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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

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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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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

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New features in KRONOS software version 3.0

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, and a raft of improvements to Set Lists.
There’s also 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, and support for editing text via USB alphanumeric keyboards. Last but not least, if a sound requires samples which aren’t currently loaded, you can now load those samples in a single step.
In addition to these new features, the update includes various improvements and resolutions to specific operational issues.

SGX-2

The updates to the SGX-1 are so significant that we thought it deserved an updated name as well—hence, the SGX-2. First, the SGX-2 now includes modeled String Resonance, for an even more realistic playing experience (older sounds will need to be edited manually to enable this feature). Under-the-hood changes also enable powerful new Piano Types with up to 12 velocity zones and dedicated Una Corda samples—such as those of the EXs17 Berlin D Piano.

Touch-drag gestural input

Throughout the KRONOS, you can now simply touch your finger to a parameter and drag on the display to change its value. This applies to all knobs, sliders, drawbars, and numeric parameters. You can also touch and drag to create and delete connections on the MS-20EX and MOD-7 patch panels.

Editing Programs from within a Combination or Song

You can now jump directly into the editing pages of a Program from within a Combination or Song—while still hearing all of the other Timbres or Tracks. Tweak a step sequencer pattern, for instance, or experiment with patch cables in the MS-20EX.

Vintage effects

The new Vintage effect category includes 12 effects based on the CX-3 and EP-1. Classics such as the Small Phase and Vox Wah are now available as insert, master, and total effects.

Set List improvements

Set Lists now support different colors for each Slot, to make them easier to distinguish quickly. Slots can now also be transposed individually.
You can make more room for comments by showing only 4 or 8 Slots at a time, or show 16 Slots so that you have the maximum number of sounds under your fingertips. A new Comment Panel, accessible by touching the comment area and swiping downwards, temporarily dedicates the entire screen to the comment. You can also choose different font sizes for each Slot’s comments, from small (to fit more text without scrolling) to ultra-large (for easy visibility).

Find

The new Find feature, accessed by a magnifying-glass- shaped button in most selection dialogs, lets you search for Programs, Combinations, and other data by name.

Meters

On-screen meters now show audio levels for Program Oscillators (on the Control Surface page), Combination Timbres, Song Tracks, insert effects, and the main output.

Improved scale support

A new Global parameter, Osc/Timbre/Track Transpose, determines how the Program Oscillator, Combination Timbre, and Song Track Transpose parameters interact with the Scale and Key. There are two options, each designed for a specific use-case.
If you are using non-equal-tempered scales and want to build parallel intervals (such as “fat fifths”) into your sounds, use the Works Within Scale (for harmonies) setting. If, on the other hand, you play in non-equal-tempered scales and transpose entire songs—to accommodate singers, for example—use the Transposes Scale option.

Load Required Samples

If a Program, Combination, or Song uses EXs, User Sample Bank, or Sampling Mode data which is not currently loaded, the Samples Not Loaded message appears at the top of the display. You can now use the Load required samples command to load all of the required samples in a single step.

USB alphanumeric keyboard support

Anywhere that you can enter text, you can now use a connected USB alphanumeric keyboard as an alternative to the touch-screen keyboard. A keyboard with the standard US “IBM PC” QWERTY layout is recommended.

Other improvements

Program banks I-A…F may now be configured as either HD-1or EXi.

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SYNTHSOUNDS.CO.UK – Third Party Sound Libraries for the Korg Kronos

Synthsounds.co.uk have new sounds which are available for the Korg Kronos Synthesizer which you can buy and download from the website.

  • KORG KRONOS VITA SYNTH BASS EXi (Featuring 128 New Preset Synthesizer Bass Sounds/Programs for the EXi Synth Engine)
  • KORG KRONOS VITA SYNTH BASS HD1 (Featuring 128 New Preset Synthesizer Bass Sounds/Programs for the HD1 Synth Engine)
  • KORG KRONOS VITA SYNTH BASS EXi & HD1 Multi-Pack (Featuring 2 x 128 (256) New Preset Synthesizer Bass Sounds/Programs for both the EXi & HD1 Synth Engines)
  • KORG KRONOS VITA SYNTH PADS EXi (Featuring 128 New Preset Synthesizer Pads Sounds/Programs for the EXi Synth Engine which includes Motion Synths, Fast Synths and Slow Synths)

More Sound Banks available soon!

korgkronosvitasynthpadsexi_smallerEach pack of Third Party Sound Libraries programmed and engineered and created by VITA (Mark Wheawill) are fantastic and are a perfect pre-production tool and have been created specifically for Electronic Dance Music makers, live performers playing the Kronos and people working in audio and pre-production for Film, TV, Radio, Gaming or any other multi-media, and packs currently contain Synthesizer Bass Preset sounds and Synthesizer Pads sounds which are not originally included on the factory version of the Korg Kronos and are perfect for a new spectrum of preset sounds.

The new Sound Banks form an exclusive private and personal collection of sounds designed by VITA (Mark Wheawill) and of which showcase Mark’s talents for creating new and unique sounds for music and audio production.

There are free demo sounds for the new sound banks which are available and of which you can also try out and download from the site.

Please visit www.synthsounds.co.uk for further information.

 


 

 

 

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Kronos samples from Backintimerecords.de

Fine sample libraries and Program Preset collections. Handcrafted by Klaus P. Rausch with the passion for musician friendly soundtools.

 

Kronos Best of Vintage Keys 1-4

The Kronos Vintage Keys sample library series offers the best and most famous sounds taken from the real legendary instruments. Carefully programmed, recorded and then sampled by skilled synthesizer and sampling expert Klaus P. Rausch.

Kronos Analogic

It turns the Kronos into an analog synthesizer. It comes with a sophisticated soundbank and a special handling system where all Controllers are assigned like an analog synthesizer. A 20 page documentation PDF is included.

Kronos SynthChoir

The name already describes the product, which is a sample library together with a Program Presets bank. Here is a short film where some sounds are used:

 

Both are downloadable products, optional CD/DVD, and already available.
Where to buy and product pages can be found here: http://backintimerecords.de/bitr066.htm

The creator of both is Klaus P. Rausch who is a worldwide wellknown sound designer since many years.

 

 


 

 

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New Korg Kronos OS v3 tutorials

Korg has released a new Korg Kronos 2 with Operating System version 3. This new operating system will also be available for the current Kronos users (Kronos 1 and Kronos X). In a few weeks this will be downloadable from the Korg.com website. The 9gb Grand Piano will also be available for the current Kronos users, however this won’t be free. Our sources said that the price will be $200,- That’s a bit steep to my taste, hopefully this is not the definitive price for the piano.

Anyway, of course you would like to know what’s new in OS3, right? Korg has made some new video tutorials with the new OS version 3. Check this out: