Korg Nautilus & Kronos Compared

In his latest loopop video, host Ziv Eliraz takes a look at the new Korg Nautilus synthesizer, a more affordable version of their flagship Kronos synth workstation.

The video offers a deep dive into the capabilities of the new Nautilus, some of its pros and cons, and looks at how it compares to the Kronos.

Topics covered:

0:00 Intro
0:40 vs Kronos
6:30 Connectivity
7:30 Workflow
10:10 Knobs
11:35 AL-1 (VA)
12:15 Polysix
12:55 MS-20
14:20 STR-1
14:35 MOD-7
15:15 SGX2 Piano
15:30 EP-1
15:45 CX-3 Organ
16:00 HD-1 Sampler
18:40 Program mode
20:15 Combi mode
21:40 Set list mode
22:45 Scenes
24:20 Arpeggiator
25:45 Drums seq
27:55 Custom arp
30:10 Sequencer
33:55 Sampling
35:05 Effects
37:30 Pros, cons

8 thoughts on “Korg Nautilus & Kronos Compared

    1. It’s just going to be the MOD7 engine in the Kronos with dedicated controls.

      It sounds great. Loads DX7 patches and has filters.

  1. I think it’s nice. Since it is the same engine like Kronos (except for Karma, which I actually didn’t like about the Kronos), you should be able to load Kronos sound packages. If anyone buys a Nautilus and is interested in replicating Wavestation sounds, I have recreated many for the Kronos. You can download those over here: https://sites.google.com/site/wavestationreloaded/. I am curious if it al works on the Nautilus as well.

    1. Some people do not use the aftertouch on the Kronos. I think it is one of it’s best features and would miss it greatly. I also would miss the 9 sliders because I use though a lot, especially when I am using the CX engine. I use my Kronos as a gigging machine along with different bands and really don’t use Karma very often so a simpler arpeggiator would work ok for me.

      1. I have an old Ocean Beach MIDI drawbar controller lying around (the kind they used for the Nords back in the days). I know that it can be used with the Kronos, so maybe it could also work on the Nautilus if the SysEx messages match. I was initially put off by the lack of sliders on the Nautilus but I might reconsider if that works out. Someone who owns both should try it out.

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