Korg Kronos 61-Key Synthesizer Workstation

61-note Keyboard Synthesizer Workstation with Semi-weighted Keybed, Solid-state Internal Drive, 8" Color TouchView Display, 4-way Joystick, Ribbon Controller, and 9 Sound Engines
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Kronos, Re-loaded

Since its introduction, Korg's Kronos has been the weapons-grade workstation of choice for keyboard A-listers such as Jordan Rudess and Derek Sherinian, as well as the no-compromise synth mavens here at Sweetwater. Now Korg ups the ante with the re-voiced and revamped Kronos. Under the hood of this beast, a new System 3.0 OS enhances functionality while juicing your workflow. The beefed-up SGX-2 piano engine boasts, in addition to its renowned German and Japanese grand pianos, a killer 9GB Berlin grand, as well as uber-expressive sympathetic resonance and una corda samples you can tweak to taste. Kronos also rocks sexy new visuals with a sleek aluminum body, mesh back panel, and lacquered wood end cheeks.

Korg Kronos 61-note Keyboard Workstation at a Glance:
  • Nine sound engines, infinite possibilities
  • Amazing new technologies for smoother, more expressive sounds
  • A studio of music-production gear onboard
  • Easy-to-use hands-on environment
Nine sound engines, infinite possibilities

From acoustic instruments to gritty analog synths, the nine synthesis engines onboard Korg's Kronos can provide every sound you need. The SGX-2 acoustic piano engine captures every nuance of real German and Japanese grand pianos, from damper resonance to mechanical noise. Then there's the EP-1 electric piano engine, which uses Multi-Dimension Synthesis to let you tweak, morph, and totally customize the wide range of classic electric piano sounds. These two synthesis engines are worth the price of admission alone - and they're just the beginning!

Amazing new technologies for smoother, more expressive sounds

The incredible sounds found in the Kronos simply wouldn't be possible without powerful new synthesis technologies. That's why Korg equipped this flexible workstation with components such as solid-state flash-based storage. The ultra-fast streaming possible with solid-state memory is the driving force behind Korg's Virtual Memory Technology, which provides you with high polyphony and incredible unlooped samples. It also allows the Kronos to perform smooth sound transitions, so you can hold sustain notes while switching sounds or modes - just what you need for seamless transitions.

A studio of music-production gear onboard

More than just an amazing performance keyboard, the Korg Kronos is a complete 32-track music-creation workstation. In addition to a robust 16-track sequencer, Korg gave Kronos the capacity to record up to 16 audio tracks as well - all in studio-standard 24-bit/48kHz quality! What's more, Kronos gives you an entire studio rack full of effects to enhance your music. You can run up to 16 fantastic effects at once, each of which more than rivals dedicated standalone effects units. And thanks to the Kronos's Open Sampling System, you can instantly sample and resample any sound you create, allowing you to come up with amazing new sounds.

Easy-to-use hands-on environment

Long known for their easy-to-use workstation environments, Korg raised the bar again by loading Kronos with hands-on controls. Starting with the large 8" TouchView display, you'll find navigating through the Kronos environment to be absolutely intuitive. Kronos also provides you with an entire dedicated control surface, complete with channel-strip-style sliders, knobs, and buttons. Plus, you get great performance controls, including a ribbon controller and one of Korg's fantastic vector joysticks. What's more, Kronos comes loaded with Korg's top-of-the-line KARMA technology, making it a truly impressive performance keyboard as well as a first-class keyboard workstation!

Korg Kronos 61-note Keyboard Workstation Features:
  • The latest rendition of Korg's beastly keyboard workstation
  • Korg's 61-note semi-weighted keybed
  • New SGX-2 piano engine captures every nuance of premium German and Japanese grands
  • Piano engine features new, fully tweakable sympathetic resonance and una corda samples
  • 256 new programs, re-creations of legendary keyboard sounds, searchable by song title
  • New Combinations; bank of 128 programs from KaPro
  • Sleek new look with aluminum body, mesh back panel, and lacquered wood end cheeks
  • User Sample Bank feature lets you create extremely large sample libraries
  • You get numerous artist signature sounds created by top musicians
  • 16-part Combis allow all engines to function together in perfect harmony
  • Dynamic Voice Allocation keeps polyphony high
  • Use up to 16 premium-quality effects at once; individual effects rival dedicated units
  • On-board sequencer offers 16 MIDI tracks and 16 audio tracks (24-bit, 48kHz)
  • Open Sampling System - instant sampling and resampling from any mode (Program, Combination or Sequencer)
  • Onboard KARMA technology generates infinitely variable performance-driven phrases and backing tracks
  • Expanded Drum Track for play-along grooves and inspiration
  • Set List mode lets you organize Programs, Combis, and Songs into a single, easy-to-select screen
  • Smooth Sound Transition allows held or sustained notes to keep sounding when changing sounds or modes
  • Direct support for playing drums and chords from Korg pad-equipped USB controllers
  • General support for all class-compliant USB controllers, including the Korg nano series and microKEY series
  • Support for Kronos Editor and Plug-in Editor software
  • USB Ethernet adapter compatibility enables high-speed data transfer between Kronos and your computer
  • Comprehensive interface based around a large 8" TFT TouchView display
Perform and record with the best: Korg's Kronos!

Additional Media

Korg Kronos Keyboard Workstation Demo with Jordan Rudess
Korg Updates Kronos Workstation Software to v.3.0.3
Korg Unveils New Kronos

Tech Specs

Sound Engine Type(s) 9 x Sound Engines
Number of Keys 61
Type of Keys Semi-weighted
Other Controllers 1 x 4-way Joystick, 1 x Vector Joystick, 1 x Ribbon, 9 x Sliders, 8 x Knobs
Polyphony Variable per Engine, w/ Dynamic Allocation
Number of Effects 197
Effects Types Various
Arpeggiator Yes
Sampling Yes
Audio Playback 16-Track Playback (RAM)
Sequencer 16-track (MIDI), 16-track (Audio)
Audio Inputs 2 x 1/4"
Audio Outputs 6 x 1/4", 1 x Headphones
Digital Inputs 1 x S/PDIF
Digital Outputs 1 x S/PDIF
USB 2 x Type A, 1 x Type B
MIDI I/O In/Out/Thru/USB
Pedal Inputs 3
Height 5.28"
Width 40.94"
Depth 14.33"
Weight 31.5 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number KRONOS6

Customer Reviews

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I can't speak as an experienced keys player. If you don't have much experience with synthesizers (as I didn't when I bought this), you will definitely have to put in a good amount of time researching and learning about the Korg Kronos. I did just that, and I couldn't be more pleased. Still a lot to learn, but you can make a one man band sound like a full group with an awesome back line. Just awesome.
Music background: 30+ years playing bass guitar


This is my 2nd Kronos 2 that i purchased through Sweetwater not including a Kronos 2 73 Key model i own, If not one of the best keyboards you can own, tons of functionality and expansions for this and plenty of Ram for sampling my own sounds. Cant say enough upgrade to the newer version 3.1.2 and up and get more functions. Limitless for studio and live use.
Music background: Keyboardist

Great all in one keyboard.

This is my desert island, if I only have one, keyboard for every situation. I started with the original Kronos 61, the upped to a Kronos 2 73. Now I've added the Kronos 2 61. The original stays in my home studio. The 2 Kronos 2's make a great live setup, covering every sound. Best of all, if one was to go out I know I can do the show with the other.

Korg Kronos 61 is a Home Run

The Kronos is a home run keyboard packed with outstanding piano, organ, synth and pads. I also have a Kronos 88, both are the current version 2 running OS 3.0.4. With multiple synth engines and up to 200 voices, these are hard to beat as a primary keyboard. The current versions have better piano and a few great patches such as Rush Subdivisions, Journey Separate Ways and a number of Keith Emerson Programs for you 70's progressive rockers. Easy to program via the touch screen by selecting initial combinations and selecting the sounds for each layer. All of the parameters are conveniently located on the touch screen tabs so you can easily transpose, select midi channels, add effects and so on. Simply touch the drop down box in the upper right hand corner of the touch screen to name and save the patch. In addition, Sweetwater Service is second to none. Free shipping and your products generally ship the same day, with a call or email from your personal Sweetwater Sales Engineer. If you're in search of one keyboard to do it all, Korg Kronos is the top choice.

No competition

I owned a first generation Kronos 61 several years ago and loved it. For financial reasons I sold it. Since then Ive gone back and forth with gear. I decided to dive back into Kronos after buying a Minilogue and King Korg and fell deeply in love with both. MY KRONOS 2-73 is by far the best synth instrument I've ever used. I am very seldom going inside the box for logic synths or native instruments due in large part to the blazing fast operation and sound selection within Kronos. The touch screen is a lot more responsive than the first gen Kronos and is a joy to use. Korg also have amazing support in the form of video tutorials. I love my Roland JD-XA too but Roland is WAY behind Korg when it comes to product support. KRONOS IS LIGHT YEARS AHEAD OF ANYTHING OUT THERE.
Music background: Professional musician since 1987

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Rob Parker

I haven't been this excited about a workstation keyboard in a very long time. From the nine different sound engines to the incredible ease of use due to the large touch screen, the Kronos unlocks an endless supply of inspiration. I am extremely impressed by the quality of sounds and sheer variety of them!
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