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
Daniel Fletcher
June 2, 2012 @ 4:00 pm
@ Michael

If your useing PC, use an older midi librarian like "Sysex 97" (have tried it my self and loves it... It just work and work) If your useing Mac try out "snoize sysex libraria"

If you don't have the original sysex for your Wavestation EX. You can find it on the UK Korg page under support. (Here you can find extra banks for your Wavestation as well.)

Have a nice day.

Daniel Fletcher of D a z z - S y n t h
A Korg Wavestation EX lover....
May 8, 2012 @ 7:06 am
I bought a WS EX in super mint condition. I really love it. The only problem is, how to get the factory sounds back to RAM1 and RAM2 memory. I fooled around with Cubase Essential 5.5.1, but I was not lucky, to transmit the sysex data or the .mid files back to WS.

Any idea?

Thanks and Greets,
Daniel Fletcher
March 31, 2012 @ 7:51 am
Can Wavestation EX take midi clock from external midi sources, like a daw?

///Daniel Fletcher of D a z z - S y n t h
March 9, 2012 @ 6:33 am
My first 'serious' digital synth, the Wavestation blew me away on release: its looks, its sound and its lovely screen. When I got it the effects blew my mind with their sheen and versatality, and I loved making my own sounds on it, including wavesequences, and I found the interface to be not too hard to grasp. In 2012, I can't really think of a reason to get another one, except to just run through the reams of great presets on an SR. A classic which might shine again one day.
Jon (SWE)
March 3, 2012 @ 1:26 am
The keyboard version has that joystick you might want for proper contol.
But otherwise the software version is easier to work with.
If you dont have a decent master keyboard, then the hardware version has that for you.
and you need not to fear that the software synth wont be compatible with your next daw or OS.
and in live situations hardware is often prefferred.
But for me, I have neither, I would go for the software if I cant get the hardware dirty cheap.
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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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