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Korg Legacy Special Collection (Mac) – VST Crack

By Gordon Reid Photo: Original Mark Ewing Now that Korg’s Legacy Collection is properly complete, we follow up last month’s preview with the first instalment of our three-part in-depth review. This month, we focus on the Wavestation plug-in
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Korg Wavestation Vst Mac

Korg Legacy Collection (Part 1)

By Gordon Reid Photo: Original Mark Ewing Now that Korg’s Legacy Collection is properly complete, we follow up last month’s preview with the first instalment of our three-part in-depth review.

This month, we focus on the Wavestation plug-in Occasionally, an expensive and unattainable technology will mature to the point that something previously esoteric, distant and impenetrable becomes warm, cuddly, and practical.

Numerous examples exist if you look for them. Take the Korg MS20, which first appeared in Its beguiling patchbay and external signal processor may have promised far more than they delivered, but the instrument nonetheless signalled a new maturity and accessibility for modular synthesis, placing it in the grasping hands of impoverished students, myself among them. Another prime example appeared three years later when Korg launched the ‘Poor Man’s Prophet 5’, the Polysix.

Sure, there was nothing particularly radical in this, but it was a ‘real’ polysynth as opposed to a paraphonic string synthesizer on steroids, and it sounded superb. It showed that polyphonic synthesis had matured, and placed it for the first time in the grasping hands of impoverished musicians, myself among them.

The result was the M1, the instrument that signalled the maturity of the digital synth, and established the form of the modern keyboard workstation. The company repeated the trick two years later when it released the Wavestation. With its greatly improved vector synthesis and wave sequencing, this gave everyone access to the expensive, ‘produced’ sounds that were once the preserve of million-dollar studios. Since the late ’90s, everything has become smaller, lighter, faster, cheaper, and more powerful, and advances in computer technology have started to reap a tangible benefit, because the fledgling technology of software synthesizers has been improving rapidly of late.

But, as yet, there has been no software synth that has made me want to jump up and down and shout “gimme! But today there’s a product that threatens to signal the maturity of the software synth, both in terms of sexiness and capability. It’s not a matter of pricing; software synths have never been particularly expensive.

It’s to do with the desirability and usability of the product. And, in a weird twist of fate, it’s a recreation of the Korg MS20, a reincarnation of the Korg Polysix, and a reinvention of the Wavestation. There’s even a bit of the M1 philosophy tucked away inside it. Is it a bird? Is it a plane? The Legacy Hardware Don’t you just love the English language? It has words such as ‘cute’ and ‘unbearably’ which, when combined correctly, let me tell you that the MS20 hardware controller is almost unbearably cute.

Unfortunately, it’s also very specific in its role as an MS20 hardware controller. Sure, you can plug it into the host computer using a USB cable, and use its velocity-sensitive mini-keyboard to play the Wavestation. But while the mod wheel will carry out its appropriate task, none of the knobs or patch-points are active, not even the master volume control.

So we’ll say no more about it until next month. General Impressions Even before its release, the Legacy Collection generated a significant amount of interest.

My expectations prior to trying it out were therefore very high. This is why I was so surprised to find that there appeared to be no single philosophy underlying the product. There are five components in the Legacy Collection: Now, if Legacy Cell supported the Wavestation, everything would feel more integrated.

Likewise, if the hardware controller were not so obviously designed to support the MS20 software, everything would feel more coherent. If Korg Native mode which we’ll come to next month worked across the whole package, everything would feel more like a single product. But they don’t, and it doesn’t. If I had to guess — which I do, because I have no inside information one way or the other — I would say that the Legacy Collection might be two disparate development projects that happened to come to fruition simultaneously, and which the top brass at Korg decided to combine into a single product.

Nevertheless, in a clouds and linings sort of way, this has a benefit for me — I can treat the American and Japanese components as independent products. So in this, the first part of my Legacy review, I’m going to concentrate on the Wavestation alone, leaving the other components until later. This procedure also gives you access to the registered users’ download area, which allows you re-register the software if you change computer.

If you choose not to register right away, you’ll be able to use the software for 10 days, but after that time the plug-ins will fail to load. I know, because I waited. Obviously, many of the settings will be dependent upon the MIDI devices connected to your computer, your audio input and output options and so on, but this is also where you determine parameters such as clock source, word length, buffer size and latency.

As with any other software synth, get these wrong and things may go wobbly. I found that if I reduced the audio latency from its default setting of 5. Although operation appeared stable, I didn’t like this, so I increased the latency until the buzz disappeared, which it did at This is an acceptable figure about one hundredth of a beat at bpm but means that the Legacy Collection will not be my studio’s most responsive sound source.

The Wavestation Family Developed by the former Sequential Circuits engineering team and released in , the note Wavestation keyboard used PCM samples as the basis of its sounds. However, unlike conventional digital synths and workstations, it had the ability to layer PCMs within patches, to chain them together, and to ‘morph’ smoothly between them. You could even layer up to eight patches simultaneously.

With a wave sequence, a pad, and a couple of lead sounds playing simultaneously, the Wavestation was capable of producing what sounded like complete tracks, even without a sequencer. However, the original Wavestation lacked piano and drum PCMs so, in , Korg bowed to the inevitable and added them. With a handful of new effects thrown in for good measure, the expanded ‘EX’ version was otherwise identical to the original.

Despite numerous calls to produce a note version, Korg never did so. The final version appeared in This was the Wavestation SR, a 1U rackmount with a tiny screen. This meant that you had to use a computer-based editor to get inside it, and few players bothered. Korg balanced this with a huge increase in patch memory. The whole hardware family was discontinued in the mids.

There’s a simple reason for this From the lushest pads, to magical, evolving timbral sequences, to rich imitations of orchestral instruments, to screaming leads and tortured guitars, the Wavestation is king.

This is why, like Paul, I’m well-placed to compare the Legacy Wavestation to the originals: However, despite our love for these beasties, there is one thing that nobody cherishes about them.

This is the operating system, which hides the synth’s sonic glories behind more than 40 impenetrable and wholly inadequate screens. If you’ve never tried to program any of the hardware Wavestations, let me give you an idea of just how difficult this can be The Legacy Wavestation’s Performance Select page.

When you switch on, the synth presents you with the Performance Select screen, which allows you to select a sound, or press one of five ‘soft’ buttons to enter the Bank Select, Performance Edit, MIDI, Global, and View Performance List sections, respectively.

So far so good, but a Wavestation Performance comprises up to eight ‘Parts’ which each comprise a ‘Patch’ plus additional parameters that determined how the Patch responds within each Part in the Performance. Got that? To access the Parts on an original Wavestation, you press the Edit button, and the screen then displays the Patches used, and offers six further options; Detail, Patch, Solo, Name, Effect, and Write. Burrowing still deeper, the Patch button takes you to a page that lets you determine how many oscillators are used in that Patch, and which offers six further options Now, imagine trying to construct a Performance comprising, say, five Parts, each of which uses a different Patch comprising four oscillators, each with its own detailed set of parameters.

In principle, it’s horrendous. On a character, six-line screen, it’s times worse. As for the SR, with its two-line screen But that’s still far from the end of the story, because the next step down the hierarchical ladder enters the Wave Sequencing page and the Wave Mix Envelope Vector Synthesis pages, which themselves offered further tiers of options and pages beneath. As a result, Wavestations are not synths that many people program for fun, and few players have scratched much below the surface.

So, given that the sound is superlative, how can the software synth improve upon the originals? The answer, obviously, lies in the user interface. As with its hardware ancestors, this boots up into its Performance Select page shown on the previous page but this is much more informative than before, showing all 50 Performances available in the current Bank.

It also offers access to every other Bank there are 11 in all at the click of a button. This alone replaces many of the original Wavestations’ pages and saves the endless scrolling through hundreds of Performances that you have to go through on the Wavestation SR. You select a new Performance by clicking on its name in the lower window, or by clicking on the Performance number in the upper window and dragging it up or down. Once selected, you can play a Performance immediately, or you can use the Preview button to play one of five preset phrases for auditioning purposes.

A huge improvement, right from the start. How Do You Run Yours? You can even run each version of the program simultaneously, although this will place a high burden on any processor.

I’m very impressed with this degree of flexibility, and the fact that all the options worked perfectly, straight out of the box. Double-clicking on a Performance name in the lower window has the same effect as clicking on the Edit button in the upper window, and takes you to the Performance Edit page shown above.

As before, this replaces umpteen pages in the original Wavestations’ operating systems, including Performance Edit, Part Detail 1 to 8 , and the Key and Velocity Zones page. Nonetheless, the philosophy is the same and, as on the originals, this is where you insert Patches into Parts and determine how each contributes to the Performance. Clicking on the little ‘speaker’ icons to the left of the screen mutes and solos the Parts, which is vital when you come to edit individual sounds within the Performance.

The Performance Edit page. Happily, editing the Parts is not just simple when compared to the original Wavestation, it’s simple, full stop. For example, you can assign a Patch to a Part just by dragging the Patch number up or down or, if you prefer, by clicking on the ‘List’ button and selecting from a list that appears superimposed over the joystick on the left of the screen. Clicking on a Part brings up the relevant values for each of the parameters in the Details and Zones sections of the window, such as the Part level, its transposition and fine-tuning, its response to Note On messages, its temperament, and how it’s routed to the effects busses.

You edit these by clicking and dragging, by typing in new values, by clicking through a range of settings, or by selecting from drop-down menus, as appropriate for each parameter. Best of all, you can determine the key and velocity zones for each Part simply by dragging the appropriate end of the bar in each display. Suddenly, the Wavestation becomes quick, easy and intuitive to program.

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