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!
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.
KORG KRONOS 61
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.
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.
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.
this is the best keyboard workstation , I've owen thus far and I have several , the piano's are spot on , the sounds on this thing are top notch , would be cool if kronos made these with rolands d beam feature , either way this is the best workstation out right now!
I chose to buy it from SweetWater because of there great custom service!!!
Korg Kronos 61
Powerfull , Advanced technology , amazing sounds , and easy to use
Kronos is sound designers dream
The very top of Korg evolution.
- First of all, amazing sonic clarity. Low and high ends are as good as it could possibly get.
AL-1 oscillators beat those of Access Virus TI due to true absence of aliasing.
In fact, I was not comfortable replacing my TI with Kronos, but I have no regrets.
Kronos has what it takes to be a master analog-sounding synth, yet capable reaching the bite of Virus when needed.
- Onboard FX (32-bit) have no rivals. I am very impressed, especially compared to older Korg keyboards.
- No fan noise. I heard first Kronos generation had noisy fan. This Kronos will make 0 fan sound after it boots.
- The 2-min boot time is no big deal. I thought I'd be more annoyed by long boot time, but
in reality I never notice it. Do not worry.
The bad: KARMA
- Karma still CANNOT use custom patterns, which IS A SHOW STOPPER for Karma.
I am not using my PC every time I need to edit a Karma track.
KORG: FIX THIS. KARMA DEVELOPER SAYS HE WANTS TO HELP YOU. And the code is already in the OS. And you are not interested.
========Be good - add the RPPR->Karma conversion screen to your OS=======
Excellent Workstation With Gaps
The good: Nine engines to work with. Each with their own polyphony. Being able to design your own sounds from the ground up using different synth engines is great. Sound quality for these engines are fantastic. It has 16 effect units and 197 effects (many are very high quality) with tons of parameters to work with. KARMA. I love KARMA. This very intelligent arpeggiator which evolves with you as you play your music is something special. You can control tons of parameters in real-time and create something truly expressive. You can also use basic arpeggio patterns to if you want that instead. You cannot however, create your own patterns. KARMA software is required for that, which is a separate purchase. Still, it has plenty to keep things fresh. It's sampler is very good. Creating a sample and managing it is pretty easy. Lots of options. You will need to do some reading first (or watch some Youtube videos), but once you sample a few times, it gets easier. Lastly, you have tons of great controls, a solid state drive and a large easy to use touch screen.
The Bad: The sequencer. Their is no pattern based sequencing and no piano roll. Some may not care about this as they may use a DAW for recording anyway. But for some of us that wants to keep the flow going in hardware but plays a bit too erratic, this can be a problem. The RPPR does come in useful at times, but it is no replacement for a true pattern based sequencer. So if pattern and piano rolls matter to you, be warned. It is possible that Korg may rectify this with a future OS update, but their has been no official word yet. Sounds. Let me be clear, the pianos (Berlin, German, Japanese grand) sound outstanding. I don't care for organs so I won't comment. Synth leads and pads sound great to. Strings sound very good to for the most part, especially assembles. Guitars, reeds and woodwinds sound bad though. I have to go back to my Motif XS for these type of instruments. It is very disappointing as one would think that for the price you would get good samples of these type of instruments. Now, don't take this as if the HD-1 engine is bad. It is a great engine. In fact, their are 3rd party samples that are extremely convincing. Some of the saxes and guitars I've heard from 3rd party sounds for example, are so good, it's hard to tell if they are samples or from a synth. Unfortunately, they are quite pricey. Would've been nice if Korg would have provided better samples for real instruments from the get go. But at least you know that the engine is more than capable. Brass are more miss than hit also. Another issue is integration with DAW. Would be nice if there was a lot more integration. The integration it currently has is OK, but compared to let say the MOTIF XS or the Montage, it leaves quite a bit to be desired. Lastly, the overall interface could use a bit of a face lift. Especially on how things are organized. It's not too bad if you are used to Korg Workstations (I am). But if you are not, you will get lost. It will take you some time to get up and running with it.
So that's what I think of the Kronos. Overall I love it, and a lot of the issues can be rectified by investing on better samples. If Korg gives us one of the following: a piano roll, a pattern sequencer or better DAW integration at the very least, I would change the rating to 5 stars. As it stands, a solid 4.