Korg WS first model was released in 1990. Its technology is the Vector Synthesis, a dynamic timbre control procedure which permits to create evolving sounds and the Wave Sequencing, a method of multi-timbral sound generation in which different PCM waveforms data are played successively. Korg produced several different models (WS EX, WS A/D, WS SR) until the 2004 software version (named "Legacy" - this software also includes MS-20 and Polysix emulations).
Korg WS synths are very particular instruments with a unique sound. Their great possibilities make it a very creative and expressive synth and not only for the New Age music style as we too often heard it. Yes, it's certainly one of the best 90' synths to create deep evolving pads or special ambient FXs, but if you take the time - and the pain! - to explore its possibilities, you'll be more and more surprised by its powerful and the large music styles you can play or create with it!!
MY WS A/D is a very cool synth!!
Other great Korg WS
feature is the "Wave Sequencing" which permits to mix until 255 waves in
a step-by-step order. You can adjust fade out/fade in or crossfade levels
between the segments and expand or diminish their lengths. This very versatile
option give you the possibility to create common drums patterns, analog
sequenced lines and an infinite variety of groovy or rythmic loops FXs. You can
store 32 Wave Sequences in a bank (internal Waves ROM 0-31 already contains
pre-programmed Wave Sequences).
You can choice through 13 different sources to modulate each sound (modulation wheel, foot pedals, MIDI 1&2,...) and you can control in real time the balance between the waves of each patch (A-B-C-D) via the joystick on the front panel (not available on WS SR model).
But it's not all...
What is more interesting is that you can create a "big sound" layering until 8
patches. That's what we call a "Performance" on the Korg WS (you can store 50
Performances in a bank). Yes, the more you add patches in your performance, the
more you lose polyphony voices.. but with 3-4 patches you can already create
very large and evolving top sounds! You may also define split points to use
different sounds on several keyboard zones.
Multi-effects section includes some great features such as Enhancer, Distortion, Flanger or Rotary Speaker in addition of the common Reverb, Chorus & Delay.
Korg WS A/D has even a very interesting added option: two analog/digital converted inputs which permit to plug an external source (guitar, bass, micro,...) on it and to treat the input signal via the internal multi-effects processor. As the Korg WS A/D include in its multi-effects section a vocoder, you can create great FXs such as used by Kraftwerk or in the 70's disco/dance top hits (what a pity that they don't include this option on other Korg WS models!)
You can use the WS A/D as a vocoder with a micro plugged in
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