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Manufacturer's ID: WAVESTATE

What we say:

At A Glance:

The Wavestate from Korg is a powerful Wave Sequencing synthesizer. The synthesis engine allows you to manipulate raw samples and transform them into pads, rhythmic patterns and more. There are tons of fantastic presets on board, and the modulation options are endless. If you are looking to add some complex or interesting sounds into your music, we highly recommend the Wavestate!

Features We Love:

Wave Sequencing Engine

The Wave Sequencing on the Wavestate is a really interesting form of digital synthesis. It allows for some interesting sounds that are constantly evolving, and can even be randomised. This can lead to complex and musically inspiring synth tones, and a lot of happy accidents!

Powerful Modulation

The hands-on controls give you access to changing sounds on the fly, and performing in real time. There are some detailed modulation controls available such as gate, timing, speed and pitch knobs. These are all tailored for performance and you can control them quickly and easily via the Mod Knobs section of the instrument.

Compact and Portable

The Wavestate is very lightweight, and compact enough to fit in most studio and live rigs. While featuring 37- full size keys, the form of the Wavestate makes it easy to fit on a desk or single-braced keyboard stand.


  • Powerful wave sequencing engine
  • Extensive modulation
  • Hands-on controls for performance
  • Compact and portable
  • Connections for MIDI, USB and Stereo Audio

What's Included:

  • Wavestate Wave Sequencing Synthesizer
  • AC adapter
  • Precautions
  • Quick Start Guide


  • Wave Sequencing 2.0
  • Extensive modulation with hands-on control
  • Gigabytes of samples
  • Modeled filters, including MS-20 and Polysix
  • 64 stereo voices
  • 4 Layers with Vector control
  • 14 simultaneous effects
  • Set Lists and Smooth Sound Transitions
  • Randomization
  • Compact. Great design. 37 full-size keys
  • Designed by Korg R&D in California

Wave Sequencing 2.0

With the Wavestation, each step of a Wave Sequence had a duration, a sample, and a pitch. This created earcatching patterns–but the patterns repeated the same way, over and over.

What if they could evolve in organic, unexpected ways, instead of just repeating?

Wave Sequencing 2.0 splits apart the timing, the sequence of samples, and the melody, so that each can be manipulated independently. Also added are new characteristics including shapes, gate times, and step sequencer values. Each of these is a “Lane,” and each Lane can have a different number of steps and its own start, end, and loop points.

Every time the sequence moves forward, the individual Lanes are combined to create the output. For instance, a sample may be matched with a different duration, pitch, shape, gate length, and step sequence value every time that it plays. You can modulate each Lane’s start, end, and loop points separately for every note, using velocity, LFOs, envelopes, Mod Knobs, or other controllers. Each note in a chord can be playing something different!

Lanes can also randomize the step order every time they play, with realtime control over the range of included steps. Finally, individual steps can be randomly skipped, with a modulatable probability from 0 to 100%. The result is organic, ever-changing sounds that respond to your control. The four onboard arpeggiators can interact with Wave Sequences for even more possibilities.

Easily expressive. Exceptionally deep.

Bursting with knobs and controllers, the wavestate invites you to explore. All of the basics–filter, envelopes, LFOs, effects–are at your fingertips with dedicated front-panel controls. Eight programmable Mod Knobs are customized to bring out the most in every sound, often taking them in entirely new directions. Use the knobs in realtime performance, and also save the results as new sounds. Add in the Pitch Bend and Modulation Wheels and the unique Vector Joystick, and you’ll always have multiple dimensions of realtime expression. Want to dig deeper? Almost all front-panel knobs, and most on-screen parameters, can be modulated. You can even modulate settings for individual Wave Sequence Steps! Mod Processors let you transform modulation signals using quantization, smoothing, curvature, and more.

Randomization that inspires.

Looking for even more inspiration? A dedicated front-panel button, marked by a “dice” icon, generates new sounds via intelligent randomization. Randomize the entire sound or just a part of it, such as the filter, the Sample Lane, or the effects. Use the results directly, or as a jumping-off point for your own creations.

Ample samples. 64 stereo voices.

Totaling in the gigabytes, the wavestate’s sample library is more than a thousand times larger than that of the original Wavestation. That’s a lot of great-sounding raw material for Wave Sequences. There’s a bank of samples from Plugin Guru, brand-new samples from KORG, and a selection from the Kronos and Krome libraries. Of course, KORG also provides all of the Wavestation’s samples (including all options), plus a huge library of Wavestation Wave Sequences. Play up to 64 stereo voices with pristine clarity, using KORG’s proprietary anti-aliasing sample playback technology.

Choose your filter.

Add vintage character to your sounds with the aggressive MS-20 Lowpass or Highpass filters, or the strong, sweet Polysix Lowpass. Shape and refine with a full collection of resonant 2-pole and 4-pole Lowpass, Highpass, Bandpass, and Band Reject filters. Or, step outside the box with KORG’s unique Multi Filter, which creates modulatable blends of multiple modes simultaneously.

Multiply by four.

With all of that synthesis power, you might think the wavestate would play only one sound at a time. Not a chance. For even more rich and complex results, layer up to four Programs together in a Performance–each with their own effects and arpeggiator. The Vector Envelope and Joystick mix the individual voices of the four Layers, and can also modulate any other parameters.

An arsenal of effects.

The wavestate’s superb effects deliver production-ready sounds. Each Layer has three dedicated effects; additionally, the Performance has a master reverb and parametric EQ. Along with standards such as compressors, EQs, choruses, flangers, phasers, and stereo delays, you’ll find distinctive processors such as the Wave Shaper, Talking Modulator, Reverse Delay, Multiband Mod Delay, and Overb (from the OASYS), plus modeled effects including VOX guitar amps, VOX wah, multi-head tape echo, and a collection of classic guitar pedals.

Set Lists and Smooth Sound Transitions.

Set Lists offer effortless organization of your wavestate Performances, and deliver instant access at the gig or in rehearsal. Smooth Sound Transitions allow previously-played voices and effects to continue to ring out naturally, even once a new sound has been selected.

Plays well with others.

Balanced stereo outputs connect to any recording or monitoring system, and a stereo headphone output is provided for private playing or onstage cueing. Din-style MIDI jacks ensure connection to other MIDI-equipped instruments and audio gear. The wavestate supports class-compliant USB MIDI connections to Windows and Mac computers, and the wavestate librarian program is available as free download from KORG.

Designed by KORG R&D in California.

KORG R&D created the original Wavestation, co-created the OASYS and Kronos, and has developed fundamental technologies behind many other KORG instruments. The wavestate reflects their unique aesthetic, delivering stunning sound and deep flexibility via cutting-edge technologies.

Three of the key sound designers from the original Wavestation, John Bowen, John “Skippy” Lehmkuhl (Plugin Guru), and Peter “Ski” Schwartz, joined Belgian artist Airwave and the renowned KORG voicing team to create the incredible Wavestate sound library

Connections Headphone Out
L/R Jack Out
Damper Pedal
USB to Host
Keys 37 - Full Sized

Customer reviews

Overall Rating 4.7 (7 reviews)

It's going to be a challenge to learn - offers huge scope. The four stars is not so much a shortcoming in the Wavestate, more to do with my ability to get to grips with it. Have found that you don't have to master it to get some lovely sounds from it, WaveFormer on YouTube shows what it is capable of - and influenced my decision to purchase it.

Mr J. - 14/12/2020

Excellent sounds, plenty of scope to be creative, just what I was looking for.

Andy E. - 14/12/2020

This is truly a brilliant synth, a programmers dream to use! I am looking forward to learning how it works and to create some new musical work with it!

Kevin B. - 13/12/2020

Paul H. - 2/12/2020

Totally amazing synthesizer!

Derek S. - 6/10/2020

This synthesizer is absolutely amazing. Latest model and it's got incredible sound. Price was really good too considering how advanced it is. This is the second one I have bought from guitar guitar. I wouldn't go anywhere else.

Pamela S. - 7/9/2020

Amazing sounds, but will take quite a while to get to grips with operating all its controls .

Raymond L. - 6/9/2020

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