Korg Kronos 88-key Synthesizer Workstation

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

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$3,900
Korg Kronos 88-key Synthesizer Workstation

This version of the Korg Kronos has 88 weighted hammer action keys and has been used by music veterans Herbie Hancock, Bill Payne and Greg Phillinganes.

Specifications:

  • Keys: 88 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: 56.42” x 14.61” x 5.83”
  • Weight: 53.13 lbs.

Pros

Korg has never fallen short when it comes to producing units with high quality engineering, and the Kronos 88-key serves as proof. In his MusicRadar review, Dan Goldman mentioned its keybed with velocity and aftertouch "feels well balanced and gives a very authentic piano playing experience when paired with the EP-1 or SGX-2 engines, and the keybed feels much-improved over the last RH3 version we tested." Professional pianists also found the keys to have enough weight that it lets good technique shine while playing. They also praised its sound engines for providing quality sounds and opportunities to create different music styles. Aside from its capabilities of splitting, layering voices, and shifting octaves, its KARMA sound generator was also preferred to use over a standard arpeggiator.

Cons

Since it has a a lot of features, the number options and functions available can be quite overwhelming for some users. It may take a while to figure out its interface though most users were able to eventually enjoy using it with some effort.

Overall

This is a good workstation for those who have a professional background in playing the piano, but since we first recommended it, more highly rated options have become available which you can see in our guide to The Best Keyboard Workstations.

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