KORG’s “OASYSes”

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Hello you guys!
Yeah, I know, I’ve been away for a little while. Well, here’s why: my computer is finally fixed!! Well… we didn’t figured out what was messing up it, so, we took a backup then restore it to a factory image. That’s a cool stuff when you get Dell’s PCs. :)
The computer was in process of updating Adobe’s CS3 Master Collection last night, so, I didn’t brought it home – it’s at my father’s – but hopefully I’ll bring it tomorrow or even today!
Finally I’ll be able to really play with EWQL Ra and stuff! Uhu!

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I’m not going to do a big review today, but I’ll talk about something very interesting: KORG’s OASYS. Well… not the one you’re used to, but, two products that can be called the actual OASYS’ fathers.

The first KORG OASYS was a project announced in 1994, that was going to be the most advanced hardware synthesizer for it’s capability of expansion and being updated as the sound-designer wishes.
It’s open-architecture system allows the user to not only create sounds by it’s ‘preset’ synthesis algorithms – that include FM, subtractive, sample-based, physical modeling synthesis and many others – but also create different algorithms as well.

The project was presented at the winter NAMM and the Musikmesse Frankfurt for two consecutive years (1994 and 95 at the NAMM and 1995 and 96 at the Musikmesse) and it was announced to be released in 1996 and shipped by the price of US$10,000.
Well, unfortunately, KORG didn’t released OASYS in 1996 as it’s original form, but spread it’s concepts on some byproducts like Prophecy – the first digital synthesizer with resonant filter; Trinity and KARMA.

Some years later, in 1999, KORG released at a winter NAMM the OASYS PCI-Card, a tone generation card and digital effects processor. It doesn’t had the original OASYS expandability and freedom and was not a success in the market.

About the original OASYS’ features:
Custom, high-performance Digital Signal Processor (DSP) system; Software-based synthesis; Supports many different types of synthesis; Advanced, polyphonic physical modeling; Disk-loaded, RAM-Based algorithms; Uncompromised, fully professional sound; Touch-screen and graphical interface; Expressive Controllers.

Most of this article was based on a website I found many months ago – something around 15 or 20 – that I didn’t save on my favorites then I lost it. I was looking for it on the web last week and found it.
You can read it right here: KORG OASYS by Michael Lauer.

For more information about OASYS PCI-Card, visit: KORG.com/OASYSPCI

Cya,

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~ by Breno Ronchini on August 13, 2008.

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