Synth Site: Korg: Wavestation EX: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.8 out of 5
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Jon a part-time user from US writes:
This synthesizer is very unique. It does mostly ambient sounds and when coupled with a harder edge synth makes an incredibly deep organ. Although I sold mine many years ago for an emu sampler, I still miss it. The midi multimode is very intuitive and can be used as a master controller. I wish I still had mine. It could be the greatest thing from korg and there's no way a sampler could replace it.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Feb-11-2002 at 02:16
Jim Kopacsi a hobbyist user from United States writes:
I use my Wavestation every Sunday at Church. I am the worship leader and this is one great synth. I can play standard Gospel or, mostly, contemporary Christian worship songs. The congregation likes the sound quality of my synth. They especially like the more airy, string pads as it leads them into worship and praise. I have had it since about 1994, and I wouldn't trade it for any other synth. I LOVE IT ... ALOT!!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Apr-05-2001 at 01:01
James Meeker a part-time user from Toledo, Ohio writes:
The Wavestation EX is a great versatile piece of gear. It's a ROMPLER. It has Vectoring. It has wave sequencing. Combined together, this makes for a lot of exciting possibilities.

The Wavestation's sound is bright and cheery, like most digital PCM-based ROMPLERS are. Editing it is, contrary to popular opinion, a breeze--seldom will you get lost thanks to the large and clear LCD screen and sensibly designed controls. However, the real trick is dealing with the staggering possibilities--hundreds of ROM snippets to choose from, in many different configurations, and--if wave sequencing, in limitless combinations.

This machine is best approached from a perspective of: "overwrite everything with my own stuff". This can really give your EX a new life and truly make it your own machine. Plus, there are a lot of silly RAM factory presets with drum beats and bass lines and other nonsense on them that are pretty much vanity presets and not too musical. Creating moving, ambient and hard-driving pads, leads and obligatto parts are a snap on the WS EX. This, along with moody strings, are the forte' of this machine. Clangours, atonal and shifting timbres are another feat the WS EX excels at.

The machine is pretty sturdy and no-nonsense looking. It feels like it can take a pounding and still survive. Definately a board you could take to a gig and not have to worry about. The MIDI implementation is good, and will even clock to wave sequences as well.

Contrary to popular opinion, the lack of resonance--while a loss--is not that critical of a weakness in the WS. There are numerous "resonant waveforms" that you can choose from that are... well, sort of like the real thing. Granted, this cuts down on the strangeness of the WS, but it is still good nonetheless.

I wouldn't be surprised if Korg carries this line on in the future, it is a miraculous machine. All we need is a analog modeling wave sequencing vector synth and we'd be all set.

JKM

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Mar-27-2001 at 01:57
Chuckie Z. a hobbyist user from US of A writes:
the good: INSAAAAAANELY BEAUTIFUL PADS N STRINGS for cheaper than VAs and newer synths(the presets kinda stink), plenty of patchbanks available on the web, solid construction (well except for the ends..) and the joystick is loads of fun for expression. I've done a little editing but not wavesequencing, good interface on the board but something like sounddiver will make it easier. Some of the sounds are very.. gary numan-esque (he has the SR), the other good ones are ethereal, or just straight out damn weird. de bad: Not much wrong with this badboy, just dont get it for leads or real instrument sounds-cuz the pcm samples can start to sound lo fi on the low notes. I got the piano card with it but wasn't too impressed with that. Would've been a lot better with knobs and sliders... but still a KILLER smooth synth for the money.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Feb-27-2001 at 02:30
patrick wilkin a part-time user from Brussels writes:
Hi, For me the WS/EX is THE synth. Ten years that I discover it and today I'm laughing when shops sellers let me hear the new sounds or possibilities from that or that new models. The WS did before ! A friend said me he bought a JD800 or 8000 with incredible piano sounds. He cried when he heard the piano from the ex version. ;-))and sold his keyboard to buy a wave/ex. There are 7 wonders in the world...the wave sould be the next one. All sounds brings you creativity to write marvellous songs. In one word it's the bestultragigamega synth. Go on guys.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Dec-26-2000 at 06:56
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