Korg have updated their powerful Wavestate synthesiser’s system firmware to version 1.0.4 which includes a long list of performance tweaks and fixes (see the full list below). Given the extensive (perhaps that’s an understatement) editing capabilities of this machine, it was only a matter of time before people found ways to bring it to its knees. Now it appears that task will be substantially more difficult.
If you were one of those adventurous Wavesequencing enthusiasts who particularly enjoyed spending your time ‘rapidly and repeatedly selecting a Performance, editing, and then selecting a new Performance’, you can now do so with no fear of crashing the operating system. Joking aside, there are some very practical updates here relating to tempo synchronization and MIDI clocks. Given the Wavestate’s mind bending potential for sophisticated multi-layered sequencing, this will no doubt help creatively ambitious musicians push the bar even further.
- Tempo synchronization has been improved, especially when notes are held for a long time.
- Previously, MIDI Clocks with extremely high jitter could cause synchronization problems with tempo-based Wave Sequences. This has now been fixed.
- If Steps are added to a lane (either by adding Steps or by changing the Wave Sequence or Lane Preset), their parameters are now modulatable immediately, without need to switch to a different Layer and then back again.
- Previously, Note Advance would increment separately for each Unison Voice. It now increments once per note.
- Previously, changing the selections for Layer, Lane, Envelope, LFO, Effect, and Performance Mod Knobs would put the sound into the Edited state (since the selections are saved with the Performance), interfering with Com- pare. Now, these selections do not affect Compare.
- Amp LFO Intensity can now be chosen for modulation by selecting the on-screen parameter and pressing ENTER. (Previously, it could only be chosen by moving the front-panel knob.)
- Previously, rapid Performance changes could cause a crash, especially in conjunction with high-density MIDI CC activity. This has now been fixed.
- Previously, rapidly and repeatedly selecting a Performance, editing, and then selecting a new Performance could eventually cause a crash. This has now been fixed.
- Previously, if a Program was renamed in the Sound Librarian, the new name would appear in selection dialogs, but the old name would be shown elsewhere. This has now been fixed.
- Names of some of the factory sounds have been changed. Some have been shortened so that they fit within 24 characters. “Ski Beatz” has been changed to “Marimba Beats.” These changes have no effect on any user sounds.
The 1.0.4 update is available to download for free from Korg’s website here.
For a reminder of what this amazing synth is capable of check out our video tutorial series, and our recent ‘Musical Oddities’ video which also features some of the more unusual UAD plugins for extra lunacy.