About this manual
Thank you for purchasing the Korg KRONOS. To help you get the most out of your new instrument, please
read this manual carefully.
About this manual
The KRONOS includes three owner's manuals: the
Quick Start Guide, Operation Guide, and the
Parameter Guide. All of these manuals are available as
PDFs on Accessory Disc 2, and are included in the on‐
board Help system. A printed version of the Quick
Start Guide is also included.
Quick Start Guide
Please read this first. It introduces all of the basic
features of the KRONOS, and is designed to get you up
and running quickly.
Put simply, the Operation Guide is designed to answer
the question, "How do I do this?"
It explains the names and functions of each part of the
KRONOS, basic operation, an overview of each mode,
how to edit sounds, how to record on the sequencer,
and how to sample. This guide also explains the basics
of KARMA, effects, Wave Sequences, Drum Kits, and
the Drum Track. Finally, it contains a troubleshooting
guide and supplemental information such as
The Parameter Guide is designed to answer the
question, "What does this do?"
Organized by mode and page, the Parameter Guide
includes information on each and every parameter in
The KRONOS PDF manuals are designed for easy
navigation and searching. They include extensive PDF
contents information, which generally appears on the
side of the window in your PDF reader and lets you
jump quickly to a specific section. All cross‐references
are hyper‐links, so that clicking on them automatically
takes you to the source of the reference.
On-board Help system*
The HELP button gives you built‐in, context‐sensitive
access to the user manuals, right from the front panel.
For information on any front‐panel button, knob,
slider, or real‐time controller, just hold down HELP
and then press the button or move the controller in
For information on the current LCD page, press and
release the HELP button.
While the help page is on the screen, you can touch any
of the on‐screen links (highlighted in blue text) for
more information. You can scroll through the text by
using the on‐screen scroll bars, pressing the Inc and
Dec buttons, or spinning the Value dial.
The top of the Help page has "breadcrumb" links,
which show the hierarchy of pages above the current
one. Touch any of these links to jump to the
The backwards and forwards buttons function like the
similar buttons on a standard web browser, letting you
move through the pages you've already viewed.
The Contents page lets you access any part of the Help
system, including almost all of the text and graphics in
both the Parameter and Operation Guides. The Index
contains a shorter list of links to important articles.
To close the help display, just press the HELP button
again, or press the on‐screen Done button.
*Help is English‐language only.
Voice Name List
The Voice Name List lists all of the sounds and setups
that are in the KRONOS when it is shipped from the
factory, including Programs, Combinations,
Multisamples, Drum Samples, Drum Kits, KARMA
GEs, Wave Sequences, Drum Track Patterns, Template
Songs, and Effect Presets.
Updating and restoring the KRONOS
This document contains information on updating and
restoring the KRONOS software. It's provided
separately as a convenience; all of its information may
also be found in the Parameter Guide.
Conventions in this manual
References to the KRONOS
The KRONOS is available in 88‐key, 73‐key, and 61‐key
models. The manuals refer to all models without
distinction as "the KRONOS." The front panel and rear
panel illustrations in the manual show the 61‐key
model, but they apply identically to the other models.
Abbreviations for the manuals: OG, PG, VNL
In the documentation, references to the manuals are
abbreviated as follows.
OG: Operation Guide
PG: Parameter Guide
VNL: The Voice Name List
, Note, Tips
These symbols respectively indicate a caution, a MIDI‐
related explanation, a supplementary note, or a tip.
Example screen displays
The parameter values shown in the example screens of
this manual are only for explanatory purposes, and
may not necessary match the values that appear in the
LCD screen of your instrument.
CC# is an abbreviation for Control Change Number.
In explanations of MIDI messages, numbers in square
brackets [ ] indicate hexadecimal numbers.