KORG continues to add to their popular family of new-age digital synths with an update to the bonkers wavetable instrument the Modwave. MkII looks to add a lot of the improvements implemented in the recently announced SE models and Wavestate mkII with increased polyphony, aftertouch support and more.
While already an incredibly deep and powerful digital instrument, Modwave mkII increased its voice count from 32 to 60 voices which is just nuts. A nice cosmetic makeover has been added as well, which is always a nice way to elevate what is largely the same workflow. Unique to the Modwave mkII, all LFOs now have a free-running mode which means even more chaotic modulation when you combine this with the KAOSS physics that lets you modulate sources based on physical simulations.
While the keybed hasn’t been upgraded to include Aftertouch (keeping it nice and affordable), the programs and voices have all been updated to support Aftertouch, meaning if you have an Aftertouch keyboard that can send MIDI, you can play the Modwave mkII and take advantage of the re-voiced aftertouch programs for more expressive performances.
Here’s what KORG are saying:
Synthesis powerhouse with distinctive wavetable timbres, Kaoss Physics, and Motion Sequencing 2.0.
Introducing Modwave mkII – now with almost double the polyphony, expanded free-running LFOs, and more!
In 1985, KORG’s DW-8000 combined digital wavetables with rich analog filters to give users sounds which were impossible to create with analog oscillators. It’s still a cult favorite today.
Modwave builds on the DW legacy and transforms it into a modern monster synth, featuring incredibly deep wavetable oscillators, gorgeous filters, wildly flexible modulation, unmatched polyphony, comprehensive pattern sequencing, and immediately satisfying hands-on control to deliver unique, powerful, and easily customizable sounds and phrases.
Modwave also introduces two unique new tools for creating dynamic motion: Kaoss Physics and Motion Sequencing 2.0. Kaoss Physics combines an x/y Kaoss pad with modulatable game physics to create a responsive, interactive controller that is—besides being powerful— a lot of fun to explore. Motion Sequencing 2.0 brings the organic, continuously evolving patterns of the wavestate’s Wave Sequencing 2.0 into the world of motion sequencing, including multiple lanes and real-time recording to help you create complex and evolving phrases that other step sequencers cannot.
Much like Wave Sequencing 2.0 (Wavestate) and altered FM (Opsix), Modwave’s evolved wavetable synthesis delivers its own brand of completely unique sounds and a knob-per-function layout that makes customizing those sounds fast and easy. There are hundreds of preset sounds empowered by this new architecture, organized by front-panel category buttons, and all instantly customizable via the four Mod Knobs. Modwave’s distinctive wavetable timbres start with aggressive basses & leads, and lush ambient pads which will add a new dimension to your tracks. But that is just the beginning.
Those who want to dig deeper will find an endless source of discovery; with the Modwave’s unique synth architecture, you’ll be finding new things for a long, long time. Save as many of your sounds as you like; there’s room for thousands more. You can also load your own samples, import wavetables in standard formats, and create your own wavetables using the free WaveEdit software.
The new Modwave mkII provides an astonishing 60 voices of polyphony – almost double the original Modwave’s 32, and an unprecedented number for a wavetable synth at any price. Responding to user requests, we’ve updated all LFOs with options for free running, delayed start, and retriggering. We’ve also added a pre/post switch for reverb sends, new modulation sources, and more.
Free bundle of music software
The Modwave comes with a diverse collection of music software to help you take your music to the next level, including Izotope’s Ozone Elements for AI-powered mastering, Skoove for improving your keyboard playing skills, and software synths from KORG and other brands.
Keyboard: 37 keys (velocity and release-velocity sensitive)
Maximum Polyphony: 60 stereo voices
Sound generating system: Modwave synthesis engine
Controllers: Mod Wheel, Pitch Wheel, Kaoss Physics, 4x Mod Knobs
Other Sources: 4x Envelopes, 5x LFOs, 2x Mod Processors, 2x Key Track, Seq Lanes A-D, Step Pulse, Tempo, Program/Performance Note Count, Program/Performance Voice Count, Poly Legato, Velocity, Exponential Velocity, Release Velocity, Gate, Gate+Damper, Note-On Trigger, Note-On Trigger+Damper, Note Number, Aftertouch and Poly Aftertouch (external MIDI only), MIDI CCs +/-, MIDI CCs +
Destinations: Most parameters can be modulated, including parameters of individual Motion Sequence Steps. Depending on Motion Sequence length, there can be more than 1,000 potential modulation targets per Program.
Pre FX: Decimator, Graphic EQ, Guitar Amp, Modern Compressor, Parametric EQ, Red Compressor, Ring Modulator, Tremolo, Wave Shaper
Mod FX: Black Chorus/Flanger, Black Phase, CX-3 Vibrato Chorus, EP Chorus, Harmonic Chorus, Modern Chorus, Modern Phaser, Orange Phase, Polysix Ensemble, Small Phase, Talking Modulator, Vintage Chorus, Vintage Flanger, Vintage/Custom Wah, Vox Wah
Delay: L/C/R Delay, Multiband Mod Delay, Reverse Delay, Stereo/Cross Delay, Tape Echo
Master Reverb: Early Reflections, Overb
Master EQ: 4-band parametric EQ
Inputs/outputs: Headphone (6.3 mm stereo phone jack), OUTPUT L/MONO and R (impedance-balanced 6.3 mm TRS phone jacks), DAMPER (6.3 mm phone jack, half-damper not supported), MIDI IN and OUT connectors, USB B port
Power supply: AC adapter (DC12V, 2500mA)
Dimensions (W × D × H): 565 × 338 × 92 mm/22.24” × 13.31” × 3.62”
Weight: 2.9 kg/
Included items: AC adapter, Precautions, Quick Start Guide