Free Korg Modwave Sound Library Inspired by Classic MS-20 Synthesizer

Synthesist Ian Dixon shared this video demo of a free sound collection for the Korg Modwave that’s inspired by the iconic Korg MS-20.

“This free sound pack brings the legendary MS-20 sound to life on the Modwave synthesizer,” notes Dixon. “I have harnessed the power of the Modwave’s version 2 OS, incorporating the new free-running LFOs to add an extra layer of sonic versatility. In this collection, we’ve even taken some liberties to make certain sounds polyphonic.”

The Korg MS-20 Collection for the Korg Modwave is available now as a free download, no rigamarole required.



KORG Introduces wavestate, opsix + modwave Modules

Korg releases desktop versions of three of its most popular synths: wavestate, opsix and modwave.

2024 NAMM Show: In yet another big gear announcement from Korg, the manufacturer has revealed three module versions of its most popular synthesizers: wavestate, opsix and modwave. If you liked the look of these instruments but you’ve no need for a keyboard or fancy integrating them into a rackmount set-up, it is your lucky day.

Each of the three synths now supports MIDI 2.0 Property Exchange, a feature that exchanges tones, programs, and other information between devices using MIDI messages, and their factory sounds have been redesigned to respond to polyphonic aftertouch. This means they’ll pair well with Korg’s Keystage, the brand’s first MIDI 2.0-compatible keyboard controller.

The desktop versions of the Wavestate, Modwave and Opsix are designed for both desktop and rackmount use, measuring 4U in height and 19″ in width, and the rear jack panel is recessed to allow easy access to cables even with gear mounted directly above. The synth’s brackets offer a choice of panel angles for desktop use: flatter for performing standing up, or more upright for working while seated in your studio.

The Korg modwave module offers of the features of the modwave mkII in a compact 19-inch desktop/rackmount package.

The Modwave is a modern take on Korg’s cult classic DW-8000 synthesizer that transforms the original into a “modern monster synth” equipped with powerful wavetable oscillators, flexible modulation capabilities and 60-voice polyphony. Korg says that its responded to user requests in updating Modwave’s LFOs with options for free-running, delayed start and retriggering, while adding a pre/post switch for reverb sends.

Find out more on the Korg website.

The module version of the Opsix offers all of the features of Korg’s Opsix mkII, also announced today. This includes an expanded 64-voice polyphony and the addition of new “sound components, waveforms, filters, shaping possibilities, effects, LFOs, envelopes, modulations and more”. Opsix is an ‘Altered FM’ synth that augments classic DX7-style 6-operator FM synthesis with subtractive, analogue modelling, waveshaping and additive synthesis, along with analogue-style filters that emulate the MS-20 and PolySix. The 19″ rack-mountable enclosure has the same controls as the keyed models, yet is easily transportable and fits neatly into any studio or desktop production system.

The Korg wavestate module offers all of the features of the wavestate mkII in a compact 19-inch desktop/rackmount package.

Korg’s Wavestate is a 21st-century reimagining of the Wavestation, a digital wave sequencing synth made by the company in the ’90s. Wavestate mkII was released in June last year, expanding the original’s polyphony from 64 stereo voices to 96 and adding a variety of newly designed Wave Sequences and Programs, along with expanded internal storage and redesigned companion software, Wavestate Editor/Librarian. The desktop version’s polyphony has been boosted up to 120 voices.

Here’s what they say about the wavestate:

“In 2020, the acclaimed wavestate brought KORG’s Wave Sequencing to the next level. Featuring the radically re-imagined Wave Sequencing 2.0, the wavestate delivers astonishing, ever-changing sounds with extensive hands-on control. Far from a nostalgic reissue, the wavestate was designed from the ground up for a new generation of musicians, producers, and composers, taking cues from sources as diverse as modular synths, groove boxes, and algorithmic composition.”

Find out more on the Korg website.

Korg modwave mkII Wavetable Synthesizer Now Available

Korg has introduced the modwave mkII – an update to the wavetable synth that offers nearly double the polyphony, expanded free-running LFOs, and more.

The modwave mkII provides 60 voices of polyphony – almost double the original modwave’s 32, – and all LFOs now have options for free running, delayed start, and retriggering. They’ve also added a pre/post switch for reverb sends, new modulation sources, and more.

In 1985, Korg introduced the DW-8000, a hybrid synthesizer that combined digital wavetables with analog filters. Korg says that the modwave builds on the DW legacy, featuring “deep wavetable oscillators, gorgeous filters, wildly flexible modulation, unmatched polyphony, comprehensive pattern sequencing, and immediately satisfying hands-on control”.

modwave also introduces two unique new tools for creating dynamic motion:

  • Kaoss Physics combines an x/y Kaoss pad with modulatable game physics to create a responsive, interactive controller.
  • Motion Sequencing 2.0 brings the organic, continuously evolving patterns of the wavestate’s Wave Sequencing 2.0 into the world of motion sequencing, including multiple lanes and real-time recording to help you create complex and evolving phrases.

Like the wavestate and opsix, the modwave synth engine offers a modern take on classic digital synthesis capabilities.

Korg modwave Audio Demos:


  • modwave synthesis engine
  • Kaoss Physics
  • Motion Sequencing 2.0
  • Deep synth engine, with a wide range of filter options, extensive modulation options, effects, randomization and more.
  • Editor/Librarian software
  • Set Lists and Smooth Sound Transitions

Korg modwave mkII is available now for about $700.