Korg Announces New Line-up of Sound Libraries for Kronos Workstation

April 18, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Korg is pleased to announce the availability of many diverse expansion libraries and sample sound libraries for the Korg Kronos Music Workstation, including the EXs13 Jazz Drums Expansion Kit, the EXs11 Legendary Strings Expansion Library, and two series by KARO, a sound design team based in Germany who has been producing high-quality sounds for Korg workstations for several years (including the OASYS and the M3). Korg welcomes KARO as the first third-party KRONOS sound developer.

EXs13 Jazz Drums Expansion Kit
This expansion kit for the Jazz Ambience Drums is included in the Korg Kronos presets, and contains approximately 1GB of PCM samples, 48 programs and 12 drumkits. The unique collection focuses on unique drum and percussion sounds created using a variety of techniques including mallets, brushes, and multi-rods. All sounds are easy to use, and will set off other instruments to their maximum advantage. Substituting these sounds on an existing drum track will also offer a dramatic difference through changing stick sounds.

EXs11 Legendary Strings
This collection delivers approximately 2.5GB of PCM samples and 128 Programs, for a wide vocabulary of string sounds. Choose from solo performances created on coveted instruments such as a Stradivarius, to the sound of a full orchestra. In addition to samples of individual performance techniques such as trill, vibrato, and pizzicato, the collection also includes ensembles offering differing numbers of players, providing everything needed for meticulous production work. Large samples allow the nuances of the performances to be captured, completing this ultimate collection of string sounds.

EXs11 will be Available for download in late April, for a special price of US $249 (regular price is US $299).

EXs13 and EXs11 can be downloaded and purchased at the Korg Web Shop: www.korg.com/kronos/SoundLibraries

KARO’s EXs Expansion Sample Series libraries span a wide variety of instruments and genres, including orchestral instruments and ensembles, vintage keyboards, ambient soundscapes, and much more. Along with Programs, Combis, and Drum Track patterns, these libraries include varying amounts of PCM data, which is played back directly from KRONOS’ internal solid state hard drive.

KARO’s KRS Professional Sound Series libraries are collections of Programs, Combis, and Drum Track patterns that collectively take advantage of every synthesis engine within KRONOS. These large collections of synthesizer sounds, organs, dance grooves, and Wave Sequences each have at least 128 Programs; most have much more.

Free demo versions of the EXs libraries can be downloaded; purchasing an authorization code from the secure Korg Web Shop unlocks full access to the libraries. Please see Korg.com for download/installation system requirements, along with sound demos.

Korg Kronos Sounds – Featuring The Austrian Grand Piano EX

February 25, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Other Worlds – A demo from our second release for the Korg Kronos – Soundtrack Mix. Featuring the Korg Austrian Grand Piano EX.

V2 Soundtrack Mix for the Korg Kronos includes 64 New Programs, 32 New Combis & 75 new sound effects from our Effectron sound libraries. More info and demos can be found at:

http://www.kidnepro.com/KN/Korg/Kronos/korg-kronos-v2.html

Note: The Austrian Piano does not have to be installed in order to use Soundtrack mix.

Korg Kronos Sounds – Schoenberg Orchestra – KARMA Atonal GE’s

December 31, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Background data:

A demo from our upcoming “Soundtrack Mix” which features the KARMA Atonal Generated Effects. Music is from the combi “Schoenberg Orchestra”, named after the inventor of twelve tone technique – composer Arnold Schoenberg.

Soundtrack Mix for the Korg Kronos includes 64 New Programs and 32 New Combis and will be available February 2012. More info on all our Korg Kronos sounds can be found at:

http://www.kidnepro.com/KN/Korg/Kronos/Kronos_Main.html

Korg Releases Kronos System Version 1.5

December 2, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Korg has released System Version 1.5, a free update for their flagship Kronos Music Workstation. Downloadable from Korg’s website, this update offers users access to the first EXs Expansion Sample Series Sound Library, which is also now available.

Kronos Music Workstation System Version 1.5 adds seven new Program Banks with 896 new locations for storing sounds. Version 1.5 also allows users to install additional memory, doubling their available sampling RAM memory to roughly 2 GB, with additional index locations to allow larger sample loads. The convenient connection of USB MIDI controllers – such as Korg’s nanoSERIES2, microKEY and padKONTROL – is also possible with Version 1.5.

Korg is now offering two types of Kronos Sound Libraries. The EXs Expansion Sample Series take advantage of Kronos’ built-in SSD, providing large amounts of PCM data. The KRS Professional Sound Series were created by pro musicians and programmers who are intimately familiar with each of the Kronos sound engines. Korg says that these libraries contain skillfully crafted programs, combinations, and drum patterns with infectious grooves, all designed to maximize the nine sound engines that power the Kronos.

Now available is the first of the EXs Libraries:

  • EXs10 Ricky Lawson’s “West Coast” Drums
    Content: Approximately 650 MB of PCM samples, 16 Programs, 4 Drumkits

    Drummer Ricky Lawson is a founding member of The Yellowjackets, and is known for his playing with internationally famous artists and groups. In addition to Ricky’s drumkits, this collection includes numerous variations of snare drum, providing the exact sounds of his playing. Also included are ambient sounds that add realism and depth, delivering a studio-quality sample set that covers a wide range of genres from pop to many other styles.

In addition, the following KRS Libraries were previously released and remain available:

  • KRS-01 “Pro Grooves” by David “Fingers” Haynes
    Contents: 200 Patterns, 8 Songs

    David “Fingers” Haynes is famous as the master of finger drumming. This set includes 200 realistic drum patterns that – unbelievably – he played with his fingers. His grooves are famous from his appearance with top-rated musicians, and are now available as performance-ready backing for your own songs using the Kronos’ RPPR function or Drum Track function. 
  • KRS-02 STR-1/MOD-7 Phase II
    Contents: 128 Programs

    This library digs deep into the two complex sound engines whose possibilities have never been exhausted. Created largely by legendary sound programmer Katsunori Ujiie, this collection of sounds for the STR-1 and MOD-7 is destined to become a new standard. Classic electric pianos and basses from the MOD-7 and unprecedentedly new synth sounds from the STR-1 reflect his deep sound design talents and skill. Enrich your songs with wondrous sounds reflecting a strange realism. 
  • KRS-03 Nu Electro
    Contents: 128 Programs, 120 Patterns, 3 Songs

    This is a collection of the “electro sounds” that in recent years have been appearing in a wide range of styles including pop, R&B, and hip-hop. The simple synth sounds valued in electro house and dubstep are also included. In addition, you receive a deep collection of phrase patterns, sure to stimulate your songwriting ideas. 
  • KRS-04 Pro Splits and Layers
    Contents: 128 Combinations

    Created by some of the best sound designers available, this collection focuses on realtime live performance, providing a great set of split and layer combinations that concentrate on in-demand keyboard sounds such as gorgeous pianos, electric pianos, clavinets, and organs. The splits are ideal for solo performances or for backing a vocalist and the layers are the perfect rich accompaniment for ballads.

Pricing and Availability:
All Kronos Libraries can be purchased and downloaded at Korg’s Website. Introductory pricing on the KRS libraries ranges from $19.00 to $49.00; the EXs10 library features an introductory price of $199.00.

More information:

Korg Kronos Sounds – Vintage Synths

October 16, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Want to play the classic synths on your Kronos?

Korg Kronos Volume #1 – Vintage Synths – Our first collection of sounds for the Kronos HD-1 Sound Engine is now available! An amazing collection of fully KARMA-fied Programs & Combis perfect for Producers and Keyboard Players looking for some great classic synth sounds to add to their Kronos. Included are 250MB of new samples from six classic analog synths.

More info & Demos at:

http://www.kidnepro.com/KN/Korg/Kronos/korg-kronos-v1.html

Korg Kronos in action at Summer NAMM

July 25, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Thereminist and synthesizer performer Shueh-li Ong http://Shuehli.com scours Summer NAMM 2011 for products that pique her fancy. She checks in with the guys at Roland.
Rich Formadoni, Tech Product Manager talks about their most powerful flagship keyboard, the Kronos Music Station.

Inside the KORG Kronos manuals – system approach

June 14, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

“This is Part 1 of our video manual for the Korg Kronos Music Workstation, focusing on basic navigation. For more details, please visit www.korg.com/kronos.”

Kronos Highlights

* 9 Sound engines, each offering a unique sound-creation technology (see list below)

* 16-part Combis allow all engines to function together in perfect harmony; Dynamic Voice Allocation keeps the polyphony high.

* Available with 61, 73 or 88 keys. The 73 and 88 key models feature Korg’s finest RH3 Graded Hammer Action. The 61 key model borrows the responsive synth action from the Korg M3-61.

* Comprehensive interface, based around a new large 8” TFT TouchView™ display

* Virtual Memory Technology (VMT), aided by a fast SSD (Solid State Disk) provides high polyphony and massive, ultra-long, and unlooped samples; offering unheard of performance from a hardware instrument

* Smooth Sound Transition: this often-requested feature allows held or sustained notes to keep sounding when changing sounds or modes.

* Set List mode: Organize the Programs, Combis, and Songs you need to perform your set in a single, easy-to-select screen – including performance notes!

* Use up to 16 premium-quality effects at once; individual effects rival dedicated units

o 12 Insert effects

o 2 Master effects

o 2 Total effects

* On-board sequencer offers 16 MIDI tracks + 16 audio tracks (24-bit, 48kHz recording quality)

* Open Sampling System – Instant sampling and resampling from any mode: Program, Combination or Sequencer.

* Sophisticated KARMA® technology generates infinitely variable performance-driven phrases, musical effects, and backing tracks to catalyze your creativity

* Expanded Drum Track for play-along grooves and inspiration

* Signature sounds created with guidance from world class musicians

 

Closer look at Korg Kronos at the show

April 7, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Kronos Highlights

* 9 Sound engines, each offering a unique sound-creation technology (see list below)

* 16-part Combis allow all engines to function together in perfect harmony; Dynamic Voice Allocation keeps the polyphony high.

* Available with 61, 73 or 88 keys. The 73 and 88 key models feature Korg’s finest RH3 Graded Hammer Action. The 61 key model borrows the responsive synth action from the Korg M3-61.

* Comprehensive interface, based around a new large 8” TFT TouchView™ display

* Virtual Memory Technology (VMT), aided by a fast SSD (Solid State Disk) provides high polyphony and massive, ultra-long, and unlooped samples; offering unheard of performance from a hardware instrument

* Smooth Sound Transition: this often-requested feature allows held or sustained notes to keep sounding when changing sounds or modes.

* Set List mode: Organize the Programs, Combis, and Songs you need to perform your set in a single, easy-to-select screen – including performance notes!

* Use up to 16 premium-quality effects at once; individual effects rival dedicated units

o 12 Insert effects

o 2 Master effects

o 2 Total effects

* On-board sequencer offers 16 MIDI tracks + 16 audio tracks (24-bit, 48kHz recording quality)

* Open Sampling System – Instant sampling and resampling from any mode: Program, Combination or Sequencer.

* Sophisticated KARMA® technology generates infinitely variable performance-driven phrases, musical effects, and backing tracks to catalyze your creativity

* Expanded Drum Track for play-along grooves and inspiration

* Signature sounds created with guidance from world class musicians

Live Korg KRONOS performances

April 5, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

To celebrate the launch of the amazing new KORG KRONOS Music Workstation in Europe at this year’s Musik Messe in Frankfurt Germany (April 6 to April 9), is very proud to announce a series of limited performances by the world-famous keyboard player, Tom Coster (Santana, Billy Cobham, Vital Information, etc.). Tom, along with sensational German musicians Stefan Rademacher (bass – George Duke, Billy Cobham, Chaka Khan, etc.) and Daniel Schild (drums – Afshin, etc.) will be performing on the stand A71 in Hall 3, three times each day of the show. Each half-hour performance will have limited seating. So be there in time.

KORG KRONOS

February 1, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

KORG US had finally become a hot topic in front of the site information “KRONOS” Take off that veil. KORG this year’s crowd was packed with exciting and unusual and just striving to be first to start the demonstration KORG booth at booth 12.

That should be it super-sized 8-inch TFT LCD (800 × 600 dots!) Of the touch interface and simple operation system KORG also true tradition. KORG yet from a nostalgic design so that a degree will really bring about an atmosphere of KRONOS. The reality is joined by KORG extremely high degree of perfection with the latest technology and boasts a number of synthesizer history, it was a new generation Wakusuteshonshinse.

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