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Korg KLC1 Soft Synthesizer Legacy Collection with Controller
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The KORG KLC1 Soft Synthesizer Legacy Collection brings software versions of the 1978 MS-20 synth, 1981 Polysix synth, and the 1991 WAVESTATION vecto...Click To Read More About This Product
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Resurrects a trio of powerful synths for a tenth of the price.
The KORG KLC1 Soft Synthesizer Legacy Collection brings software versions of the 1978 MS-20 synth, 1981 Polysix synth, and the 1991 WAVESTATION vector synth together with a hardware controller that faithfully replicates the original MS-20 at 84% of its size. Component Modeling Technology (CMT) delivers stunningly accurate sounds and the groundbreaking Legacy Cell combination structure produces beefy and complex timbres that far surpass the original models. Rather than simply simulate the output of the original unit, CMT digitally models the transistors, condensers, resistors, and other parts to replicate the circuitry itself. The complex sound and parameter response generated delivers power and subtlety that until now only analog gear could provide.
MS-20 Software Synthesizer
Since the semi-modular MS-20 went on sale in 1978 its thick and solid sound, aggressive analog filters, and creative patching potential have given it a popularity that rivals any monophonic synthesizer. All the original features are here, including 2 oscillators (which can be ring-modulated), high-pass/low-pass self-oscillating filters, patch section, and accommodate external audio input. Modern additions such as 32 voices of polyphony and up to 16-voice unison (with detune/spread function), flexible external modulation settings, and MIDI clock sync give you even more possibilities.
The MS-20FX function lets you use the MS-20 as an effect processor by running audio into the filter and modulation capabilities of the software. MDE-X makes the versatile selection of 19 different effects provided by Legacy Cell (compressor, limiter, overdrive, equalizer, talking modulator, flanger, phaser, chorus, delay, reverb, etc.) available as effects plug-ins.
The included USB-MIDI controller in the Korg KLC1 Collection reproduces the original MS-20 at 84% size and adds a velocity-sensitive mini keyboard. The shape of the knobs, the way the LEDs blink, the panel silk-screening, and even the color of the included patch cords perfectly replicate the original MS-20. Simply connect it to your computer via USB, then turn the knobs and use the patching facilities for complete realtime control of the MS-20 software.
Polysix Software Synthesizer
Introduced in 1981, the Polysix programmable polyphonic analog synthesizer boasted a full-sounding voice structure, chorus/phase/ensemble effects, and performance functions such as chord memory, arpeggiator, and unison. Its distinctive string and pad sounds are often heard to this day. In addition to faithfully replicating the sound of the original, the Polysix software synthesizer adds enhancements such as 32-voice polyphony (max), up to 16-voice unison (with detune/spread function), flexible external modulation settings, MIDI clock sync, and a spread function that adjusts the spaciousness of the effects.
The interface provides reorganized knobs and switches that resurrect the Polysix in a contemporary rackmount form for even more intuitive operation and sound-creating versatility.
Legacy Cell combination structure lets you use the MS-20, Polysix, and MDE-X as a single software synthesizer. Combine 5 different synthesizers (MS-20 + Polysix, 2 x MS-20, 2 x Polysix, 1 x MS-20, or 1 x Polysix) plus 2 insert effects and 2 master effects as a single synth that delivers powerful sounds and textures!
You can specify key and velocity layers/splits and velocity curves to switch between the combination of synthesizers. For the insert and master effects, you can choose from 19 different effect algorithms. Legacy Cell provides 256 different performance programs including controller assignments. The controller section lets you assign any synthesizer or effect parameter, giving incredible possibilities for music production and performance.
Legacy Cell has built-in native support for the microKONTROL MIDI Studio Controller; simply connect the microKONTROL via USB and you can completely control every aspect of the software using the many sliders, encoders, pads, and more.
WAVESTATION Software Synthesizer
Advanced vector synthesis combined and shifted between multiple complex waveforms made the WAVESTATION capable of incredible production sounds. When it appeared in 1990 it received numerous awards from around the world, including U.S. Keyboard Magazine's "Hardware Innovation of the Year." A joystick could mix or morph between 4 oscillators selected from the large onboard collection of waveforms, or create a wave sequence by placing waveforms in a specific order to create rhythmic or melodic sequence patterns.
The WAVESTATION software synthesizer provides all 484 waveforms and 55 effects found on the WAVESTATION series (including the WAVESTATION-SR!), with 32 digital oscillators, 32 digital filters, 64 envelope generators, and 64 LFOs that allow letter-perfect replication of the 3-dimensional WAVESTATION sound, famed for its time-varying timbral change. The original editing structure has been preserved, while giving you a redesigned graphical user interface that takes advantage of the intuitive operation possible with software. All of the WAVESTATION's factory preset programs, 550 performances, and 385 patches are included. You can also import any WAVESTATION series data that has been stored in .SYX format.
- Soft instrument versions of MS-20, Polysix, and WAVESTATION synthesizers
- Dedicated controller for the MS-20 software
- Uses CMT (Component Modeling Technology)
- Legacy Cell combination structure
KLC1 Soft Synthesizer Legacy Collection with Controller
- Macintosh/Windows support for standalone and plug-in operation
- All of these software synthesizers and effects can be used on Macintosh/Windows in standalone form, and also as VST/Audio Units plug-in instruments within a compatible host application
- All software is optimized for the Apple G4 Velocity Engine and Intel Pentium 4 SSE2 to obtain maximum performance
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I find it hard to comprehend how things have gone so well... in the studio/music world we have seen the advent of low cost recording with PC based studios, great mics at a fraction of the old cost, and now this awesome software/hardware combo at this price?? Just the Wavestation alone would be a great value at this price point, but everything in this collection is awesome. If you want a panorama of sounds at your fingertips you should run, not walk, to your favorite music dealer and do whatever you have to to take this package home. 100% cool.
the controller and the ms 20 instrument are one of the best software instrument experiences I've had...
I used to own an MS-20 back in the early 80s, recording and gigging with it, and never got tired of finding new sounds on that great synth. This software/hardware combination behaves very much like the old original, with some notable exceptions:1) the controller unit has velocity-sensitive keys which the original didn't have. Very nice addition!2) many of the possible patches allow for polyphonic playing, so the old single-note limitation is no longer a factor.3) the processing of external sounds through the synth is still possible, but not through the patch-bay on the hardware controller like you might think. It has to be done through the "line-in" jack on your computer's sound card.4) there's some new "hidden" controllers for the sounds that are only visible and adjustable through the software interface. Once you learn where those are, even more sounds become possible.My hand-written patch notes from "back in the day" transfer straight across to this new unit; I'm able to duplicate the sounds I used to get with the original MS-20, should I choose to do so. Right now, though, I'm having fun generating new sounds with this. The other two synths that are included in this package are also great, and I'm exploring them as time and opportunity permits.One caveat I've found: depending on your soundcard, you can have some irritating latency between when you hit the key and when you hear the sound. Don't use a slow computer, number one, and two; use a low-latency soundcard.