Korg Legacy
Patch up your soft synths — old-school style!

By Steph Jorgl

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In 2004, Korg unleashed the Legacy Collection, a set of virtual instruments and effects plug-ins that come packaged with a commemorative MS-20 Controller. The package includes the controller, plus three software instruments. The apps and controller are both Mac and PC compatible.

The Legacy Collection can work either as a stand-alone app or a plug-in. The virtual instrument/effects pack offers software synthesizer versions of Korg’s popular MS-20 and Polysix analog synthesizers, the WAVESTATION advanced vector synthesizer, several high-quality effects, plus a special-edition MS-20 Controller.

This new bundle debuts Korg’s unique new “cell” concept, which lets you combine synths and effects to produce powerful new sounds. Korg’s Component Modeling Technology (CMT) models the characteristics of electronic circuits — like transistors, condensers, resistors — to very effectively reproduce the complex sound and deliver all the power and subtleties of true analog synthesis.

Super Cell Expansion
Korg’s Legacy cell lets you combine synths (MS-20 + Polysix, 2 MS-20, 2 Polysix, 1 MS-20, or 1 Polysix) with two insert and two master effects, into a single instrument that delivers new sounds and textures (19 effect algorithms are available for the insert and master effects).

With the Legacy Collection, you also can easily set key and velocity splits or layers, choose velocity curves to switch between the synths, or map controllers to any synth or effect parameter. You can then use your customized Cells as a normal VST or AU plug-ins by any compatible host application, or as a stand-alone software synth.

The Legacy package comes with 256 rich-sounding programs, complete with all the mapped controller assignments. It also has native support built-in for the separately sold Korg microKONTROL MIDI Studio Controller.

Legacy Cell screenshot

The Reborn MS-20
The dual-oscillator, monophonic MS-20, which was first released in 1978, is renowned for its thick sound, aggressive analog filters, and unlimited, creative patching potential. Korg’s new MS-20 software synth delivers all that power, plus adds modern advantages like 32-note polyphony, up to 16-voice unison, advanced modulation settings, and MIDI clock sync.

Get Effected
The MS-20FX lets you use the MS-20 as an effects processor, running audio through the filter and modulation parameters. MDE-X lets you use the 19 Legacy Cell effects as effects plug-ins. Both can be used as VST/AU effects plug-ins within compatible host apps. The Legacy Collection synths are Mac OS X and Windows XP compatible in stand-alone form or as VST/AU instruments within compatible host apps.

Get the Korg Legacy Collection!

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One Serious Retro Collection

The New MS-20 Controller
The Legacy Collection includes a commemorative, fully-functional USB-MIDI controller (MS-20iC) that works with the MS-20 and other soft synths in the collection. The controller device is a 3/4-scale reproduction of the original MS-20 and includes a velocity-sensitive keyboard and signal-patching capabilities.

Polysix It
The Polysix six-voice analog synthesizer is known for its full-sounding voice structure, chorus/phase/ensemble effects, chord memory, and arpeggiator. In addition to faithfully replicating the sound of the original synth, the Polysix software synth also adds the same modern enhancements as the software-based MS-20.

The WAVESTATION synthesizer broke new ground with its “advanced vector synthesis system,” which enabled users to mix or morph between four oscillators, and introduced Wave Sequencing for evolving pattern creation.

The new WAVESTATION software synth gives you access to all of the original waveforms (including the jam-packed SR model) and effects, the digital oscillators, filters, envelope generators, and LFOs from the classic WAVESTATION sound. The app contains all the factory preset programs, 550 performances, and 385 patches. You can also import any WAVESTATION series data that’s been stored in a .SYX format.

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