Midi Controller for your CX-3 Drawbars (Korg Kronos)


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Hey everyone,

I'm six years late, but in case there are any musicians out there trying to find a solution for the organ drawbars on the Korg Kronos, I have a solution for you. I have programmed 19 System Exclusive Control Maps that work for the Roland A-Pro Series (300, 500, 800). If you already have one of these controllers, message me and I'll send you all the codes. If you don't have this controller, I have the entire bundle for sale on my Reverb shop:

https://reverb.com/shop/philips-boutique-8

Sysex files can only be sent via a 5-pin MIDI cable, which means using a USB cable is a no-go. The price fluctuates depending on how cheap I can acquire these A-Pros. Power adapter and Midi cable is included!

Here is a video on how it all works:


Again, I am more than happy to share any codes, but if you want all of this functionality in one purchase, this is your shop stop. The Roland A-800 is a great controller for your Kronos. It's lightweight and can withstand a beating.

All the codes look something like this:
F0 42 30 68 43 1C 0B 00 04 00 00 00 DT F7

Please let me know if there are other Midi Controllers with 61-keys that can transmit 7bit sysex codes. The Novation SL controllers can, but I couldn't figure out the software.
If at any point my shop has no inventory, please contact me, as I possibly have more on the way. Thank you!
 
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I know that you need sysex for Roland gear but I was under the impression that Korg used standard CC values for the drawbars. The upper drawbars respond to cc 16-24 and the lower drawbars respond to cc 70-78. So why would I want to fool with the archaic programming of sysex messages?
 
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I suspect other Korg keyboards do respond to standard CC, but from what I've tested and read online, the drawbars of the CX-3 engine in the Korg Kronos do not respond to CC. This has been a frustration for a few Kronos owners out there (especially me). I figured out all of the sysex messages, so if anyone needs the codes, I can help.
 
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Or... one could lug around a CX3 :) (want one, I've got one).... I ALSO have a "Viscount D9 (DB3) module. This was the company that made the old Oberheim OB3 (which I see are selling for a premium on Reverb).
Now, I think, (for their day).. these guys did a pretty fair job of B3 clone.... but, time marches on. I would think however that one of these modules should send the CC codes out the midi port... (anyone wants to take a chance and try it.... PM me... I'm not using the CX3 or the DB3 anymore... I gave up and went Hammond).. IF the viscount module would do it... it would give you drawbars AND another organ layer.
 

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