Awhile back I wrote a post about some mode switching SYSEX on the Korg Kronos. This one goes on a Deep Dive.

About a year ago I used a program called MIDI OX that allows some really cool MIDI monitoring. Then I started pushing buttons on my Kronos. Here is a list of extremely useful SYSEX strings you can use in your DAW and keep your hands free for playing the Kronos and not pushing a mouse or track pad.

The Many Modes of Kronos

To change the mode from your DAW, insert one of these SYSEX strings on a MIDI track:

  • For SetList: F0 42 30 68 4E 09 F7
  • For Combi mode: F0 42 30 68 4E 00 F7
  • For Program mode: F0 42 30 68 4E 02 F7
  • For Sequence mode: F0 42 30 68 4E 04 F7
  • For Sampling mode: F0 42 30 68 4E 06 F7
  • For Global mode: F0 42 30 68 4E 07 F7
  • For Disk mode: F0 42 30 68 4E 08 F7

Dump your Kronos

In many DAWs you can stroe blocks of SYSEX by sending a dump request to the Kronos. This will tell the Kronos “send me your current program, combi, etc.”

To send a dump request from your DAW send these SYSEX strings:

  • Get Global Settings: F0 42 30 68 74 03 F7
  • Get Current Combi: F0 42 30 68 74 01 F7
  • Get Current Program: F0 42 30 68 74 00 F7
  • Get Current Sequence: F0 42 30 68 32 02 F7
  • Get Current Set List: F0 42 30 68 74 0D F7
  • Get All From Kronos: F0 42 30 68 72 01 00 00 41 F7
  • Get All Kronos Programs: F0 42 30 68 72 00 00 00 F7
  • Get All Combis: F0 42 30 68 72 01 00 00 00 F7

Karma is Kool

Use these SYSEX strings in parts of a sequence where you want to switch the Karma switches and tracks on and off.

Turn on/off Karma:

On: F0 42 30 68 6D 02 00 00 04 00 00 00 01 F7
Off: F0 42 30 68 6D 02 00 00 04 00 00 00 00 F7

Turn off Latch: F0 42 30 68 6D 02 00 00 03 00 00 00 00 F7
Turn on Drum Track: F0 42 30 68 6E 01 00 00 0A 00 00 00 01 F7
Turn off Drum Track: F0 42 30 68 6E 01 00 00 0A 00 00 00 00 F7
Module Control M: F0 42 30 68 6D 02 00 00 02 00 00 00 00 F7
Module Control A: F0 42 30 68 6D 02 00 00 02 00 00 00 01 F7
Module Control B: F0 42 30 68 6D 02 00 00 02 00 00 00 02 F7
Module Control C: F0 42 30 68 6D 02 00 00 02 00 00 00 03 F7
Module Control D: F0 42 30 68 6D 02 00 00 02 00 00 00 04 F7

Control Assign Column

Timbre/Track:

Audio In: F0 42 30 68 43 1B 00 00 03 00 00 00 07 F7
1-8: F0 42 30 68 43 1B 00 00 03 00 00 00 01 F7
9-16: F0 42 30 68 43 1B 00 00 03 00 00 00 00 F7

Ext: F0 42 30 68 43 1B 00 00 03 00 00 00 07 F7
RT Knobs/Karma: F0 42 30 68 43 1B 00 00 03 00 00 00 05 F7
Tone Adj/EQ: F0 42 30 68 43 1B 00 00 03 00 00 00 06 F7

Mixer Knobs Channel Strip Mode: F0 42 30 68 43 1B 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 F7
Mixer Knobs: Individual Pan Mode: F0 42 30 68 43 1B 00 00 00 00 00 00 01 F7

Mix/Select KARMA switches

  1. Off: F0 42 30 68 6D 03 00 00 45 00 00 00 00 F7
    On: F0 42 30 68 6D 03 00 00 45 00 00 00 01 F7
  2. Off: F0 42 30 68 6D 03 00 00 46 00 00 00 00 F7
    On: F0 42 30 68 6D 03 00 00 46 00 00 00 01 F7
  3. Off: F0 42 30 68 6D 03 00 00 47 00 00 00 00 F7
    On: F0 42 30 68 6D 03 00 00 47 00 00 00 01 F7
  4. Off: F0 42 30 68 6D 03 00 00 48 00 00 00 00 F7
    On: F0 42 30 68 6D 03 00 00 48 00 00 00 01 F7
  5. Off: F0 42 30 68 6D 03 00 00 49 00 00 00 00 F7
    On: F0 42 30 68 6D 03 00 00 49 00 00 00 01 F7
  6. Off: F0 42 30 68 6D 03 00 00 4A 00 00 00 00 F7
    On: F0 42 30 68 6D 03 00 00 4A 00 00 00 01 F7
  7. Off: F0 42 30 68 6D 03 00 00 4B 00 00 00 00 F7
    On: F0 42 30 68 6D 03 00 00 4B 00 00 00 01 F7
  8. Off: F0 42 30 68 6D 03 00 00 4C 00 00 00 00 F7
    On: F0 42 30 68 6D 03 00 00 4C 00 00 00 01 F7

Mix Play/Mute Karma Scenes

KARMA MODE

  1. F0 42 30 68 6D 02 00 00 2F 00 00 00 00 F7
  2. F0 42 30 68 6D 02 00 00 2F 00 00 00 01 F7
  3. F0 42 30 68 6D 02 00 00 2F 00 00 00 02 F7
  4. F0 42 30 68 6D 02 00 00 2F 00 00 00 03 F7
  5. F0 42 30 68 6D 02 00 00 2F 00 00 00 04 F7
  6. F0 42 30 68 6D 02 00 00 2F 00 00 00 05 F7
  7. F0 42 30 68 6D 02 00 00 2F 00 00 00 06 F7
  8. F0 42 30 68 6D 02 00 00 2F 00 00 00 07 F7

TIMBRE TRACK MODE

1-8

  1. On: F0 42 30 68 43 04 00 00 0E 00 00 00 00 F7
    Off: F0 42 30 68 43 04 00 00 0E 00 00 00 01 F7
  2. On: F0 42 30 68 43 04 01 00 0E 00 00 00 00 F7
    Off: F0 42 30 68 43 04 01 00 0E 00 00 00 01 F7
  3. On: F0 42 30 68 43 04 02 00 0E 00 00 00 00 F7
    Off: F0 42 30 68 43 04 02 00 0E 00 00 00 01 F7
  4. On: F0 42 30 68 43 04 03 00 0E 00 00 00 00 F7
    Off: F0 42 30 68 43 04 03 00 0E 00 00 00 01 F7
  5. On: F0 42 30 68 43 04 04 00 0E 00 00 00 00 F7
    Off: F0 42 30 68 43 04 04 00 0E 00 00 00 01 F7
  6. On: F0 42 30 68 43 04 05 00 0E 00 00 00 00 F7
    Off: F0 42 30 68 43 04 05 00 0E 00 00 00 01 F7
  7. On: F0 42 30 68 43 04 06 00 0E 00 00 00 00 F7
    Off: F0 42 30 68 43 04 06 00 0E 00 00 00 01 F7
  8. On: F0 42 30 68 43 04 07 00 0E 00 00 00 00 F7
    Off: F0 42 30 68 43 04 07 00 0E 00 00 00 01 F7

9-16

  1. On: F0 42 30 68 43 04 08 00 0E 00 00 00 00 F7
    Off: F0 42 30 68 43 04 08 00 0E 00 00 00 01 F7
  2. On: F0 42 30 68 43 04 09 00 0E 00 00 00 00 F7
    Off: F0 42 30 68 43 04 09 00 0E 00 00 00 01 F7
  3. On: F0 42 30 68 43 04 0A 00 0E 00 00 00 00 F7
    Off: F0 42 30 68 43 04 0A 00 0E 00 00 00 01 F7
  4. On: F0 42 30 68 43 04 0B 00 0E 00 00 00 00 F7
    Off: F0 42 30 68 43 04 0B 00 0E 00 00 00 01 F7
  5. On: F0 42 30 68 43 04 0C 00 0E 00 00 00 00 F7
    Off: F0 42 30 68 43 04 0C 00 0E 00 00 00 01 F7
  6. On: F0 42 30 68 43 04 0D 00 0E 00 00 00 00 F7
    Off: F0 42 30 68 43 04 0D 00 0E 00 00 00 01 F7
  7. On: F0 42 30 68 43 04 0E 00 0E 00 00 00 00 F7
    Off: F0 42 30 68 43 04 0E 00 0E 00 00 00 01 F7
  8. On: F0 42 30 68 43 04 0F 00 0E 00 00 00 00 F7
    Off: F0 42 30 68 43 04 0F 00 0E 00 00 00 01 F7

That’s all I have for now. If you have anything useful to add to the list let me know in the comments. I’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have as well.

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