Korg opsix Altered FM Synthesizer

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Korg opsix Altered FM Synthesizer

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Korg opsix Altered FM Synthesizer

Rethink everything you know about FM synthesis with the Korg opsix Altered FM Synthesizer. It represents an expansive re-imagination of classic digital synthesis. Much like Korg did when bringing wave sequencing back in a more powerful, more musical, and more immediately accessible way with wavestate, so was the approach to FM sound generation of the Korg opsix, resulting in another incredibly flexible and unique synth. Korg’s opsix is an altered six-operator FM synthesizer. With its astoundingly accessible operator mixer and flexible sound engine that goes well beyond traditional FM, this instrument widens the potential of digital synthesizers to their utmost. This is an instrument for players of all generations—modern in every way, getting back to the basics to offer you a glimpse of the future. Whether you are new to synths, looking for a completely unique addition to your sound palate, or an original FM purist, Korg opsix Synthesizer will deliver on all expectations and more.

True Six-Operator FM Synthesis

The opsix is a digital synthesizer that features a six-operator sound generator. Although the instrument has a six-operator FM sound structure like classic FM synthesizers, the unit doesn't just reproduce their sounds—it totally reimagines them! With a diversity of waveforms, operator modes that go beyond the realm of FM, and a filter that brings together a fusion of subtractive synthesis, opsix makes tames complexities of FM so that you can focus on exploring sounds instead of programming them. Simply put, this FM synthesizer offers the editing simplicity of analog synths to control the power of arguably the deepest type of digital synthesis.

Full Editing with Data Entry Knobs

To add to the six operator mixers, the opsix features several knobs on the right side of the panel. Use the six DATA ENTRY knobs for full editing without minimizing or summarizing any information. Taking a look at these controls, you might think back to the days when traditional FM synths were more difficult to operate. Back then, you had to move through massive numbers of pages, and couldn’t figure out where you were in the overall scheme of things.

Five Operator Modes

Of course, the opsix is a collection of everything appealing about FM synthesis... but that’s not all. Aside from sine waves, the opsix offers an expanded list of diverse waveforms in pursuit of sounds with even more complex harmonics, which can also be used as a subtractive synth offering simple filtering. Operator modes on the opsix are used to generate sounds that are completely outside what a traditional FM sound generator can make. The operator modes let you create sounds using modulation other than FM. The opsix offers you a much wider range of sound creation, letting you combine the five operator modes (FM, ring modulation, filter, filter FM and wavefolder) and select from a wide range of waveforms.

40 Preset Algorithms and User Algorithms

An algorithm is a combination of different operator roles and connections. The opsix goes far beyond classic FM synthesizers by offering 40 preset algorithmsand then goes on to offer a user algorithm function for exponentially greater sound possibilities which lets you construct and arrange an algorithm from scratch.

Wide Range of Modulation

The synthesis offered by the opsix is made even more powerful with the processors that come at the end of the signal chain. The MOD section works separate from the operators, with three EGs and three LFOs; and 12 virtual patches make a wide variety of routing possible. Use these features for a huge range of modulation to create swelling or add rapid motion to your sounds.

Spectrum Analyzer and Oscilloscope

The analyzer built into the opsix is a must-have feature for visualizing FM synthesis. It shows output levels for each frequency band, so that you can see the distribution and changes to the harmonics at a glance that are caused by modulation. The opsix also features a built-in oscilloscope that lets you check the output waveforms. The colorful changes to the sound and visual feedback are sure to draw you into a deep synthesizer vortex.

Powerful 16-Step Polyphonic Sequencer

The 16 buttons on the bottom right-hand part of the panel glow green with the colors that evoke FM synths, while providing you with a multipurpose 16-step sequencer. With this onboard polyphonic note sequencer, you can record up to six notes per step, and edit the velocity, gate time and playback timing for each note. This lets you create long phrases or make subtle shifts in timing to emulate strums or drum rolls, something that’s not possible on a typical 16-step sequencer.

Randomize Feature

Use the Randomize feature as found on the wavestate if you’re in the mood for unexpected sonic discoveries. Press the button marked with the die icon to generate a newly randomized sound. You can use the Randomize feature for the entire sound, or just for the operators, the algorithm or the sequences. Use the randomized sounds as-is or edit them as you like—the sky’s the limit.

Free Bundle of Music Software

The opsix comes with a diverse variety of music software from Izotope including Ozone Elements which lets you not only create songs but also master them using AI, Skoove which will help you improve your keyboard playing skills, Reason Lite DAW software, as well as software synths from KORG and other brands. In other words, the moment you get your hands on this synthesizer you'll have a variety of tools to help you take your music to the next level.

Korg opsix Altered FM Synthesizer

  • Keyboard: 37 keys (velocity and release-velocity sensitive)
  • Sound generating system: Altered FM sound generator
  • Maximum polyphony: 32 voices (or a max. of 24 voices, depending on the settings)
  • Structure:
    • 6 operators, 1 filter, 3 EGs, 3 LFOs, 3 effects, step sequencer, arpeggiator
    • Algorithm: 40 presets + user algorithm (unique to each program)
    • Operator: 5 modes (FM, Ring Mod., Filter, Filter FM, Wave Folder)
    • Oscillator waveform: 21 waveforms (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)
    • Filter: 11 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)
    • EG: 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 +)
    • V.Patch: 12 routings
    • Effect: 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:
      • Step Sequencer (up to 16 steps, up to 6 notes per step)
      • Motion Sequencer (up to 6 lanes)
    • Arpeggiator:7 patterns (MANUAL, UP, DOWN, ALT1, ALT2, RANDOM, TRIGGER) fault)
  • Number of programs:
    • 500 (250 preset programs and 250 user programs as the factory-set de
    • Favorite 64 (16 Slots x 4 Banks)
  • Controllers: Modulation wheel, Pitch wheel, Ratio OP 1–6 knobs, Level OP 1–6 sliders, Data Entry A–F knobs
  • Inputs/outputs:
    • Headphone (6.3 mm stereo phone jack)
    • Output L/Mono and R (impedance-balanced 6.3 mm TRS phone jacks)
    • Damper (6.3 mm phone jack, half-damper not supported)
    • MIDI In and Out connectors
    • USB B port
  • Power supply: AC adapter (DC12V)
  • Power consumption: 5 W
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 565 x 338 x 90 mm / 22.24 x 13.31 x 3.54 inch
  • Weight: 2.9 kg / 6.93 lb

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