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Hacking the Kronos

Disclaimer: if you’re going to try this yourself. Do this at your own risk. I’m just the messenger and not responsible if you damage or wreck your Kronos.

A long time ago there was a guy on Korg forums who took the challenge to open up the kronos and reverse engineer the inner workings of the Kronos. In that time he was hacking the Kronos classic (the first version). It was cool to see that he could connect a normal monitor to the Kronos to see the boot proces, and while he was digging into the Kronos’ Operating system he found cool things. When suddenly he stopped posting about it…

A few days ago I stumbled upon some other links of someone who is called Kronoshacker and another guy who tried all the things Kronoshacker was doing. The most important thing was to upgrade the hardware of the Kronos to get:

  • more polyphony: 200 voices accross all engines (even STR-1 and MS-20)
  • a boot up time in less than 20 seconds (!)

To achieve this he actually had to hack some checks (security) the Kronos has built in.

Read the story here: Kronoshacker.blogspot.nl

And here’s a guy (Marcan) who has commented on this and tried this too (with succes): website of Marcan

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Installing Sample RAM memory

Hi everybody,

A while ago I have installed some extra memory in my Kronos. I used the Youtube film below as a guide and it works like a charm.

The memory isn’t that expensive. An advice I can give you is that you better buy the memory from a computershop, rather than from a musical instruments shop. They tend to ask more than double for it.

Oh before I forget: do it at your own risk! Don’t come complaining if you wreck your Kronos. I’m not responsible for any damage. If you’re experienced with swapping memory from a computer this is a piece of cake. Otherwise ask help from someone who has some experience.

Memory used in this Youtube video:
Corsair DDR2-SDRAM PC6400 CL5

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New Karma-Lab Sound Set for Korg Kronos and OASYS

August 24, 2015 – Karma-Lab, the developer of the KARMA interactive music technology featured in Korg Workstations, announces the release of “Catalyst Volume 2 – Blast of Inspiration!” (US $48) – a new sound set of 32 KARMA-fied combis for the Korg Kronos, Kronos X, Kronos 2 and Oasys. Special introductory pricing of $32 (33% discount) is available until September 15, 2015. The combis can be loaded directly into the Kronos and Oasys, or used with the optional KARMA Kronos and KARMA Oasys software.

catalyst2-videoA comprehensive demonstration video showing ten real-time performances of selected combis is available at:

http://karma-lab.com/youtube/cat2

Focused on song-construction, backing tracks and inspirational grooves for jamming and live performance, scoring and film cues, each combi is composed of a full 4 KARMA Modules and 8 fully-voiced scenes for maximum variability, featuring extensive real-time control via the KARMA Realtime Controls (8 sliders, 8 switches) and the other controllers (joystick, ribbon, 8 RT sliders/knobs, Vector Joystick and 2 switches over joystick). In addition, the Kronos’s Drum Track has been programmed to add an additional complimentary percussion or drum element in nearly every combi.

Each combi is fully and meticulously documented in the accompanying 72 page User’s Guide, which is loaded with tips on how to get the most out of each KARMA Performance. The set includes grooves, sonic textures and backing tracks in a wide variety of styles, ranging from a mixture of Rock, Ambient, Jazz, New-Age and World/Ethnic categories to Hip-Hop, Dance, Electronica, Trance and Techno categories.

Catalyst Volume 2 is Karma-Lab’s third set of KARMA-fied combis for the Kronos, joining Catalyst Volume 1 and Reincarnated – two other acclaimed sets with similar high-tech programming. KARMA Developer Stephen Kay says “As the inventor of KARMA (licensed to Korg), nobody programs KARMA to the degree that Karma-Lab does. If you want big, bold, full, robust KARMA combis with inspiring and intricate parts that have 8 full scenes of completely different variations, each capable of driving the creation of new song ideas, then these are the sets for you.”

More information about Catalyst Volume 2 and other Karma-Lab sound sets can be found at:

http://karma-lab.com/sounds

About Karma-Lab

Developer of the award-winning and patented KARMA® algorithmic music technology, Karma-Lab is a provider of software for music and sound creation. Founded in 1994 and based in Westfield, NJ, the company has developed the KARMA features, software and sounds for a wide variety of Korg products including the Korg Karma, Triton, OASYS, M3, M50 and Kronos. Karma-Lab has also recently released software and sounds for a number of Yamaha products including the Motif XF and XS series, the MOXF and MOX series, the S70/S90 XS series, and the Motif Rack-XS. KARMA technology is used worldwide by tens of thousands of users, for applications including audio production, song-writing, film/TV soundtracks, live stage sound, club remixes, computer game sound, and multimedia applications. Find out more at karma-lab.com

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New Korg Kronos OS and editor update

New message for Korg Kronos users:

Dear KRONOS user,

We have a bunch of announcements for you today, including new software – all for free!

http://www.korg.com/us/news/2015/0722/

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Here’s the lineup:

* KRONOS Editor version 3.0.0

* KRONOS System version 3.0.3

* New KRONOS (KRONOS 2) Sub-System Firmware Version 1.08

More details below!

* KRONOS Editor version 3.0.0

The KRONOS Editor version 3.0 adds support for the new features of KRONOS system version 3.0, including the updated SGX-2, vintage effects, enhanced Set List, new Global parameters, new freedom of HD-1/EXi type assignment for INT Program Banks, and the ability to edit Programs in the context of Combinations and Songs.

The KRONOS Editor/Plug-In Editor 3.0.0 requires KRONOS System Version 3.0.3 or later.

* KRONOS System version 3.0.3

KRONOS System version 3.0.3 adds a number of new features, including the support for the KRONOS Editor and Plug-in Editor 3 software, the ability to automatically remap factory Program references in sound files created for the original KRONOS and KRONOS X, and Slot transposition display in Set List mode.

In addition to these new features, the update includes various improvements and important resolutions to specific operational issues.

We recommend that all KRONOS, KRONOS X and new KRONOS(KRONOS 2) users update to version 3.0.3. This update may be installed on any KRONOS, regardless of the currently installed system version; it is not necessary to install intermediate upgrades first.

* New KRONOS (KRONOS 2) Sub-System Firmware Version 1.08

This application, provided for both Windows and Mac OS X, will update the new KRONOS (KRONOS 2) Sub-System Firmware.

Note: Sub-System Version 1.08 (V01R08) is only available for the New KRONOS (KRONOS 2) production model. It can NOT be used for the KRONOS and KRONOS X production models.

Changes :

– In very rare cases, when performing a USB MIDI data dump or using USB audio between the new KRONOS and an external computer, noises or glitches might have been heard in the KRONOS audio output. This has now been fixed.

– In very rare cases, an operational error might have occurred, resulting in the following message: “A problem has been detected, which may have been caused by cycling power too quickly.” This has now been fixed.

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All of the above are free for all registered users, and are available for download from https://shop.korg.com/kronos/Support in the sections “Software” (for the Editor update) and “Operating System” (for the KRONOS updates).

We hope that you enjoy these additions to the KRONOS as much as we enjoyed creating them!

Best regards,

KORG

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Korg Kronos stolen in the Netherlands

Hi Guys and girls,

Today a van with lots of gear including a Korg kronos 88 keys has been stolen from Sander.

Here’s his message translated from dutch:


 

My car with licence plate 20-VVJ-4 has been stolen

van-bus

with the following equipment:

  • Kronos 88 serial 003901, with RAM upgrade and 2nd SSD (Intel 530 serie 120GB)
  • Roland JX10 SuperJX
  • Hammond XB1
  • Neo Instruments Ventilator & footswitch
  • A&H Zed10FX mixer
  • RCF722A active speaker
  • Radial ProD2 DI
  • Shure SM58 beta
  • Korg Nanopad 2
  • K&M iPad holder
  • Ultimate Apex stand
  • K&M 18950 stand
  • Keyboard bench
  • Trolly
  • Samsonite cloths bag

Should you see this gear on Ebay contact me on Facebook


As you might have seen there was also a van stolen from NuSkoolTone; luckily together with Facebook friends he got his van back 🙂 Read the story here.

http://www.korgforums.com/forum/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=98302


This got me thinking that it could be helpful to register stolen Kronos workstations on this site. So if you’re going to buy a second hand Kronos, check here if it’s a legal one. And not some stole synth. And even better: turn those people in. So, make a note of your serial number. In case you ever need it…

Here’s the page with stolen Kronos workstations (at this moment just one, but I expect there will be more. But.. I hope not)


 

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VIDEO: demo of the Kronos 2015 at Musikmesse

Here’s a video we made of the demonstration of the Korg Kronos 2015 at the Frankfurter Musikmesse, enjoy!

 

 

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Just checked out the new Kronos 2015

Hi everybody,

Yesterday I went to Musicstore Koeln (Germany) to get a keyboard stand (an Ultimate Apex ax48 pro s if you want to know). And when I was there browing around there it was:

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The new Kronos 2015 🙂

I was curious if the interface was any faster and perhaps I’ll find new interesting features that aren’t mentioned on websites. So I played around with it.

The first thing I tried was the Berlin Grand piano, and boy it sounded great. I quickly looked if there were any new features to it and I saw the following screen (see below). I haven’t seen it before. It could be a new update to the OS:

 

 

IMG_5624It’s a screen about the string resonance. You can change the value of the intensity of the resonance. And you will see which strings will resonate when you’re playing. Very cool and it sounds very realistic and subtle.

The next thing I noticed is that there were very cool new programs (sounds). And those were very focused on real, existing songs, take this for example below

 

 

IMG_5627Program 089: Take on me lead, yes indeed it’s the sound that exactly sounds like the real sound. Knowing that it’s not common for Korg workstations to have that kind of programs, made me think that these programs were demo sounds of a sales representative. So I asked a guy of the store if this was true. He said he didn’t know, but I was free to make a backup to take it home. So I did 🙂 and tried those beautiful programs at home.  Mind you, I have the first Kronos, let’s call it the classic Kronos.

The first thing that I had to do was to update my Kronos Operating System to the latest version (3.0.2) at this moment. You can download it at Korg.com. And then I loaded the pcg file and indeed the programs worked like a charm! (except the Berlin Grand Sounds, because I haven’t bought the BGS expansion pack.. yet… or I could just buy the 2015 Kronos after a while, who knows…time will tell hehe)

So.. are these sounds from factory or custom made? Well, I can tell you, these sounds are from factory on the Kronos 2015 and you can load them into your classic Kronos and Kronos X.

I just looked up the patch list of the Kronos 2015 (check it here), and you can see that “089 Take on me lead” is there. So this is very good news.

Some additional info:

  • I asked the guy in the store when the Kronos will be available and it’ll arrive in May 2015 (for Germany, I’m from the Netherlands BTW)
  • Availability will be about the same for the Netherlands (please don’t ask me for other countries, I don’t know. You could ask your local distributor)
  • Yes, the string resonance screen is also available on the older Kronos workstations (classic and X)
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Three new KRONOS EXs

News from Korg:

Korg is pleased to announce the availability of three new KRONOS EXs, one KRS and one updated EXs libraries from KApro. There are so many new sounds that we can only give you a taste in this email; for full details, including audio demos, please check out the KRONOS Sound Libraries site:

https://shop.korg.com/kronos/SoundLibraries

http://www.korg.com/news/2015/0320/

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KApro:

EXs25 KApro Electric Guitar – Single Coil Edition: US $149

EXs88 KApro Theatre Organ: US $149

EXs114 KApro Electronic Drums 2: US $49

KRS-76 KApro Most Wanted 2: US $19

EXs updates:

EXs44 KApro Dynosaur 2: US $99

This update adds new Programs, new Programs and Wave Sequences. To update a previous installation, simply download the new EXs data and re-install as you would normally. Existing authorization codes will continue to be valid.

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Note: All of new EXs and KRS libraries require KRONOS System Version 3.0.2 or later.

EXs demo versions and authorization codes

As always, you can download and try out all EXs libraries for free. Initially, they will work in demo mode. You’ll be able to play, edit, and save Programs, Combis, Wave Sequences, and Songs which use the new samples – but until you purchase an authorization code, their sound will fade out periodically. To purchase an authorization code, go to the online shop at https://shop.korg.com/kronos/SoundLibraries. Once purchased, entering the authorization code into the KRONOS removes the audio limitations of demo mode – no additional downloads required.

Best regards,

KORG

Please do not reply to this message directly; regretfully, we cannot respond to email sent to this address. If you have any questions, please contact your local Korg distributor:

http://www.korg.com/jp/corporate/distributors/

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New KRONOS Sound Pack for current KRONOS users!

Hi guys & girls, Korg has an anouncement:


new-korg-kronos-soundpack-berlin-grandDear KRONOS user,

Korg is pleased to announce the “New KRONOS Sound Pack” for the current KRONOS users.

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New KRONOS Sound Pack (normally $299, introductory price of $249)

The “New KRONOS Sound Pack” includes the following new KRONOS Sound Libraries, as featured in the new KRONOS:

• EXs17 SGX-2 Berlin D Piano

• EXs18 KORG EXs Collections

• KRS-07 Sound Pack 3.0

The ”New KRONOS Sound Pack” adds these fresh new sounds to the KRONOS and KRONOS X.

http://www.korg.com/us/news/2015/0129/

https://shop.korg.com/kronos/SoundLibraries

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• EXs17 SGX-2 Berlin D Piano

Contents: Approximately 8.6GB of PCM samples, 16 Piano Types.

One of the three great pianos of the world, this legendary instrument from Berlin has been captured for the SGX‐2 sound engine. The KRONOS piano engine has always offered huge collections of non-looped/natural decay stereo samples, recorded for every key, with additional unique tools to customize the piano to your needs. Inheriting all of this SGX-1 functionality, the new enhanced SGX-2 Grand Piano engine introduces the new Berlin Grand Piano, including 12 velocity zones, Sympathetic String Resonance and newly-recorded Una Corda (soft pedal – literally “one-string”)

The EXs17 Berlin Grand Piano offers resonant piano sound with striking sense of depth.

• EXs18 KORG EXs Collections

Contents: Approximately 900MB of PCM samples, 93 Multisamples (42 stereo)

EXs18 contains a selection of string, choir and brass sounds from the three KORG EXs titles listed below.

・ EXs11 Legendary Strings

・ EXs15 Classical and Ambient Choir

・ EXs16 Funk and Soul Brass

• KRS-07 Sound Pack 3.0

Contents: 256 Programs, 32 Combinations, 13 Wavesequences, 1 Set List

KRS-07 provides new Programs which use the samples from EXs17 and EXs18. Additional Song Programs are named for the classic rock and pop songs whose signature keyboard sounds these programs recreate. Use these universally well-known sounds to pay homage to the originals, or as the basis for personal sonic explorations.

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EXs17 and EXs18 demo versions and authorization codes

As always, you can download and try out all EXs libraries for free. Initially, they will work in demo mode. You’ll be able to play, edit, and save Programs, Combis, Wave Sequences, and Songs which use the new samples – but until you purchase an authorization code, their sound will fade out periodically. To purchase an authorization code, go to the online shop at https://shop.korg.com/kronos/SoundLibraries. Once the “New KRONOS Sound Pack” purchased, entering the authorization code into the KRONOS removes the audio limitations of demo mode – no additional downloads required.

KRS-07 is available for download only after purchasing the “New KRONOS Sound Pack.” Pre-purchase demo mode is not available for KRS-07.

We hope that you enjoy these additions to the KRONOS as much as we enjoyed creating them!

Best regards,

KORG

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Kronos OS3 is available!

A message from Korg:

Dear KRONOS user,

Korg is pleased to announce a new software update for the KRONOS, version 3.0.2, as well as the availability of KApro’s new “EXs19 KApro Private Collections” library.

http://www.korg.com/us/news/2014/1204/

https://shop.korg.com/kronos/SoundLibraries

https://shop.korg.com/kronos/Support

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KRONOS System Version 3.0.2

KRONOS software version 3.0 is a major upgrade featuring:

  • the new SGX-2,
  • system-wide touch-drag gestural input from the touch-screen,
  • larger on-screen fonts
  • the ability to edit Programs in the context of Combinations and Songs,
  • 12 vintage effects,
  • a raft of improvements to Set Lists,
  • a new Find feature for locating Programs and Combinations by name,
  • audio level meters for Oscillators, Timbres, Tracks, and effects,
  • improved support for non- equal-tempered scales,
  • support for editing text via USB alphanumeric keyboards, and
  • if a sound requires samples which aren’t currently loaded, you can now load those samples in a single step.

For more information, please see the updated PDF manuals and the onboard Help system.

We recommend that all KRONOS and KRONOS X users update to version 3.0.2. This update may be installed on any KRONOS or KRONOS X, regardless of the currently installed system version; it is not necessary to install intermediate upgrades first.

The new software is free for all registered users, and is now available for download from the Operating System section at https://shop.korg.com/kronos/Support. For detailed information about the improvements in 3.0.2, please see the Release Notes at the same URL.

Note: KRONOS System Version 3.0.2 provides nearly all of the features of the new KRONOS, except for the updated sounds and sample libraries. These updated sounds and libraries, including the EXs17 Berlin D Piano, EXs18 Korg EXs Collections, and new Programs and Combinations, are expected to be made available for owners of previous KRONOS models in late January 2015 (price TBD).

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EXs19 KApro Private Collections

EXs19 “KApro’s Private Collection” is free for registered owners of the new KORG KRONOS, and is available to owners of previous KRONOS models at an introductory price of only $49 until December 31, 2014 (after which the price will be $99).

KApro EXs19 KApro’s Private Collection for the KORG KRONOS offers a stunning set of sounds:

  • 128 Programs, starting with 40 well-known, popular Programs from eleven KApro sound libraries–plus 88 completely new Programs combining Multisamples from the different libraries,
  • 32 Wave Sequences, implementing “round robin” allocation for realistic and vivid reproduction of symphonic orchestra sounds as well as lively synth timbres, and
  • 117 Multisamples, including 94 recorded in stereo

Note: Free EXs19 authorization requires the completion of KRONOS 2 user registration.

Note: EXs19 requires KRONOS System Version 2.0.2 or later.

EXs demo versions and authorization codes

As always, you can download and try out all EXs libraries for free. Initially, they will work in demo mode. You’ll be able to play, edit, and save Programs, Combis, Wave Sequences, and Songs which use the new samples – but until you purchase an authorization code, their sound will fade out periodically. To purchase an authorization code, go to the online shop at https://shop.korg.com/kronos/SoundLibraries. Once purchased, entering the authorization code into the KRONOS removes the audio limitations of demo mode – no additional downloads required.

We hope that you enjoy these additions to the KRONOS as much as we enjoyed creating them!

Best regards,

KORG