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Korg reinvents a cult favorite with the Modwave wavetable synthesizer

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One of Modwave’s most unique features is what Korg calls Motion Sequencing 2.0, an evolution of Wave Sequencing from Wavestate. Here, the sync, pitch, shape, and four-step sequencers are separated into “channels,” each with its own loop length. This means you can create complex, constantly evolving sounds that don’t have an overtly repeating pattern. The wavetables can also be combined and mixed seamlessly with each other.

Just like the Wavestate and Opsix, you’ll also find a bunch of modeled filters here, including emulations of classics from Korg MS-20 and Polysix. But it is also the first time that Korg includes Kaoss Physics (from the Pad kaoss) in one of its main synths. This gives you unique tactile control over parameters and effects beyond traditional modulation and pitch wheels and can also modulate parameters with physics-based bouncing balls. And Korg continues his embrace of creative chaos (which has a “c”) with the dice that uses “smart” randomization to create new sounds.

Unfortunately, there is no work on pricing or shipping date. But it seems safe to assume that the cost will be in line with Korg’s other digital synths – the Opsix and Wavestate – which costs around $ 800.


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