The Cruel Fate of the Wavestation

I sold my Korg Wavestation last night to finace the modular synth. This was a great synth, one of the first to use “vector synthesis” and “wave sequencing” to produce synth sounds that aren’t static. It’s known for nice voice pads and “wave sequence loops” that were heard on a hundred commercials in the mid-90s. The sounds it makes are unique, nothing else can do those cool swirly voice pads.

I put it in the local Recycler paper and it was purchased by a local Tropical Mexican band. He was actually looking for a Korg M1 but “settled” for my Wavestation. He had me program a piano/sax split and an accordian/sax split and he was happy. What a horrible fate for my poor synth. 🙁

Here is an example of what a Wavestation sounds like (not the loud bass sound or rainstick):

Wavestation Voice Pad

Comments (3)

  1. Kathy Brantley (reply)

    August 28, 2004 at 3:13 pm

    Cool! I got my husband to blog, Anna got you to blog … welcome to the whipped-husband club! 😉 Ha ha just kidding. Glad to see you in cyberspace. 🙂 Very cool audio track. I don’t understand what you mean when you say your synth produces sounds that “aren’t static”. To lame non-audiophiles like me, it implies that most synthesizers just produce static … obviously I am missing something here. What are static sounds vs vector sounds?

  2. Jeff (reply)

    August 28, 2004 at 6:54 pm

    By static, I mean not changing over time. Most synthesizers either produce an oscillator tone or loop a recording of audio anywhere form 0.1 to 3 seconds long. The Wavestation had a feature called “wave sequencing” that would allow it to alternate between several similar or different sounds. This sounds much more interesting than a 1/2 second loop. It was revolutionary at the time, and still sounds unique.

  3. Ben (reply)

    August 29, 2004 at 5:40 pm

    Long live Genesis. I wanted a Korg back in the early 90’s because that’s what Phil played. I had to settle for a crummy Yamaha Circuit City-grade keyboard.

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Published on: 27 August 2004
Posted by: jlaity
Discussion: 3 Comments