Korg Wavestate Review and Tutorial

Korg’s Wavestate is a new take on their original WaveStation from the 1990’s. It’s not a reissue, but rather a completely new synth with a much bigger sample library, more user friendly interface and modular style sequencing options, and it also has vector synthesis engine built in. In this video, I take a look at whether it’s easy to use, and of course explain both Wave Sequencing and Vector Synthesis:

TIMELINE:
0:00 Intro
1:00 What is Wave Sequencing 2.0?
3:00 Vector synthesis explained
3:50 Overview
7:10 Navigating the interface
10:40 Timing lane
12:35 Crossfade
13:45 Sample lane
14:20 Probability
15:15 Pitch lane
16:20 Shape lane
17:55 Gate lane
18:10 Step seq lane
18:40 Master lane
19:50 Lane controls
21:50 Filter
23:55 Envelopes
25:30 Vector envelope
27:10 LFOs
29:10 Mod matrix
31:40 Mod knobs
31:15 Arpeggiator
34:05 Effects
37:20 Single v Waveseq
38:30 Misc
40:10 Pros & cons

6 Comments

  1. This is off topic but I need to be pointed in the right direction. I’m getting my first hardware synth and have narrowed it down to a few now: Moog Grandmother, Sub Phatty, Behringer Deepmind 12, Digitone Elektron, and maybe the more monologue xd. Coming from the guitar monophony seems a bit weird to me but I’m okay with it.

    1. Author

      My advice is to do the research and never listen to advice from others – listen to the synth…

  2. Thanks for this very informative Wavestate video, very well done!
    About the insanely long MSample list (video position 42:20+)
    ok! you cannot search but doesn’t the little “ALL” tag behind “MSample” indicate that you might at least be able to filter by category?
    I haven’t found any info on this in the manual.

    Another thing that I’m highly interested in:
    Do you know if there is any way to select a sample using MIDI NRPN or SysEx?
    If so, I might be able to build a little handy Lemur template for much easier sample selection…
    Thanks!

    1. Author

      Thanks! Yes, you can choose from about a dozen categories. Re CC/sysex control I don’t have any additional info beyond the manual

  3. Great review, and I’m watching it for the 3rd time as you explain things much better than the distracting manual. Thanks So Much.

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