Korg Legacy Collection of Virtual Instruments/Effects Plug-Ins

Feb 3, 2004 12:00 PM, Editors

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Korg has launched the Legacy Collection, a virtual instrument/effects pack that offers software synthesizer versions of its MS-20 and Polysix analog synthesizers, the WAVESTATION advanced vector synthesizer, a slew of high-quality effects and with a special-edition MS-20 Controller. The collection also premieres a unique “cell” concept, which combines synths and effects for powerful new sounds.

Korg’s newly developed CMT (Component Modeling Technology) models the characteristics of the electronic circuits (transistors, condensers, resistors, etc).

The dual-oscillator, monophonic MS-20 (first released in 1978) is known for its thick sound, aggressive analog filters and unlimited creative patching potential. The MS-20 software synth adds features such as 32-note polyphony, up to 16-voice unison, advanced modulation settings and MIDI clock synchronization.

The Legacy Collection includes a commemorative, fully functional USB-MIDI controller (MS-20iC) for use with the MS-20 soft synth. It’s a 3/4-scale reproduction of the MS-20 that includes a velocity-sensitive keyboard and signal-patching capability.

The Polysix six-voice analog synthesizer was popular for its full-sounding voice structure, chorus/phase/ensemble effects, chord memory and arpeggiator. In addition to faithfully replicating the sound of the original, the Polysix software synthesizer adds the same modern enhancements as the software-based MS-20.

Korg’s proprietary Legacy Cell is a software-based “combination structure” that allows the combination of synths (MS-20 and Polysix, two MS-20s, two Polysixes, one MS-20 or one Polysix) with two insert and twp master effects into a single instrument that delivers new sounds and textures. (Nineteen effect algorithms are available for the insert and master effects.) Users can set key and velocity splits or layers, choose velocity curves to switch between the synths and map controllers to any synth or effect parameter. The Cell can then be used as a normal VST or AudioUnits plug-in by any compatible host application or as a stand-alone synthesizer. Legacy Cell provides 256 rich-sounding programs complete with controller assignments. It also has built-in native support for the Korg microKONTROL MIDI Studio Controller.

The WAVESTATION synthesizer, with its “advanced vector synthesis system,” allowed users to mix or morph between four oscillators and introduced Wave Sequencing to create evolving patterns. The WAVESTATION software synthesizer provides all original waveforms (including the SR model) and effects, plus the digital oscillators, filters, envelope generators and LFOs that replicate the signature 3-D WAVESTATION sound. All factory preset programs, 550 performances and 385 patches are included. The user can also import any WAVESTATION series data that has been stored in .SYX format.

The MS-20FX enables the MS-20 to be used as an effect processor, running audio through its filter and modulation parameters. MDE-X makes the 19 Legacy Cell effects available as effects plug-ins. Both of these can be used as VST/AudioUnits effects plug-ins within compatible host programs. The Legacy Collection synths can be used on Macintosh OS X/Windows XP in stand-alone form or as VST/AudioUnits plug-in instruments within a compatible host application.

For detailed specifications and computer requirements, see www.korg.com/legacy. For more new product announcements, visit mixonline.com/products_new_products/index.htm.






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