Digital keyboard synthesizer
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- Explore FM synthesis intuitively
- Complete editing thanks to the 6 DATA ENTRY knobs
- 5 operator configuration modes to expand FM synthesis
- 40 preset and user algorithms
- 3 envelope generators, 3 LFOs and 12 virtual patches for extended modulation
- 11 powerful filters, including those of the MS-20 and Polysix
- 3 sets of 30 high definition effects
- Satisfactory visual editing thanks to spectrum analyzer and oscilloscope
- Powerful 16-step polyphonic sequencer
- Randomize function to generate unpredictable sounds
- Favorite preset memories and assisted (seamless) transition function between patches
- Compact design with 37-key keyboard
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Digital keyboard synthesizer
New concept digital keyboard synthesizer, based on advanced FM synthesis coupled to a virtual analog subtractive processing chain, with 6 operators, 40 algorithms, 3 envelopes, 3 LFOs, multimode filter. 3 series of effects, polyphonic step sequencer; 32 voices of polyphony.
Korg opsix represents an evolution, an expansion, a new way of using digital FM synthesis. As happened for the return of wave sequencing, for which Korg has thought and structured some measures aimed at greater musicality, expressiveness and optimization of accessibility by the user with the innovative wavestate, also the approach to typical sounds of the FM sound generation of the opsix will be extremely flexible and unique.
You will need to reconsider everything you knew about FM synthesis. The Altered FM sound generation of the Korg opsix broadens the sonic horizons of digital hardware synthesizers by combining typical virtual analog elements with an FM generation structure, with filters, envelopes, LFOs and effects that, thanks to the immediacy of control, will not make you in the least regret the virtual instruments currently most used in modern music production.
What is Korg’s opsix?
Korg opsix is an “evolved” FM synthesizer based on 6 operators. With its surprisingly accessible mixer for operator management and the flexibility of its sound engine that goes far beyond traditional FM synthesis, this instrument maximizes the potential of digital sound synthesis. The Korg opsix is a keyboard synth for players of all backgrounds, modern and ready to provide you with classic FM tones and a synthesis structure that propels you into the future of sound design. Whether you are new to the world of sound synthesis, looking to expand your palette of sounds, or a purist of original FM synthesis, the opsix will not disappoint your expectations. opsix gives you many sonic possibilities at an extremely competitive price.
FM synthesis with 6 operators, and much more
opsix is a new digital synthesizer based on a 6-operator sound generator developed by Korg. Although the instrument uses a 6-operator structure like in classic FM synths, the opsix doesn’t just reproduce their sounds, but reinvents them completely! With various waveforms, the modalities of the operators go far beyond the world of frequency modulation synthesis and are added to a multimode filter to thus join the concept of subtractive synthesis. Korg opsix allows us to circumvent the complexity of FM synthesis in order to focus on exploring new sounds, rather than pure programming. Simple as it appears at first glance, opsix hinges on the intuitiveness typical of analog synthesizers to control the power of what probably represents one of the most complex structures of digital synthesis.
Exploring FM synthesis has never been easier. Musicians today use digital hardware synthesizers for the immediacy of interaction that sets them apart from software synths. The 6 sliders and as many rotary potentiometers of the operator mixer, as well as the 6 multifunction knobs on the opsix dashboard are emblematic. The Korg volca FM was the first reincarnation of FM synthesis with essential parameters controllable conveniently from the panel, but with opsix we went much further.
The potentiometers and faders supported by a two-color LED backlight will let you quickly understand their correlation with the operators, the role they play depending on the algorithm in use: orange for carriers, purple for modulators. This will allow you to apply immediate and direct changes to the intonation and volume of the carriers, to manage the brilliance and intensity of the harmonics on the modulators. With these controls, opsix puts at your fingertips the complete management of its sound generation structure, allowing you to tame the unpredictability of the FM by subtracting or adding the sound components as if you were using a mixer or a drawbar.
Complete editing with data entry potentiometers
In addition to the mixer for the 6 operators, in the section on the right of the panel the opsix presents a group of rotary controls. Using these 6 potentiometers called DATA ENTRY we will have access to in-depth editing. Thanks to the indications that will appear on the large OLED display, we will never risk getting lost in the menus as was the case in FM synthesizers of the past. The opsix home page is the HOME / ALGO page, which includes the main parameters such as algorithms, envelopes and effects. Always use this page in combination with the operators mixer to begin your sound experience, both in sound design and in performance.
The 5 modalities of the operators that expand the FM synthesis
Of course, the opsix incorporates everything related to FM synthesis, but not only … In addition to the sine waves, opsix offers a wide range of waveforms to obtain more complex sounds, which can also be used as a subtractive synth with the filter. . The opsix operator modes can be used to generate sounds that go beyond what traditional FM synthesis has accustomed us to. You will be able to create sounds using different modulations than FM. Opsix provides you with a very wide sound horizon by letting you combine the 5 operating modes of the operators (FM, ring modulation, filter, filter FM and wavefolder) with a wide palette of selectable waveforms.
40 preset algorithms and user algorithm
An algorithm is a combination of different operators, roles and links. In the opsix we have 40 preset algorithms that go beyond the traditional concept of FM synthesis. In addition, thanks to the user algorithm we can build and set an algorithm from scratch to further extend the sonic potential of this digital hardware synthesizer.
The synthesis offered by opsix has an edge thanks to the processors integrated in the final phase of the signal chain. The MOD section works independently from the operators and provides us with 3 envelope generators and 3 LFOs, with a virtual patch that allows up to 12 sources to interact with as many destinations, all selectable from a large list of parameters and functions . All this represents an incredible source of extension of the instrument’s sonic potential, which allows the generation of extremely particular and evolutionary timbres, above all modern and comparable to the currently most popular EDM virtual instruments.
The powerful filters of the Korg opsix
Contrary to what occurs in traditional FM synthesis, the FILTER section of the opsix supports you in sound creation by offering you the classic subtractive synthesis experience typical of the analog world. Select filter from a list that includes low pass, high pass, band pass and band rejection filters with 2 and 4 pole slopes and resonance, as well as MS-20 high pass and low pass and low pass emulations of Polysix for those who want to give that final touch of vintage to their sounds.
The effects of the Korg opsix
The high-definition effects present in the opsix can also be safely used in live recording in the recording studio. The instrument offers 3 series (usable simultaneously) of 30 effects. From the classic signal processors such as compressor, equalizer, chorus, flanger, phaser and stereo delay to the most distinctive, unique effects: rotary speaker, grain shifter, etc .. A reverb could certainly not be missing to add space and dimension to the powerful generation chain sound.
Spectrum analyzer and oscilloscope
The spectrum analyzer integrated in the opsix is a fundamental tool for having an eye on the representation of the FM synthesis. This shows us in real time the level of each frequency band so that we can see the distribution and harmonic changes introduced by the modulations. Also present is the oscilloscope that shows us the final waveform reproduced by the synthesis chain.
16-step polyphonic sequencer
The 16 buttons that we find on the right of the lower part of the dashboard, just above the keyboard, when they operate as steps for the sequencer, light up green, evoking the classic colors of FM synths. In the integrated polyphonic sequencer we can record up to 6 notes for each step, modify the velocity, gate time and length of each note. This allows us to create musical phrases, simulate strumming or rolls; functions not always available in classic 16-step sequencers. In addition, the opsix motion sequencer allows us to record the automations of 6 distinct parameters, whether they are constant for the duration of the phrase, or programmed on a single step in order to give rise to real drastic changes that will translate into real and their own rhythms.
From the 37-note keyboard for an immediate use experience to the step sequencer to compete with grooveboxes. Simply press PLAY to discover the potential of this powerful tool.
The Randomize function for unexpected sounds
When you want to experiment, use the Randomize function already known to wavestate users. Press the button corresponding to the icon depicting a dice to generate a completely new, unprecedented sound. You can use this option on the whole sound, or only for operators, algorithms or sequences. Use the generated sound stochastically as it is or modify it to your liking: there are no limits to the sonic expressiveness of Korg’s opsix.
Free software bundled with opsix
Korg opsix entitles you to free licenses of software such as iZotope’s “Ozone Elements”, “Reason Lite” and various virtual instruments manufactured by Korg and other brands. In addition, you will be entitled to take advantage of a “Skoove” subscription: an application dedicated to interactive music lessons.
Apps for iPad / iPhone
- KORG Gadget Le (music production studio DAW app)
- KORG Module Le (piano / keyboard sound module app)
Mac / Windows software
- KORG Collection – M1 Le (synthesizer sound module)
- UVI Digital Synsations (synthesizer sound module)
- AAS Ultra Analog Session (synthesizer sound module)
- AAS Strum Session (acoustic guitar sound module)
- AAS Lounge Lizard Session (electric piano sound module)
- Propellerhead Reason Lite (DAW music production software)
- Skoove free 3 month trial of Skoove Premium (online piano lessons)
- KORG Gadget Le for Mac (DAW music production software)
- iZOTOPE Ozone Elements (Audio Mastering Plug-in Software)
Keyboard : 37 keys sensitive to attack and release velocities
Maximum polyphony : 32 voices; or 24 items depending on the settings
Sound Generation System : Altered FM
Structure : 6 operators, 1 filter, 3 EGs, 3 LFOs, 3 effects, step sequencer and arpeggiator
Algorithms: 40 presets + user algorithm (unique for each program)
Operators: 5 Modes (FM, Ring Mod, Filter, Filter FM, Wave Folder)
21 waveforms for oscillators: Sine, Sine 12bit, Sine 8bit, Triangle, Saw, Saw HD, Square, Square HD, Additive Saw3, Additive Sqr3, Additive Tri3, Additive 12345, Additive 1 + 2, Additive 1 + 3 , Additive 1 + 4, Additive 1 + 5, Additive 1 + 6, Additive 1 + 7, Additive 1 + 8, Noise S / H, Noise White.
11 filter types: LPF 12, LPF 24, LPF MS-20, LPF POLY6, HPF 12, HPF 24, HPF MS-20, BPF 6, BPF 12, BRF 6, BRF 12)
3 Envelopes: ADSR
LFO (23 waveforms): Triangle, Saw Down, Saw Up, Square, Sine, Sample & Hold, Guitar, Exp. Triangle, Exp. Saw Down, Exp. Saw Up, Step4 Triangle, Step6 Triangle, Step4 Saw Down, Step6 Saw Down, StepRnd: Time, StepRnd: Lvl & Time, StepRnd: Level, Random: Time, Random: Lvl & Time, Triangle +, Saw Down +, Saw Up +, Square +)
Virtual Patch: 12 routings
Effects processor (30 types): Chorus, Unison Ensemble, Phaser, Phaser (BPM), Auto Pan, Auto Pan (BPM), Flanger, Flanger (BPM), Rotary Speaker, Auto Wah, Exciter, Enhancer, LFO Filter, 3-Band EQ, Distortion, Guitar Amp, Decimator, Grain Shifter, Master Limiter, Compressor, Delay, Delay (BPM), Autopan Dly, Autopan Dly (BPM), Tape Echo, Tape Echo (BPM), Early Reflection, Reverb, Shimmer Reverb, Spring Reverb)
Sequencer: 16-step Step Sequencer (6 notes per step), Motion Sequencer (6 lines for parameter automation)
Arpeggiator: 7 patterns (MANUAL, UP, DOWN, ALT1, ALT2, RANDOM, TRIGGER)
Programs (sounds) : 500 (250 presets and 250 user)
FAVORITE: 64 (16 Slots × 4 banks)
Controller : MODULATION and PITCH wheels, RATIO OP 6 knobs, LEVEL OP 6 slider, 6 DATA ENTRY knobs
Audio outputs: L (mono) and R on 6.3mm (1/4 “) TRS jacks
Headphone output : 6.3mm (1/4 “) TRS (stereo) jack
MIDI connections : MIDI IN & OUT DIN; MIDI via USB type “B”
Pedal Input : 6.3mm (1/4 ”) Damper Jack; half-damper NOT supported
Power Supply : Adapter (included) AC KORG KA-390 (DC12V)
Consumption : 5 W
Dimensions and weight: 565 × 338 × 90mm; 2.9 KG
Included : AC adapter (KORG KA-390)
Compatible Accessories (sold separately): DS-1H damper pedal, PS-1 pedal switch, PS-3 pedal switch
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