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Korg Wavestate MK II, Wavestate SE, and SE Platinum

Meet the Korg Wavestate MK II, Wavestate SE, and SE Platinum.  路  Source: KORG

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Korg updates the Wavestate series by unleashing three new models, including the KORG Wavestate MKII, the Wavestate SE, and the Wavestate SE platinum.

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Equipped with its unique Wave Sequencing 2.0 sound engine, the Wavestate quickly became a household necessity, finding its way into the collections of musicians, producers, engineers, and enthusiasts alike.

KORG Wavestate MKII

With its polyphony now extended to 96 voices from 64 and a new range of 1,042 wave sequences, 799 programs, and 261 performances, the Wavestate MKII immediately provides a platform for producing with more sonic complexity than its predecessor.

Now, the incentive to work in performance mode is greater than ever, and as before, you have the freedom to create with up to four layers per performance, each with its own arpeggiator and effects chain per layer but with a selection of 14 effects.

KORG Wavestate MKII

Wavestate MKII.

Meanwhile, the onboard Clever Lane processing architecture increases the Wavestate’s modulation capabilities and there is 4 GB of internal storage for loading your own additional sound banks.

The Wavestate MKII is now available for pre-order from Thomann

KORG Wavestate MKII

Wavestate SE & SE Platinum

The Wavestate SE takes us in a new direction, with a 61-key road-ready format with an astonishing 120 voices of polyphony.

In a style almost reminiscent of the Access Virus synth line, Korg has added a Natural Touch keyboard with aftertouch and the ability to affect both velocity and release velocity.

Its metal housing and reinforced knobs protect Wavestate SE from future wear and tear, and the included transport case adds even more surety.

Korg Wavestate SE case

The Wavestate SE and its included carry case.

In addition, Korg has topped off the range with the limited edition SE Platinum. Housed in a silver aluminum and stainless steel body, it should be able to catch the lights and it might even prevent you from playing out those Reznor-esque synth-smashing fantasies on stage.

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Both the Wavestate SE and SE Platinum are currently available for pre-order from Thomann.

KORG Wavestate SE
KORG Wavestate SE Platinum

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Korg Wavestate MK II, Wavestate SE, and SE Platinum

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13 responses to “Meet the Korg Wavestate MKII, Wavestate SE, and SE Platinum”

    Tony Stark says:
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    awesome stuff!! but man what’s up with Roland and korg putting tiny screens on their products?

    Joe B says:
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    That’s a sharp looking board! Glad to see Korg offering a new stage driven product. Hoping that keybed (w/release vel.) and chassis turn up as a Midi Controller or in a ’73 SV Kord with drawbars someday 馃檪

    Oort Cloud Dakini says:
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    I will buy one of these likely. Out of all of the synths, hardware and virtual, I’ve purchased in the past five years the wavestate has been in a two way heat for most compelling. I have gone back and forth on whether I would want SE type hardware or a aluminum clad, 5″ to 7″ screen, road ready desktop unit as my next wavestate. (Kind of like the current Waldorf stuff.) I have moved to designing on the virtual wavestate on my computer and realized the bottleneck on my hardware unit is the tiny screen.

    I had hoped the next gen might be based on a more industrial Arm CPU than the Raspberri Pi (cause we need Pi in the pipeline for kids.) Be interested to see if the Pi is still in there. PI good, FPGA would have been tantalizing. I thought Korg might try to incorporate the wavestate into some multiengine giant workstation thing. I am glad they are keeping it pure.

    Clearly Korg is smarter than me: The workflow should still be design / discover on the computer version, then package up and load onto SE for performance. Respect to Korg.

      JJ says:
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      Considering that Nautilus is less expensive thant the new SE, it’s hard to imagine how they are thinking, one trick pony, 2200, amazing versatile workstation, 1700 … I don’t know…

    JJ says:
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    Yet another sign that Korg are completely disconnected from reality. That’s a lot of money for a keybed… Especially considering what’s more inside processing wise…

    Shaun says:
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    The Wavestate MK II it doesn’t appear to have any more or different buttons on the hardware surface than MK I. Isn’t this just a firmware upgrade?

    daniel says:
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    for me, the tiny screen / menudiving pain means I’d have to add a computer to the setup which is out of the question as I strictly go without one. so no wavestate for me unless korg add a larger screen and maybe implement more knobs for less menudiving.

    HorseLips says:
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    All that empty space that could be used by a decent display(s). Odd move, Korg, once again.

      Rob Puricelli says:
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      It becomes less odd when you consider that Korg is simply sticking to a platform standard. Any redesign outside of the platform would create more costs. Modal is another company following a standard platform (ARGON8, COBALT8, etc.) across different form factors. I agree that the Wavestate could have really benefitted from a large screen, but bear in mind that the computer editor really expands and exposes the inner workings 馃檪

        JJ says:
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        Though looking at the price differences between the different version of the Argon8/Cobalt8, the M (61 key version) is not priced at more than double of what the standard version is. Go figure…

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