MESSE12: Korg Kronos

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As a guitarist I find it hard to get into some of this tech but after editing the video of the Kronos from Korg I have to say it is mindblowing. Nick met up with (their apparently nameless, yet very talented demonstrator) and he put the Kronos though its paces.


As I will do this product zero justice if I attempt to first, understand what it does and then relay that to you, please check out their website.

 

Rob H


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Andy 'Keys'    Said...

76 key .... er i think not !!!!

21-Mar-12 11:06 AM


csimmons    Said...

The guy doing the demo is named Sevan. He's a good friend of mine.

21-Mar-12 11:22 AM


Benedict Johnson    Said...

My local Korg dealership were nice enough to let me play their Kronos for hours and hours without the slightest intent to buy ;)

Here are three things that really let the Kronos down:

it looks cheap and rubbish (both on and off the touchscreen), the organ module sounds rubbish (is it fair to compare them to Nord's? For that price, you betcha) and do we think anyone will be paying money for those "string samples", despite the amazing Sevan's valiant efforts?

Although Nord provide the best sampled acoustic pianos available in hardware, the phyically modeled electric piano module sounds better than any Nord sample (clavs not included). I'd consider buying a Kronos just for the EPs. Nord should not be so complacent.

21-Mar-12 12:25 PM


Benedict Johnson    Said...

My local Korg dealership were nice enough to let me play their Kronos for hours and hours without the slightest intent to buy ;)

Here are three things that really let the Kronos down:

it looks cheap and rubbish (both on and off the touchscreen), the organ module sounds rubbish (is it fair to compare them to Nord's? For that price, you betcha) and do we think anyone will be paying money for those "string samples", despite the amazing Sevan's valiant efforts?

Although Nord provide the best sampled acoustic pianos available in hardware, the phyically modeled electric piano module sounds better than any Nord sample (clavs not included). I'd consider buying a Kronos just for the EPs. Nord should not be so complacent.

21-Mar-12 12:29 PM


Curious George    Said...

Could someone please explain to me how this is a 'Game Changer'?

21-Mar-12 04:00 PM


Justin Credible    Said...

Why is this a game changer then?

22-Mar-12 04:12 AM


s r dhain (juicyaudio)    Said...

ive used the OASYS, which the kronos has borrowed from a great deal, and its a pity that korg never really gave it the fuller flavoured support it deserved. Perhaps thats why the Kronos was launched, but i digress.

The Kronos is a great piece of kit and a good jack of all trades, as it has so much packed into it from a sound and synthesis perspective. However, the workstation aspect is a little bit hit and miss, and is entirely dependant on how comfortable you are using the internal sequencer and "semi DAW" style scenario that runs within it.

The only other bone of contention in my book, is the price; even the base 61 key model, which is fine for a lot of people's needs, is still well over £2k "street price", and that's probably what makes it a tougher proposition in these times where people are more geared or accustomed to a lot of new sub £1k synths.

You pays your money, etc.

22-Mar-12 07:12 AM


Synth_Fan    Said...

Game Changer because it’s a hardware platform that offers:

- Hardware latency but Software Plugin flexibility. So - about 170 voices of Plugin type synths at effectively zero latency.

- 9 Synth engines in one hardware work station; each a full, no compromises synth engine

- Acoustic Piano to rival the CP1 and V-Piano; a modelled Electric Piano and Modelled Drawbar Organ as good sounding as it gets.

- Korg's Analogue Legacy (Polysix and the excellent sounding MS20EX). At about 40 voice polyphony, the MS20 gives you a virtual, polyphonic modular synth that's a breeze to program with the touch screen

- Karma Engine (Realtime Groove Performance engine), Vector Synthesis and Wavesequencing

- MOD-7 FM synthesizer the most sophisticated FM synthesizer ever designed, and provides access to the 20+ year legacy of 200,000 DX/FM Programs (many of which are stunning)

- Unprecedented OS and Hardware for a hardware workstation - internal SSD, capable Disk Mode for comprehensive file management, program audition mode from HD (a valuable feature for managing / selecting sounds to be used in jobs or on stage).

- Excellent screen and physical controllers

- Bucket loads of libraries across the full gauntlet of sounds

- All for about 2000 bucks.

So you get about the resource of 2 OASYS at two fifths of the price.

Finally, it sounds stunning. It puts the Nord range to shame (I honestly can’t comprehend how the Nord Stage and electro are so popular given how dreadful their Acoustic Piano is), while the Yamaha and Roland workstation equivalents are lagging by 5-7 years in sophistication and complexity of sound and system.

Kronos literally is the world of plugins and sample libraries (at least for keyboard sounds) brought into the hardware domain!

An OASYS owner!

22-Mar-12 10:05 AM


Curious George    Said...

How does it stack up against say... Kurzweil PC3x?

22-Mar-12 02:55 PM


RKfan    Said...

Its a game changer because for the price of a Yamaha you get 9 sound engines - The pianos are really nice but for me the synth engines MS20, AL-1, Mod 7, STR-1 and Poly6 are what really makes this a fantastic workstation(curiously I didnt it for HD-1 but that is brilliant too). I have Roland and Yamaha boards too but the Kronos (for its price, and for Karma - nearly forgot that gem) is a real advance. I took a long time thinking before buying this board and I am really happy I did.

22-Mar-12 04:44 PM


markus    Said...

I have had the 88key for 9months now. great piano's & a few good other sounds but i.m still waiting for this editor which was promised from the very beginning then promised in november then december. so I will not hold my breath on what this guy says because if i could make a gamble that it is still not ready for when Sevan states in this video then i would put money on it NOT being ready AGAIN.

23-Mar-12 12:23 PM


Sevan    Said...

@Andy: you're right... it's 73 keys!

Sorry for my bad english ;)

25-Mar-12 03:32 PM


Mark Burton    Said...

Fantastic keyboard, I used my 88 last week for the first time as an orchestral keyboard, and it performed beautifully - SST was brilliant, it changes the way that you play! Looking to add extra orchestral banks - between Karo and Legendary Strings, not made my mind up yet.

25-Mar-12 06:42 PM


The Quant    Said...

You guys who are nay-sayers haven't played the Kronos for long enough. I've played Motif and Kurzweil for a long time. Bought my Kronos a couple of months back, and I have to say it gets better and better. Huge control over the grand pianos that come with it. Karma is an awesome arpeggiator/accompaniment (though a lot to learn, I haven't even begun to scratch the surface).

Electric piano are terrific. Excellent synthesizer flexibility across all major forms of music synthesis. Solid organ with great control. The drawbars are very realistic.

Better string synthesis than I've found on any other keyboard.

Stock sounds are great. i'd like to see more from Korg. Sequencer is great too, though I prefer my computers, but that's probably because I've used them for years. i'll check in more when I've taken it around the block a few more times.

In all the most pleasurable experience I've ever had with a new keyboard (save my first synthesizer -- a CAT Octave which I bought when I was a kid and didn't know better.)

Cheers!

15-Apr-12 08:40 AM


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