Korg has released plug-in versions of the wavestate and opsix synthesizers. The wavestate native and opsix native plug-ins are designed to be fully compatible software counterparts to their hardware equivalents. This means that you can now use the two synths natively in your DAW, and then transfer your sounds to the hardware for live gigs. And if you own the hardware, you’re getting a great deal on the software plug-ins.
Korg wavestate native plug-in
It’s no secret that Korg’s line of digital synths, which includes the wavestate, opsix and modwave, runs on a unified hardware platform built around a Raspberry Pi. So it makes sense that Korg is now bringing the firmware to the PC and Mac platform with the new wavestate and opsix native plug-ins.
The wavestate native plug-in is fully compatible with the hardware synthesize. It offers the same Wave Sequencing 2.0 sound engine with a maximum polyphony of 64 stereo voices. You can manipulate the timing, wave sequence and pitch on separate lanes, creating complex and evolving soundscapes in the process. Just like the hardware, the wavestate native lets you choose from MS-20 lowpass or highness filters, a Polysix lowpass and a bunch of other filters.
A massive modulation engine with up to 4000 destinations per performance keeps things in motion. The synth also offers extensive randomization features.
The Korg wavestate native plug-in comes with a huge sample library (Korg says that it’s “more than a thousand times larger than that of the original Wavestation”), and you can load your own samples using Korg’s Sample Builder application.
Korg opsix native plug-in
Korg has also turned the opsix into a plug-in. The opsix is Korg’s vision of a modern FM synth and combines classic 6-operator FM, subtractive, semi-modular, analog modeling, wave shaping, and additive synthesis techniques. While Korg has obviously redesigned the GUI to take advantage of the possibilities in software, they’ve retained the opsix’s characteristic operator mixer.
As of now, there’s no word on whether Korg plans to release a software version of the modwave, as well. But I think that the odds are quite high – why leave out the modwave when you’re building the software platform anyway?
Price and compatibility
The Korg wavestate native and opsix native plug-ins are now available. They’re on sale for an introductory price of USD 149 each. The regular price is USD 199 each.
If you own the Korg wavestate or opsix hardware synthesizers, you’re eligible for a discounted crossgrade for USD 49 per synth (coupon code required).
The plug-ins run on macOS 10.13 or higher (including Apple Silicon) and Windows 10 or higher (64 bit). They come in AU, VST3 and AAX formats.
The Korg wavestate and opsix hardware synthesizers are available at Thomann*.
More information about Korg wavestate and opsix native plug-ins
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