Input and Feedback
Run real-time audio through the string, including feedback through effects.
Modeled feedback includes modulate-able instrument-to-amp distance and orientation.
Filters
Dual multi-mode filters per voice; Single, Serial, Parallel (with split stereo output), and 24dB (4-pole) configurations. Low Pass, High Pass, Band Pass, and Band Reject modes
Multi Filter Mode (Filter A only).
Modulatable mix of Low Pass, High Pass, Band Pass, and dry input, for creating a wide variety of unique filter types and effects
Modulation
5 Envelopes, 4 per-voice LFOs, 2 Key Track generators, String Tracking generators, 4 AMS Mixers.

MOD-7 Program

Waveshaping VPM Synthesizer
Combines Variable Phase Modulation (VPM), Waveshaping ring modulation, PCM sample playback, and subtractive synthesis; Able to convert-load SYX files.
Oscillators
6 VPM/Waveshaper/Ring Modulation Oscillators: 
Phase and modulatable pitch per oscillator.
101 Waveshaper tables plus modulatable Drive and Offset.
Use as oscillators, or as Waveshapers or Ring Modulators for other signals.
PCM Oscillator: 
KORG’s ultra-low-aliasing technology, as introduced in the HD-1.
4 velocity zones per oscillator.
Uses any mono Multisamples, including ROM, EXs, User Sample Bank, or Sampling Mode. Supports Virtual Memory.
Audio input
Run real-time audio through the VPM Oscillators and filters.
Filters
Dual multi-mode filters per voice. (Low Pass, High Pass, Band Pass, and Band Reject modes)
Two types of filter looping (Parallel and 24 dB “4-Pole”)
Multi Filter mode (Filter A only): 
Modulatable mix of Low Pass, High Pass, Band Pass, and dry input, for creating a wide variety of unique filter types and effects
Patch Panel
Supports both preset algorithm (78 types) selection and free patching.
Three 2-in, 1-out mixers for scaling and merging audio, fully modulatable, with phase inversion.
Main 6-input stereo mixer, with modulatable pan and volume, plus phase inversion
Modulation
10 Envelopes, 4 per-voice LFOs, 9 Key Tracking generators, Per-voice Step Sequencer, 4 standard AMS Mixers plus 4 simple AMS Mixers.

MS-20EX Program

Oscillators
Ultra-low-aliasing oscillators; VCO1, VCO2, Ring Mod, Pink and White Noise Generator
Audio Input
Run real-time audio through the synthesis engine and ESP (External Signal Processor)
Filters
12dB/octave High Pass and Low Pass self-resonant filters
ESP section: 
24dB/octave Low Cut and High Cut filters, available per voice.
Patch Panel
Patchable audio and modulation, at audio rates
Patch Points
Keyboard: 
Keyboard CV Out, Keyboard Trigger Out, VCO1+VCO2 CV In, VCO2 CV In
VCO: 
VCO1+VCO2 External Frequency Control In, VCO1 Out, VCO2 Out
VCF: 
External Signal In, External HP Filter Cutoff Frequency Control In, External LP Filter Cutoff Frequency Control In, HPF Out, LPF In, LPF Out
VCO+VCF: 
Total External Modulation In
VCA: 
External Initial Gain Control In, VCA In
EG: 
EG1 Envelope Signal Normal Out, EG1 Envelope Signal Reverse Out, EG1+EG2 Trigger In, EG1 Trigger In, EG2 Envelope Signal Reverse Out
MG: 
Triangle Out, Rectangle Out
Noise Generator: 
Pink Noise Out, White Noise Out
Sample and Hold: 
Clock Trigger In, Sample Signal In, S/H Out
Modulation VCA: 
Control Voltage In, Signal In, Signal Out
Manual Controller: 
Control Wheel Out, Momentary Switch
ESP: 
Signal In, AMP Out, BPF In, BPF Out, F-V CV Out, Envelope Out, Trigger Out
Others: 
EXi Audio In, Mixer 1 In, Mixer 1 Out, Mixer 2 In, Mixer 2 Out
ESP (External Signal Processor)
Use incoming audio as a trigger and/or CV source.
Modulation
Original DAR (Delay, Attack, Release) and HADSR (Hold, Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release) EGs 1 &2,
Original MG (with MIDI sync), Sample-and- Hold, MVCA,
KRONOS: 4 additional multi-stage Envelopes, 4 additional per-voice LFOs, and 4 AMS Mixers.

PolysixEX Program

Oscillators
VCO: 
Saw, Pulse, PWM
Sub Oscillator: 
Off, 1 octave below, 2 octaves below
Filter
24dB (4-Pole) Octave Low Pass self-resonant filter
Effects
Integrated Polysix Chorus, Phaser, and Ensemble
Arpeggiator
Integrated MIDI-synced arpeggiator, with adjustable Range, Mode, and Latch
Modulation
Polysix: Original ADSR EG and MG (with MIDI sync).
KRONOS: 2 additional multi-stage Envelopes, 2 additional per-voice LFOs, and 4 AMS Mixers.

Combination

Number of Timbres, Master Keyboard Functionality
16 Maximum
Keyboard and velocity splits, layers, and crossfades of up to 16 Programs and/or external MIDI Devices
The tone adjust parameter function lets you modify program settings, and the master keyboard function lets you control external MIDI devices
Advanced Vector Synthesis
Control oscillator volumes and synthesis & effects parameters via the Vector Joystick and the tempo-synchronized Vector Envelope.

Drumkit

System
Assignable stereo/mono samples with 8 velocity zones per oscillator (with crossfade functions)

Number of Programs/Combinations/Drum kits

User Memory Programs
2,560 (1,792 [896 HD-1+896 EXi] come preloaded)
User Memory Combinations
1,792 (512 come preloaded)
User Memory Drum Kits
264 (78 come preloaded)
256 GM Level2 preset programs + 9 GM Level 2 drum preset programs

Set List

Number of Set Lists/Slots
128 set lists, 128 slots per set list
Each set list provides a 9-band graphic EQ, and a Tone Adjust function that allows program settings to be adjusted.
Transpose setting.
Hold Time setting of Smooth Sound Transition (SST) supported for each slot.

Sampling

System
Open Sampling System (resampling, In-Track sampling)
Bit Depth/Sampling Frequency
RAM: 16-bit/48 kHz stereo/mono sampling
DISK: 16 or 24-bit/48 kHz
Sampling Time
RAM: Depends on the amount of available PCM RAM
DISK: Maximum 80 minutes stereo (879MB: 16bit)
Sample Locations
16,000 samples/4,000 multisamples (128 indexes per multisample)
Ripping
Direct sampling (ripping) from audio CD (CD-DA)
Formats
KORG format, AKAI S1000/S3000 data (with advanced Program parameter conversion); SoundFont 2.0, AIFF, and WAVE formats
Editing
Time Stretch, Time Slice, Crossfade Loop, and other standard editing features.

Effects

Insert Effects
12
Stereo in / stereo out
Master Effects
2
Stereo in / stereo out
Total Effects
2
Stereo in / stereo out
Timbre EQ
One 3-band EQ for each timbre/track
Effect Types
197
Modulation
Dynamic Modulation and Common LFO
Effects Control Busses
Stereo side-chaining for compressors, gates, vocoders, etc.
Effect Presets
Total 783 preset, Maximum 32 per 1 effect (Preset User)

KARMA

KARMA Modules
One module in Program mode, four modules in Combination and Sequencer modes
Generated Effects (GE)
2,048 presets, 1,536 Users (96 come Preload)
Controllers
On/Off, Latch, Chord, Assign, Module, Control, KARMA Realtime Control Sliders [1] – [8], KARMA Scene [1] – [8], KARMA Switches [1] – [8], KARMA Wave-Sequencing, GE Sub Category, Freeze Randomize, Time Signature Control, Tempo Synchronize, Auto RTC (Real Time Control) setup
Drum Track Patterns
718 preset (common with the preset patterns of the MIDI sequencer)
1,000 user patterns
Patterns created in Sequencer mode can be converted to drum track user patterns.
Trigger Mode/Sync/Zone settings can be specified.

Sequencer/HDR

Tracks
16-track MIDI sequencer + 16-track hard disk recorder + 1 master track.
Number of Songs
200 songs
Resolution
1/480
Tempo
40.00 – 300.00 (1/100 BPM resolution)
Maximum Memory
400,000 MIDI events or 300,000 audio events
MIDI Tracks
16 tracks plus the master track
718 preset/100 user patterns (per song)
18 preset/16 user template songs,
Audio Tracks
16-track playback, 4-track simultaneous recording, WAV file format 16bit/24bit.
Other Functions
RPPR (Realtime Pattern Play and Record) (1 Pattern set per song), Auto Song Setup function

General

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 Surface: 
Control Assign Switches: 
Assigns the Control Surface to Timber/Track, Audio, External, Realtime Knobs/KARMA,
Tone Adjust/EQ
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 O Stereo; 175 O Mono (L/MONO Only),
Nominal Level: +4.0 dBu,
Maximum Level: +16.0 dBu (when load impedance is 600 O or greater)
MAIN VOLUME knob controls only AUDIO OUTPUT (MAIN) L/MONO and R
Individual 1-4: 
1/4” TRS Balanced
Output Impedance: 350 O Stereo; 175 O Mono,
Nominal Level: +4.0 dBu,
Maximum Level: +16.0 dBu (when load impedance is 600 O or greater)
Headphones: 
1/4” stereo phone jack, Output impedance: 33 O, Maximum Level: 60+60 mW (when load impedance is 33 O),
MAIN VOLUME knob (link with AUDIO OUTPUT (MAIN))
== Digital == 
S/P DIF: 
Optical, 24-bit, IEC60958, EIAJCP-1201, Sample Rate: 48 kHz, (the same signals as L/MONO, R)
Digital output of the same signals as AUDIO OUTPUT (MAIN) L/MONO and R
USB-B: 
24-bit, Sample Rate: 48 kHz, 2 channels
(Digital output of the same signals as AUDIO OUTPUT (MAIN) L/MONO and R)
Inputs
== Analog == 
Audio Inputs 1 and 2: 
1/4” TRS Balanced
MIC/LINE input level switches, LEVEL knobs
Input Impedance: 10 kO
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 O
Signal to noise ratio: 95 dB (typical)
Dynamic range: 95 dB (typical)
Crosstalk: 95 dB, at 1 kHz (typical)
== 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*5
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
*5 USB high-speed ports (supports 480Mbps)
Disk Drives
60 GB SSD (2.5”)
Optional installation of second internal SSD
Power Consumption
60W
Dimensions
(W x D x H)
61 key: 1,040 x 364 x 134 mm / 40.94” x 14.33” x 5.28”
73 key: 1,221 x 371 x 148 mm / 48.07” x 14.61” x 5.83”
88 key: 1,443 x 371 x 148 mm / 56.42” x 14.61” x 5.83”
Weight
61 key: 14.3 kg / 31.53 lbs.
73 key: 21.1 kg / 46.52 lbs.
88 key: 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.)

Principal Specifications

Frequency Response
20Hz-22kHz, +/-1.0dB, 10k O load
THD+N
20Hz-22kHz, 0.01%, 10k O load (typical)
S/N
95dB (typical)
Dynamic Range
95dB (typical)
Crosstalk
95dB, at 1kHz (typical)

(KO-KRONOS288)

SKU KO-KRONOS288
Brand Korg

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