For the damper–also known as the sustain pedal– you
can connect either a standard footswitch, or Korg's
special half‐damper pedal, the optional DS‐1H.
The DS‐1H is a continuous pedal designed specifically
for piano‐style damper control, with the look and feel
of an acoustic piano's sustain pedal. It allows more
subtle control of the damper than a simple switch; the
further down you press the pedal, the more that the
You can also connect a simple footswitch, which will
work as a standard on/off damper pedal.
In order to ensure that the pedal functions correctly,
please adjust the switch polarity on the Controller tab
of the Global P2: Controllers/Scales page.
When using a half‐damper pedal:
1. Set the polarity.
For the DS‐1H, use (—) KORG Standard.
Connections and power
Turning on the KRONOS
Before you use the KRONOS, you'll need to plug it in
and turn it on! To do so:
1. Connect the power cable.
First connect the included power cable to the
KRONOS' power input, and then to the power outlet.
2. Turn the KRONOS' front‐panel VOLUME knob
all the way counter‐clockwise, to the minimum
3. Connect the KRONOS to your mixer or monitor
Connect the KRONOS's AUDIO OUTPUT (MAIN)
L/MONO and R jacks to your mixer or amplified
monitor speakers. If you're monitoring through
headphones, connect them to the headphone jack on
the left front of the KRONOS. The headphones carry
the main stereo outputs, just like analog outputs
L/MONO and R, S/P DIF, and USB.
4. Turn on the power switch.
Press the rear panel POWER switch to turn on the
power. Wait until the startup screen has finished being
5. Turn on your stereo amp or powered monitors.
6. Play the keyboard, and gradually turn the
VOLUME knob clockwise until the volume is at
an appropriate level.
In some cases, the KRONOS will not start up
properly if certain USB devices are connected. In
this case, disconnect the USB devices, wait 10
seconds, and then turn on the power again.
Formatting the device on the KRONOS may solve
the problem (see "Formatting media" on page 184
of the OG).
2. After setting the polarity, calibrate the pedal using
the Half Damper Calibration menu command on
the Global P0: Basic page.
ASSIGNABLE SWITCH jack
This lets you connect a simple on/off footswitch, such
as the optional Korg PS‐1. The footswitch can perform
a wide variety of functions, such as modulating sounds
and effects, tap tempo, sequencer start/stop, etc.
The switch's function is set on the Controller tab of the
Global P2: Controllers/Scales page, so that it always
works the same regardless of the current Program,
Combi, or Song. For more information, please see
"Setting up the Assignable Switch and Pedal" in the
"Global Settings, Wave Seq., Drum Kits"chapter of the
ASSIGNABLE PEDAL jack
This lets you connect a continuous controller pedal,
such as the Korg EXP‐2 foot controller or Korg XVP‐10
EXP/VOL pedal, to use as an assignable modulation
Like the ASSIGNABLE SWITCH, the pedal's function
is set on the Global P2: Controllers/Scales page.
Turning off the KRONOS
When you've finished working with the KRONOS,
press the rear panel POWER switch to turn off the
When you turn off the power, the Programs,
Combinations, Global settings, etc. will revert to
their unedited state. If you want to keep your edits,
you'll need to Write them. For more information, see
"Saving your edits" on page 24.
Similarly, Songs and user Multisamples and
Samples will disappear when you turn off the
power. If you want to use these songs, user
multisamples, and samples the next time you turn
on the power, you'll need to load them again.
Note: Samples and Multisamples can be set to load
automatically at startup. For more information, see
"Automatically loading RAM and EXs sample data"
under "Global Settings, Wave Seq., Drum Kits" in
Never turn off the power while data is being written
into internal memory. The display will show the
message "Now writing into internal memory" when
this is in progress.
Never turn off the power while media such as the
internal disk is being accessed, such as while
recording or playing audio tracks, or sampling to
disk. Turning off the power while disk access is
occurring may render the media unusable. The
DISK LED shows when the internal disk is being
After turning the power off, please wait for at least
ten seconds before you turn the power on again.