Synth Site: Korg: OASYS Keyboard: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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Ross Pack a hobbyist user from United States writes:
Back in the late '60's and early '70's we gigged with larger, heavier instruments. I played on an Italian portable electronic keyboard made by Doric, others used Vox or Farfisa. I graduated to a Hammond B-3 with a Leslie 122R. The Hammond B-3 was over 400 lbs. The Fender Bassman, Sun2000S, or Marshall amps were all heavy. You guys complaining about the Oasys 88 at 80 lbs don't know how easy you have it. The Oasys 76/88 promises to fullfill many creative and expressive dreams. I plan to buy at least one before I die. Thank you Korg!

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jun-03-2006 at 22:51
MyMusic42 a professional user from USA writes:
for the person looking for the manuals....

Operation Guide: http://www.korg.com/service/downloadinfo.asp?DID=991

Parameter Guide: http://www.korg.com/service/downloadinfo.asp?DID=992 Voice Name List: http://www.korg.com/service/downloadinfo.asp?DID=994

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Monday-Oct-17-2005 at 09:41
Elmokeys a part-time user from Long Island, New York writes:
What a controversial keyboard! I got my Oasys a little while ago and have played a lot and have not yet dived even near the depths.

The first question on everyone's mind always seems to be: Is it worth what it costs? The answer is that it depends on your view of synths, what you need the Oasys for and how you view value and cost and worth.

Yes, it sounds great, better than any hardware keyboard out there and I've tried or owned most of them. It is very, very versatile and can make sounds that are complex and strong and sweet and beautiful. Its interface is as good as it gets for a hardware work station.

Why might you think it is overpriced? If you like computers as your hardware and controllers for your keyboard connection, why would you get the Oasys? I happen to be from the old school and I am not comfortable with computers overall, don't have a place to deal with the computer and a controller and other studio odds and ends so I would not compare this board to them. I love beautiful action in a workstation that connects with me.I don't want to be downloading or crashing so I would not touch a computer/software setup, but if you like that, that's cool too! For gigging, this keyboard would be inadvisable, in my opinion unless you are a)very, very strong or b) a masochist or c) have a roadie. It is very heavy but that is subjective. It is a great keyboard as a centerpiece for a home or professional studio.

Overall, I would recommend this keyboard if you have the money OR if you want to consolidate your setup and are therefore willing to sell other pieces to buy the Oasys. (I would not even want to list the casualty list I have - I sold lots of keyboards) Why did I sell many keyboards to get the Oasys? Because I wanted the best keyboard workstation and I wanted to concentrate on learning one integrated system and I wanted to have the joy of playing something that sounds so beautiful that it makes me shiver with delight and want to create more. This keyboard inspires me a lot.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Oct-14-2005 at 13:46
mandala-music a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I am following up my OASYS review with some corrections and additions. The OASYS keyboard I tried out at my local Guitar Center, was the 88 key model. The 88 key has the weighted piano action. The 76 key has a non-weighted synth action according to the full specifications given at the www.sweetwater.com website. I asked my Guitar Center if I could look at the manual but they said they didn't know where it was. I wanted to check out the midi implementation page, etc. but now I have to strictly refer to the Sweetwater.com information. I could not find the manual online either.

There are also several video tutorials on using the Karma function at www.karma-labs.com. There are 2,000 Karma arpeggiator function presets on the OASYS.

In the combination mode, it can receive on all sixteen midi channels or layer sixteen different programs. It can store 1,792 of these combination memories. The combination mode is where you set up your vector synthesis since you need 4 voices to construct a four way vector and each individual performance on the OASYS is limited to 2 oscillators. (The original Wavestation synth allows 4 way, 4 oscillator vectors within each patch memory). I am very curious about how many vector position points are allowed in the OASYS. (I hope you find the manual guys!)

The AL-1 virtual analog engine has 84 voice polyphony! The HD-1 sample playback and AL-1 engines both support polyphonic portamento glide and legato slide. (Legato is where the keyboard sound changes pitch but the attack of the note envelope does not retrigger- Mostly of interest to Midi guitarists playing slide guitar).

What really surprised me was the weight of the keyboard. 56 pounds for the 76 key version and a whopping 70 pounds for the 88 key version. My Roland JD800 keyboard weighs about 35 lbs. and I lift it very carefully so I don't strain my back. I have to let my roadies do the OASYS moving for me. (lol)

I suppose since Guitar Center has gotten some of the first OASYS keyboards, they have also been distributed to the various magazines like Keyboard, Electronic Musician, etc. I am looking forward to reading the professional reviews of this heavy-weight-monster-dream-machine synth as they are published. I hope we all win the lottery!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jun-02-2005 at 16:48
Mandala Music a hobbyist user from USA writes:
Yesterday I stopped by my local Guitar Center music emporium and was shocked to find the 76 key model Oasys Keyboard planted in the middle of the Keyboard showroom floor. It was flanked by two 12 inch JBL powered keyboard monitors. I sat down on the provided stool and sampled about a dozen sounds using the weighted keyboard itself. Those used to a fast synth action may be slowed down a bit by such a keyboard but it sure felt wonderful. But since I am a midi guitar player and not really a keyboard player, I brought in my Casio PG380 midi guitar from car and hooked it up to the Oasys. I sent all the midi information from the guitar on channel one since I am not familiar with the multitimbral settings on the Oasys.

I went through around 200 hundred of the 896 presets. There are wavestation, vector, analog simulations and more standard orchestral patches. There are also lots of fantastic sound effect presets. And the Karma arpegiator functions are a blast. For example, imagine holding down a guitar patch chord and having Karma strum it for you. And there must be hundreds of these Karma "GE" effects. Very cool!

Unless you are prepared to spend all day in the store, you will not be able to sample all the presets. (Another 896 locations are provided for your own creations).

Of course, sitting in front of the big 10" Oasys color touchscreen is very close to what I do already with my computer at home playing softsynths and my rack synths. So I really don't need an Oasys Keyboard and I can wait for the rack mount Oasys as that will hopefully be more affordable. The salesman quoted a price of $8,500 for the Oasys 76 key keyboard that I was playing so I doubt if a given store would stock more than one and perhaps get another if they sold the first.

Primarily I am making this post to announce that the first Oasys keyboards have arrived in Spring 2005 rather than Summer 2005 so call your local music store to find out if they have one. I think you will be impressed by the quality, quantity and variety of the Oasys sounds. It is definitely worth 4 hours of your time. I have to deduct one point for the price so I give it a rating of four.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-May-27-2005 at 15:17
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