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At the AES show Korg announced the release of Operating System Version 1.2
for the OASYS
Open Architecture Synthesis Studio. In addition to new features and enhancements, it also offers a demo version of the LAC-1 Legacy Analog Collection containing the latest OASYS Expansion Instruments (EXi).
New OASYS v1.2 features include:
- An easy-to-use chord feature that allows the user to store a chord then transpose it by playing single notes on the keyboard. The chord mode has been integrated with the Drum/Chord Pads, allowing eight such voicings to be stored.
- Polyphonic Unison and Unison Stereo Spread â€” Unison can now be enabled in Poly mode as well as in Mono. The new Unison Stereo Spread parameter distributes unison voices across the stereo field, for a more intense effect. The range of Unison Detune has been doubled.
- Improved parameter smoothing when using knobs, sliders, controls and tone adjust features.
- Increased polyphony for the AL-1 and STR-1 expansion instruments â€” the updated
AL-1 has 96 voices (up from 84); the updated STR-1 has 48 voices (up from 32).
It also includes a demo version of the fifth and sixth OASYS synthesis engines from the forthcoming Legacy Analog Collection EXi option (LAC-1).
LAC-1 features enhanced versions of two classic Korg analog synths, using Korgâ€™s proprietary CMT (Component Modeling Technology): the MS-20EX and PolysixEX. These EXi recreations of their acclaimed vintage predecessors offer many new features unique to the OASYS.
The MS-20EX is a flexible, semi-modular virtual analog synthesizer offering a faithful recreation of the original Korg MS-20, including its many features and its distinctive, often aggressive timbral signature. OASYS-only modifications include enhancements to the Patch Panel and AMS modulation for all original MS-20 controls, plus four additional EGs, four additional LFOs and four AMS mixers.
This rich-sounding virtual analog synth offers a faithful reproduction of the features and sonic character of the classic Korg Polysix plus the enhancements found in the Korg Legacy Collection version. PolysixEX also adds AMS modulation for all original Polysix knobs and switches plus two additional EGs, two additional LFOs and four AMS mixers.
As with all OASYS EXi instruments, these two new synths can be used alone or in a combination, with access to other powerful OASYS features â€” effects, KARMA, Vector, etc.
This new Operating System, including the demo version of the Legacy Analog Collection
(LAC-1), is available now as a free download from:
Users can purchase an authorization code online to unlock the full version of the LAC-1.
This complete musical production environment unites multiple state-of-the-art synthesizers, sampling, audio recording, MIDI sequencing, control surface, large color TouchView display and more, all in one package. Its open architecture allows new methods of creating sound, new effects and other future Korg offerings to be incorporated, for endless sonic possibilities for years to come.
OASYS is actually six synthesizers in one: Korgâ€™s HD-1 High Definition PCM Synthesizer plus five EXi Expansion Instruments. The powerful AL-1 Virtual Analog synth, an enhanced CX-3 Tonewheel Organ plus a sophisticated STR-1 Plucked String reside onboard. Two new Expansion Instruments can be added as the LAC-1 Legacy Analog Collection, which contains advanced versions of Korgâ€™s classic MS-20 and Polysix analog synths (see more detailed descriptions above).
The OASYS also features a second generation version of the revolutionary KARMA technology which can generate complex and realistic phrases and musical gestures. OASYS
is available in a 76-key version and an 88-key version with weighted keys like a real piano.
Korg USA and Karma Lab have posted a Flash-based online demo that allows users to explore a virtual replica of the graphic user interface of the OASYS. This full-blown simulator provides an interactive, in-depth tour of the interface that gives a true feel for the logic, layout and capabilities of OASYS. The OASYS Virtual Online GUI is being hosted at: