Korg introduces opsix SE & opsix SE Platinum FM Synthesizers


Korg today introduced two additions to its opsix family of FM synthesizers, the opsix SE & opsix SE Platinum. With its 61-note keyboard, Korg opsix SE synths look like a 21st-century take on the Yamaha DX7.

The new synths address the most common complaints people had with the original opsix, adding a robust all-metal design; a premium 61-note keyboard, with aftertouch; expanded 80-voice polyphony and more.

The announcement follows Korg’s introduction last week of the Wavestate and now Korg has introduced a larger version of another of its synths: the Opsix. The new SE model takes the original opsix FM-based engine, enhances it with increased polyphony and voicing, and sticks the whole lot in a 61-note keyboard with aftertouch. As such, it now more closely resembles a classic FM synth of the past, the Yamaha DX7.

Both the opsix SE use Korg’s natural-touch keyboard – the same you will find in the company’s flagship workstations – and, thanks to those extra octaves (the standard opsix has just three) enables proper two-handed playing.

The opsix SE have a sleek new look, as well, which includes an aluminium control panel and illuminating LEDs. As well as the standard black version, there’s also a limited edition Platinum model, which opts for a silver colour scheme. The opsix SE Platinum differs cosmetically, but has the same synth engine as the standard opsix SE.


Sounds are designed using the Operator Mixer, which comprises six faders and knobs. It’s this simple design that makes the opsix SE so easy to program, and each part also lights up to indicate whether it’s a carrier (red) or a modulator (blue). Other control features include six data entry knobs and an OLED display.

Although opsix SE based on FM synthesis, but offer additional waveforms, filters, shaping, effects, LFOs and modulation features. There are six operator modes and 40 preset algorithms, plus the ability to create your own.

There are three EGs, three LFOs and 12 virtual patches, all of which can be managed in the modulation matrix. The effects, meanwhile, are divided into three blocks of 30.

In addition, opsix SE have a built-in 16-step sequencer. Every program comes with its own sequence, or you can create your own using up to six notes per step. Each note’s velocity, gate time and playback timing can be adjusted, too, and further expression features mean you can create the likes of strums and drum rolls. The motion sequencer, meanwhile, enables you to record changes of up to six parameters.

Features:

  • Premium metal design
  • Exclusive hard case included
  • Direct Hands-on Control
  • Six in One Synthesis
  • Altered FM architecture delivers sounds across a vast spectrum
  • Powerful Effects Processing
  • Automatable 16-step sequencer
  • Flexible Modulation Matrix
  • Dice to generate new, unique sounds
  • Librarian Software included
  • Special crossgrade to opsix native (software)

opsix Audio Demos:

The new synths are available now to pre-order, with the following pricing:

  • Korg opsix SE – €2189/£1,899/$1,999.99
  • Korg opsix SE Platinium – €2389/£2,099/$2,199.99

Both models ship with a bespoke hard case. Find out more on the Korg website.

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