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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.

Best way to update your Korg Kronos OS to 1.5

Thanks to AlchemistMusicStudio and Kid Nepro on Korg Forums. The easiest way to update your Korg Kronos.

Here are the steps:
1. Download the system update ( – support).
2. Un-zip the downloaded file.
3. Copy the update files (use USB Flash Drive – only FAT32!):
– mnt (Folder)
– KRONOS_Update1_5_0.taz.gz (ZIP)
– (File)
– (File)
– (File)
4. Go to the Global P0– Basic Setup page.
5. Open the menu, and select the command “Update System Software”.
6. Connect the USB storage device containing the update files.
7. Press the OK button, a new message will appear: “Are you sure”? Press the OK button.
8. While the system is being updated (1-2 minutes), do not touch the Kronos switches, and never turn off the power.
9. When the update is complete, a new message will appear: “Kronos system version 1.5.0 update complete. Please restart the system”.
10. Turn off the Kronos, and then disconnect the USB storage device.
11.Wait approximately ten seconds, and then turn the power on again.
12- When powering up look for the OS version in the display. If your still running 1.0.4 then repeat steps 4-11.
13. enjoy!

I did these steps and it worked like a charm, however after updating I forgot step 10 and got an error: “SYSTEM STARTUP FAILED – please remove any usb devices and restart” and by removing the USB stick it worked.

I made a video of the update, check it out:

Kronos update 1.5 here!

Check it out here:

System Version 1.5.0
November, 28, 2011

New features
KRONOS system version 1.5 includes a number of new features, as listed below.
• 7 more User Banks each of Programs, Wave Sequences and Drum Kits, labeled USER‐AA through USER‐GG.
• The maximum number of RAM Multisamples has been increased from 1,000 to 4,000, and the maximum numbers of RAM Samples and Multisample Indexes have each been increased from 4,000 to 16,000.
• Support for connecting USB MIDI class‐compliant controllers directly to the KRONOS.
• Installation of an additional 1GB of RAM is now supported, and can be performed at any authorized Korg service center. This approximately doubles the maximum available sample RAM, up to about 2 GB.

The following items describe the major functional improvements and bug fixes included in this operating system update.

[Bug fix] IMPORTANT: When playing samples using VMT – for instance, when playing the SGX-1 – on very rare occasions the system may have spontaneously restarted. This has now been fixed.
[Bug fix] When changing Programs, Combinations, or Songs, the noise from the “Stereo Analog Record” effect may not have stopped. This has now been fixed.
[Bug fix] When receiving a MIDI “All Notes Off” message, the KRONOS responded as if “All Sound Off” had been received. This has now been fixed.
Program mode
[Bug fix] In CX-3 Programs, in some cases the sliders and drawbars might have responded as if they were moved in the opposite direction. This has now been fixed.
Combination mode
[Bug fix] During Combination change, in some cases notes might have been stuck. This has now been fixed.
Sequencer mode
[Bug fix] In Sequencer mode, the Drum Track didnʼt send out MIDI events. This has now been fixed.
[Bug fix] An operation error may have been caused when executing Erase Measure and Delete Measure menu commands. This has now been fixed.
[Improvement] When the menu command “Bounce All Tracks to Disk” was selected, the recording level was reset to zero. Now, the previous recording level setting is retained.
Disk mode
[Bug fix] An operation error may have occurred when accessing USB devices containing ADPCM format WAVE files. This has now been fixed.
Various other minor improvements and bug fixes are also included in this update.

New features on Kronoshaven!

Yes, we have some new features to make more interactive:

1. Users can now register their Korg Kronos here. So we get an ultimate list of Kronos users all over the world.
2. We now have a Facebook page. You can now share everything that is Kronos related. From pictures, music, video etc Check it out here

Kronos keyboard issues?

First of all, yay, we have a Korg Kronos (a few days ago it was there at our local dealer). It’s a great machine and the best workstation at this moment.

That said, a small keyboard issue has shown up: A high F note clicks (the actual keyboard clicks). Shouldn’t be a big problem to solve, but when I google for Kronos keyboard issues, well there another bigger problem on many keyboards: the fact that the hammer action strikes 2 or 3 times instead of 1.

Korg is aware about the problem. And will soon come up with a solution. Perhaps they can fix certain issues with software (the new upcoming 1.5 Operating System), but for now we don’t know what will be needed to fix all the issues.

We’ll keep you posted!

(btw: Kronoshaven is not from Korg, I’m just a guy with a Kronos and a user/community website 🙂 )

This month will there be a new OS!

This month there will be a new OS for the Korg Kronos!
At this moment you probably have OS 1.0.7 in your workstation. Korg announced that there will be a new version: 1.5

This is from the KORG.COM website:

System Version 1.5

Free update adds more space for new sounds, USB MIDI input, plus software editing

Kronos System Version 1.5 makes Korg’s game-changing workstation even more compelling. New user-requested features include the ability to load more sounds and samples at once, support for Korg USB pad controllers such as the nanoPAD2, and support for installing additional RAM. Version 1.5 also supports the Kronos Editor and Plug-in Editor software, providing editor/librarian capabilities for Mac OSX and Windows and compatibility with popular DAW software. The update is free to all registered Kronos owners, and will be available for download in mid-October of 2011 at

Kronos System Version 1.5 Highlights

  • 7 new Program banks provide 896 additional free slots to store programs from Korg, from third party developers, or those you create yourself
  • 7 new banks each of Wave Sequences and Drum Kits to match the new Program banks
  • The maximum number of RAM Samples and Multisamples has been increased by four, allowing Kronos to load more samples at once
  • Supports input from USB MIDI controllers: play Kronos sounds from auxiliary keyboards via USB
  • Direct support for playing and selecting chords from Korg pad-equipped USB controllers, including the nanoPAD, nanoPAD2, and KONTROL series
  • Support for installing additional RAM: more than double the amount of memory for EXs and RAM samples
  • Support for the Kronos Editor and Plug-in Editor software

7 additional User Banks
Kronos Version 1.5 adds seven more User Banks each of Programs, Wave Sequences and Drum Kits, numbered USER-AA through USER-GG. These banks are initialized by default, free for storing either your own sounds or libraries from Korg and third party sound developers. Program Banks are easily accessed from the front-panel hardware by pressing both the INT and USER buttons simultaneously. For instance, to select USER-DD, press both INT-D and USER-D.

4 times the number of RAM Multisamples, Samples, and Multisample Indexes
The maximum number of RAM Multisamples has been increased from 1,000 to 4,000; the maximum numbers of RAM Samples and Multisample Indexes have each been increased from 4,000 to 16,000. These four-fold increases will be especially helpful when loading libraries with large numbers of relatively short samples, such as drums. Please note that EXs sample data does not count towards these maximums; they apply to the RAM banks only.

Support for USB MIDI and Korg USB pad controllers
Kronos Version 1.5 adds support for connecting USB MIDI class-compliant controllers directly to the Kronos. For instance, you can use a Korg microKEY as an auxiliary synth-action keyboard for a Kronos 73 or 88. Even better, Korg USB MIDI controllers with pads–including the nanoPAD, nanoPAD2, and padKONTROL are automatically mapped to the Kronos chord pads, for playing and programming drums, triggering chords, and selecting and assigning chords for Chord Mode.

Support for additional RAM
Version 1.5 supports the installation of additional RAM into the Kronos, which can be performed at any authorized Korg service center for a nominal fee. This doubles the maximum available sample RAM, up to approximately 2GB. Of course, when loading EXs using Virtual Memory, the total size of the loaded sample data can be much greater. Kronos uses widely available, off-the-shelf DIMMs but recommends certain specific brands and specifications. More details to be announced in mid-October of 2011.

Kronos Editor and Plug-In Editor
Kronos Version 1.5 adds support for the Kronos Editor and Plug-In Editor, which allows the editing and organizing sounds from a Mac OS X or Windows computer. Plug-in operation allows you to save settings as part of your project with any VST-compatible Windows software, or any VST- or AU-compatible software on Mac OS X. The Kronos Editor and Plug-In Editor will be available for free download in late November 2011 at

*Developed under license of physical modeling patents (listed in owned by Stanford University, USA, and by Yamaha Corporation.

Also we would like to remember Tsutomu Katoh

On March 15, 2011 Korg founder Tsutomu Katoh died after a long fight with cancer.

He has a legacy of many instruments, af few of them are:
– Polysix
– M1
– Wavestation
– Z1
– Triton (see
– Karma and many more.

For a nice in-dept article check out:

Kronos and iPad: A tribute to Steve Jobs by Jordan Rudess

Here is a Tribute to Steve Jobs that Jordan wrote in his hotel room and performed before soundcheck in Quebec, Canada on October 9th, 2011. The song is performed on iPad using MorphWiz along with the Korg Kronos.


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!

Latest Karma NOT in Korg Kronos

Users who a willing to buy the new Korg Kronos are concerned that the latest version of Karma (version 3) will not be included in Korg Kronos.
Steven Kay explains why in the Karma-Lab Forums