Korg Wavestate Digital Wave Sequencing Synthesizer

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Korg Wavestate Digital Wave Sequencing Synthesizer
Key Features
  • 37-Note Keyboard (Velocity Sensitive)
  • Four Layers with Vector Control
  • Wave Sequencing 2.0 Sound Engine
  • 64 Stereo Voices
Building upon the success of the original Wavestation and harnessing the power of the flagship OASYS and KRONOS keyboards, the Korg Wavestate Digital Wave Sequencing Synthesizer is an advanced performance instrument capable of generating an organic and inspirational pallet of lush, evolving pads and driving rhythms that are ever-changing. Taking its cues from modular synths, groove boxes, and algorithmic compositions, the compact 37-note form factor transports easily and fits neatly into any stage, studio, or desktop setup making it well suited for musicians, producers, composers, and sound designers.
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Korg Wavestate Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2General Features
  • 3Wave Sequencing 2.0
  • 4Deep Expression
  • 5Randomization
  • 6Production-Ready Effects Engine
  • 7Filters
  • 8Massive Sample Library with 64 Stereo Voices
  • 9Four Program Layering
  • 10Set Lists and Smooth Sound Transitions
  • 11Included Software

Building upon the success of the original Wavestation and harnessing the power of the flagship OASYS and KRONOS keyboards, the Korg Wavestate Digital Wave Sequencing Synthesizer is an advanced performance instrument capable of generating an organic and inspirational pallet of lush, evolving pads and driving rhythms that are ever-changing. Taking its cues from modular synths, groove boxes, and algorithmic compositions, the compact 37-note form factor transports easily and fits neatly into any stage, studio, or desktop setup making it well suited for musicians, producers, composers, and sound designers.

At the heart of the Wavestate lies Korg's latest Wave Sequencing 2.0, which splits apart the timing, the sequence of samples, and the melody, so that each can be manipulated independently. Also added are new characteristics including shapes, gate times, and step sequencer values. Each of these is a lane, and each lane can have a different number of steps and its own start, end, and loop points. Every time the sequence moves forward, the individual lanes are combined to create the output. Lanes can also randomize the step order every time they play, with realtime control over the range of included steps. Individual steps can be randomly skipped, with a modulatable probability from 0 to 100%, resulting in an organic, ever-changing sounds that respond to your control. Additionally, four onboard arpeggiators can interact with Wave Sequences for even more possibilities.

The rear panel offers balanced stereo 1/4" outputs and a dedicated headphone output for private playing or onstage cuing. The 5-pin DIN MIDI I/O jacks allow for the connection to external equipment and sequencers, while the class-compliant USB MIDI (USB Type-B) port can connect to Windows and Mac computers. A dedicated Wavestate editor/librarian is available for free at the Korg website. Also included are several Mac/Windows applications and instruments including Korg Gadget 2 LE, iZotope Ozone Elements, and Reason Lite. The Korg Wavestate ships with a power adapter.

General Features

  • Wave Sequencing 2.0
  • Extensive modulation with hands-on control
  • Gigabytes of samples
  • Modeled filters, including MS-20 and Polysix
  • 64 stereo voices
  • 4 Layers with Vector control
  • 14 simultaneous effects
  • Set Lists and Smooth Sound Transitions
  • Randomization
  • Compact. Great design. 37 full-size keys
  • Designed by Korg R&D in California

Wave Sequencing 2.0

  • Created organically evolving and ear-catching patterns
  • Each step of a Wave Sequence has a duration, a sample, and a pitch
  • Wave Sequencing 2.0 splits apart the timing, the sequence of samples, and the melody, so that each can be manipulated independently
  • Add additional characteristics including shapes, gate times, and step sequencer values.
  • Each characteristic has a dedicated lane and can have a different number of steps and its own start, end, and loop points
  • As sequence movers forward, individual lanes are combined to create the output
  • Lanes can also randomize the step order every time they play, with realtime control over the range of included steps
  • Individual steps can be randomly skipped, with a modulatable probability from 0 to 100% 
  • Four onboard arpeggiators can interact with Wave Sequences for even more possibilities
  • Example
    • A sample may be matched with a different duration, pitch, shape, gate length, and step sequence value every time that it plays. Modulate each lane’s start, end, and loop points separately for every note, using velocity, LFOs, envelopes, Mod Knobs, or other controllers. Each note in a chord can be playing something different

Deep Expression

  • All basic controls are at your fingertips with dedicated front -anel controls including filter, envelopes, LFOs, and effects
  • Eight programmable Mod Knobs are customized to bring out the most in every sound, often taking them in entirely new directions
  • Use the knobs in real-time performance and save the results as new sounds
  • Add in the Pitch Bend, Modulation Wheels, and the unique Vector Joystick for multiple dimensions of real-time expression
  • Most front-panel knobs, and onscreen parameters can be modulated, including modulation settings for individual wave sequence steps
  • Transform modulation signals using quantization, smoothing, curvature, and more

Randomization

  • Press the Dice button to generates new sounds via intelligent randomization
  • Randomize the entire sound or just a part of it, such as the filter, the Sample Lane, or the effects
  • Use the results directly, or as a jumping-off point for your own creations

Production-Ready Effects Engine

  • Onboard effects deliver production-ready sounds
  • Each layer has three dedicated effects
  • Performance has a master reverb and parametric EQ
  • Effect Types:
    • Compressors, EQs, choruses, flangers, phasers, and stereo delays
    • Wave shaper, talking modulator, reverse delay, multiband mod delay, and Overb (from the OASYS),
    • Modeled effects including VOX guitar amps, VOX wah, multihead tape echo, and a collection of classic guitar pedals

Filters

  • Add vintage character with the aggressive MS-20 low-pass or high-pass filters, or the strong, sweet Polysix low-pass
  • Shape and refine with a full collection of resonant 2-pole and 4-pole low-pass, high-pass, band-pass, and band-reject filters
  • Multi Filter creates modulatable blends of multiple modes simultaneously

Massive Sample Library with 64 Stereo Voices

  • Gigabytes of samples, more than a thousand times larger than that of the original Wavestation
  • Sample Banks:
    • Plugin Guru
    • Selections from the KORG KRONOS and KROME libraries
    • Original KORG Wavestation’s samples and wave sequences (including all options)
    • Play up to 64 stereo voices with pristine clarity, using KORG’s proprietary anti-aliasing sample playback technology

Four Program Layering

  • Layer up to four Programs together in a Performance, each with their own effects and arpeggiator
  • Use the vector envelope and joystick to mix the individual voices of the four Layers and modulate any other parameter

Set Lists and Smooth Sound Transitions

  • Set Lists offer effortless organization of Wavestate performances
  • Delivers instant access at the gig or in rehearsal
  • Smooth sound transitions allow previously played voices and effects to continue to ring out naturally, even once a new sound has been selected

 

Included Software

  • Mac/Windows
    • Applications
      • Wavestate Librarian (edit and save Wavestate Programs)
      • Izotope Ozone Elements (mastering)
      • Reason Lite (DAW)
      • Korg Gadget 2 Le for Mac (DAW)
      • Skoove (online piano lessons - 3-month Trial)
    • Instruments
      • Korg Collection - M1 Le (Synthesizer Sound Module)
      • UVI Digital Synsations (Synthesizer Sound Module)
      • AAS Ultra Analog Session (Synthesizer Sound Module)
      • AAS Strum Session (Acoustic Guitar Sound Module)
      • AAS Lounge Lizard Session (Electric Piano Sound Module)
  • iOS (iPad/iPhone)
    • Korg Gadget 2 Le (Music Production Studio DAW)
    • Korg Module (Piano/Keyboard Sound Module)

 

Korg Wavestate Specs

Keyboard37 Keys (Velocity and Release-Velocity Sensitive)
Sound GenerationWave Sequencing 2.0
Polyphony64 Stereo Voices
SoundsShips with over 240 Performances, 740 Programs, and 1000 Wave SequencesStorage for tens of thousands of user Performances
StructurePerformance: 4 Layers, Reverb, EQ; All Edits Are Stored in the Performance, DAW-Style (Saving as Separate Programs, Wave Sequences etc. Is Supported but Not Required)
Layer: Program, Arpeggiator, Key and Velocity Zones
Program: Wave Sequence, Filter, Amp, Pre FX, Mod FX, Delay
Filters2-Pole LPF, 2-Pole HPF, 2-Pole BPF, 2-Pole Band Reject, 4-Pole LPF, 4-Pole HPF, 4-Pole BPF, 4-Pole Band Reject, Multi Filter, MS-20 LPF, MS-20 HPF, Polysix
ModulationControllers: Mod Wheel, Pitch Wheel, Vector Joystick X/Y, 8 x Program/Performance Mod Knobs

Other Sources: 3 x Envelopes, Vector Envelope, 3 x LFOs, 2 x Mod Processors, 2 x Key Track, Step Sequencer Lane, Step Pulse, Tempo, Program/Performance Note Count, Program/Performance Voice Count, Poly Legato, Velocity, Exponential Velocity, Release Velocity, Gate/Gate+Damper, Note-On Trigger/Note-On Trigger+Damper, Note Number, Aftertouch/Poly Aftertouch (External MIDI Only), MIDI CCs +/-, MIDI CCs +

Destinations: Most Parameters Can Be Modulated, Including Parameters of Individual Wave Sequence Steps. Depending on Wave Sequence Length, There Can Be More Than 1000 Potential Modulation Targets per Program
EffectsPre FX: Decimator, Graphic EQ, Guitar Amp, Modern Compressor, Parametric EQ, Red Compressor, Ring Modulator, Tremolo, Wave Shaper

Mod FX: Black Chorus/Flanger, Black Phase, CX-3 Vibrato Chorus, EP Chorus, Harmonic Chorus, Modern Chorus, Modern Phaser, Orange Phase, Polysix Ensemble, Small Phase, Talking Modulator, Vintage Chorus, Vintage Flanger, Vintage/Custom Wah, Vox Wah

Delay: L/C/R Delay, Multiband Mod Delay, Reverse Delay, Stereo/Cross Delay, Tape Echo
Reverb: Early Reflections, Overb

Performance EQ: 4-Band Parametric EQ
EffectsMod Effects:
Chorus: 8 Types
Ensemble: 3 Types
Phaser: 8 Types
Flanger: 8 Types
User: 16 Slots

Delay:
12 Types
User: 8 Slots

Reverb:
10 Types
User: 8 Slots
Inputs/OutputsHeadphone: 1/4" / 6.35 mm Stereo
Output (L/Mono and R): 2 x Impedance-Balanced 1/4" / 6.35 mm TRS
Damper: 1/4" / 6.35 mm
MIDI IN and OUT: 2 x 5-Pin DIN
USB Type-B Port
PowerPower Supply: AC Adapter (12 VDC, 2500 mA)
Power Consumption: 5 W
Dimensions (W x D x H)22.2 x 13.3 x 3.6" / 56.5 x 33.8 x 9.2 cm
Weight6.9 lb / 2.9 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight8.99 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)24.1 x 18.9 x 5.5"
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