Resonator: a Karplus-Strong synth unit for Korg drumlogue

Korg’s drumlogue hybrid drum machine (2021 2022) continues the tradition of the logue series of hardware (prologue, minilogue xd, NTS-1) in allowing end users to develop, install and use custom coded oscillators and effects. This unit, Resonator, is an extended Karplus-Strong physical model synth which produces sounds reminiscent of plucked strings, struck metallic bars, and tuned metal drums.

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Rompler Cosplay: a multisample patch pack for Korg modwave

Korg’s modwave (2021) is marketed as a wavetable synthesizer, but it’s more than that. As well as being shipped with hundreds of wavetables, it contains thousands of multisamples in its flash storage. Yet in the factory patches the multisamples are seldom used. It feels like they are present in the modwave mainly because they were in the wavestate (2020) already and it wasn’t worth the effort of taking them out.

These multisamples are pretty good and they cover a wide range of sounds. So what’s stopping you using the modwave as a straight sample synth?

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Peer Gynt quilt, Part 4

Number four! The home straight. While I was working on the first three Peer Gynt quilts, I was contemplating and tweaking the quilt design for the fourth movement of the Peer Gynt Suite 1, In the Hall of the Mountain King. This movement is one of the most well-known pieces of classical music and easily evokes a mental image. This is mine.

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Korg opsix 2.0 effect in focus: Phaser

In October 2021, Korg released a firmware update for its opsix synthesizer, introducing ten new operator types, a ragtag bundle grouped under the umbrella of “effects”. There isn’t much in common between the ten effects apart from the shared user interface used to configure them. This post is a deep dive into the Phaser effect.

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