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Kronos X as sample machine

Does anyone have any experience using the Korg Kronos (X) as a hardware sampler?

I use Mach 5 v3 and I like it very much but I'm trying to break my dependence on the computer for composing.

I know the Kronos has issues and is quite expensive but it does have some pretty cool features - such as the various synth engines but I need to know if it's well suited for people who want to make programs and combis out of custom samples i.e. is it fairly quick and painless to set up a program.

*edit for clarification* I like to sample sounds for tonal playing rather than percussion - to sample my modular for polyphonic playing for example.

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Sure you could use it like so, it's one of its features. And it even has direct-from-disk streaming for user samples now, so you get to load more of your samples in there.
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Cheers, EvilDragon.

I know you're a Kurzweil aficionado - and I certainly love my PC3x. If only I knew when (if) the K3000 will be released then I wouldn't be asking about the Kronos
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Use mine as a sampler. The biggest headache (for me) is the lack of familiarity with Korg sampling architecture.
But great sound and powerful.

Been using mine for ages - (1st adopter of Kronos)
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Thanks, ScoobyDoo!

How does the loading work? If I load a program from the SDD will it then load all the samples on demand? Or does it load all samples first on booting of the Kronos?
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Can you import soundfonts (the M3 could) and then stream them off the drive?

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Kronos supports SF2 and Akai formats, IIRC.


Everything about preloading etc. is explained in the manual
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Kronos supports SF2 and Akai formats, IIRC.


Everything about preloading etc. is explained in the manual
Do you own a Kronos, EvilDragon?
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Nope, I have a Kurzweil PC3K8. However I've skimmed through its manual to see what it can do. I do that for fun.
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Nope. However I've skimmed through its manual to see what it can do.
What were your impressions?
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It is powerful alright. However when I went to try it out, HD-1 sounds were pretty unimpressive for the most part (the usual Korg sheen with one-finger wonder sounds you'll have tough time fitting anywhere, plus I was severely disappointed with strings and brass, harp and harpsichords). HD-1 is a deep engine, though, and with your own samples you can get really far. Synth engines is where Kronos' true power lies, IMHO.
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It is powerful alright. However when I went to try it out, HD-1 sounds were pretty unimpressive for the most part (the usual Korg sheen with one-finger wonder sounds you'll have tough time fitting anywhere, plus I was severely disappointed with strings and brass, harp and harpsichords). HD-1 is a deep engine, though, and with your own samples you can get really far. Synth engines is where Kronos' true power lies, IMHO.
That's it really. I'm just going to use it as a playback machine for my samples. For most 'realistic' samples I use the PC3x - with a touch of VAST alteration! I mostly make synth music anyway.
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