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Korg 37-Key Digital Synthesizer Keyboard featuring Wave Sequencing 2.0 Synthesis Technology

Everything old is new again! Wavestate takes the wavetable-based synthesis engine and distinctive-for-its-time 4-axis modulation joystick from Korg's early-90s Wavestation keyboard synth and puts them into a Minilogue-shaped package, albeit with a host of modern conveniences and full-sized keys, allowing a whole new generation to go hands-on with its unique sounds.


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Korg's legendary Wavestation introduced the world to Wave Sequencing, transforming raw samples into sounds that no-one had ever heard before. The flagship Oasys and Kronos keyboards developed Wave Sequencing even further, expanding on its unique palette of lush, evolving pads and driving rhythms.

Now, Korg is proud to announce the next step in digital synthesis: Wavestate. Featuring the radically reimagined Wave Sequencing 2.0, Wavestate delivers astonishing, ever-changing sounds with extensive hands-on control. Far from a nostalgic reissue, Wavestate is designed from the ground up for a new generation of musicians, producers and composers, taking cues from sources as diverse as modular synths, groove boxes and algorithmic composition. The compact form factor with 37 full-size keys transports easily and fits neatly into any stage, studio or desktop setup.

  • Wave Sequencing 2.0
  • Extensive modulation with hands-on control
  • Gigabytes of samples
  • Modeled filters, including MS-20 and Polysix
  • 64 stereo voices
  • 4 Layers with Vector control
  • 14 simultaneous effects
  • Set Lists and Smooth Sound Transitions
  • Randomization
  • Compact design with 37 full-size keys
Wave Synthesis 2.0 diagram 

Wave Sequencing 2.0
With Wavestation, each step of a Wave Sequence had a duration, a sample and a pitch. This created ear-catching patterns, but the patterns repeated the same way, over and over. What if they could evolve in organic, unexpected ways, instead of just repeating? Wave Sequencing 2.0 splits apart the timing, the sequence of samples and the melody so that each can be manipulated independently. Also added are new characteristics including shapes, gate times and step sequencer values. Each of these is a 'Lane,' and each Lane can have a different number of steps and its own start, end and loop points.

Every time the sequence moves forward, the individual Lanes are combined to create the output. For instance, a sample may be matched with a different duration, pitch, shape, gate length and step sequence value every time that it plays. You can modulate each Lane's start, end and loop points separately for every note, using velocity, LFOs, envelopes, Mod Knobs or other controllers. Each note in a chord can be playing something different!

Lanes can also randomize the step order every time they play with realtime control over the range of included steps. Finally, individual steps can be randomly skipped with a modulatable probability from 0 to 100%. The result is organic, ever-changing sounds that respond to your control. The four onboard arpeggiators can interact with Wave Sequences for even more possibilities.

detail image of Korg Wavestate showing filter and envelope control knobs on top panel

Easily expressive, exceptionally deep
Bursting with knobs and controllers, Wavestate invites you to explore. All of the basics – filter, envelopes, LFOs, effects – are at your fingertips with dedicated front panel controls. Eight programmable Mod Knobs are customized to bring out the most in every sound, often taking them in entirely new directions. Use the knobs in realtime performance and also save the results as new sounds. Add in the pitch bend and modulation wheels and the unique vector joystick and you'll always have multiple dimensions of realtime expression.

Want to dig deeper? Almost all front panel knobs and most on-screen parameters can be modulated. You can even modulate settings for individual Wave Sequence steps! Mod Processors let you transform modulation signals using quantization, smoothing, curvature and more.

detail image of Korg Wavestate top panel showing randomize button labeled with dice icon

Randomization that inspires
Looking for even more inspiration? A dedicated front panel button marked by a 'dice' icon generates new sounds via intelligent randomization. Randomize the entire sound or just a part of it, such as the filter, the Sample Lane or the effects. Use the results directly or as a jumping off point for your own creations.

detail image of Korg Wavestate top panel showing randomize button labeled with dice icon
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Ample samples, 64 stereo voices
Totaling in the gigabytes, Wavestate's sample library is more than a thousand times larger than that of the original Wavestation. That's a lot of great-sounding raw material for Wave Sequences. There's a bank of samples from Plugin Guru, brand-new samples from Korg and a selection from the Kronos and Krome libraries. Of course, Korg also provides all of Wavestation's samples (including all options) plus a huge library of Wavestation Wave Sequences. Play up to 64 stereo voices with pristine clarity using Korg's proprietary anti-aliasing sample playback technology.

collage image of Korg MS-20 and Korg Polysix synthesizers

Choose your filter
Add vintage character to your sounds with the aggressive MS-20 low pass or high pass filters or the strong, sweet Polysix low pass. Shape and refine with a full collection of resonant 2-pole and 4-pole low pass, high pass, band pass and band reject filters. Or step outside the box with Korg's unique Multi Filter, which creates modulatable blends of multiple modes simultaneously.

collage image of Korg MS-20 and Korg Polysix synthesizers
closeup of Korg Wavestate joystick control on top panel

Multiply by four
With all of that synthesis power, you might think Wavestate would play only one sound at a time. Not a chance! For even more rich and complex results, layer up to four Programs together in a Performance, each with their own effects and arpeggiator. The Vector Envelope and joystick mix the individual voices of the four layers and can also modulate any other parameters.

detail image of Korg Wavestate effects controls on top panel

An arsenal of effects
Wavestate's superb effects deliver production-ready sounds. Each layer has three dedicated effects; additionally, the Performance has a master reverb and parametric EQ. Along with standards such as compressors, EQs, choruses, flangers, phasers and stereo delays, you'll find distinctive processors such as Wave Shaper, Talking Modulator, Reverse Delay, Multiband Mod Delay and Overb (from Oasys), plus modeled effects including Vox guitar amps, Vox wah, multi-head tape echo and a collection of classic guitar pedals.

detail image of Korg Wavestate effects controls on top panel
detail image of Korg Wavestate top panel showing lit SET LIST button

Set Lists and Smooth Sound Transitions
Set Lists offer effortless organization of your Wavestate Performances and deliver instant access at the gig or in rehearsal. Smooth Sound Transitions allow previously-played voices and effects to continue to ring out naturally, even once a new sound has been selected.

detail image of Korg Wavestate rear panel showing MIDI and USB connectors

Plays well with others
Balanced stereo outputs connect to any recording or monitoring system and a stereo headphone output is provided for private playing or onstage cueing. 5-pin DIN MIDI jacks ensure connection to other MIDI-equipped instruments and audio gear. Wavestate supports class-compliant USB MIDI connections to Mac and Windows computers and the Wavestate Librarian program is available as a free download from Korg.

detail image of Korg Wavestate rear panel showing MIDI and USB connectors
More Information
Manufacturer Korg
Condition New
Included from Manufacturer Power supply
Analog/Digital Digital
Number of Keys 37
Weighted Keys No
Key Action Synth action, velocity- and release velocity-sensitive
Aftertouch Yes
Programs/Presets Ships with over 240 Performances, 740 Programs and 1,000 Wave Sequences
Storage for 'tens of thousands of user Performances'
Voices of Polyphony 64 stereo voices
Oscillators per Voice Varies by Sound Engine
Effects Master reverb and parametric EQ
Wave Shaper, Talking Modulator, Reverse Delay, Multiband Mod Delay, Overb (from Korg Oasys)
Additional effects include compressor, EQ, chorus, flangers, phasers and stereo delays
Sequencer Traditional step sequencing is one component of Wave Sequencing
Arpeggiator Yes
USB Port (to Host) MIDI, System Updates, Editor/Librarian/Patch Manager
Audio Outputs Dual stereo 1/4" output
1/4" headphone output
Control Connections 1/4" damper input
Onboard Controllers Vector joystick with assignable axes
Pitch bend wheel
Mod wheel
Width 22.24"
Depth 13.31"
Height 3.62"
Product Weight 6.93 lb

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