Korg Kronos X 88-Key Music Workstation B Stock
Excellent like new condition, includes all original items and original box, very light use.
The Korg Kronos X 88 features unparalleled Korg performance. Kronos X is
a milestone in synthesis and workstation evolution; one that embodies
fresh ideas and breakthrough technologies. Kronos X brings together
multiple sound engines working in harmony and interactive performance
features that reflect the way musicians play. Most importantly, Kronos X
provides a seemingly inexhaustible supply of breathtaking, spectacular
SGX-1 piano includes eight stereo unlooped samples for
each key; EP-1 electric pianos and the enhanced CX-3 organ; Korg's
Waveshaping and VPM synthesis; HD-1 High Definition PCM; STR-1 Plucked
String modeling; and three analog models. Kronos X includes 16 MIDI and
16 audio tracks, powerful sampling, KARMA, Drum Tracks, extensive
effects, and more. New performance features include Smooth Sound
Transitions and the powerful Set List mode! The updated Kronos X
features a larger 62GB solid state hard drive, plus an additional GB of
sampling RAM, many large sample libraries to be loaded simultaneously.
peerless synthesizer packed with nine sound engines including realistic
piano, richly expressive electric piano, tonewheel organ, digital
synthesis, and powerful analog/physical modeling, all in a single unit.
The Kronos X Music Workstation is the ultimate instrument for live
performing musicians, for artists creating in a studio or computer-based
production environment, and for musicians and sound designers seeking
the ultimate synthesizer.
Kronos X provides the
absolute finest in keyboard sounds; accurate and responsive to the
player's technique. The expansive control surface offers joysticks,
sliders, knobs, switches, a ribbon controller, assignable pedal inputs,
and of course Korg's high-resolution color TouchView(TM) display.
Performance-oriented additions include their easy-to-use Set List mode
for song-specific and gig-ready sound selection, and their Smooth Sound
Transition feature. Plus, Korg has included their finest RH3 keybed on
both the 73 and 88 key models for a solid performance; the 61 key enjoys
the responsive action shared with the Korg M3-61.
many, the studio is where the work gets done; from laying down tracks,
to building up grooves for an on-stage extravaganza, to delivering the
soundtrack for today's media rich world. For these creative leaders,
Korg has equipped the Kronos X Music Workstation's sequencer with
16-track MIDI tracks plus 16 audio tracks, their Open Sampling System,
dazzling hi-fidelity effects, as well as flawless plug-in integration
with many popular DAW platforms. Of course, Kronos X is equipped with
phenomenal sound, dynamic drums, and an impressive array of premium
sound effects. Add to that the ability to use KARMA, the Drum Track, and
the sequencer's RPPR to greatly speed up and enrich the music creation
Simple, intuitive programming for the
enthusiast and sound designer. In addition to being Korg' premier
workstation, Kronos X has it in its blood to satisfy the programmer,
sound designer, and synthesizer enthusiast; the musician who dreams of
turning visions of the cosmos into sound, of tweaking parameters to
conjure invisible sounds from the ether. Kronos X rekindles KORG's
founding dream that is at the core of synthesis: the exhilaration and
enjoyment of creating new sounds, sounds never before heard! A variety
of exclusive Korg technologies drive the synth engines to provide
astounding results - CMT (Component Modeling Technology); Physical
Modeling, Digital Synthesis, Wave Sequencing, MDS (Multi-Dimensional
Synthesis); KARMA(R) and more!
Room to Expand
Kronos appeared, Kronos Sound Library expansions have continued to be
released. In order to let you take full advantage of these libraries,
which offer selections with a different flavor than the preloaded
programs and combis, the Kronos X doubles both the available RAM
capacity to approximately 2GB and the SSD capacity to 62GB. Starting in
March 2012, the KARO Sound Libraries from the German company KARO Sound
Development have joined the list with twenty titles already available,
further enhancing the value of the Kronos X. The Kronos X also contains
the EXs 10 - 13 expansion sample series of Kronos Sound Libraries
pre-installed in demo mode. After you've tried them out, you can obtain
these rich sounds for yourself by simply purchasing a license key.
User Sample Banks
Sample Banks let you create your own high-capacity sample libraries.
Added in Kronos OS v2.0, User Sample Banks bring the benefits of KORG's
EXs to your own custom sample libraries. You can load and play many
gigabytes of your custom or converted samples at once, using the
internal SSD. Disk and memory management is also improved: you can
create subsets of User Sample Banks, and mix and match parts of
different banks, without duplicating samples on disk. It's also easy to
share sounds with friends and collaborators, since Programs, Wave
Sequences, and Drum Kits maintain links to User Sample Banks even when
samples are moved on disk or loaded onto a different Kronos instrument.
Create your own samples, or import Akai and SoundFont 2.0 libraries
using improved conversion features.
KORG's Rock-Solid Workstation Integration Puts it all Together
with unlimited sound potential, Kronos X is much more than a
synthesizer. Kronos X comes complete with all of the extras required of a
modern workstation, plus so much more. From music production to live
performance, the Kronos X Music Workstation integrates a world-class
list of tools into a single, reliable instrument. Under the hood, all
nine engines share the same hardware, with no separate cards to manage
or polyphony barriers between them--and no "CPU overs" to worry about.
Kronos X dynamically allocates power between the engines as you play,
automatically and in real time, providing an integrated experience no PC
can match. In addition, Kronos X smoothly functions as a plug-in with
many popular DAWs, providing your studio with native, unprecedented
First appearing on KORG's Karma Music
Workstation in 2001, 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, you'll
easily produce musical effects that exceed anything you imagined. Now in
its greatly-enhanced second generation and offering features like KARMA
Wave-Sequencing, Note Mapping and 8 scenes per layer, KARMA is standard
equipment on your Kronos X. It will expand your conception of a song,
and will be an enormous asset to your live performances.
Algorithmic Real-time Music Architecture and the KARMA Logo are
registered trademarks representing patented technology licensed from
Stephen Kay, Karma Lab LLC.
Kronos X also
borrows the Drum Track feature from the M3 and M50 Music Workstations.
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. Kronos X now includes professional drum performances from
artists such as Ricky Lawson, able to generate grooves reproducing the
distinctive feel of a pro drummer. Applications and extras have been
unstintingly poured into this single feature. The Drum Track can go
beyond rhythm machines, and is fully capable of standing on its own.
Open Sampling System
matter whether you're in Program, Combination, or Sequencer mode, you
can always use Kronos X to sample an external audio source, or to
resample the performance of the Kronos X itself. User samples can be
edited using operations such as truncate, normalize, time stretch, or
time slice. Edited samples can also be exported in AIFF or WAVE format.
You can also load external samples in AIFF, WAVE, SoundFont 2.0, and
AKAI S1000/3000 formats via USB memory. By loading samples that you've
previously created on other instruments or on a PC, you can set up your
music production system on the Kronos X - no additional equipment
16-track MIDI sequencer / 16-track audio recorder
X 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.
The 16-track audio recorder simultaneously captures up to four tracks of
16-bit/24-bit uncompressed data at a sampling rate of 48 kHz. Play
along with recorded tracks, add effects, and then resample the Kronos X
itself and place the resampled WAVE files directly in a track. When
polishing your tracks, feel free to use mixer automation and editing
functions such as copy, paste, and normalize to get the results you
want. Plug in a USB CD-burner and assemble your album right from the
Premium-quality effects suite - use up to 16 simultaneously
X 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. Each effect offers 185 distinct effect types, covering every
possible sound-shaping need. Examples include a high-resolution reverb,
chorus, delay, guitar amp and cabinet modeling, even vocoding. Each
effect provides up to 72 adjustable parameters, as well as numerous
realtime modulation possibilities, delivering outstanding versatility. A
separate three-band EQ is provided for every timbre, for every
sequencer track, and for every audio track for adjusting subtle tonal
balances or for creatively modifying the overall sound.
creating Kronos X, Korg listened to many musicians from around the
world. Their goal was to change the way musicians interacted with their
instrument to provide a more fluid, expressive, and natural experience.
At one level, this meant providing a comprehensive yet intuitive control
surface. But with Kronos X, they wanted to take these ideas even
further, creating an instrument ideally suited to the way musicians
The Set List screen lets you instantly recall your favorite
programs, combinations, or song data with a single touch, regardless of
mode. There are 128 Set List locations, and each one can have 128
slots. Sixteen of these slots appear at a time as buttons in the
TouchView display, color-coded to ensure easy visibility even in dim
lighting. This is a great convenience during a live performance or in
the production workplace. You can also leave notes for yourself using
the Set List page, to remember the key of a song, for example. The Set
List also provides a stereo graphic EQ at the final stage of the main
audio output, which can be used to compensate for the acoustical
character of the performance venue.
Kronos X features their
Smooth Sound Transition technology. This powerful addition is designed
to maintain any currently held, played, or sustaining notes (with their
effects), helping to prevent drop-outs from occurring when you switch
sounds or change from Program mode to Combi mode. A high level of
technology has been applied to finally bring this sought-after ability
to reality, fulfilling the requests of many musicians.
Enhanced, color TouchView display
TouchView graphical user interface is based on a large, color 8-inch
(800 x 600 pixel) touch screen. The TouchView display is the centerpiece
of KORG's intuitive design, providing easy-to-view information and
simple touch control. In developing Kronos X, they also incorporated
numerous images of actual instruments and their respective controls into
the display, to ensure that the musician enjoys the feeling of playing
an instrument - rather than controlling a machine.
In addition to
the parameters accessible directly from the TouchView display, Kronos X
also offers a wealth of realtime controllers to enhance any performance
and to aid navigation. A four-way joystick, ribbon controller, and two
assignable switches are located to the left of the keyboard. An
additional Vector joystick is nearby. Above the keyboard, nine sliders,
eight knobs and a number of switches provide realtime interaction with
features at the heart of the Kronos X's impressive sound. The damper
pedal input supports half-damping, providing another level of piano
realism. In addition to the damper pedal jack, there are also two
assignable pedal inputs, one foot pedal type and one footswitch style.
KORG's Finest Keyboard Actions
61-key version features the same great-feeling, responsive
semi-weighted keybed found in the M3-61 Music Workstation. Acclaimed for
their solid feel and tactile response, these keys provide a seamless,
expressive connection to the many forms of synthesis Kronos X provides.
The 88-key model of the Kronos X features the same RH3 real weighted
hammer action keyboard used on KORG's upper-end piano models and on the
SV-1. The hammer weighting is graded, providing a heavier feel in the
lower register and a lighter feel in the upper register, just as on a
grand piano, offering superb playability. Boldly, the 73-key model also
features this same RH3 keyboard, creating a more compact and
transportable instrument that still provides superior piano and electric
piano sounds teamed with an authentic piano touch. Kronos X is notable
for its slim design, showing an integration of function and design.
X supports connecting USB MIDI class-compliant controllers directly to
it. For instance, you can use a Korg microKEY as an auxiliary
synth-action keyboard for a Kronos X-73 or 88. Even better, KORG USB
MIDI controllers with pads-including the nanoPAD, nanoPAD2, and
padKONTROL-are automatically mapped to the Kronos chord pads, for
playing and programming drums, triggering chords, and selecting and
assigning chords for Chord Mode.
Kronos X supports for the Kronos
Editor and Plug-In Editor*, lets you edit and organize sounds from a
Mac OS X or Windows computer. Plug-in operation allows you to save
settings as part of your project with any VST-compatible Windows
software, or any VST- or AU-compatible software on Mac OS X. The Kronos
Editor and Plug-In Editor are available for free download at Korg's
*Please use Version 2.0 or later
Ethernet functionality lets you use a commercially available USB
Ethernet adaptor to transmit files and data easily and at high speed
between the Kronos X and your computer. You can create backup files on
your computer, send sample data at high speed from your computer to the
Kronos X, and use your computer to manage data that's on the Kronos X's
internal disk. By enhancing the integration with your computer it's now
even easier to get your musical projects completed. By attaching a
commercially available USB Ethernet adapter to the Kronos X, you'll be
able to exchange data with your computer via a LAN cable. Standard FTP
software for each operating system can be used.