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2 GAIAs — Some Thoughts on Roland’s New GAIA 2 Synth

I have, in the past, mentioned the Roland GAIA synthesizer, and have said that it could well be a “perfect” synth. Indeed, during its 13 years of production, it was a preferred instrument for teaching about synthesis and sound design in schools and universities everywhere. So, I was naturally quite interested when Roland announced the GAIA 2.

Watchin’ Your [op]six…

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Hot on the heels of the Wavestate mkII, SE, and SE Platinum, Korg have just announced the opsix SE and SE Platinum. Like the Wavestate models, they’ve basically repackaged the guts from the standard model in a new case and substituted the excellent 61-key keybed alleged to be from the Kronos. And also, like the Wavestate counterparts, the opsix SE models ship with a custom hard case, making them gig-ready.

The State of Wave[state]

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Back in 2020 or thereabouts (thenabouts?), Korg reinvented the Wavestation, and called it the wavestate. With four complete wave sequencing synth engines and the ability to mix and morph between them, the wavestate packed a lot of punch in its 37-key body, and pushed the Raspberry Pi Compute Module beyond what most mortals thought possible.

#JAMUARY2023-28

It’s the 28th day of #jamuary2023 and I’m back with my trusty Boss RC-3 looper and the Korg Wavestate for another day of jamming. Someone said I was cheating for using extremely long (song length) loops recently, so today’s jam features a fairly short loop…

#JAMUARY2023-27

I started out with the idea to do a simple, space-ambient piece using one patch in a single “real-time” pass using the Korg Wavestate. That’s not what actually happened. Such is the way of a jam, I suppose.

#JAMUARY2023-26

It’s the homestretch of #jamuary2023, and I’ve got another Korg Wavestate jam — just me, the Wavestate, and the Boss RC-3 looper.

#JAMUARY2023-25

Today’s jam continues with an exploration of the Korg Wavestate, and again uses a selection of factory presets. While I will eventually want to do more of my own sound design on the Wavestate, the sounds provided by Korg and available from third parties are excellent and are great starting points for jamming or performing.

#JAMUARY2023-24

When I got up this morning, I wasn’t sure what I was going to do for #jamuary2023 today. It’s the 24th day, by-the-way. As of last night, I hadn’t planned on using the Wavestate at all. But, lacking a plan leads to rash decisions. And so …

#JAMUARY2023-20

The 20th day of #jamuary2023 marks my 60th trip around the sun, and again features the Korg opsix, Boss RC-3 looper, the Zoom G3n, and the Behringer Flow8 in a simple ambient jam.

#JAMUARY2023-19

On this nineteenth day of #jamuary2023, I get pretty trippy with the Korg opsix, the Boss rc-3, and effects from the Zoom g3n and Behringer Flow8 mixer/interface.

#JAMUARY2023-18

A busy day, so my #jamuary2023 day 18 jam’s a little later than usual. It’s another day of just me and the opsix and the keys of G.

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