The VOX Continental has just been released! This comes just a couple months after the Korg Grandstage announcement in July. These are two of the KRONOS-derived keyboard products I’ve been working on over the last few years. It’s thrilling and very unusual to be involved in two product launches in such a short time span. These products are the result of years of hard work by a large talented team at Korg. More
- Gear Diary
- Guitar Circuit Wiring
- Guitar Potentiometers
- Guitar Preamp Cable
- Guitar Tone Capacitors
- Guitar Treble Bleed
- Pedal Building
- Photo and Video
- Semi-Hollowbody Electronics
- VOX AC15
It was truly inspiring to see and hear some great musicians playing KRONOS, including Korg’s own Steve McNally, Jack Hotop and Rich Formidoni. But the highlight for me was getting into the packed standing-room-only demo room while Jordan Rudess of Dream Theater talked about his inspirations and masterfully improvised on the KRONOS.
I captured this video on my handheld camcorder. Unfortunately it’s only using the built-in mic, so the audio isn’t great. And people kept bumping into me! But in spite of that, Jordan’s musicality and skill shine through, as do the fantastic sounds and capabilities of KRONOS. Enjoy!
I think in this picture, I was saying “sorry about that voice stealing bug we heard during your playing- I just tweaked the stealing algorithm, so it’ll be fixed in the next update!” Thankfully, he was very understanding, and was asking Rich “When can I get one? No seriously, when?”
At long last, the KRONOS workstation is being unveiled at this year’s NAMM show. This is the successor to the acclaimed OASYS, which was released back in 2005 . As some of you may know, I work at Korg Research & Development. I’ve spent nearly 10 years (that’s a quarter of my life!) working on the technology that lives inside this beast!
The big “nine” in the teaser announcement hinted at the number of synthesis engines in the KRONOS. In addition to the seven outstanding engines from the OASYS (HD-1 high definition PCM, AL-1 analog modeling, CX-3 organ modeling, STR-1 plucked string physical modeling, PolysixEX analog modeling, MS-20EX analog modeling, and MOD-7 waveshaping VPM), there are two exciting new synthesis engines: