Korg has debuted the new Kronos, the most powerful version of its flagship synthesizer to date, at the 2015 NAMM Show.
“The new Kronos features the unrivaled 9-engine structure from previous versions, with numerous improvements to both sound capability and overall functionality. Truly, the most powerful synthesizer on the planet just got more powerful” James Sajeva, Brand Manager for Korg products.
The New Korg Kronos
Sajeva explains what’s been updated in the new Kronos: “Our SGX piano engine, already revered for its German and Japanese grands, now also includes a 9GB Berlin grand with dedicated una corda (soft pedal) samples, plus sympathetic string resonance that works on all the SGX pianos” he continued. “It’s truly an amazing piano experience. There are new banks of sounds based on famous song titles for our cover players and those looking for ‘that’ sound for their recordings, plus a ‘best of’ bank from KaPro, who has created numerous libraries for the Kronos line.”
Other new features include system-wide Touch/Drag via the Kronos’ color TouchView screen; allowing the user to edit onscreen parameters faster than ever.
An evolved Set List mode provides the capability to resize their custom text per set list entry, and enter text via either an onscreen QWERTY or external USB ASCII keyboard. Entries can also be color-coded for better organization and visibility, and users can even decide how many set list entries appear on the screen at time, allowing for more (and larger) onscreen text to remind you of lyrics, changes, or other notes.
An improved search function helps users to find the perfect sound faster than ever.
Other improvements include onscreen metering in Combination and Sequencer modes, along with the ability to edit Programs within a Combination to hear the edits in context with other parts.
The improvements don’t end with the software, either; the new Kronos also boasts natural wood side panels, easier-to-read silkscreened text and gold-plated audio I/O jacks.
Korg Kronos synth engines:
- SGX-2 Premium Piano
- EP-1 MDS Electric Piano
- CX-3 Tonewheel Organ
- HD-1 High Definition PCM Synthesize
- MS-20EX & PolySixEX Legacy Analog Modeling
- AL-1 High-Fidelity Analog Modeling
- MOD-7 Waveshaping VPM Synthesizer
- STR-1 Plucked Strings Physical Modeling
Other features include one-cable USB DAW integration for MIDI and Audio, powerful effects processing with up to 16 effects at a time, a 16 MIDI/16 Audio track sequencer, 16-part Combinations, a tremendous assortment of real time controllers, KARMA phrase generating technology, vector control and more.
Here’s the official intro video for the new Korg Kronos:
Here’s the new Korg Kronos video manual:
The new Korg Kronos will be available in three versions:
- KRONOS -73: $4200
- KRONOS-88: $4650
Availability is to be announced. See the Korg site for more info. .