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Korg Kronos X 88-Key Music Workstation

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  • 88 RH3 Graded Hammer Action keys with velocity and after touch; upgraded 62GB SSD, 2GB available RAM
  • Easy-to-use interface: clear, intuitive control surface, 8-Inch TFT color Touch View display
  • 9 Synth engines sharing a stable, unified platform; Sampling, 16 Audio & 16 MIDI tracks, KARMA, etc.
  • Smooth Sound Transition: Prevents dropouts and effect anomalies as you switch between sounds
  • Set List Mode: Place Programs, Combis, & Songs in a single screen for easy selection, even add text
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 64.3 x 21.8 x 11.4 inches ; 65.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 65.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B008KT1P8Y
  • Item model number: KRONOSX88
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,218 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 1, 2012

Product Description

Korg Kronos X 88-Key Music Workstation


The Kronos music workstation was unveiled in 2011. Everyone who experiences its sound reacts with astonishment at how far electronic musical instruments have come --- followed, no doubt, by the thought "what can possibly follow this?!" But, in the year since its inception, KORG has continued to release system updates and additional Kronos Sound Libraries, bringing the Kronos to an even higher state of perfection. Rather than resting on its laurels in 2012, the Kronos continued to evolve. Boosting its internal memory capacity and the size of its SSD, as well as enhancing its sampler functionality, we have included more of the latest technology in order to make the Kronos the ultimate workstation. Fittingly, its new name adds an "X" to indicate its unknown potential. Ready to take off into the unknown future of sound we present the Kronos X music workstation.

Product Description:
  • A peerless synthesizer containing nine sound engines, including: realistic piano, richly expressive electric piano, tonewheel organ, digital synthesis, and powerful analog/physical modeling.
  • Approximately 2GB of available PCM RAM and a doubled SSD capacity of 62 GB allow support for gigantic sound library expansions, such as the Kronos Sound Libraries and the KARO Sound Libraries.
  • The user Sample Bank feature allows users to create extremely large sample libraries that take advantage of the generous PCM RAM and SSD capacity.
  • Numerous artist signature sounds created by top musicians are included, letting you make the sounds of classic songs your very own.
  • KARMA, the Open Sampling System, and the on-board sequencer offers 16 MIDI tracks + 16 audio tracks
  • Use up to 16 premium-quality effects at once; individual effects rival dedicated units
  • Performance Power!
  • Set List screen provides single-touch selection, regardless of mode
  • Smooth Sound Transition: this often-requested feature allows held or sustained notes to keep sounding when changing sounds or modes.
  • Support for USB MIDI and Korg USB pad controllers, including the Korg nano series and microKEY series
  • Support for the Kronos Editor and Plug-in Editor software
  • USB Ethernet adapter compatibility enables high-speed data communication between the Kronos X and your computer
  • Available with 61, 73 or 88 keys
  • 73 and 88 key models feature Korg’s finest RH3 Graded Hammer Action.
  • Comprehensive interface, based around a large 8 inches TFT TouchView display
Nine Engines

A peerless synthesizer packed with nine sound engines - including realistic piano, richly expressive electric piano, tonewheel organ, digital synthesis, and powerful analog/physical modeling - all in a single unit. The Kronos X Music Workstation is the single instrument designed for live performing musicians; for artists creating music in a studio or computer-based production environment; and for musicians and sound designers seeking the ultimate synthesizer. In creating Kronos X, we have listened to many musicians and have heard their requests. And Kronos X delivers.

The Krono X doubles both the PCM RAM capacity to approximately 2GB and the SSD capacity to 62GB. The Kronos Sound Library and KARO Sound Library expansions enhance the value of the Kronos X. Since the Kronos appeared, Kronos Sound Library expansions have continued to be released. In order to let you take full advantage of these libraries, which offer selections with a different flavor than the preload programs in the Kronos, the Kronos X doubles both the PCM RAM capacity to approximately 2GB and the SSD capacity to 62GB. Starting in March 2012, the KARO Sound Libraries from the German company KARO Sound Development have joined the list with twenty titles already available, further enhancing the value of the Kronos X. The Kronos X also contains the EXs 10 - 13 expansion sample series of Kronos Sound Libraries pre-installed in demo mode. After you've tried them out, you can obtain these rich sounds for yourself by simply purchasing a license key.


Premium-quality effects suite – use up to 16 effects simultaneously Kronos X provides 16 internal effects to add impact to your sonic creations. Each of the 12 Insert effects can be applied to individual or multiple timbres in a combination, or to individual or multiple tracks of the sequencer. In addition, two Master effects can be applied to sends 1/2, and two Total effects can be applied to all tracks at the final stage of the sound. Each effect offers 185 distinct effect types, covering every possible sound-shaping need. Examples include a high-resolution reverb, chorus, delay, guitar amp and cabinet modeling, and even vocoding. Each effect provides up to 72 adjustable parameters, as well as numerous real-time modulation possibilities, delivering outstanding versatility. A separate three-band EQ is provided for every timbre, for every sequencer track, and for every audio track for adjusting subtle tonal balances or for creatively modifying the overall sound.

RH3 real weighted hammer action keyboard for both 88-key and 73-key. The 88-key model of the Kronos X features the same RH3 real weighted hammer action keyboard that's used on KORG's upper-end piano models and on the SV-1. The hammer weighting is graded, providing a heavier feel in the lower register and a lighter feel in the upper register, just as on a grand piano, offering superb playability. Boldly, the 73-key model also features this same RH3 keyboard, creating a more compact and transportable instrument that still provides superior piano and electric piano sounds teamed with an authentic piano touch. Kronos X is notable for its slim design, showing an integration of function and design.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Penguins on March 29, 2014
I was a little bit skeptical as to whether or not I wanted to shell out the money for this product's hefty price tag, but now that I actually have the machine, I can say without a doubt that it was the best investment I ever made for music production - I do a lot of work with electronic music in my spare time, and I recently decided to step up my game with the wider palette of sounds that this machine offers, and I got so much more than that - this instrument uses NINE different synthesis engines - whereas a keyboard such as the Motif would only use sample playback, this keyboard actually comes with unique on-board synthesizers that generate sounds catering to specific instruments - there's one specifically for piano, string modeling, drawbar organs, a bunch of different classic synths, electric piano, and of course, sample playback. You could spend months studying the collective complexity created by having all of these tools available in a single instrument, and I highly recommend you take a look into Korg's page for this product for a better description of each of the individual sound engines.

Some of the other highlights of the product include 3 GB or RAM, a 64 GB solid state hard drive, extensive MIDI control options (it has a control surface with 9 sliders, 16 buttons, and 8 knobs, a regular joystick, a vector joystick, and a touch-sensitive ribbon controller.. wow!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. Nelson on April 28, 2014
I just bought a Kronos X 88, choosing what I considered to be the best based on much of what I had read, as well as my own experience using an M3 for the past few years. I wanted to go all out in capability. And while the Kronos is a magnificent piece of equipment that one could really get creative with, I found it to be overkill. Too much! If you want Everything (literally everything) in one board, I'd say, based on my experience, the Kronos comes darned close. Not only is its onboard synthesizer engine pure dynamite (though I thought access to it was unnecessarily difficult and counter-intuitive, especially for Korg), but its KARMA is superb. In terms of sound quality (especially with regard to sampled sound set quality), I didn't think the Kronos is a huge jump above the M3...and definitely doesn't touch piano quality of some of the other workstation brands, which I think is a shame. And what ultimately had me decide to return my Kronos (never in a million years did I think I'd return a Korg) is its terrible cooling fan that whirs for the hard drive...not a good noise to have running in the background when you're trying to decipher what's in the mix, and what's equipment noise. Too bad, Korg!! Great workstation! For the most part. Just did not, in my mind, warrant keeping when I have an M3, a Radias R, and a couple other simple analog modeling synths. And fan noise in a board? No thanks!
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Just an update for the sake of complete understanding; the keybed problems seem to have been completely resolved since 2012. I bought a near-new 2014 Kronos X 88 a couple of months ago, and I could not be happier with my decision. I updated to the newest OS v3.0.2 so soon after purchase, I didn't notice any "radical" changes except for the fact that parameters like mixer values can now be dragged with your finger on the screen, rather than using the data wheel or up-down buttons (i.e. volume sliders). THAT is an awesome feature! My only complaint about that is some parameters are so close together on the display, a fat finger might drag or tap the wrong thing, or do nothing, 'cause you've got 2 items under your finger. That also happens just touching a parameter in the mixer page to change the patch on a particular channel. I get the one next to the one I want, frequently. It's certainly not a deal breaker (because dragging wasn't available to do at all, previously), and if I take my time, I get what I want without any problem. There are other general improvements since 2012, but I won't go into them, they're all available to read about on Korg's Kronos site. (All Kronos's can be updated to v3.0.2.)

So, as of mid-February 2015, the only things I'm missing from a brand new model are a few sounds that are supposed to be available for sale soon, wooden end caps, & a little more storage onboard. I have other things to make sounds, so I'm not really interested in buying more. Here's the thing though, as far as I can tell, there are now no problems doing anything this board is intended to do.
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I am a full time professional musician with a lot of experience on many keyboard makes and models. For studio or live, no other board can come remotely close to the quality and feature set of the Kronos.
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