The Kronos is the king of workstation keyboards and the LS88 version makes it even more portable! If you don't need weighted keys, you can save your back and save some budget with this model. It weighs just 39 pounds!
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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.
- New Light-Touch Touch Semi-Weighted Action
- Nine Distinct Sound Engines
- Up to 180 voices of polyphony
- Eight-inch Color TouchView Display with Touch-Drag Capability
- 16-Track MIDI Sequencer
- 16-Track Audio Recorder
- 16 Onboard Effect Processors
- Set List Mode allows you to organize all of the resources you need to get through a song—or live set
- USB/MIDI Host Ports Accommodate MIDI Control Surfaces like Nano Pad 2
- Smooth sound transitions eliminate dropouts when changing sounds
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.
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.
New light-touch keyboard for effortless, nimble playing
KORG’s all-new light-touch keyboard makes it easy to play anything from rapid organ licks to synth phrases to glissandi. The mechanism of the keyboard itself has been redesigned so that the velocity is easier to control than on existing light-touch keyboards, even when playing complex chords or difficult phrases. Since the keyboard is semi-weighted, it’s also perfect for playing piano and electric piano in any style.
16 Onboard Effect Processors
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.
Advanced Control Surface
In addition to the parameters accessible directly from the TouchView display, KRONOS also offers a wealth of realtime controllers. A four-way joystick, ribbon controller, and two assignable switches are located to the left of the keyboard. 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.
16-Track MIDI Sequencer / 16-Track Audio Recorder
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.
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.
KRONOS is the latest KORG Workstation to offer the Drum Tracks features. 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.
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.
Color TouchView Display—Now with Touch-Drag Capability
The nerve center of the KRONOS is KORG’s enormous eight-inch 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.
|Included from Manufacturer||AC cord|
|Number of Keys||88|
|Key Action||LS keyboard (Velocity-sensitive Semi-Weighted Keyboard)|
|Programs/Presets||9 Synth / Modeling Engines|
|Voices of Polyphony||up to 180|
|Oscillators per Voice||Varies by Sound Engine|
|Effects||197 Effect Types
12 Insert Effects
2 Master Effects
|Sequencer||16-Track MIDI Sequencer / 16-Track Audio Recorder|
|Sampling||Open Sampling System (resampling, In-Track sampling)|
|Internal Storage Capacity||Onboard 62GB SSD drive|
|Audio File Playback||Yes|
|MIDI||In, Out, Thru|
|USB Port (to Host)||MIDI, Audio, System Updates, Editor/Librarian/Patch Manager|
|USB Flash Drive Port (to Device)||MIDI Recording, Audio Recording, Song File Playback, Program/Preset Storage, Sample Import|
|Audio Inputs||2 x 1/4" TRS Balanced
|Audio Outputs||2 x 1/4" TRS Balanced L+R Main Out
4 x 1/4" TRS Balanced Individual Outs
1/4" Stereo Headphone Out
|Control Connections||Damper, Switch, Pedal|
|Onboard Controllers||Dual Joysticks (X-Y; Vector)
8 rotary knobs
16 illuminated buttons
|Expansion||Optional installation of second internal SSD|
|Product Weight||39.24 lbs.|
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