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
nick chan
September 6, 2012 @ 1:48 am
Absolutely none like it. Still unique till this day. My favourite synth of all time. Together with 01/W, perfect combi.

One complain I have is there is no program mode. To Edit a program, you have to Go into Combi mode (the only mode though), and Edit the combi, and select a part, and browse the program and edit it. Horrible
Daniel Westin
August 3, 2012 @ 5:19 am
Korg Wavestation EX is used by: Daniel Fletcher of D a z z - S y n t h (a swedish synthpop/synthrock band)
July 2, 2012 @ 8:03 pm
After having problems reloading the voices using the snoize librarian and a basic USB midi interface cable I decided to change out the MIDI interface to my MacBook Pro. I used the E-Mu 0404 USB I/F instead. Everything worked just fine and I restored all the EX voices without any other problems. It's great to have everything back to normal.
Michael Ernst
June 30, 2012 @ 2:37 pm

Ich suche derzeit eine optisch gut erhaltene und technisch voll funktionsfähige
Korg Wavestation EX

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June 9, 2012 @ 8:52 am
I have a MacBook Pro and I'm using the snoize librarian and the UK sysex files. I'm still getting garbage in some of the performances even without a checksum error. I adjust the transmit speed to around 160 bytes/sec which seems to be a good setting. I bought this keyboard when it first came out (Wavestation then added EX later) and I'll never part with it. I still have the EX bank 3 card which copies to the RAM without problems. I replaced the RAM battery. This synth is still a killer.
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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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