Submitted April 6, 2015 by Brad Bentley in Puyallup, WA
"Simply The Best"
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With its vast feature set and professional quality, no other keyboard can compete. For studio or live, this is the one that gets it done right, and with ease. There is a learning curve for the more advanced functions, but as with any truly professional tool, this should be expected. You will not "tap out" this machine... it will deliver the highest quality and permit you to use it to it's absolute fullest extent without a hick-up.
Audio quality remains high quality, even when running 16 midi tracks and 16 audio tracks simultaneously. With the vast sound library, any style of music is game for the Kronos. Nuances of each instrument make the realism of the Kronos top notch.
I use this board in studio and live, and the features for both of these environments deliver. For instance, when I play live, my live playing is coming out of the Kronos in stereo on the Left and Right outputs. This is usually a Combination of several internal sounds. At the same time, I have a studio recorded backing track that the Kronos plays under the band. This audio comes out of the Kronos in stereo on the 1 & 2 outputs. At the same time, I have a click track coming out of the Kronos on output 3. I assign these tracks and sounds to the Set-List screen so I can access any of them at any time. If I am playing a piano sound and want to switch to an organ, the Kronos will cross-fade these sounds automatically so that there is a smooth transition, rather than the sudden cutoff that all the other keyboards have. To list all of the very useful and practical features here would turn into an owners manual, and that's already been written by Korg.
Ease of Use
The Kronos fully implements into any studio or live environment. As stated earlier, there is a learning curve for the more advanced functions, but with the touch screen, getting what you want is usually just a click or two away.
Korg quality on the Kronos is superb. It is professionally designed and will last for years and years, even with heavy use. My last professional Korg board lasted 11 years before I let it go. That was 11 years of constant performances and studio sessions.
At the typical sale price, there is no better value for your money. This board could be priced much higher, and the professional players would happily pay in order to have this tool.
I have never had to deal with Korg directly. This is because their product line is well made and lasts.
The Wow Factor
The Kronos means business, and looks like it means business. Classy, efficient, robust with plenty of LPD (Lights Per Dollar) *heh heh*
Professional national musician. Playing for 40 years. 22 years on the national circuit.
All styles from Classical to Rap to Rock, Funk... too many to name.
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