Korg Kronos 73-Key Synthesizer Workstation (Discontinued)

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91 out of 100. Incorporating 80+ ratings and reviews.

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$3,900
Korg Kronos 73-Key Synthesizer Workstation

Gearank Recommendation

The Kronos 73 appeared on our recommended list for Keyboard Workstations from March 2018 until February 2022 when it had been out-ranked by other keyboards.

Although this was previously on our recommended list, there are now more highly rated options available which you can see in our guide to The Best Keyboard Workstations.

Rating Source Highlights

Website Source *Rating Value
Sound On Sound Gordon Reid 94/100
Music Radar Future Music 100/100
*Displayed values are prior to the Gearank Algorithm's adjustments it makes when evaluating the source.

Overview

The Korg Kronos 73-key version has similar specifications and features as the 61-key version only it has weighted hammer action keys.

And its 73-key format makes it slightly bigger than its sibling.

In addition to its weighted keys, it comes with Korg's 4-way Vector joystick controller that allows for more real-time control.

These controllers utilize its nine sound engines, which lets you choose from a wide selection of presets, which you can then personalize to taste.

The "Set List" feature is one of the features that stood out since it allows direct access to a combination, program, or song in the sequencer to play next.

Other noteworthy features include having a TouchView display, and having the ability to record up to 16 MIDI tracks and 16 audio tracks.

This is an all-around versatile workstation ideal for any studio and performance setting.

 

Tech Specs

  • Keys: 73 Real Weighted Hammer Action 3 keys
  • Polyphony: Varies Per Engine: SGX-2: 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
  • Sound Engine(s): 9 Engines: SGX-2: Premium Piano (Acoustic Piano), EP-1: MDS Electric Piano (Electric Piano), HD-1: High Definition Synthesizer (PCM), AL-1: Analog Synthesizer (Analog Modeling), CX-3: Tonewheel Organ (Tonewheel Organ Modeling), STR-1: Plucked Strings (Physical Modeling), MOD-7: Waveshaping VPM Synthesizer (VPM Synthesis), MS-20EX: Component Modeling Technology (Analog Modeling), PolysixEX: Component Modeling Technology (CMT Analog Modeling)
  • Controllers: Vector joystick, joystick, ribbon controller, switches 1 & 2
  • Effects: Over 197 Effects
  • Audio Recording: 4-track simultaneous recording, WAV file format 16bit/24bit.
  • Audio Playback: 16-Track Playback
  • Sequencer: 16-track MIDI sequencer + 16-track hard disk recorder + 1 master track.
  • Audio Inputs: 2 x 1/4" Line-in
  • Audio Outputs: 6 x 1/4" Line-out, 1 x 1/8" Headphones
  • MIDI Inputs/Outputs: In/Out/Thru
  • Other Connections: 3 x Pedal Input, 1 x S/PDIF Digital Input, 1 x S/PDIF Digital Output
  • USB: 2 x USB A (TYPE A), 1 x USB B (TYPE B)
  • Dimensions: 48.07” x 5.83” x 14.61”
  • Weight: 46.52 lbs.

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Denise graduated from university with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Production. Her internship prior to joining Gearank was with a production company where she assisted in scoring and arranging music for TV shows. She plays piano and acoustic guitar.