MELVILLE, NY, June 24, 2011 — Korg USA congratulates Matt Griffo from Chicago, Illinois – the winner of the “What Would You Do for a Korg Kronos” video contest. As the winner, Griffo is also now the owner of his very own 73-key Kronos Music Workstation. Korg hand-delivered the prize keyboard to him at his home; a video of his reaction, plus a video of artist Jordan Rudess congratulating him, can be found at http://www.korg.com/kronosvideocontest.
Korg USA celebrated the launch of its newest flagship keyboard by offering the contest, which ran this past spring. Entrants were asked to create an original YouTube video explaining or demonstrating what they would do for a free Kronos.
Submissions were judged on originality, creativity and entertainment value. The ten finalists had their videos posted to Korg’s YouTube channel. The number of views each finalist received on Korg’s YouTube channel was one of the factors used by a special panel of Korg artists and staffers to determine the winner. Griffo’s tongue-in-cheek music video left a big impression with the judges, and garnered quite a strong viewing log. His winning entry can be watched on Korg USA’s YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/user/KorgUSAVideos or on www.korg.com.
To applaud the efforts of the nine other finalists in the contest, Korg will award each of them a Korg MR-2 high-resolution mobile recorder. The finalists’ videos can also be found on Korg USA’s YouTube page: (keyword: Finalist). They include: Ari Lowenthal, California; Mike Conway, Nevada; Brian Sherman, California; Dann Webber, Missouri; Brendan Spear, Maryland; Robbie Ryan, Texas; Randi Revill, Alabama; Elizabeth Wren, Nevada; and David Stephen; Nevada.
Kronos, Korg’s new flagship music workstation, unites nine individual synthesis engines in a single instrument, each providing the finest sound creation techniques available. Highlights include the SGX-1 piano, with eight stereo unlooped samples for each key; MDS modeled electric pianos nd the enhanced CX-3 organ; Korg's Waveshaping and VPM synthesis; HD-1 High Definition PCM; STR-1 Plucked String physical modeling; and three different analog modeling synthesizers. As a Korg workstation, it is complete with 16 MIDI tracks, 16 audio tracks, Open Sampling System, KARMA, Drum Tracks, 16 effect processors and much more. New performance features include Smooth Sound Transitions and the powerful Set List mode.