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.

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.

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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, Mixe