Korg Wavestation

Korg Wavestation Image

When Sequential Circuits finally went belly-up, their research and development into vector synthesis was picked up at Korg. This led to the hugely successful Wavestation Synthesizer which was based on Sequential's ProphetVS. The Wavestation incorporated the 2-dimensional vector joystick of the ProphetVS which allowed the user to alter and animate sounds.

Korg added to this a second break-through form of synthesis: wave sequencing, by which short segments of sampled audio waveforms could be played one after the other and cross-faded into each other for some complex and unusual tones, pads, textures and rhythms. The Wavestation had 2MB of ROM based samples at your disposal. Programming is not exactly easy but this great digital synth is capable of lush ambient sounds and strange effects. It has the obligatory lowpass filter, though it is non-resonant and digital sounding. Also on-board are some multi-effects which are pretty nice. This synth is easily upgraded and expandable with PCM cards too.

Korg Wavestation EX Image

In 1991 the Wavestation EX, also called EXK-WS, was released (pictured above). The EX added 150 more waveforms (4MB) including acoustic instruments and drums. The EX also adds 8 multi-effects including: Mod Pitch Shift-Delay, Stereo Compressor-Limiter/Gate, Vocoder, Overdrive and Distortion effects, transposable keyboard and added MIDI implementation and control. Wavestations are used by Orbital, The Future Sound of London, Genesis, Jan Hammer, Depeche Mode, Toto, Vangelis, Legendary Pink Dots, Biosphere and Sin.

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50 Visitor comments
December 4, 2010 @ 9:15 pm
I think ambient music is where this beast comes into play. Top notch pads. Although patience of steel is require while editing, once you get that sound you're after it takes you to somewhere else! I think the only other synth that can top this on pads and ambient stuff is the Roland D-50 which is the king of ambience. I've used this for so many atmospheric visual pieces I've lost count. highly recommended if that's the sort of music you wish to play.
December 1, 2010 @ 11:09 am
Unique sounding and a lot of fun to work with. KLC has been unbundled so you can finally get the software version of this synth by itself. I don't like synth plugins much but I'd rather use the Wavestation software. It's a breeze to edit and addresses virtually every weakness that haunts the keyboard and modules. I might feel differently if the Wavestation had an interesting look and feel to it but it's from the alpha dial era and quite bland on the outside.
May 27, 2010 @ 5:15 am
Sold mine last year. It was a nice gear but I never used it often. missed resonace filters. you can do a lot of wavesequenzing staff thats all. sound is thin and not to compare with my DSS-1 or DW 6000 stuff.
March 12, 2010 @ 12:32 pm
[quote]In 1991 the Wavestation EX, also called EXK-WS[/quote]

In fact, 'EXK-WS' is the name of the upgrade kit that original Wavestation owners could by in order to upgrade their synth to the newer Wavestation EX version.
March 5, 2010 @ 6:08 pm
Fantastic synth, sounds you will not hear anywhere else, true 90s power house, even better with the many sound options (Pc sysex and cards), love it, will never sell.
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - Up to 32 Voices
  • Oscillators - Digital synth with 2MB ROM samples, Vector Synthesis, Wave Sequencing
  • Multitimbral - 16 parts
  • Filter - 1 LowPass filter per voice
  • Memory - 150 patches
  • Keyboard - 61 keys (velocity / aftertouch)
  • Effects - 2 onboard effects
  • Control - MIDI (up to 8 channels at a time)
  • Date Produced - 1990-94
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