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Korg Kronos 88 Synthesizer Workstation (88-Key)

Play and produce any style on Korg's top-shelf Kronos workstation keyboard, with customizable sounds from nine synthesis engines and an 8" color touchscreen. (12) Read 3 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Product Description

For nearly half a century, Korg has set the standard for technical innovation, leadership, and superior sound. Korg has created entire categories of musical products, and has produced some of the top-selling synthesizers and keyboard instruments ever; the instruments favored by musicians around the globe. In 1988, Korg defined the workstation category with the revolutionary M1. Today, in 2011, Korg redefines and reimagines the music workstation, revolutionizing the capabilities of the hardware instrument and exceeding the demands of the modern player: introducing the Kronos Music Workstation.

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.
- Korg's finest RH3 Graded Hammer Action.
- Comprehensive interface, based around a new large 8" TFT TouchView(TM) display
- Virtual Memory Technology (VMT), aided by a fast SSD (Solid-State Disk) provides high polyphony and massive, ultra-long, and unlooped samples.
- 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.
- Onboard 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(R) 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

The Game Has Been Changed

Kronos is more than a new instrument. It is a milestone in synthesis and workstation evolution; one that embodies fresh ideas and breakthrough technologies. Kronos brings together multiple sound engines working in harmony and new interactive performance features that reflect the way musicians play. Most importantly, Kronos provides a seemingly inexhaustible supply of breathtaking, spectacular sounds. Prepare to be amazed.

Nine Engines; a Universe of Sound

Kronos unites nine individual synthesis engines in a single instrument, each providing the finest sound creation techniques available. Together, they represent not only the rich legacy of Korg, but the history of the electronic keyboard industry itself. Dig into the classic sounds of timeless instruments that are still loved to this day. Enjoy unique sounds that once startled the world. Venture into new sonic territory with sounds that have become possible now.

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[System]
System: KRONOS

Keyboard: 88-key: RH3 (Real Weighted Hammer Action 3)

[Tone Generator]
Synthesis Types: 9
SGX-1 Premium Piano (Acoustic Piano)
EP-1 MDS Electric Piano (Electric Piano)
HD-1 High Definition Synthesizer (PCM Virtual Memory Technology)
AL-1 Analog Synthesizer (Analog Modeling)
CX-3 Tonewheel Organ (Tonewheel Organ Modeling)
STR-1 Plucked String (Physical Modeling)
MOD-7 Waveshaping VPM Synthesizer (VPM Synthesis)
MS-20EX (CMT Analog Modeling)
PolysixEX (CMT Analog Modeling)
Maximum Polyphony*1*2:
SGX-1: 100 voices*3
EP-1: 104 voices
HD-1: 140 voices
AL-1: 80 voices
CX-3: 200 voices
STR-1: 40 voices
MOD-7: 52 voices
MS-20EX: 40 voices
PolysixEX: 180 voices

*1 Maximum polyphony depends on the kind of synthesis engines and the number of effects being used.
*2 KRONOS dynamically allocates voices to multiple synthesis engines when they are used simultaneously.
*3 100 dual-stereo notes (It corresponds to 400 voices in the maximum.)

Number of Programs/Combinations/Drumkits:
1,664 user memory programs
(1510 or more [760 or more HD-1+750 or more EXi] come preloaded)

1,792 user memory combinations
(448 or more come preloaded)

152 user memory drumkits
(77 or more come preloaded)

256 GM Level2 preset programs+ 9 GM Level2 drum preset programs

Preset PCM:
314 MB (ROM 1,505 multisamples, 1388 drum samples)

Build-in Expansion PCM Libraries:
EXs1 - ROM Expansion

EXs2 - Concert Grand Piano

EXs3 - Brass & Woodwinds

EXs4 - Vintage Keyboards

EXs5 - ROM Expansion 2

EXs6 - SGX-1 German D Piano

EXs7 - SGX-1 Japanese C Piano

EXs8 - Rock Ambience Drums

EXs9 - Jazz Ambience Drums

Capacity of PCM RAM:
Approx. 1GB*4

*4 The memory available for RAM samples will change based on the use of Expansion PCM libraries. About 273MB is available when shipped from the factory (when loading the file named "PRELOAD.KSC").

Wave Sequences:
374 user memory, 160 or more preload

[SGX-1 Program]
Premium Piano:

PCM: EXs6 - SGX-1 German D Piano; EXs7 - SGX-1 Japanese C Piano

Piano Type: 32 or more

Oscillator Control: Damper Resonance, Damper Noise, Mechanical Noise, Note Release

[EP-1 Program]
MDS Electric Piano:

Electric Piano Model Types: 6
Tine EP I, Tine EP II, Tone EP V, Tine EP DMP, Reed EP200, Reed EP200A
Oscillator Control:
Harmonic Sound Level, Attack Noise, Level, Release Noise Level, Attack Brightness, Hammer Width
Panel Control:
Tine Type: Preamp Volume, Tone (Treble, Bass), Vibrate (On/Off, Intensity, Speed), Amp/Cabinet (On/Off, Drive)*5

Reed Type: Preamp Volume, Tone (Treble, Bass), Vibrate (Intensity, Speed), Amp/Cabinet (On/Off, Drive)*5

*5 Each electric piano type has own amp/cabinet character.

Effect Types: 9
Small Phase, Orange Phase, Clack Phase, Vintage Chorus, Black Chorus, EP Chorus, Vintage
Flanger, Red Comp, VOX Wah

[HD-1 Program]
Advanced Vector Synthesis:
Control oscillator volumes and synthesis & effects parameters via the Vector Joystick and the tempo-synchronized Vector Envelope.

Structure:
Single: only OSC1, Double: OSC1 and OSC2.

Double mode lets you layer two completely separate synth voices, each with their own velocity-switched oscillator, dual filter, EGs, LFOs, etc.

Two completely separate drumkits.

Oscillators:
VMT (Virtual Memory Technology) supported.

8 velocity zones per oscillator, with switching, crossfades and layering

Each zone can play mono or stereo Multisamples or Wave Sequences

Filters:
Two multi-mode filters per voices (low-pass, high-pass, band-pass and band-reject),

Four-mode filter routings (single, serial, parallel and 24dB mode)

Driver:
Per voice non-linear driver and low boost circuit

EQ:
Three bands, with sweepable mid

Modulation:
Three envelope generators, two LFOs per voice, common LFO, four key tracking generators, AMS (Alternate Modulation Source), two AMS mixers

[EXi Program Common]
Advanced Vector Synthesis:
Control oscillator volumes and synthesis & effects parameters via the Vector Joystick and the tempo-synchronized Vector Envelope.

Modulation:
Common Step Sequencer, AMS (Alternate Modulation Source), Common LFO,

2 Key Tracking Generators

EQ:
Three bands, with sweep-able mid

[AL-1 Program]
Oscillators:
OSC1, OSC2, Sub-oscillator and noise generator; ring modulation, FM and Sync

Audio Input:
Run real-time audio through the synthesis engine

Filters:
Two multi-mode filter (low-pass, high-pass, band-pass and band-reject) with four types of filter routings (single, serial, parallel and 24dB mode), MultiFilter mode (only Filter-A; modulatable mix of Low Pass, High Pass, Band Pass, and dry input, for creating a wide variety of unique filter types and effects)

Driver:
Per-voice non-linear driver and low boost circuit

Modulation:
Five Envelope generators, four per-voice LFOs, two AMS Mixers;

Per-voice Step Sequencer.

[CX-3 Program]
Tonewheel Organ Modeling:
Phase-synchronous tonewheels (clean and vintage modes), percussion, key click, wheel brake

EX Mode:
Four additional, user-specified drawbars, and expanded percussion.

Internal Effects:
Rotary speaker, vibrato/chorus, amp modeling with overdrive, 3-band EQ

Drawbar Control:
Controlled via nine front-panel sliders (via Tone Adjust)

Split:
Upper, Lower (even in EX mode)

Modulation:
Two AMS mixers

[STR-1 Program]
Physically Modeled String:
Includes physically modeled damping, decay, dispersion, nonlinearity, harmonics, dual pickups, and more

String Excitation:
Three independent excitation sources can be used simultaneously: Pluck, Noise, and PCM. 16 preset "pluck" types, with modulatable width and randomization. Noise generator with saturation and dedicated lowpass filter

PCM Oscillator:
Korg's ultra-low-aliasing technology, as introduced in the HD-1; 4 velocity zones per oscillator; Uses any mono ROM, EXs, or RAM multisamples; PCM can either be used as an excitation signal, or layered with the output of the string.

Excitation Filter:
Dedicated 2-pole multimode filter for shaping the string excitation; Filter can be enabled/disabled separately for each excitation source. Low Pass, High Pass, Band Pass, and Band Reject modes

Audio Input and Feedback:
Run real-time audio through the string, including feedback through effects. Modeled feedback includes modulate-able instrument-to-amp distance and orientation.

Filters:
Dual multi-mode filters per voice; Single, Serial, Parallel (with split stereo output), and 24dB (4-pole) configurations. Low Pass, High Pass, and Band Reject modes

Multi Filter mode (Filter A only):
Modulatable mix of Low Pass, High Pass, Band Pass, and dry input, for creating a wide variety of unique filter types and effects

Modulation:
5 Envelopes, 4 per-voice LFOs, 2 Key Track generators, String Tracking generators, 4 AMS Mixers.

[MOD-7 Program]
Waveshaping VPM Synthesizer:
Combines Variable Phase Modulation (VPM), waveshaping ring modulation, PCM sample playback, and subtractive synthesis; Able to convert-load SYX files.

Oscillators:
6 VPM/Waveshaper/Ring Modulation Oscillators:

Phase and modulatable pitch per oscillator; 101 Waveshaper tables plus modulatable Drive and Offset; Use as oscillators, or as Waveshapers or Ring Modulators for other signals.

PCM Oscillator:

Korg's ultra-low-aliasing technology, as introduced in the HD-1. 4 velocity zones per oscillator; Uses any mono ROM, EXs, or RAM multisamples; PCM can be used as an FM modulator and/or layered with the VPM Oscillators. Noise generator with saturation and dedicated low pass filter.

Audio input:
Run real-time audio through the VPM Oscillators and filters.

Filters:
Dual multi-mode filters per voice. Parallel and 24 dB (4-Pole) configurations; Low Pass, High Pass, Band Pass, and Band Reject modes

Multi Filter mode (Filter A only):
Modulatable mix of Low Pass, High Pass, Band Pass, and dry input, for creating a wide variety of unique filter types and effects

Patch Panel:
Supports both algorithm (78 types) selection and free patching; Three 2-in, 1-out mixers for scaling and merging audio, fully modulatable, with phase inversion. Main 6-input stereo mixer, with modulatable pan and volume, plus phase inversion

Modulation:
10 Envelopes, 4 per-voice LFOs, 9 Key Tracking generators, Per-voice Step Sequencer, 4 standard AMS Mixers plus 4 simple AMS Mixers.

[MS-20EX Program]
Oscillators:
Ultra-low-aliasing oscillators; VCO1, VCO2, Ring Mod, Pink and White Noise Generator

Audio Input:
Run real-time audio through the synthesis engine and ESP (External Signal Processor)

Filters:
12dB/octave High Pass and Low Pass self-resonant filters

ESP section:
24dB/octave Low Cut and High Cut filters, available per voice.

Patch Panel:
Patchable audio and modulation, at audio rates

Patch Points:
Keyboard:
Keyboard CV Out, Keyboard Trigger Out, VCO1+VCO2 CV In, VCO2 CV In

VCO:
VCO1+VCO2 External Frequency Control In, VCO1 Out, VCO2 Out

VCF:
External Signal In, External HP Filter Cutoff Frequency Control In, External LP Filter Cutoff Frequency Control In, HPF Out, LPF In, LPF Out

VCO+VCF:
Total External Modulation In

VCA:
External Initial Gain Control In, VCA In

EG:
EG1 Envelope Signal Normal Out, EG1 Envelope Signal Reverse Out, EG1+EG2 Trigger In, EG1 Trigger In, EG2 Envelope Signal Reverse Out

MG:
Triangle Out, Rectangle Out

Noise Generator:
Pink Noise Out, White Noise Out

Sample and Hold:
Clock Trigger In, Sample Signal In, S/H Out

Modulation VCA:
Control Voltage In, Signal In, Signal Out

Manual Controller:
Control Wheel Out, Momentary Switch

ESP:
Signal In, AMP Out, BPF In, BPF Out, F-V CV Out, Envelope Out, Trigger Out

Others:
EXi Audio In, Mixer 1 In, Mixer 1 Out, Mixer 2 In, Mixer 2 Out

ESP (External Signal Processor):
Use incoming audio as a trigger and/or CV source.

Modulation:
Original DAR and HADSR EGs 1 & 2, original MG (with MIDI sync), Sample-and- Hold, MVCA; 4 additional multi-stage Envelopes, 4 additional per-voice LFOs, and 4 AMS Mixers

[PolysixEX Program]
Oscillators:
VCO:
Saw, Pulse, PWM

Sub Oscillator:
Off, 1 octave below, 2 octaves below

Filter:
24dB/octave Low Pass self-resonant filter

Effects:
Integrated Polysix Chorus, Phase, and Ensemble

Arpeggiator:
Integrated MIDI-synced arpeggiator, with adjustable Range, Mode, and Latch

Modulation:
Original ADSR EG and MG (with MIDI sync), 2 additional multi-stage Envelopes, 2 additional per-voice LFOs, and 4 AMS Mixers

[Combination]
Number of Timbres:
16 Maximum

Master Keyboard Functionality:
Keyboard and velocity splits, layers, and crossfades of up to 16 Programs and/or external MIDI devices

Advanced Vector Synthesis:
Control oscillator volumes and synthesis & effects parameters via the Vector Joystick and the tempo-synchronized Vector Envelope.

[Drumkit]
System:
Assignable stereo/mono samples with 8 velocity zones per oscillator (with crossfade functions)

[Sampling]
System:
Open Sampling System (resampling, In-Track sampling)

Bit Depth/Sampling Frequency:
16-bit/48 kHz stereo/mono sampling, maximum 512 MB memory

Sample Locations:
4,000 samples/1,000 multisamples (128 indexes per multisample)

Ripping:
Direct sampling (ripping) from audio CD (CD-DA)

Formats:
Korg format, AKAI S1000/S3000 data (with advanced Program parameter conversion); SoundFont 2.0, AIFF, and WAVE formats

Editing:
Time Stretch, Time Slice, Crossfade Loop, and other standard editing features.

[Effects]
Insert Effects: 12
Stereo in / stereo out

Master Effects: 2
Stereo in / stereo out

Total Effects: 2
Stereo in / stereo out

Timbre EQ:
High, low, and mid band

Effect Types: 185

Modulation:
Dynamic Modulation and Common LFO

Effects Control Busses:
Two stereo side chains

Effect Presets: 783
Maximum 32 per 1 effect (Preset User)

[KARMA]
KARMA Modules:
One module in Program mode, four modules in Combination and Sequencer modes

Generated Effects (GE):
2,048 presets, 1,536 Users (96 come Preload)

Controllers:
On/Off, Latch, Chord, Assign, Module, Control, KARMA Realtime Control Sliders [1] - [8], KARMA Scene [1] - [8], KARMA Switches [1] - [8], KARMA Wave-Sequencing, GE Sub Category, Freeze Randomize, Time Signature Control, Tempo Synchronize, Auto RTC (Real Time Control) setup

[Drum Track]
Drum Track Patterns:
697 preset (common with the preset patterns of the MIDI sequencer)

[Sequencer/HDR]
Tracks:
16-track MIDI sequencer + 16-track hard disk recorder + master track.

Number of Songs:
200 songs

Resolution:
1/480

Tempo:
40.00 - 300.00 (1/100 BPM resolution)

Maximum memory:
400,000 MIDI events
or 300,000 audio events

MIDI Tracks:
16 tracks plus the master track
697 preset/100 user patterns (per song)
18 preset/16 user template songs,

Format:
Korg (KRONOS, OASYS) format, SMF formats 0 and 1.

Audio Tracks:
16-track playback, 4-track simultaneous recording, WAV file format 16bit/24bit. Maximum single-file recording time

(mono):
80 minutes

Automation:
Volume, Pan, EQ, and Send1/2; 5,000 regions (max.), Event Anchors, BPM Adjust

RPPR (Realtime Pattern Play and Record):
1 Pattern set per song.

[General]
Disk Mode:
Load, save, utility, audio CD burning, audio CD playback, data filer function (save/load MIDI System Exclusive data), CD-R/RW (UDF format read/write), ISO9660 Level 1. *6

*6 Need to use with External USB CD Drive, etc.

Controllers:
Vector joystick, joystick, ribbon controller, switches 1 & 2

Control Surface:
Control Assign Switches:
Assigns the Control Surface to Timber/Track, Audio, External, Realtime Knobs/KARMA, or Tone Adjust.

Mixer Knobs Switch:
Assigns the Mixer Knobs to either Channel Strip or Individual Pan, Reset Control Switch, Solo Switch, Knobs 1-8, Switches 1-8 (Upper Row), Switches 1-8 (Lower Row), Sliders 1-8, Master Slider

KARMA Control:
On/Off, Latch, Chord Assign, module Control

Display:
TouchView graphical user interface, 8 inch TFT, SVGA (800x600 dots), adjustable brightness

Outputs:
L/MONO, R:
1/4" Balanced; 170 ohms Stereo; 85 ohms Mono (L/MONO Only), Nominal Level: +4.0 dBu, Maximum Level: +16.0 dBu (when load impedance is 600 ohms or greater)

Individual 1-4:
1/4" Balanced; 170 ohms Stereo; 85 ohms Mono, Nominal Level: +4.0 dBu, Maximum Level: +16.0 dBu (when load impedance is 600 ohms or greater)

Headphones:
1/4" stereo phone jack, output impedance: 33 ohms, Maximum Level: 60+60 mW (when load impedance is 33 ohms),

S/P DIF:
Optical, 24-bit, IEC60958, EIAJCP-1201, 48 kHz, (the same signals as L/MONO, R)

USB-B:
24-bit, 48 kHz, 2 channels (the same signals as L/MONO, R)

Inputs:
Audio Inputs 1 and 2:
1/4" Balanced; Input Impedance: 10 kohms, Nominal Level: +4.0 dBu, Maximum Level: +16 dBu,Source Impedance: 600 ohms, S/N: 95 dB (Typical), Dynamic Range: 95 dB (Typical), Crosstalk: 95 dB (at 1 kHz, Typical)

S/P DIF:
Optical, 24-bit, IEC60958, EIAJCP-1201, 48 kHz

USB-B:
24-bit, 48 kHz, 2 channels

Control Inputs:
Damper pedal (half damper supported), assignable switch, assignable pedal

MIDI:
In, Out, Thru

Interface:
Two high-speed USB 2.0 A connectors (for external USB devices)

Disk Drives:
30 GB SSD (2.5")

Power Consumption:
60 W

Dimensions: (W x D x H)
88-key: 57.28" x 16.18" x 5.71"
1,455 x 411 x 145 mm

Weight:
88-key: 50.71 lbs. / 23.0 kg

Accessories Included:
AC cord, Quick Start Guide, Accessory DVD Disk (Restore Data, KORG USB Driver, Manual PDF, etc.)

[Optional Accessories]
XVP-10: Expression/Volume Pedal

EXP-2: Foot Controller

DS-1H: Damper Pedal

PS-1: Pedal Switch

PS-3: Pedal Switch
*Sound processed with INFINITY.

*Developed under license of physical modeling patents (listed in http://www.sondius-xg.com) owned by Stanford University, USA, and by Yamaha Corporation.

*Appearance and specifications of this product are subject to change without notice.
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 631-390-6800
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Overall: I upgraded to the Kronos 88 from my trusty Roland RD600 with JV-1010 expansion module rig when my bandmates started complaining about the time it was taking me to change setups between songs (I'm in a "classic rock" band). This was my first experience with a keyboard workstation after years with what was basically a digital piano with a lot of extra voices, and even after several months, I'm still just getting my feet wet with what it can do. But the single best feature, and what sold me as a regularly gigging musician, was the Set List feature. With several hours of initial setup, I've programmed all the necessary voicings (with effects and keyboard splits as needed) for each song in the band's repertoire into a master set list. Now it just takes me an hour or so prior to each gig to copy and paste each song's full setup into a separate set list for that gig. Come time to perform, I simply step through the entire set list in order using the well-lit touchscreen (no more fiddling with a flashlight on a darkened stage trying to read the setup parameters for the next song and then find all the buttons, knobs, and sliders needed to prep the rig and be ready to play. Other things I like about the Kronos 88 include the feel of the fully hammer-weighted keys (I'd still give a slight edge to the Roland key touch, but the Kronos is definitely playable). The piano sounds are very nice and realistic, and you even have the option of emulating the difference in sound between the piano lid closed, fully open, or anywhere in between. Though I should note that I also seriously tried the Yamaha Motif-8 and actually found it's piano sounds slightly better than the Kronos - but the Kronos is still quite good and the other features like the very easy-to-use Set List made it the choice for me. The board is nothing if not versatile, and you have an amazing degree of control over your sounds. I've not even tried the sequencer for recording or sampling my own sounds yet, but it's nice to know they're available when I'm ready to learn it. I do have a few minor beefs. The full users manual is only available on the accompanying DVD disk (it does come with a printed "quick start" guide, which is somewhat of an inconvenience. For folks with their board set up in their studio with their laptop by their side in order to refer to the manual when needed, I guess it wouldn't be a big deal, but it would be better for me if it were all printed so I could refer to it wherever I and my board happened to be (I have printed out sections from it as I've needed them). As other reviewers have noted, you should definitely plan on spending the time viewing the intro video with your board set up as soon as you get it home. It will save you some hours of frustration. Other minor gripes are that the joystick for modulating effects real-time is too loose and thus easily bumped out of position by your arm or sleeve when selecting buttons in the middle of a performance. I've had a few times in the middle of performing where an expected sound just wasn't there, only to find I'd inadvertently joggled the joystick. Korg would be well advised to stiffen the resistance on the joystick movement. Another gripe is the necessity, when creating a new set list, of copying and pasting each song from one setlist to another one at a time, stopping to write the new set list each time (i.e. if you just paste it into the new list and then go back to your master list without writing the new one anew, you lose your changes). It would be so much faster if it would remember the pasted/inserted songs in the new set list for as long as I had the board turned on and just let me write the new set list once I was done with all the changes. And like many high-tech products, I ended up paying for features I didn't want or need, such as the Karma self-generating accompianiment feature, which they tout highly and is a fun toy, but I can't see using either in performance or recording. Maybe if I'm ever trying to do a gig as a one-man band... But those are pretty minor complaints. All in all I'm quite pleased with the playability, sounds, and above all, the convenience the Kronos 88 offers while performing.
Style of Music: Rock, blues, new age, jazz
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Sound: As a pianist first and foremost, the pianos on the Kronos are nothing short of amazing! The German Grand pianos (Steinway) put my acoustic baby grand to shame. The Japanese Grand pianos (Yamaha) are also incredible. Can't wait for the forthcoming Austrian piano to be released (Bosendorfer?). Although the Kronos does everything, it was the pianos that sold me. Ease of Use: As a pianist... just turn it on, select your piano taste and play! Quality: Solid and well built. Keyboard action is fantastic! Value: For everything that this DAW does, its worth every penny! The Wow Factor: This DAW is as far above all other synthesizers/DAW's as we are above the amoeba. When Korg said this changes the game... they meant it! Overall: In 2000 I purchased the Korg Triton Pro/X. At the time, that was THE synthesizer/DAW for me. I kept/used it for 11 years, and would still be using it had Korg not come out with the Kronos. I foresee using the Kronos at least that long.
Style of Music: Classical but can play just about anything (except jazz)
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zZounds offers a variety of Play as You Pay installment plans that allow you to get the gear you want today. While our competitors might offer house credit cards that require you to fill out an application and pass a credit check, our payment plans are easy to get, simple to use, and, best of all, accrue zero interest. Unlike those house credit cards that can leave you vulnerable to exorbitant interest charges once the promotional period ends, we never have and never will charge interest when you take advantage of one of the zZounds Play as You Pay plans.

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2. zZounds guarantees the lowest price

Seen it for less somewhere else? Get it for less at zZounds. Simply click the “Seen it for less?” link on any product page and as long as we‘re not losing money, we‘ll beat any legitimate competitor‘s lowest price, usually within two hours. Want our best price even faster? Call us at 800-zZounds (800-996-8637), and we‘ll provide you with a lower price on the phone. Also, if you purchase from us and later find the product for less elsewhere, call or email us within 45 days, and we‘ll refund you the difference.

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3. zZounds gets you your gear fast

At zZounds, you‘ll get your gear fast and, usually, with free delivery. Because we have warehouses in New Jersey, Nevada and Mississippi, nearly 95 percent of Americans reside within our two-day shipping zones. Combine this with the fact that many of our best-selling products qualify for free two-day delivery and you get expedited shipping without the additional cost.

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4. zZounds makes returns super easy

Buy it, try it, like it, or return it to us for a full refund. It‘s just that simple. If you‘re not in love with what you bought, return it to zZounds within 45 days, and we‘ll promptly arrange for an exchange or a refund. No hassles. No hidden charges. And if a product‘s defective or damaged, call us at 800-zZounds (800-996-8637), and we‘ll email you a prepaid shipping label so you can easily return it to us at zero cost to you.

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5. zZounds delivers top-rated customer service

zZounds has received multiple Bizrate® Circle of Excellence Platinum awards, placing us in the top 0.7 percent of Bizrate‘s network of 5,200 retailers. Our success in meeting the needs of our customers -- since 1996, we‘ve satisfied over 1,000,000 people -- is due in large part to the fact that zZounds only hires experienced musicians to answer your calls and emails, and they are never paid a commission.

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Need it now but short of cash? All we need is the first payment up front and the rest in easy monthly payments!

Fast approval.
We approve everyone, with very few exceptions, as long as we can verify your identity.
No interest. Ever.
It's just as if you paid the whole amount up front!
No paperwork. Nothing to track.
No application to mail or fax, no bills to pay. We automatically charge the payments to your credit card.

We'll wait on your money so you don't have to wait for your gear!

When you checkout, just click the Play as you Pay checkbox to indicate which installment plan you wish to use.

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on most orders $29+

Just $1.99 on
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Really heavy stuff might cost you a
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Why fight traffic and pushy salesmen when we'll bring your gear straight to your home, free of charge?

zZounds free shipping is really free!
No hidden charges or hassles on returns.
Fast, reliable delivery
We have warehouses on both coasts, so most shipments arrive in 3 days or less.
We don't collect sales tax. Bonus!
Only NJ residents pay tax during checkout.
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A guarantee so solid, you never have to worry about price when shopping at zZounds

We'll beat any price
Simply click the Seen it for less? link next to the gear you want or call us at 800-zZounds (800-996-8637)
Got a coupon from another site?
Use it with us - we'll beat those prices, too!
Find a better price after buying from us?
No problem. We'll refund you the difference for 45 days, so you'll never regret buying from zZounds.

You'll still get the trustworthy service you've come to expect from zZounds, without paying more for your gear!