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randwing



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 15, 2021 8:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

voip wrote:
The screen is fine here, and reading glasses can help with the small screen size, if necessary. It is a bit of a compromise, perhaps. Having a larger cutout, in what is effectively the chassis, to accommodate a bigger screen, would tend to weaken the top extrusion to the point where the Kronos would snap in the middle with even moderately rough handling. The Kronos Editor offers a route to using a mouse and qwerty/azerty keyboard.

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Thanks for the response. Reading glasses! Why didn't I think of that! Smile I do use glasses, an occupational lens specially made for my music work. Reading the screen is not the problem, it is looking down for long periods when doing sound programming that sometimes causes problems for my neck. The screen sometimes shows a lot of information.

I found the Kronos Editor to be out of date, buggy, and it interfered with my DAW's.

I agree the bigger screen is not a good idea. But a HDMI output opens up other options. It could have 2 modes: The touchscreen could either be kept the same with the HDMI screen mirroring it; or the touchscreen could be become a dedicated touch controller with the HDMI screen displaying more information whilst the touch controls could be bigger. (Some of the touchscreen controls are very small and require several attempts to select them.)

I like operating the Kronos in standalone mode, but we are all used to using larger screens with our computers. The editor can be slow to sync and can run into compatibility problems. A HDMI output would be a significant improvement, in my opinion.

Perhaps it could have a an option to work with a USB to HDMI cable/converter? This would mean no hardware changes, just some additional internal drivers.
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KK
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 16, 2021 12:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

randwing wrote:
voip wrote:
Having a larger cutout, in what is effectively the chassis, to accommodate a bigger screen, would tend to weaken the top extrusion to the point where the Kronos would snap in the middle with even moderately rough handling.


Perhaps it could have a an option to work with a USB to HDMI cable/converter? This would mean no hardware changes, just some additional internal drivers.

FWIW, when I designed an adjustable angle screen mod for my Kronos, one of my conditional tests even before I went ahead with the work was to make sure the structural integrity would not be compromised. The test succeeded because as opposed to earlier models, there are additional metal plates inside any K2 which solidify its assembly even more.

Also, USB to HDMI can't work (I'll spare you the technical details). So to get rid of my head/neck/back aches, I didn't wait for a miracle and simply designed a solution. I now keep the screen at angle at all times, except when I move the synth or gig standing up, in which case the screen goes back into original position like any other K2.
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steveyoung29



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 27, 2021 10:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Akai have just released an amazing firmware update for their MPC One/Live range. Well done to Akai, it has really invigorate their product(s). I really wish Korg could be as supportive towards their customers and products.

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Space Girl



Joined: 03 May 2021
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 08, 2021 11:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I only purchased my first Kronos 2 last year and love it so much but would still like it to be better.

Personally I think the screen is a good size, reading glasses certainly do help to see it. Having a slightly tilted screen might help more for live situations for sure but think a fixed tilt on screen maybe less problematic or one less thing to go wrong in future.


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Functions on Fantom look easier or maybe look faster for playing live, however I have not yet had chance to try one out and would like to see the differences.

I agree Pads would be good too.

An updated Kronos Librarian is needed as it clearly has issues.

Keys should be high quality not cheap plasticky ones like the Wavestate which has awful keys. My Rev2 keys are still the best quality & the real deal. I wasn't happy with the Kronos keys when I got it, but have got used to them now.

I hope that KORG Don't discontinue Kronos and they make a new improved version soon.
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entonio



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 08, 2021 6:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They most certainly won't make an improved version, the architecture is too old for that. They may make a new flagship with backwards compatibility, but even that isn't a given.
They could do a new flagship with a new architecture and keep the UX, but the Kronos UX is as dated as the architecture.
If the Nautilus had aftertouch, I'd fear there would be no new flagship at all. But, as it is, I think the most likely option is that there is a significantly different thing coming up. I don't think it will be on the market before 2023, though.
I suspect our list of desired features in this thread will be of absolutely no import on any new product. If things in this list come to be, it will almost certainly be coincidence.
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randwing



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 24, 2021 2:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

KK wrote:


Also, USB to HDMI can't work (I'll spare you the technical details).


It works on a Windows PC, and Kronos has a Linux kernel, so it should be possible.
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Davegraham193



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 10, 2021 1:09 pm    Post subject: Kronos enhancements Reply with quote

I think it would be great to be able to switch the MIDI thru to be an isolated, separate assignable output.
The PAx1 arranger had 2 separate MIDI ins and outs.

The assignable EXT & EXT1 in the sequencer of the Kronos are still going through the same pipe, and MIDI info is bleeding through.
E.G. my ADJ Operator lighting controller, although set to receive only ch 14, responds to chs 15 & 16 and flakes out of control. Track (ch) 14 is set to EXT, and tracks (chs) 15&16 are set to EXT1.
I'm sure its just basic MIDI circuitry in the lighting controller as it works fine with a dedicated line.

BTW, I like that my keyboard is named after a Klingon Flagship...
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Davegraham193



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 10, 2021 1:16 pm    Post subject: Kronos enhancements Reply with quote

I think it would be great to be able to switch the MIDI thru to be an isolated, separate assignable output.
The PAx1 arranger had 2 separate MIDI ins and outs.

The assignable EXT & EXT1 in the sequencer of the Kronos are still going through the same pipe, and MIDI info is bleeding through.
E.G. my ADJ Operator lighting controller, although set to receive only ch 14, responds to chs 15 & 16 and flakes out of control. Track (ch) 14 is set to EXT, and tracks (chs) 15&16 are set to EXT1.
I'm sure its just basic MIDI circuitry in the lighting controller as it works fine with a dedicated line.

BTW, I like that my keyboard is named after a Klingon Flagship...
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bpoodoo
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 10, 2021 7:31 pm    Post subject: Re: Kronos enhancements Reply with quote

Davegraham193 wrote:
I think it would be great to be able to switch the MIDI thru to be an isolated, separate assignable output.

That would violate the MIDI standard of MIDI thru - an exact retransmit of what's on MIDI in. MIDI thru may even be hard-wired, not controlled by software at all.
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