Korg introduces Wavestate, Opsix Software Synthesizers



Korg releases Wavestate and Opsix soft synths: hardware keyboards are now available as native plugins. The two digital synths were released in physical form in 2020.


Plugin reboots of contemporary keyboards are less common. Both are available in VST/AU/AAX and standalone formats for PC and Mac. And, they are fully compatible with their hardware counterparts, meaning that sounds can be exchanged seamlessly between the two platforms.


So, those who own both the hardware and software versions can create sounds on their desktop and then play them live without the need for a computer, or use the hardware’s physical knobs and sliders to program sounds and then transfer them into software for use in their DAW productions.



Wavestate Native


Inspired by Korg’s classic Wavestation, Wavestate Native is powered by Korg’s Wave Sequencing 2.0 engine. It uses multiple sound layers, each of which can contain a wave sequence of multiple PCM samples or a standard multisample patch, and can be stacked or split across the keyboard.


We described the Wavestate a faithful tribute to a ’90s classic, but one that also offers cutting-edge sound design tools for the 21st century.


The software version includes extensive realtime control and animated visualisation. The envelopes, LFOs and other modulation sources are all laid out in front of you, and modulation routings can be created by dragging and dropping.



Opsix Native


Opsix native has the exact same sound engine as Opsix. Opsix native takes the six-operator FM synth engine from the hardware and puts it on your desktop. This software version features a redesigned user interface that promises to make it easy to understand the workflow. You get oscilloscopes for each operator, and the theory is that you will get an understanding of how each sound is created, even those who have never used opsix before can understand the workflow.


The hardware Opsix has a unique sonic character, and manages to be both fun and accessible in a way that not all FM synths are. Hoping for more of the same from the software.


Both Opsix Native and Wavestate Native  are available now for the introductory prices of $149 each (normal prices, which will apply after 5 April, are $199 each). Owners of either of the hardware synths, meanwhile, can crossgrade for $50


Find out more on the Korg website.

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