Korg Kronos Music Workstation In Depth

The Korg Kronos, introduced at the 2011 NAMM Show, is the company’s latest flagship keyboard, which offers nine synthesis engines in one instrument.

Here’s an in-depth look at how the Korg Kronos works and what it can do. The first video, above, takes a look at navigating the Kronos.

Additional videos look at the workstation’s Program Mode, Combination Mode, the Sequencer, Set List Mode and Disk Mode. 

Part 2 of the Korg Kronos overview takes a look at Program Mode.

Part 3 looks at the Korg Kronos Combination Mode.

Part 4 looks at the Korg Kronos Sequencer.

Part 5 digs into the Kronos Set List Mode.

Part 6 looks at Disk Mode on the Korg Kronos.


  • 9 Sound engines, each offering a unique sound-creation technology (see list below)
  • 16-part Combis allow all engines to function together in perfect harmony; Dynamic Voice Allocation keeps the polyphony high.
  • Available with 61, 73 or 88 keys73 and 88 key models feature Korg’s finest RH3 Graded Hammer Action 61 key model borrows the responsive synth action from the Korg M3-61
  • Comprehensive interface, based around a new large 8? TFT TouchView™ display
  • Virtual Memory Technology (VMT), aided by a fast SSD (Solid State Disk) provides high polyphony and massive, ultra-long, and unlooped samples; offering unheard of performance from a hardware instrument
  • Smooth Sound Transition: this often-requested feature allows held or sustained notes to keep sounding when changing sounds or modes.
  • Set List mode: Organize the Programs, Combis, and Songs you need to perform your set in a single, easy-to-select screen – including performance notes!
  • Use up to 16 premium-quality effects at once; individual effects rival dedicated units
    • 12 Insert effects
    • 2 Master effects
    • 2 Total effects
  • On-board sequencer offers 16 MIDI tracks + 16 audio tracks (24-bit, 48kHz recording quality)
  • Sampling System – Instant sampling and resampling from any mode:
  • Program, Combination or Sequencer.
  • Sophisticated KARMA® technology generates infinitely variable performance-driven phrases, musical effects, and backing tracks to catalyze your creativity
  • Expanded Drum Track for play-along grooves and inspiration
  • Signature sounds created with guidance from world class musicians

The Korg Kronos is available now, with the 61-key version selling for around $3k.

You can get even more information on the Kronos at Korg’s Kronos site.

6 thoughts on “Korg Kronos Music Workstation In Depth

  1. I've preordered the 88 key model. Can't wait until mid august or sooner. Goodbye to alot of other gear.


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  3. Just got one – best board ever – incredibly accurate sounds! However, I am sorry to lose the programmable soft pads from the m3.

  4. I bought a Kronos X 88 & I must say I am totally blown away. I also have a Triton Pro X & though it’s still (& shall forever remain) 1 of my all time favorite synths, the Kronos is light years ahead of the Triton & most other keyboards on the market today. In the past I’ve owned Korg M1, M1Rex/T1, O1Wfd & currently, Trinity TR Rack, Triton Pro X & Kronos X 88. I’ve never been in love w/Korg’s pianos, guitar & drums sounds, but that’s not so w/the Kronos. The piano, drums, guitars, etc are amazing. There is scarcely a single “bad” sound on the Kronos. Korg finally got everything right with the Kronos. It’s an amazing keyboard.

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