Korg Kronos 88-key Synthesizer Workstation

88-note Keyboard Synthesizer Workstation with RH3 Graded Hammer Action, 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 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 88-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 Korg Kronos's nine synthesis engines 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-Dimensional 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 88-note Keyboard Workstation Features:
  • The latest rendition of Korg's beastly keyboard workstation
  • Korg's 88-note RH3 Graded Hammer Action 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 that are 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
  • 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
  • Onboard 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 Tracks 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!

Tech Specs

Sound Engine Type(s) 9 x Sound Engines
Number of Keys 88
Type of Keys Weighted
Other Controllers 1 x 4-way joystick, 1 x vector joystick, 1 x ribbon controller, 9 x sliders, 8 x knobs
Polyphony Variable per engine, with dynamic allocation
Number of Presets 1792 memory programs, 78 drum kits
Expansion Expandable to 2560 user programs
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" (mic/line switch)
Audio Outputs 2 x 1/4" (left, right), 4 x 1/4" (individual outs), 1 x 1/4" (headphones)
Digital Inputs 1 x S/PDIF (Toslink)
Digital Outputs 1 x S/PDIF (Toslink)
USB 2 x Type A, 1 x Type B
MIDI I/O In/Out/Thru/USB
Pedal Inputs 1 x damper, 1 x switch, 1 x expression
Power Supply Standard IEC AC cable
Height 5.83"
Width 56.42"
Depth 14.61"
Weight 53.13 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number KRONOS8

Customer Reviews

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The Korg Kronos 88 Key Workstation is Amazing!!! The sounds are truly the Best!!! I love this keyboard!!!
Music background: Professional Musician

Wayne H

It is definitely way better than I had ever imagined. The stringed instruments are absolutely phenomenal the pianos are breathtaking. . . . You owe it to yourself to get this keyboard and you will not be disappointed!.

Korg Kronos 2-88

I have been laboring over how to provide opinions regarding my recent purchase of the Kronos 2 88 Key instrument. Suffice it to say that the Kronos has been an inspiration for me. Over the years I have owned a number of ‘High-End’ workstations/synths and I can honestly say that the Kronos is the finest sounding and most extensible instrument I have every had the pleasure of using. There are certainly reactions to this instrument by folks who rate it based on the hardware inside, the speed of the CPU, how ‘current' the technology is, the operating system used to control it (btw, it is linux). The bottom line (at least for me) is the sound quality of the programs, programability, ease of use, and whether it does what it is advertised to do. The Kronos meets and far exceeds any expectations I may have had. The UI is well thought out, sampling and sequencing is quite intuitive although some may find the multitude of options and functions available overwhelming (but worth the efforts to learn). The sounds are so incredible that mere superlatives cannot describe them (guitar sounds could use some slight improvement). The keyboard is weighted enough to provide a fine piano feel yet is soft enough to allow for fast organ and synth leads. Most folks rave about the piano sounds and I am in awe as well. For live performance, the Kronos is a dream. 53+ lbs for this instrument is nothing compared to the 74 lb keyboard I used to lug around. In the studio, the Kronos shines as well and interfaces seamlessly with other computers. While I haven’t had any technical issues requiring support, the Korg support folks responded quickly by email to a minor question I had.For those who are looking for the finest musical instrument money can buy, I highly recommend they check out the Kronos. And for those looking for a keyboard that will provide super quality sounding programs, extensibility, and numerous features for years to come, the Kronos, in my opinion, has no competitors. Kudos to Korg. And kudos to Sweetwater who have never let me down with regards to service and support!

Stage or Studio?

A stampede of chills had I, standing in front of this monster and powering it up for the first time. Those familiar program names from Pink Floyd, ELP, Yes, Genesis, and King Crimson, brought a smile to my face and delight to my ears. Playing a brand new instrument for the first time is utter bliss, especially the Kronos. It feels like it plays itself.Why buy a Kronos? I wanted the biggest and the best keyboard out there. The one that can do it all. And the Kronos can, if you take the time to learn. That's when the headaches and the gray hairs begin to appear. The touchscreen displays an array of information that will completely lose you down a rabbit hole, if you have no prior experience to synthesizers or other workstation keyboards. Even scarier is the large group of knobs, buttons and faders. How do they work? What do they do? How do you control them? I can tell you that I had no experience whatsoever with workstations like this. I didn't know what I was getting into. But believe you me. If I can figure it out, you can. Yes, it took 10 months. It also takes ten months to learn Chopin's Polonaise in a Flat Major.If you're sold on the Kronos, there is one very important thing to consider, and that is the size. You have the choice between 88-key, 73 or 61. You can decide which size to buy based what kind of musician you are. Are you a pianist primarily and need that sweet B flat as the lowest black key? Can you get along alright with 73 keys and save or weight, space and cost? Will you use it primarily as a synth and you need that kind of synth-action 61-keys?Consider this. This workstation is too powerful not to make use of its USB slots and MIDI In port. If you make music in your studio by yourself, more power to you. The Kronos is very capable of splits, layering voices, shifting octaves up and down, etc. But if you want to take it out on the road, you have to consider paring the Kronos up with a good Midi Controller. If you want to 88 Kronos, grab a Roland A-800 Pro, or something with 9 faders, 8 knobs and 16 buttons. Be sure to look up user manuals online to check for SysEx functionality. Perhaps the more ideal setup for you is a Kronos-61 and an 88-key Midi Controller from Studiologic or Kawai. Either way, definitely look into getting yourself another set a keys to pair up with the Kronos and get more use out of it. Maybe grab a 12-Step while you're at it. Oh, and don't forget a nanoPAD2. It's the Kronos' best friend.This workstation can change your life. Be sure to consider all your options before you pull the trigger! Onward!

Worth the wait...

Definitely worth the wait. One thing that I do have to get used to is the arrangement of the sounds/programs, but that is no big deal especially with the Set List feature. The next thing KORG has to come up with is a keybed that has the ability to be switched from weighted to Non-Weighted an the flick of a switch. It could be done I am sure, that and they could start using the Imitation Ivory that soaks up moisture like Yamaha, Roland and I think Kawai use on their best boards. One last thing is even with the on screen help a printed manual is always nice. Those are small nit picky things although a convertible touch keybed would be really cool. I guess I can get the manual printed with the extra money from the REDUCED price from the last model! KORG improves the board and lowers the price. Can't argue with that, although I would rather of had ends like the OASYS that the wood. All in all it is without a doubt the best workstation available.
Music background: Keys +

Sweetwater Advice

Brad Jahn

I've recorded or gigged with nearly every flagship workstation built in the past 25 years, and the Kronos is the first to make me think "There are no limits!" If I can imagine it, the Kronos can do it. As if the 9 sound engines and Karma engine weren't enough, the EP and CX-3 tonewheel engines give me full touch control of the classic control panels and drawbars. Even beyond the stunning sounds, it's the closest thing to physically using these classic instruments I've ever encountered on a hardware workstation. Add the jaw-dropping new SGX-2 piano engine and full-fledged DAW level recording ability, and the Kronos can rightfully stake a claim as the most powerful workstation in the game.
See also: Work Stations, Korg, Korg Keyboard Workstations