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KORG KRONOS 88 LS

The 88 LS is the latest in the KRONOS workstation range, a keyboard so featurepacked, it is touted as Korg’s most powerful synth ever. Andy Jones powers up

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When Korg says that the KRONOS 88LS is its ‘most powerful synthesizer ever’, you kind of have to sit up and take notice. The company’s history of making synths stretches back 45 years to its first offering, the Korg miniKORG-700. Since then it has released many landmark instruments and game-changing synth ranges. There was the MS-20, Polysix and MonoPoly that helped define synth pop; the Poly-800 which was one of the first cheap programmable synths (and one of my first experiences with a synth); the M1 that soundtracked the late 80s; the Wavestations, Trinitys and Tritons of the 90s and 00s (plus my personal favourite, the massive-sounding physical modelling joy that was the Prophecy); right up to the Krosses and KRONOSes of today.

So Korg has form in making synths, and what I have before me is its most powerful synthesizer ever. Welcome to the KRONOS 88 LS.

THE ULTIMATE WORKSTATION

The KRONOS workstation was announced in 2011 and has been released in various forms and limited edition colours. The 88 LS is the most recent and very much the pinnacle of the range, designed to appeal to jobbing musicians and players, plus studio composers and producers alike. It’s lightweight and more portable than most 88-note keyboards, so gigging musicians will love it, and it comes packed with a simply stunning set of features. Hold your breath and read this lot…

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