Korg Kronos 88
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Korg Kronos 88

Kronos 88, Workstation from Korg in the Kronos series.

fabrice.fargues 04/08/2012

Korg Kronos 88 : fabrice.fargues's user review

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9 synths in one!! Yes, this machine is supposed to do the work of nine other ... 2 emulations of traditional Korg (MS20 and the Polysix), their CS3X organ in the beast, a stunning acoustic piano for a synthesizer, a kind DX7 FM synth, a Karma, a WS, a Z1, an M3 ... It is not called like that, but it is so you can imagine what is in the bowels of the beast ... Killing ...

UTILIZATION

Well, I did the test, I have not been able to deepen all that, but for a user Korg Triton accustomed to for example, do not worry, it's the same logic architecture, color touch screen more large, to better fly the various programming pages, and news of the head are well organized ... Very intuitive and all ...

SOUNDS

Well, here I feel there is already debate ... The sound is above all a matter of taste, some will find sublime, others will find it bland ... I'll try to be objective, but it is not win ...

Firstly what surprises is the pure sound: not a hint of breath ... From a surgical cleanliness, the signal / noise ratio must be hallucinating! The definition of sound is frightening, I think they have the converters installed in the machine are racing machines, type converters and Lynx consort ... The studio sound engineers will undoubtedly appreciate the true value ...

The piano sound is excellent, we did it on ANY workstation now. We can even have fun with some Chopin waltzes ... For cranky who say, rightly, that there are better, I would say yes, but they are dedicated machines ... The sublime or the V-MP10 piano in another, the nordpiano, is worse, but it's only a matter of taste ... When what is systems "embedded in pluggs", for the pianist than I am, the slight latency induced by the size of banks makes piano sounds to me very unpleasant game of "Moonlight" by Debussy. .. It is a SYNTHE guys, and a synthesizer with a piano like that, nobody else has done it again ...

The organs are excellent, close your eyes, and lacks only the pedals and one begins to Roda Scott ... This is still the engine of the audio CS3X that comes into play here ... Hammond was a well under the fingers, this is stunning ...

The acoustic sounds are generally very good, usable on stage, on the other as Yamaha can do better ... Matter of taste ...

The synthetic sounds themselves are extraordinary! This machine is made, and this is only my opinion, why! The grain of their synths "historical" is the breath in less ... The beast power is incredible, and I think with a little practice, a musician who likes to program will be filled beyond its expectations ...

For me, everything is huge, in the context of a synth, but the sheets, my God, what a joy ...


OVERALL OPINION

I have had only one hour in the hands, the time to listen to a lot of sounds, some touching to see the reactivity of various synthesis mode, the power of the synthesis filters dedicated to the sounds "that n do not exist in nature "... Nevertheless it is sufficient to form a fairly close to reality ...
3 things I was still marked:

- The very purity "class" of the overall sound. Very airy, very defined, without any noise from the electronics ...
- The extent of the range of sounds, even if some of the competition do better in some specific areas ... Universal definitely a synth ...
- The handling extremely simple, it is a machine very intuitive ... For those who are used to touch the synth brand, the manual is not necessary ...

Sometimes things that annoy, especially the banker ... € 3700 a synth keyboard with 88 keys, well made but still not great, are cured in Kawai piano much better from this point of view of, 3700 € So, it makes a lot of money ... (Approximately 25,000 Francs for fans of a currency that gave us the certainty that we were rich ... or not!)

Except that now, does not cost competitive in the best case, "only" € 1,000 less, with ONE synthesis, then a single grain noise ... Here we are 9! If you want to have a record as complete and versatile, you have to buy 4-5 different machines, and adding to the finish is very likely to graze the 10 000 €!!
Several questions arise from this discussion:

- Is what others do not sell too cheap machines "single synthesis", or is what it is that Korg OASYS Brade its revamped??
- Korg did he not shot himself in the foot with the Kronos as how to sell a 88 M3 now? And especially how to sell its stock of OASYS
- What may be the answer to the competition??
- The OASYS owners are left with a machine whose intrinsic value on the second hand market has been divided by 2 with the release of this toy ... They must cringe I think ...

I conclude by saying that there is finally the new synth on the planet, 3700 for the "9 in 1" is given somewhere, I think that America be the success story of the year ... I'm already saving, but I think version 76 keys is the most economically accomplished, but still, this is only my little person ... It is a dream anyway ...