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
Studio F
August 17, 2013 @ 9:24 am
My all time favorite.
Michael Turner
June 30, 2013 @ 7:04 pm
I love my D50, but one thing I don't like about it is that sometimes, when you strike a key a certain way, it will play back loud. I'm not sure if that is normal.
Essiemme
May 2, 2013 @ 11:36 am
I think Tangerine Dream uses this one in Logos Velvet. The solo is definetly the wavestation.

Best regards.
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dennis ristow
March 11, 2013 @ 12:45 pm
Anyone looking for info on the entire line of Korg Wavestations should check out this site. It has links to editing software, and many downloadable sound banks including the original SYSEX files for banks Ram 1, 2 and 3

http://www.danphillips.com/wavestation/index.htm
Haza
March 4, 2013 @ 1:23 am
If you are looking at buying a wavestation - the Wavestation A/D rack is the one to go for! It's the best of the lot thanks to the input section and the best rack version due to the joystick and nice large screen!

CLASSIC!
 
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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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