Korg is presenting a new Korg Kronos version: the Korg Kronos LS. It’s a light edition 88 keys Kronos. The main difference with the normal version is the keybed. It’s a semi-weighted keybed, just like the 61 version. Ideal for playing organs, fast synth phrases and doing glissandos without hurting your fingers. 🙂
The main reason to buy this Kronos version would be that it’s a large keyboard that’s more portable than the 88 piano-weighted version. The difference in weight is 6.3 KG. There’s no pricing information available yet.
Other changes are the looks: a new woorden sidepanel with a sunburst design just like some guitars have and the top of the casing has a dark brown look, as the website refers to it as a “calm atmosphere”. (I guess that’s a Japanese saying) See pictures:
The New Kronos LS comes with the updated Operating System (OS) 3.1. With the new keyboard, a feature: Quick Layer, which allows easy assignment of several keyboard layers and splits, such as piano and strings layers or electric piano and bass split, making it easier to play a variety of performances making use of the light touch 88 keyboard. There’s also a new split function. More details will follow. (I’m wondering if these functions will also be available for the classic, the X and the normal 2015 version)
At this moment there’s only some information available om the Japanese Korg website. Korg announced that the Kronos LS will be presented on the NAMM show in January 2017. Kronoshaven.com will be there to do a report!
– it seems that it doesn’t feature aftertouch. For some keyboardists this could be a deal breaker.
Dimensions: 1,416 (width) x 364 (depth) x 134 (height) mm
Weight: 17.8 KG