Korg today officially introduced the Opsix, described as an ‘expansive reimagination of classic digital synthesis’.
The Korg Opsix is described as an “altered” six-operator FM synthesizer, because the keyboard’s sound engine goes far beyond traditional FM synth capabilities.
Although the instrument has a six-operator FM sound structure like classic FM synthesizers, the Opsix goes further, featuring new operator modes, 11 filter options, 30 effects, a polyphonic step sequencer and more.
The Opsix was originally previewed at this year’s NAMM Show. At that point, the prototype that they showed was more of a flagship keyboard design:
The Opsix that they are introducing, though, is closer in design to the recently introduced Wavestate. And that’s how they are positioning the new synth:
“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 opsix, resulting in another incredibly flexible and unique synth.”
- True six-operator FM synthesis
- Full editing with the DATA ENTRY knobs
- Five operator modes that expand FM synthesis
- 40 preset algorithms and user algorithms
- Three EGs, three LFOs and 12 virtual patches offer an extensive range of modulation
- Eleven powerful filters, including MS-20 and Polysix
- Three series of 30 types of high-definition effects
- Visual editing with a spectrum analyzer and oscilloscope
- 16-step polyphonic sequencer
- Add unpredictability to sounds with the Randomize feature
- Favorite and smooth sound transition (SST) functions
- Compact design featuring a 37-key keyboard
Korg Opsix Audio Demos:
Pricing and Availability
The Korg Opsix is expected to ship in December, priced at £699/€799. See the Korg site for more info.