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Johan Nilsson (Dirty Loops) with New Korg Kronos

Dirty Loops update

Have you seen the video of Johan (from Dirty Loops) with the new Korg Kronos? Interesting. Will he be playing his next song with Dirty Loops on the new Kronos? He played on the Korg X50 and now maybe he is going to upgrade his gear with a Korg Kronos! Would be awsome :)

We will keep an eye on that and keep you posted!

 

 

 


 

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Korg reveils the new Kronos

 

Here it is: the new Korg Kronos (it will be available in about 5 weeks). Some call it the Kronos 2.

In a nutshell, what’s new about the Kronos 2:

  • A new SGX-2 piano engine with a 9GB Berlin grand piano
  • A multicolor touchscreen with touch-drag / swipe capabilities
  • 21GB waveform samples built in
  • Room for 62GB downloadable Kronos libraries
  • Set-list mode now adds a 9 band EQ; adjust your sound for each venue / gig
  • Nice colors in setlist mode and a comment pad (with scalable text)
  • Search function for finding sound based on title
  • The 16-track audio recorder simultaneously records up to four tracks at a sampling rate of 48 kHz
  • And don’t forget the wooden sidepanels ;)

 

Is it worth the upgrade if you have a Korg Kronos (X)?

Good question; it depends -from the information I have now at this moment- on your needs. The most interesting part to me of the new Kronos is the new piano and (the room for lots of) extra sounds. However, there hasn’t been an upgrade of the Karma version. It’s still the same Karma version als the initial Kronos. It’s great to see there’s still innovation taking place at Korg R&D. That’s a great thing. It keeps them ahead of the game (where are you Roland and Yamaha?)

So, looking at the specs; take this for example:
I read this on the Korg website: “Approx. 2GB *4 *4: The memory available for Sampling Mode will change based on the use of Expansion PCM libraries and User Sample Banks. Approx. 760 MB is available when shipped from the factory (When loading the file named “PRELOAD.KSC”).”

I assume that the *4 refers to note number 4 rather than 4 times 2GB. I guess it’s the same setup as the original Kronos. You can add 1GB to the existing 2GB (of which 1GB is used by the system). This means that the current operating system is (still) 32bit.

 

To buy or not to buy

Would I buy it? Probably not, however I’ll know it when I see / touch and hear it ;-)

What would you do? Let me know!

 

 


 

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Kronos remote app for iPad coming?

Hi guys,

perhaps you’ve seen it already, but this is (probably) coming soon:

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see a video here on the developer’s Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=716351601722811&set=o.1405913052981903&type=2&theater

 

This might be handy for people who want a bigger screen or can’t access their screen properly of their Kronos (eg. when you have another synth on top of it).

 

 

 

 

 

Also to me it would be nice, since the iPad screen is much more touch friendly than the Kronos screen. Let’s wait and see…

 

Folow Kurt Ader on Facebook

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Clicking keyboard problem of the Kronos

First of all:
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYBODY! :-) Have a great, inspired and musical 2012!

Now back to Kronos:
We know about the problem of the “double hammering” of the Korg Kronos, but there’s also another problem that sometimes shows up.

It’s the clicking of some keys when pressed:

I brought the Kronos (this is the 73 keys version) to our local musicdealer Lyana (Dutch) and he took the time to look at the problem.

It seemed that an aluminum strip was moved an got below a key:

The strip was put into place and now the problem seemed over (and it was). But.. now another key does the same thing (A3 key). The Kronos is still at the repaircenter. We’ll wait for the outcome.

So bottomline: this problem can be easily fixed (this is the conclusion for now)

Below some more pictures of the inner side of the Korg Kronos.

If you want to discuss this you can go to our Facebook page here.

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Korg Kronos vs Yamaha Motif XF

Korg Kronos vs Yamaha Motif XF

I see many searches about a review betweet the Kronos and the Motif.
Korg and Yamaha are competitors to eachother like Apple vs Microsoft. One moment Yamaha is ahead of their competition the other moment Korg is.

Well, let’s put a few facts and specs next to eachother

Feature Motif Kronos
Tone Generator AWM2, with Expanded Articulation Synthesis Types: 9
SGX-1 Premium Piano (Acoustic Piano)
EP-1 MDS Electric Piano (Electric Piano)
HD-1 High Definition Synthesizer (PCM Virtual Memory Technology)
AL-1 Analog Synthesizer (Analog Modeling)
CX-3 Tonewheel Organ (Tonewheel Organ Modeling)
STR-1 Plucked String (Physical Modeling)
MOD-7 Waveshaping VPM Synthesizer (VPM Synthesis)
MS-20EX (CMT Analog Modeling)
PolysixEX (CMT Analog Modeling)
Polyphony 128 SGX-1: 100 voices*3
EP-1: 104 voices
HD-1: 140 voices
AL-1: 80 voices
CX-3: 200 voices
STR-1: 40 voices
MOD-7: 52 voices
MS-20EX: 40 voices
PolysixEX: 180 voices
Wave rom 741 MB (when converted to
16-bit linear format),
3,977 waveforms
SGX-1 Premium piano: more than 4 GB in samples from SSD. 8 layers, choice of opening angle of the tail of the piano
314 MB (ROM 1,505 multisamples, 1388 drum samples)
Outputs OUTPUT L/MONO, R (standard phone jack)
ASSIGNABLE OUTPUT L, R (standard phone jack)
A/D INPUT L, R (standard phone jack)
DIGITAL OUT PHONES (standard stereo phone jack)
FOOT CONTROLLER 1, 2
FOOT SWITCH x 2 (SUSTAIN, ASSIGNABLE)
MIDI IN/OUT/THRU
USB (TO HOST, TO DEVICE)
AC IN
ETHERNET (100BASE-TX)
IEEE1394 (available when the FW16E has been installed)
L/MONO, R: 1/4” Balanced; 170 ohms Stereo; 85 ohms Mono (L/MONO Only)
Individual 1-4: 1/4” Balanced; 170 ohms Stereo; 85 ohms Mono
Headphones
S/P DIF
USB-B: Audio Inputs 1 and 2
S/P DIF: Optical, 24-bit
USB-B: 24-bit, 48 kHz, 2 channels
Damper pedal (half damper supported),
assignable switch,
assignable pedal
MIDI: In, Out, Thru
USB: USB A (TYPE A) x 2 (external USB devices)
USB B
2 USB high-speed ports (supports 480Mbps)

So as you can see, this new Kronos workstation is a game changer. With its new Solid State drive, a massive 4GB piano, a nice big touchscreen (Yamaha XF no touchscreen, come on ;) ) and of course as everyone by now knows: the 9 synth engines for a price that is around 450 dollars/euros higher than the XF.

Korg Kronos users – musicians

These are the musicians who worked on the sounds of the Korg Kornos:

– Jordan Rudess
– George Duke
– Russ Ferrante
– Lyle Mays
– George Duke
– Tom Coster
– Jeff Lorber
– Frank McComb
– John Novello

Soon there will be more musicians to follow who actually use the Kronos live, stay tuned!