MATRIXSYNTH: The Oasys before the Oasys - Korg Oasys PCI

Monday, August 08, 2005

The Oasys before the Oasys - Korg Oasys PCI

The new Korg Oasys will run you roughly 8k for the 76 key version at Sweetwater. I remember years ago when the Prophecy came out followed by the Z1. There was a bit of buzz going on about Korg coming out with an Oasys keyboard, the grandaddy of all physical and analog modelling. It never materialized. But... I remember at one point you could get the original Oasys on a DSP PCI sound card for the blowout price of $199! I never got one because I didn't want to be tied to the PC and I figured with upgrades and Moore's Law it would soon enough be available in portable software. If I only knew then what I know now... Anywho. Click here for more including some sound samples and a demo that doesn't require the hardware!!! But doh! It also doesn't make any sound. You will need the hardware for that. : )

I'm not sure how the new Korg Oasys keyboard compares. The PCI was more of an open synthesis system like Native Instruments Reactor. Some interesting sites like zargmusic came up with instruments for it as well.

List of emulations:

Percussion & VPM
Physical Modeling
Tonewheel Organ
Electric Piano
Guitar & Bass
Brass & Woodwinds
Vocals & Microtuning
Sample Playback

Update: I didn't think I'd be able to find a picture of this, but here it is. This is a mockup of what the original Korg Oasys was thought to look like during the days of the Oasys PCI (note the Oasys logo on the right of the synth. Looks like a mock-up of the Korg Trinity):

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