Good while it lasted ?
Love all the korg synth app products , was enjoying this one as well till it stopped sending any audio out , I uninstalled the app and reinstalled it to no avail. Tried to look up any remedies online from Korg but nothing was there to help .
By Mikes jello
I have been making the journey from analog to digital synths and in my foray into the land of FM Synthesis I discovered a little Korg box that nails that DX technology that in turn led me towards this incredible synth. This iWAVEStATION is a godsend!! Thanks, Korg, for bringing it back to us in this form. I hope to see the iM1 available for iPhone too.
A Worthy Classic Made Even Better
The Wavestation has always been a complex, beautiful beast. Adam Holzman (of the Miles Davis group, et al) was one of my electronic music students at Occidental College back in the 1970s and it was he who introduced me to the Wavestation a few years after he graduated. At the time digital synthesis was all the rage, modualrs were dying out and even analog keyboard synthesizers were showing weak in the marketplace. Then along came the Wavestation. Adam was such a brilliant keyboardist, composer and synth-geek that I had to take his recommendation seriously. I was not disappointed.
I found that the Wavestation was deep enough that even the nerdiest, modular synthwonks (such as myself) could love it. It sounded rich enough that it made several movie soundtracks better and it was playable enough to have been dragged onto countless stages. While it was most often found in studios, as a live performance instrument it gave us enough sythowhacky horsepower to do what would have required a mini-van full of synthesizers and other gizmos to produce only a few years before it’s blessed advent.
The Wavestation was never a deeply interactive synthesizer, however. It was a set-it-and-forget-it, preset machine. Interacting live with its deeper sound design features in a performance situation was simply out of the question.
The iWAVESTATION preserves ALL of the Wavestation’s features -including the great sound, excellent effects actually expands on the original’s playability, using the keyboard, mod and pitch wheels and joystick- by adding a Kaos Pad. You get al this while at the same time reducing the physical footprint of a Wavestation to something a bit larger than the average cell phone. Simply amazing.
Furthermore, the interface is even better than any hardware version of Korg’s original WS (and there were several). The iPad interface allows a far bigger, more accessible screen as a means to get at the sound design tools and all the other synth-goodness inherent in the original Wavestation. The addition of the Kaos Pad interface and the inclusion of so many additional samples and presets and tuning files, etc. all add up to make this even better than the original.
There are a couple of downsides to the iWAVESTATION. One is the inherent complexity of the synthesis engine; but that is also one of the Wavestation’s many advantages. Secondly, as a keyboard instrument ...well, just use a MIDI keyboard or controller. The on-screen keyboard, like all other iPad virtual synthesizers, is nearly useless. Its okay for use during sound-design and not much more. I DO wish that Korg would take advantage of the iPad screen as a performance surface and add a keypad interface - something like what you see on the AniMoog and the TeraSynth and Thor and so many others.
But set this puppy up right with a MIDI keyboard and a good sound system, flip over to the Kaos Pad/Joystick screen and I swear you can actually FLY with this thing. The iWAVESTATION is so good that I sold my Wavestation EX so that I could buy a big, fat, new iPad Pro 12.9 incher to go beyond where the EX could take me.
I was fine until it stopped working. No sound even though midi works and you can see the waves in action but no sound. Every other app I have works flawlessly except this one. I am going to take it off and reinstall or else I want my money back if it still does not work.
Removing the app and reinstalling solved the problem. It is now working perfectly. Some issues with the interface when creating user patches. It works but a little odd at times.
Korg’s iWavestation is one of the best synths on iOS.
First: To fully appreciate this synth, you need to buy-in to the concept that this is a recreation of a classic synth from 25 years ago. Sure, some of the patches sound dated and a few of the percussion patches are cartoonish. But, that is what it sounded like!
Get past that and there is much here to love: incredible rolling digital textures, animated swirls, thick chords, and wirey leads. The quality is stunning, because Korg replicated the original synth engine itself.
Now, when you listen to the entire library of patches you will notice many of the patches are similar. That’s okay, read the manual and make your own! It’s more complex than a standard analog synth, but if you can tackle, say, a modular synth, then you will be fine with this.
It’s a bit on the pricey side, but this is a top-notch product.
TEMPO adjustment still not fixed
By Conrad Keely
This hasn’t been resolved. I’m guessing it would take a developer half an hour to fix this?
As it is, there is no easy way to set the tempo to a simple whole number, it is in increments of 100th’s (second decimal place), and adjusting this not at all easy. This makes it very difficult to sync all the sequenced motion patches within the app to external devices.
For one, do you need a tempo to the second decimal place? Who sets a song to 90.54 bpm? For another, why can’t we type the tempo in, so that we don’t have to hassle with the impossible way they’ve designed the number selector?
Other than that, this app is fantastic.
I’m really confused as to why this has such a low score, not only is this a 1-1 port in terms of sonic quality compared to the VST but the devs also crafted a gorgeous, totally custom UI for iOS to help edit patches and navigate modulation options. It’s also worth mentioning that unlike the lauded Odyssey, the Wavestation synth is an original Korg product whose design has always been digital, thus you are getting essentially the same product people payed lotsa $$ for in the 90’s.
No it’s not the same as programming the subtractive synth, but it’s meant to be a unique way of combining/layering preset synth samples over time. Complaints that the WS presets are dated is understandable but since you can edit each sample/layer’s level, pitch,asdr,lfo mod, built in fx and more, I don’t see what’s got people convinced that this is a Seinfeld music machine only.
Take some time to read the manual and expand yr mind past Moog clones.
No AUv3 leaves KORG in the dust....
I wish I could use this synth with any of my other favorite music apps... AUv3 please KORG!
As a professional musician, iWAVESTATION provides a wealth of sounds to compose and perform with. The sounds are comparable to some of the top desktop VST's. Korg has A+ sounds, instruments and apps. -AprilRox
It’s not bad on sale.
The sounds are great but they seem repetitive. Like almost the same synth pads or leads multiple times across all cards even if some may have a tiny variation as if to have their cutoff knob tweaked to say, “hey! This ones different” but still sounds too similar for the listener to really tell the difference. This goes on for well over over 100 times.
Then comes the issue of navigation.. well every other reviewer already said what’s wrong.. if you’re getting this or iM1 and are confused in witch to grab and don’t plan on getting both, stick to iM1. But if only on phone well by all means, this.
It isn’t very user friendly or intuitive if your new to keyboards. However if you have some experience you should do ok. All korg iOS apps have these clunky interfaces. But you don’t usually get them for their interface, you usually get them for the sounds.
if you’re getting this or iM1 and are confused in witch to grab and don’t plan on getting both, stick to iM1. But if only on phone well by all means, this.