January 18, 2004
Korg has launched the Legacy Collection, a virtual instrument/effects pack that offers software synthesizer versions of its popular MS-20 and Polysix analog synthesizers, the WAVESTATION advanced vector synthesizer, a slew of high-quality effects, along with a special-edition MS-20 Controller. The collection also premieres a unique "cell" concept, which combines synths and effects for powerful new sounds.
Korg's newly developed CMT (Component Modeling Technology) models the characteristics of the electronic circuits themselves (transistors, condensers, resistors, etc.), allowing the Legacy Collection to reproduce the complex sound.
The dual-oscillator, monophonic MS-20 (first released in 1978) is renowned for its thick sound, aggressive analog filters, and unlimited, creative patching potential. The MS-20 software synth adds modern advantages such as 32-note polyphony, up to 16-voice unison, advanced modulation settings, and MIDI clock synchronization.
SPECIAL MS-20 CONTROLLER:
The Legacy Collection includes a commemorative, fully-functional USB-MIDI controller (MS-20iC) for use with the MS-20 soft synth. It's a 3/4-scale reproduction of the MS-20 that includes a velocity sensitive keyboard and signal-patching capability.
The Polysix six-voice analog synthesizer was popular for its full-sounding voice structure, chorus/phase/ensemble effects, chord memory, and arpeggiator. In addition to faithfully replicating the sound of the original, the Polysix software synthesizer also adds the same modern enhancements as the software-based MS-20.
Legacy Cell -- Combine Synths and Effects into a Single Software Synthesizer
Korg's proprietary Legacy Cell is a software-based "combination structure" that allows the combination of synths (MS-20 + Polysix, 2 MS-20, 2 Polysix, 1 MS-20, or 1 Polysix) with 2 insert and 2 master effects into a single instrument that delivers new sounds and textures (19 effect algorithms are available for the insert and master effects). Users can easily set key and velocity splits or layers, choose velocity curves to switch between the synths, as well as map controllers to any synth or effect parameter. The Cell can then be used as a normal VST or Audio Units plug-in by any compatible host application, or as a stand-alone synthesizer.
Legacy Cell provides 256 programs complete with all controller assignments. It also has built-in native support for the separately sold Korg microKONTROL MIDI Studio Controller.
The WAVESTATION synthesizer, with its "advanced vector synthesis system," enabled users to mix or morph between four oscillators, and introduced Wave Sequencing for creating evolving patterns. The WAVESTATION software synthesizer provides all original waveforms (including the jam-packed SR model) and effects plus the digital oscillators, filters, envelope generators, and LFOs that perfectly replicate the signature three-dimensional WAVESTATION sound. All factory preset programs, 550 performances, and 385 patches are included. The user can also import any WAVESTATION series data that has been stored in .SYX format.
Effects and More
The MS-20FX enables the MS-20 to be used as an effect processor, running audio through its filter and modulation parameters. MDE-X makes the 19 Legacy Cell effects available as effects plug-ins. Both of these can be used as VST/Audio Units effects plug-ins within compatible host programs.
The Legacy Collection synths can be used on Macintosh OSX/Windows XP in stand-alone form or 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 for maximum performance.
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