K-Sounds Releases Epic Grand for Korg Kronos and Kronos X

kronos-epic-grandK-Sounds presents Epic Grand for the Korg Kronos and Kronos X, featuring detailed stereo samples of a Japanese grand piano.

Epic Grand was designed with quality in mind. The samples were recorded and edited at 176.4kHz, 24 / 32 bits, then converted to Kronos-compatible specifications for the final product. A close mic position was used, creating an up-front, studio sound. The stereo image is wide, centered, and mono-compatible. Every note has a generous, natural-sounding sustain.

Epic Grand offers eight sampled dynamic layers plus damper resonance, release resonance, hammer noise samples, and multi-dynamic damper noise samples. All samples are unlooped, lasting up to twenty seconds.

Epic Grand’s damper resonance samples are true recordings of the sympathetic string resonance heard when notes are played with the damper pedal down. Sampling the actual resonance of a real piano provides authenticity that surpasses digital effects and convolution. This resonance is presented as an independent component of the instrument, allowing it to respond to the sustain pedal in real time. Users can adjust its volume or disable it altogether.

In addition to a variety of programs, five layer / split combinations are provided. Each one blends the piano with multiple instruments that can be independently activated and disabled during a performance. A keyboardist could begin by playing solo piano, add strings, add electric piano, and then return to solo piano – all without causing a break in the sound! Taking this concept further, additional combinations focused on solo piano allow users to independently add or subtract damper resonance, release resonance, hammer noises, and damper noises.

Epic Grand is designed to be incredibly playable. It was constantly played during its development to ensure that it responds dynamically and musically.

Features:

  • Close-miked, unlooped samples up to 20 seconds long.
  • Eight sampled dynamic layers.
  • True sampled damper resonance with real-time sustain pedal response.
  • Release resonance samples.
  • Hammer noise samples.
  • Damper noise samples triggered by the sustain pedal.
  • Big “studio” sound with modest system requirements.
  • Wide stereo image.
  • Mono-compatible.
  • Custom programs and combinations provided.
  • Designed to be incredibly playable.

Epic Grand is available now. For more information, visit K-Sounds at ksounds.com.

Korg just released a free new Organ bank for Kronos

korg-kronos-krs06-bonus-organ-bankKorg just released a brand new FREE bank of KRS06 sounds for Kronos/Kronos X users!

— On the Korg website: —
To celebrate the updated CX-3 in KRONOS software version 2.1, we asked some of our favorite organ players to collaborate with us on a new set of sounds. The result is KRS-06: CX-3 Signature Sounds, a bank of 128 EXi Programs which deliver the distinctive timbres of these acclaimed artists and take full advantage of the new CX-3 features. KRS-06 is available free of charge to all KRONOS users.

Check it out here (you need to scroll on that page to find it, search for KRS06): http://www.korg.com/kronosSoundLibraries

Korg Kronos OS 2.1.1 released

korg-kronosFrom Korg, sent on december 2nd::

Dear KRONOS user,

We’ve just released a new software update for the KRONOS: version 2.1.1. This update fixes a problem introduced in version 2.1 in which note-offs from any MIDI channel were erroneously duplicated on the Global channel. Also included are fixes for a couple of older issues.

Version 2.1.1 also includes all of the new features from version 2.1:

Here’s the lineup:

* KRONOS software version 2.1
* KRONOS Editor version 2.1
* Updated factory sounds
* KRS-06 CX-3 Signature Sounds
* KRONOS Sub-System Firmware Version 6.04
More details below!

* KRONOS software version 2.1

KRONOS software version 2.1 adds several new features, including a newly improved CX-3 engine plus three new features tailored for live performance: real-time indication of the Rotary Speaker speed in all performance modes, a polyphony-saving option for Timbre/Track Mute, and the ability to assign external MIDI CCs (from a pedal controller, for instance) to a number of special functions. For more information, please see the updated PDF manuals and the onboard Help system.

In addition to these new features, the update includes various improvements and resolutions to specific operational issues. For more information, please see the Release Notes.

We recommend that all KRONOS and KRONOS X users update to version 2.1.0. This update may be installed on any KRONOS, regardless of the currently installed system version; it is not necessary to install intermediate upgrades first.

* KRONOS Editor version 2.1

This new version of the Editor supports (and requires) KRONOS software version 2.1.0, including the new CX-3 features and the Global Mute Mode parameter. It also adds Overview/Page Jump functionality: clicking on most of the graphics on the Program Play Main page, such as filters, LFOs, or envelopes, will jump to the appropriate page of parameters, similar to the KRONOS’s Play Page. In addition to these new features, the update includes various improvements and resolutions to specific operational issues.

* Updated factory sounds

To accompany KRONOS software version 2.1, we’ve released a new version of the factory sounds: PRELOAD_V2.PCG. This includes updated CX-3 Programs in banks I-A and U-C, which take advantage of the new CX-3 features in KRONOS system version 2.1.

* KRS-06: CX-3 Signature Sounds

To celebrate the updated CX-3, we asked some of our favorite organ players to collaborate with us on a new set of sounds. The result is KRS-06: CX-3 Signature Sounds, a bank of 128 EXi Programs which deliver the distinctive timbres of these acclaimed artists and take full advantage of the new CX-3 features.

* KRONOS Sub-System Firmware Version 6.04

This update to the KRONOS low-level sub-system improves communication with USB 3.0 ports on Windows computers and improves the startup screen. It also includes various other improvements. Updater applications are provided for Mac OS X and Windows. We recommend that all KRONOS and KRONOS X users perform this update.

If you haven’t updated yet, you’ll enjoy the improved CX-3 engine and three new features tailored for live performance: real-time indication of the Rotary Speaker speed in all performance modes, a polyphony-saving option for Timbre/Track Mute, and the ability to assign external MIDI CCs (from a pedal controller, for instance) to a number of special functions. For more information, please see the updated PDF manuals and the onboard Help system.

Version 2.1.1 is free for all registered users, and available for download from http://www.korg.com/kronos/Support in the “Operating System” section.

Best regards,

KORG

Win: Korg Kronos Studio Makeover

Hi guys,

I saw a nice online competition by Korg: http://www.korg.com/KronosXStudioMakeover

korg kronos studio makeover competitionToo bad it’s only for US residents (like all the Korg.com competitions), because I really wanted to enter this competition. My studio really needs an update, especially regarding the secondary gear: like my mixer, recording gear, cables, mics and furniture.

And… best of all: If I would win the Korg Kronos Studio Makeover competition main prize, there would be 2 winners, because I would give away my own shiny Korg Kronos 73 keys to a Kronoshaven user. :)

But hey, let’s just wish all the US competition participants good luck and let us know how your studio looks like before and after winning :)

Cool Korg Kronos demo

I’ve seen this guy before. He was demonstrating the King Korg (which is also a cool Korg synth btw). And I just stumbled upon this demo of the Kronos. Not bad, actually it’s very good, because he demonstrates the Kronos by playing some well-known, popular songs.

Chek it out:

 

Kronos connecting to your network using USB ethernet adapter

Did you know it’s possible to connect your Kronos to your computer using a USB Ethernet adapter? The Kronos supports FTP connections to access the internal SSD (Solid State Drive = like the internal Hard disk). It could be useful to make back-ups of your data, or you could use it to upload samples to your Kronos.

At this moment of writing, these USB Ethernet adapters are supported for a succesful connection to your Kronos.:

apple USB Ethernet adapter• Apple USB Ethernet Adapter (MC704ZM/A)
• Cisco Linksys USB‐300M
• TRENDnet TU2‐ET100
• BUFFALO LUA3‐U2‐AGT
• BUFFALO LUA3‐U2‐ATX
• BUFFALO LUA‐U2‐KTX
• IODATA ETX3‐US2
• Logitec LAN‐TX/U2B
• Logitec LAN‐TX/U2H3
• Planex UE‐100TX‐G3

 

Of course you need a computer and a network cable (utp).

Basic steps to setup an FTP connection:

  • Make sure your computer is connected to your home / business network (wifi or UTP)
  • Connect the USB part of the USB ethernet adapter to your Kronos and the Ethernet part of the USB ethernet adapter to your home / buesiness network.
  • Turn on Kronos and your computer
  • Kronos: go to the Global settings
  • Kronos: go to the NETWORK tab (if you don’t see the network tab, make sure you have the latest operating system (OS) on your Kronos)
  • Your network should assign an IP adres to your Kronos (using DHCP)
  • OK, now your Kronos has an IP; the default FTP username is kronos and password is also kronos.
  • Now you can use an FTP client like FileZilla (which is free) on your computer to connect to your Kronos.
  • in FileZilla (on your computer): make a new connection (orftp-kronos site).
    Fill out:
    host = [IP address that your network assigned to your Kronos]
    logon type = normal
    user = kronos
    password = kronos
    and press CONNECT
  • you should be able to see your SSD drive (or drives if you have more than one SSD built in)

 

See all steps on Youtube (unfortunately this is in French, but quite understandable) source: kronoscopie.fr

 

Mapping a network drive from Windows 7 to your SSD drive in your Kronos