Korg Announces KRONOS Flagship Music Workstation

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WINTER NAMM SHOW, ANAHEIM, CA, January 13, 2011 — Korg has introduced their new flagship keyboard, the KRONOS Music Workstation. In 1988, Korg put the Music Workstation on the map with the M1. Now, Korg once again redefines the Music Workstation. KRONOS unites nine distinct sound engines – plus new supporting technologies – all sharing the same reliable hardware to provide a stable, integrated instrument.

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The Nine Sound Engines include:

SGX-1 Premium Piano?Piano sound engine
Virtual Memory Technology (VMT) allows KRONOS to play long, natural, un-looped samples, recorded at eight velocity levels for each and every key – directly from the Solid State Disk (SSD) for a piano performance unheard of in a hardware instrument. Also includes key-off, damper resonance, and damper pedal noise elements for finely detailed version of two world-class grand pianos.

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EP-1 MDS Electric Piano?Electric piano sound engine
MDS (Multi-Dimensional Synthesis) technology eliminates the transitions between velocity-switched samples, the unnatural behavior of looped samples, and gives the user unprecedented control over the sonic elements of these unique instruments; includes the amps, cabinets, and vintage effects that gave the original instruments their sound.

CX-3 Tonewheel Organ?Tonewheel organ sound engine
KRONOS precisely models the classic tonewheel organ, perfectly reproducing the vacuum tube amp, Vibrato/Chorus effects and the “must-have” rotary speaker. The signature fold-back, leakage, and tonewheel noise have been analyzed and recreated.

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HD-1 High Definition Synthesizer?Flagship PCM, Sampling and Wave Sequencing sound engine
Using Virtual Memory Technology (VMT) to access multiple samples directly from the Solid State Disk (SSD) allows the HD-1 to provide all of the essential sounds in exquisite detail, from orchestral to classic rock to hip-hop. The HD-1 includes Wave Sequencing and access to Korg’s Ambient Drums.

AL-1 Analog Synthesizer?High-fidelity analog modeling sound engine
The premium analog modeling engine first featured on the Korg OASYS recreates the power of true analog synthesis. Highlights include morphing waveforms, ring mod, and the flexible MultiFilter.

MS-20EX Legacy Analog Collection
Analog modeling sound engine
Using Korg’s CMT (Component Modeling Technology) the MS-20EX faithfully reproduces the classic MS-20 synth while dramatically expanding its patch panel functionality. It also delivers the MS-20’s aggressive sound and filter tone.

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PolysixEX Legacy Analog Collection?Analog modeling sound engine
With its self-oscillating four-pole filter plus a lush Chorus/Ensemble effect, the PolysixEX extends the abilities of the original Polysix in many creative ways. The classic arpeggiator built into the original Polysix is also provided.

MOD-7 Waveshaping VPM Synthesizer
VPM/Waveshaping/PCM processing sound engine
MOD-7 combines Variable Phase Modulation (VPM), wave-shaping, ring modulation, samples, and subtractive synthesis, plus a modular patch-panel system. MOD-7 offers everything from classic FM keyboards to bells and basses and sparkling, epic pads.

STR-1 Plucked String Synthesizer
Physical modeling sound engine
In addition to unique, experimental timbres, the STR-1 is great for traditional instruments such as guitars, basses, harps, and other sounds whose tone responds in ways that are difficult for a PCM sound engine to replicate.

The front panel offers a clean layout with intuitive control, highlighted by an eight-inch color TouchView™ display. A four-way joystick, ribbon controller, and two assignable switches are located to the left of the keyboard. An additional Vector joystick is nearby. Nine sliders, eight knobs and a number of illuminated switches provide realtime interaction with features at the heart of the KRONOS.

New performance features have been added. Smooth Sound Transition works to keep held or sustained notes and their effects sounding when changing sounds or switching from Program to Combi mode. Set List mode allows all of the Programs, Combis, and Songs needed to get through a set to be organized into one convenient screen for instant selection. Text messages can even be added, reminding the player of key song lyrics, stage cues, etc.

KRONOS is available with 61, 73 or 88 keys. The 73 and 88 key models feature Korg’s finest RH3 Graded Hammer Action. Including the RH3 action on the 73 model is an often-requested feature, creating a lighter and more portable instrument that retains the authentic piano feel. The 61-key model borrows the responsive synth action from the Korg M3-61.

Enhanced production features include a sequencer featuring 16 MIDI tracks and 16 audio tracks, with KARMA® (phrase generating technology), Drum Tracks, and RPPR to greatly speed up the creative process. The effects suite offers 12 Insert Effects, 2 Master Effects, and 2 Total Effects – and over 150 effect types to choose from.

Versatile inputs and outputs include analog, S/P DIF optical, and USB to provide MIDI and audio connectivity between KRONOS and a computer. The included editor software also functions as a plug-in, providing seamless integration with popular DAW software.