korg Korg Kronos 61 Key Music Workstation with SGX-2 Engine, Kronos System Version 3.0, 20Hz-22kHz Frequency Response, 95dB Dynamic Range

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General Information

Weight 31.53lbs / 14.30kg
Dimensions (W x D x H) 40.94 x 14.33 x 5.28" / 103.99 x 36.40 x 13.41cm
Crosstalk 95dB, at 1kHz (typical)
Dynamic Range 95dB (typical)
S/N 95dB (typical)
THD+N 20Hz-22kHz, 0.01%, 10kOhms load (typical)
Frequency Response 20Hz-22kHz, +/-1.0dB, 10kOhms load
Power Consumption 60W
Disk Drives 60GB SSD (2.5")
Optional installation of second internal SSD
USB 2x USB A (TYPE A), For connection to external USB devices (QWERTY keyboards, MIDI controllers, ethernet adaptors and storage)
1x USB B (TYPE B), MIDI/audio interface
MIDI: 1 (16 channel) input / 1 (16 channel) output
Audio: 2 channel input / 2 channel output
MIDI In, Out, Thru
Control Inputs Damper pedal (half damper supported), assignable switch, assignable pedal
Inputs 2 Maximum Level: MIC
-10 dBu (LEVEL knob = min), 50 dBu (LEVEL knob = max)
Source Impedance: 600 Ohms
Signal to noise ratio: 95 dB (typical)
Dynamic range: 95 dB (typical)
Crosstalk: 95 dB, at 1 kHz (typical)
Digital:
S/P DIF:
Optical, 24-bit, IEC60958, EIAJCP-1201, Sample Rate: 48 kHz
USB-B:
24-bit, Sample Rate: 48 kHz, 2 channels
Inputs 1 Analog:
Audio Inputs 1 and 2:
1/4" TRS Balanced MIC/LINE input level switches, LEVEL knobs
Input Impedance: 10 kOhms
Nominal Level: LINE
+4 dBu (LEVEL knob = min), 36 dBu (LEVEL knob = max)
Nominal Level: MIC
22 dBu (LEVEL knob = min), 62 dBu (LEVEL knob = max)
Maximum Level: LINE
+16 dBu (LEVEL knob = min), 24 dBu (LEVEL knob = max)
Outputs 2 Headphones:
1/4" stereo phone jack, Output impedance: 33 Ohms, Maximum Level: 60+60 mW (when load impedance is 33 Ohms)
MAIN VOLUME knob (link with AUDIO OUTPUT (MAIN))
Digital:
S/P DIF:
Optical, 24-bit, IEC60958, EIAJCP-1201, Sample Rate: 48 kHz, (the same signals as L/MONO, R)
Digital output of the same signals as AUDIO OUTPUT (MAIN) L/MONO and R
USB-B:
24-bit, Sample Rate: 48 kHz, 2 channels
(Digital output of the same signals as AUDIO OUTPUT
Outputs 1 Analog:
(MAIN) L/MONO, R:
1/4" TRS Balanced
Output Impedance: 350 Ohms Stereo; 175 Ohms Mono (L/MONO Only)
Nominal Level: +4.0 dBu
Maximum Level: +16.0 dBu (when load impedance is 600 Ohms or greater)
MAIN VOLUME knob controls only AUDIO OUTPUT (MAIN) L/MONO and R
Individual 1-4:
1/4" TRS Balanced
Output Impedance: 350 Ohms Stereo; 175 Ohms Mono
Nominal Level: +4.0 dBu
Maximum Level: +16.0 dBu (when load impedance is 600 Ohms or greater)
Display TouchView graphical user interface, 8 inch color TFT, SVGA (800x600 dots), adjustable brightness
Controllers Vector joystick, joystick, ribbon controller, switches 1 & 2
Control Surface:
Control Assign Switches:
Assigns the Control Surface to Timber/Track, Audio, External, Real-time Knobs/KARMA, Tone Adjust/EQ
Mixer Knobs Switch:
Assigns the Mixer Knobs to either Channel Strip or Individual Pan, Reset Control Switch, Solo Switch, Knobs 1-8, Switches 1-8(Upper Row), Switches 1-8 (Lower Row), Sliders 1-8, Master Slider
KARMA Control: On/Off, Latch, Module Control RUM TRACK: On/Off
Disk Mode Load, save, utility, audio CD burning, audio CD playback, data filer function (save/load MIDI System Exclusive data), CD-R/RW (UDF format read/write), ISO9660 Level
Sequencer/HDR: Other Functions RPPR (Real-time Pattern Play and Record) (1 Pattern set per song), Auto Song Setup function
Sequencer/HDR: Audio Tracks 16-track playback, 4-track simultaneous recording, WAV file format 16bit/24bit.
Sequencer/HDR: MIDI Tracks 16 tracks plus the master track
718 preset/100 user patterns (per song)
18 preset/16 user template songs
Sequencer/HDR: Maximum Memory 400,000 MIDI events or 300,000 audio events
Sequencer/HDR: Tempo 40.00 300.00 (1/100 BPM resolution)
Sequencer/HDR: Resolution 1/480
Sequencer/HDR: Number of Songs 200 songs
Sequencer/HDR: Tracks 16-track MIDI sequencer + 16-track hard disk recorder + 1 master track
KARMA: Drum Track Patterns 718 preset (common with the preset patterns of the MIDI sequencer) 1,000 user patterns
Patterns created in Sequencer mode can be converted to drum track user patterns
Trigger Mode/Sync/Zone settings can be specified
KARMA: Controllers On/Off, Latch, Chord, Assign, Module, Control, KARMA Real-time Control Sliders [1] [8], KARMA Scene [1] [8], KARMA Switches [1] [8], KARMA Wave-Sequencing, GE Sub Category, Freeze Randomize, Time Signature Control, Tempo Synchronize, Auto RTC (Real Time Control) setup
KARMA: Generated Effects (GE) 2,048 presets, 1,536 Users (96 come Preload)
KARMA Modules One module in Program mode, four modules in Combination and Sequencer modes
Effects Insert Effects: 12, stereo in/stereo out
Master Effects: 2, stereo in/stereo out
Total Effects: 2, stereo in/stereo out
Timbre EQ: One 3-band EQ for each timbre/track
Effect Types: 197
Modulation: Dynamic modulation and common LFO
Effects Control Busses: Stereo side-chaining for compressors, gates, vocoders, etc.
Effect Presets: Total 783 preset, maximum 32 per effect (preset user)
Sampling: Editing Time Stretch, Time Slice, Crossfade Loop and other standard editing features.
Sampling: Formats KORG format, AKAI S1000/S3000 data (with advanced Program parameter conversion); SoundFont 2.0, AIFF and WAVE formats
Sampling: Ripping Direct sampling (ripping) from audio CD (CD-DA)
Sampling: Sample Locations 16,000 samples/4,000 multisamples (128 indexes per multisample)
Sampling: Sampling Time RAM: Depends on the amount of available PCM RAM
DISK: Maximum 80 minutes stereo (879MB: 16bit)
Sampling: Bit Depth/Sampling Frequency RAM: 16-bit/48 kHz stereo/mono sampling
DISK: 16 or 24-bit/48 kHz
Sampling: System Open Sampling System (resampling, In-Track sampling)
Number of Set Lists/Slots 128 set lists, 128 slots per set list
Each set list provides a 9-band graphic EQ and a Tone Adjust function that allows program settings to be adjusted
Transpose setting
Hold Time setting of Smooth Sound Transition (SST) supported for each slot
User Memory Drum Kits 264 (78 come preloaded)
256 GM Level2 preset programs + 9 GM Level 2 drum preset programs
User Memory Combinations 1,792 (512 come preloaded)
User Memory Programs 2,560 (1,792 [896 HD-1+896 EXi] come preloaded)
Drumkit: System Assignable stereo/mono samples with 8 velocity zones per oscillator (with crossfade functions)
Combination: Advanced Vector Synthesis Control oscillator volumes and synthesis & effects parameters via the Vector Joystick and the tempo-synchronized Vector Envelope
Master Keyboard Functionality Keyboard and velocity splits, layers and crossfades of up to 16 Programs and/or external MIDI Devices
Tone adjust parameter function modifies program settings and the master keyboard function controls external MIDI devices
Combination: Number of Timbres 16 Maximum
PolysixEX Program: Modulation Polysix: Original ADSR EG and MG (with MIDI sync)
KRONOS: 2 additional multi-stage Envelopes, 2 additional per-voice LFOs and 4 AMS Mixers
PolysixEX Program: Arpeggiator Integrated MIDI-synced arpeggiator, with adjustable Range, Mode and Latch
PolysixEX Program: Effects Integrated Polysix Chorus, Phaser and Ensemble
PolysixEX Program: Filter 24dB (4-Pole) Octave Low Pass self-resonant filter
PolysixEX Program: Oscillators VCO: Saw, Pulse, PWM
ub Oscillator: Off, 1 octave below, 2 octaves below
MS-20EX Program: Modulation Original DAR (Delay, Attack, Release) and HADSR (Hold, Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release) EGs 1 &2, Original MG (with MIDI sync), Sample-and- Hold, MVCA, KRONOS: 4 additional multi-stage Envelopes, 4 additional per-voice LFOs and 4 AMS Mixers
MS-20EX Program: ESP Use incoming audio as a trigger and/or CV source
MS-20EX Program: Patch Points 2 MG: Triangle Out, Rectangle Out
Noise Generator: Pink Noise Out, White Noise Out
Sample and Hold: Clock Trigger In, Sample Signal In, S/H Out
Modulation VCA: Control Voltage In, Signal In, Signal Out
Manual Controller: Control Wheel Out, Momentary Switch
ESP: Signal In, AMP Out, BPF In, BPF Out, F-V CV Out, Envelope Out, Trigger Out
Others: EXi Audio In, Mixer 1 In, Mixer 1 Out, Mixer 2 In, Mixer 2 Out
VCA: External Initial Gain Control In, VCA In
MS-20EX Program: Patch Points 1 Keyboard: Keyboard CV Out, Keyboard Trigger Out, VCO1+VCO2 CV In, VCO2 CV In
VCO: VCO1+VCO2 External Frequency Control In, VCO1 Out, VCO2 Out
VCF: External Signal In, External HP Filter Cutoff Frequency Control In, External LP Filter Cutoff Frequency Control In, HPF Out, LPF In, LPF Out
VCO+VCF: Total External Modulation In
EG: EG1 Envelope Signal Normal Out, EG1 Envelope Signal Reverse Out, EG1+EG2 Trigger In, EG1 Trigger In, EG2 Envelope Signal Reverse Out
MS-20EX Program: Patch Panel Patchable audio and modulation, at audio rates
MS-20EX Program: Filters 12dB/octave High Pass and Low Pass self-resonant filters
ESP section:
24dB/octave Low Cut and High Cut filters, available per voice
MS-20EX Program: Audio Input Run real-time audio through the synthesis engine and ESP (External Signal Processor)
MS-20EX Program: Oscillators Ultra-low-aliasing oscillators; VCO1, VCO2, Ring Mod, Pink and White Noise Generator
MOD-7 Program: Modulation 10 Envelopes, 4 per-voice LFOs, 9 Key Tracking generators, Per-voice Step Sequencer, 4 standard AMS Mixers plus 4 simple AMS Mixers
MOD-7 Program: Patch Panel Supports both preset algorithm (78 types) selection and free patching
Three 2-in, 1-out mixers for scaling and merging audio, fully modulatable, with phase inversion
Main 6-input stereo mixer, with modulatable pan and volume, plus phase inversion
MOD-7 Program: Filters Dual multi-mode filters per voice. (Low Pass, High Pass, Band Pass and Band Reject modes)
Two types of filter looping (Parallel and 24 dB 4-Pole")
Multi Filter mode (Filter A only):
Modulatable mix of Low Pass, High Pass, Band Pass and dry input, for creating a wide variety of unique filter types and effects
MOD-7 Program: Audio input Run real-time audio through the VPM Oscillators and filters
MOD-7 Program: Oscillators 6 VPM/Waveshaper/Ring Modulation Oscillators:
Phase and modulatable pitch per oscillator
101 Waveshaper tables plus modulatable Drive and Offset
Use as oscillators or as Waveshapers or Ring Modulators for other signals
PCM Oscillator:
KORG's ultra-low-aliasing technology, as introduced in the HD-1
4 velocity zones per oscillator
Uses any mono Multisamples, including ROM, EXs, User Sample Bank or Sampling Mode. Supports Virtual Memory
MOD-7 Program: VPM Synthesizer Combines Variable Phase Modulation (VPM), Waveshaping ring modulation, PCM sample playback and subtractive synthesis; Able to convert-load SYX files
STR-1 Program: Filters Dual multi-mode filters per voice; Single, Serial, Parallel (with split stereo output) and 24dB (4-pole) configurations. Low Pass, High Pass, Band Pass and Band Reject modes
Multi Filter Mode (Filter A only)
Modulatable mix of Low Pass, High Pass, Band Pass and dry input, for creating a wide variety of unique filter types and effects
STR-1 Program: Audio Input and Feedback Run real-time audio through the string, including feedback through effects
Modeled feedback includes modulate-able instrument-to-amp distance and orientation
STR-1 Program: String Excitation 2 Uses any mono Multisamples, including ROM, EXs, User Sample Bank or Sampling Mode
Supports Virtual Memory
Excitation Filter: Dedicated 2-pole multimode filter for shaping the string excitation
Filter can be enabled/disabled separately for each excitation source
Low Pass, High Pass, Band Pass and Band Reject modes
STR-1 Program: String Excitation 1 Three independent excitation sources can be used simultaneously: Pluck, Noise and PCM
16 preset pluck" types, with modulatable width and randomization. Noise generator with saturation and dedicated low pass filter
PCM Oscillator:
KORG's ultra-low-aliasing technology, as introduced in the HD-1
4 velocity zones per oscillator
STR-1 Program: Physically Modeled String Includes physically modeled damping, decay, dispersion, nonlinearity, harmonics, dual pickups and more
Most string parameters can be controlled in real-time
CX-3 Program: Modulation Two AMS mixers
CX-3 Program: Split Upper, Lower (even in EX mode)
CX-3 Program: Drawbar Control Controlled via nine front-panel sliders (via Tone Adjust)
CX-3 Program: Internal Effects Rotary speaker, vibrato/chorus, amp modeling with overdrive, 3-band EQ
CX-3 Program: EX Mode Four additional, user-specified drawbars and expanded percussion
CX-3 Program: Tonewheel Organ Modeling Phase-synchronous tonewheels (clean and vintage modes), percussion, key click, wheel brake
AL-1 Program: Modulation Five Envelope generators, four per-voice LFOs, two AMS Mixers; Per-voice Step Sequencer
AL-1 Program: Driver Per-voice non-linear driver and low boost circuit
AL-1 Program: Filters Two multi-mode filters (low-pass, high-pass, band-pass and band-reject) with four types of filter routings (single, serial, parallel and 24dB mode)
Multi Filter mode (only Filter-A; modulatable mix of Low Pass, High Pass, Band Pass and dry input, for creating a wide variety of unique filter types and effects)
AL-1 Program: Audio Input External audio can be processed through the ring modulator, filter, driver, amp and EQ
AL-1 Program: Oscillators Ultra-low-aliasing oscillators
OSC1, OSC2, Sub-oscillator and noise generator; ring modulation, FM and Sync
EXi Program: EQ Three bands, with sweep-able mid
EXi Program: Modulation Common Step Sequencer, AMS (Alternate Modulation Source), Common LFO, 2 Key Tracking Generators
EXi Program: Advanced Vector Synthesis Control oscillator volumes and synthesis & effects parameters via the Vector Joystick and the tempo-synchronized Vector Envelope
HD-1 Program: Modulation Three envelope generators, two LFOs per voice, common LFO, four key tracking generators, AMS (Alternate Modulation Source), two AMS mixers
HD-1 Program: EQ Three bands, with sweep-able mid
HD-1 Program: Driver Per voice non-linear driver and low boost circuit
HD-1 Program: Filters Two multi-mode filters per voices (low-pass, high-pass, band-pass and band-reject), Four-mode filter routings (single, serial, parallel and 24dB mode)
HD-1 Program: Oscillators Virtual Memory Technology (VMT) plays large samples directly from the internal SSD
8 velocity zones per oscillator, with switching, crossfades and layering
Each zone can play mono or stereo Multisamples or Wave Sequences
HD-1 Program: Structure Single: only OSC1, Double: OSC1 and OSC2
Double mode lets you layer two completely separate synth voices, each with their own velocity-switched oscillator, dual filter, EGs, LFOs, etc
Drums: One drum kit, Double
Drums: Two drum kits
HD-1 Program: Advanced Vector Synthesis Control oscillator volumes and synthesis & effects parameters via the Vector Joystick and the tempo-synchronized Vector Envelope
EP-1 Program: Effect Types Small Phase, Orange Phase, Black Phase, Vintage Chorus, Black Chorus, EP Chorus, Vintage Flanger, Red Comp, VOX Wah
EP-1 Program: Panel Control Tine Type
Preamp Volume, Tone (Treble, Bass), Vibrate (On/Off, Intensity, Speed), Amp/Cabinet (On/Off, Drive)
Reed Type
Preamp Volume, Tone (Treble, Bass), Vibrate (Intensity, Speed), Amp/Cabinet (On/Off, Drive)
EP-1 Program: Oscillator Control Harmonic Sound Level, Attack Noise, Level, Release Noise Level, Attack Brightness, Hammer Width
EP-1 Program: Electric Piano Model Types Tine EP I, Tine EP II, Tine EP V, Tine EP DMP, Reed EP200, Reed EP200A
EP-1 Program: MDS Electric Piano Tine and reed-type electric pianos powered by Multi-Dimensional Synthesis (MDS) and vintage effects
SGX-2 Program: Oscillator Control Damper Resonance
Damper Noise
Mechanical Noise
Note Release
String Resonance
Una Corda
SGX-2 Program: Piano Type 64 (With the factory settings, the 16 varieties of EXs12 SGX-1 Austrian D Piano do not produce sound
The EXs12 option must be downloaded.)
SGX-2 Program: PCM EXs6:SGX-1 German D Piano
EXs7:SGX-1 Japanese C Piano
EXs12:SGX-1 Austrian D Piano (Option Sound libraries)
8 velocity levels, no Una Corda samples
EXs17:Berlin D Piano
12 velocity levels, includes Una Corda samples
SGX-2 Program: Premium Piano Virtual Memory Technology (VMT) plays large samples directly from the internal SSD
Full key stereo sampling, Chromatically sampled at up to 12 velocity levels, no looping
Damper resonance and mechanical noise are reproduced
Modeled String Resonance. Una Corda sample support
Wave Sequences 598 User memory, 187 Preload
Support for stereo multisamples, synchronization of individual notes and tempo-based settings
PCM RAM Capacity Approximately 2GB
Build-in Expansion PCM Libraries EXs1 - ROM Expansion
EXs2 - Concert Grand Piano
EXs3 - Brass and Woodwinds
EXs4 - Vintage Keyboards
EXs5 - ROM Expansion 2
EXs6 - SGX-1 German D Piano
EXs7 - SGX-1 Japanese C Piano
EXs8 - Rock Ambience Drums
EXs9 - Jazz Ambience Drums
EXs17 - SGX-2 Berlin D Piano
EXs18 - KORG EXs Collections
Preset PCM 314MB (ROM 1,505 Multisamples, 1,388 Drumsamples)
Maximum Polyphony SGX-2: 100 voices
EP-1: 104 voices
HD-1: 140 voices
AL-1: 80 voices
CX-3: 200 voices
STR-1: 40 voices
MOD-7: 52 voices
MS-20EX: 40 voices
PolysixEX: 180 voices
Synthesis Method SGX-2 Premium Piano (Acoustic Piano)
EP-1 MDS Electric Piano (Electric Piano)
HD-1 High Definition Synthesizer (PCM)
AL-1 Analog Synthesizer (Analog Modeling)
CX-3 Tonewheel Organ (Tonewheel Organ Modeling)
STR-1 Plucked String (Physical Modeling)
MOD-7 Waveshaping VPM Synthesizer (VPM Synthesis)
MS-20EX Component Modeling Technology (Analog Modeling)
PolysixEX Component Modeling Technology (Analog Modeling)
Keyboard 61-key Natural Touch Semi Weighted
Expert Reviews
Audiofanzine.32871410
18 April 2015

Presented at the NAMM 2011 and already available since this summer, the Kronos represents a new step in the workstation market — a cruel world where every product becomes immediately obsolete as soon as the successor is launched.

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    Sound quality and versatility, Incredible overall performance, Simultaneous multiple synthesis, Dynamic voice management, Well thought-out design, Inaudible transition between programs, Size of the internal memory, Samples streaming (SGX-1 piano banks), Modulation possibility at every stage, Very...

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    ... because it turns too complex to be easy to use, Boot time should be shorter, No real hardware pads, The RAM of the sequencer and the limitation to 16 MIDI tracks, Some checkboxes are too small on the display, No streaming for user samples (yet), No wind instruments (brass, woods) modeling (yet)

User Reviews
B h photo.34921152
14 March 2016
10/10

I use the Kronos as a music workstation. I play some guitar but decided to upgrade an older midi keyboard. I am blown away by the quality, the interface, and the capabilities. Even though I am just a music hobbyist I was able to start jamming along nicely thanks to the drum track available for any...

American musical.34136908
13 February 2018
10/10

This is an amazing product. Korg has done it again. A 16 track midi sequencer, sampler AND a 16 track audio recorder all in one package. With the exception of only having two inputs for audio recording, you really can't ask for anything more. Can't wait to see what Korg comes up with next.

Sweetwater.34753460
31 July 2017
10/10

Im the Keyboard player in Grupo Love secreto from Chicago Illinois. Its an excelent piece of gear and it really does the job when it comes to do midi routings and its user friendly. Great sampler, great update from previous korg workstations.

Sweetwater.34753460
12 July 2017
10/10

im a korg user from x5d, x50, m1, trinity, triton, triton extreme, m3. After a while i switched to yamaha motif series from the classic to XF. And my secondary board is a fantom G.

Sweetwater.34753460
23 June 2017
10/10

I can't speak as an experienced keys player. If you don't have much experience with synthesizers (as I didn't when I bought this), you will definitely have to put in a good amount of time researching and learning about the Korg Kronos. I did just that, and I couldn't be more pleased.

Sweetwater.34753460
23 May 2017
10/10

This is my 2nd Kronos 2 that i purchased through Sweetwater not including a Kronos 2 73 Key model i own, If not one of the best keyboards you can own, tons of functionality and expansions for this and plenty of Ram for sampling my own sounds.

Sweetwater.34753460
30 March 2017
10/10

This is my desert island, if I only have one, keyboard for every situation. I started with the original Kronos 61, the upped to a Kronos 2 73. Now I've added the Kronos 2 61. The original stays in my home studio. The 2 Kronos 2's make a great live setup, covering every sound.

Sweetwater.34753460
13 March 2017
8.0/10

The good: Nine engines to work with. Each with their own polyphony. Being able to design your own sounds from the ground up using different synth engines is great. Sound quality for these engines are fantastic.

Sweetwater.34753460
18 October 2016
10/10

The Kronos is a home run keyboard packed with outstanding piano, organ, synth and pads. I also have a Kronos 88, both are the current version 2 running OS 3.0.4. With multiple synth engines and up to 200 voices, these are hard to beat as a primary keyboard.

Sweetwater.34753460
20 May 2016
10/10

I owned a first generation Kronos 61 several years ago and loved it. For financial reasons I sold it. Since then Ive gone back and forth with gear. I decided to dive back into Kronos after buying a Minilogue and King Korg and fell deeply in love with both.

Product Highlights
  • Size: Size 61-Key
  • Type: Workstation Keyboard
In The Box
  • Korg Kronos 61 Key Music Workstation
  • AC Power Cable
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Accessory DVD Disk
  • Korg 1 Year Parts and Labor Warranty
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