Would a Korg Wavestation be good for a beginner?

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Would a Korg Wavestation be good for a beginner?

Postby Pinkfloyd7421 » Mon Feb 11, 2013 1:30 am

I haven't played synthesizer before, but I want to learn to play, so I can make backing tracks for my guitar. I saw synth on ebay, and I was wondering if it would be good for a total beginner and if its a good deal.
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Re: Would a Korg Wavestation be good for a beginner?

Postby synthRodriguez » Mon Feb 11, 2013 2:28 am

Good deal, bad beginner synth.
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Re: Would a Korg Wavestation be good for a beginner?

Postby garranimal » Mon Feb 11, 2013 4:44 am

Programming patches with or without wavetables using menus isn't the best starting point. Plus its architecture is funky like having to edit programs only by diving into a multi-sound. Plus, many of them have non-functioning tactile switches that may need cleaning, lithium batteries dying, and their LCD backlights are going out. But if those things don't intimidate meh why not, they're cheap enough these days.
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Re: Would a Korg Wavestation be good for a beginner?

Postby ppg_wavecomputer » Thu Feb 14, 2013 12:11 am

Great instrument, and yes, there are thousands of pre-programmed patches you can load into it if you feel so inclined.

Programming it and learning how its internal memory is organised can be a pain in the arse. It most definitely is no instrument for a beginner, especially when you want to create your own sounds on this instrument. Also, many of them have not aged well and might suffer from keyboards gone bad, defective LCDs, stubborn switches etc. Make sure it´s the "EX" version as it has an expanded wave ROM which is more useful.

If it´s just about *playing*, you will be better off with a more contemporary synthesiser (or an M! or 01/W, if it has to be cheap).

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Re: Would a Korg Wavestation be good for a beginner?

Postby c-level » Thu Feb 14, 2013 12:45 am

scottrod wrote:Good deal, bad beginner synth.


great textures... but a pain to program under the hood. you can check out the korg legacy synth on your comp in the meantime? but i dont think this is a beginner synth
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Re: Would a Korg Wavestation be good for a beginner?

Postby Psy_Free » Fri Feb 15, 2013 5:33 pm

As stated, for a first synth a Wavestation would be one of the worst choices purely based on the depth/time/total pain required to program it.

Even when you become familiar with it, it's still a pain in the butt to program which is unfortunate as it is capable of some amazing sounds. Just the amount of button pushing alone puts me off using mine very often (and the buttons can and probably will all die eventually).
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Re: Would a Korg Wavestation be good for a beginner?

Postby rhino » Fri Feb 15, 2013 6:16 pm

WWIW: One question. Do you mean recording backing tracks via audio, (whether on tape or digital), OR do you want to synth to PLAY BACK the track itself - from a sequencer?

If you're recording to multi-track, I'd suggest a Roland SH-201, or Roland Gaia. Both are cheap plastic, BUT have more of a "one-knob-one-function" control of the sound which would make it much easier to work with.
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