Korg’s latest synth is a tribute to a 90s classic, updated with the best modern tech.
If there’s one big brand you can rely on to launch something exciting at NAMM, it must be Korg. Over the last few years, the Japanese synth experts have made a habit of unveiling game-changing products at the California trade show, from their affordable Volca instruments through to the flagship Prologue analogue synth.
This year, the brand showcased a new midrange synth with a difference. Bearing a passing resemblance to the Minilogue at first glance, the Wavestate is defiantly digital. At a time when so many brands are focusing heavily on analogue, the Wavestate is a reminder of just how much fun digital synthesis can be.
Korg are always keen to hint at links with their vintage classics, and the obvious reference point here is the early 90s Wavestation synth, a hugely popular 1990 release that employed vector synthesis and wavetables, making it a top choice for techno pads and analogue ambiences.
The Wavestate builds on the Wave Sequencing approach refined in Korg’s subsequent Oasys and Kronos models, bringing it to a more compact size and more affordable price point. It’s a hugely impressive spec, capable of up to 64 stereo voices with analogue-modelled filters (including MS-20 and Polysix modes). First impressions suggest this might be the next generation of digital synth: affordable and user-friendly but innovative and versatile too.
The Wavestate will be available in February, priced at £699.
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