September 25, 2006

OASYS okay...

by Chris Randall

All right. I'll admit that I had my doubts about the OASYS synth. I'll still stand by my feeling that it costs about 2.5x as much as it should, if it was to enjoy any measure of success (I'm sure I'll be taken to task by the various Korg employees that read and comment on this site for that, as there are some expensive parts in it.) But that said, I just got done watching _all_ the KARMA videos here and am left with the feeling that I would really be much better off if I had an OASYS.

I know that is just gearlust talking, but I don't think that anyone, love it or hate it, would say that the OASYS isn't the single most powerful hardware synth available today. That makes it an object of lust, despite its price tag. I mean, I'd like an Aston Martin DB7 too. But I just bought a Dodge Caliber, because while I have DB7 tastes, I have a Caliber budget.



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Sep.25.2006 @ 4:08 PM
The OASYS seems to me to be a great, massive, all-in-one system, if you are in to that sort of thing (like for folks who work big, nightly live shows in Vegas or on network TV).

But I have to say it just does not elicit gear lust in me. I've checked one out in a shop here, physically (especially in person) I find them kind of ridiculous looking. In terms of car analogies, it strikes me more akin to that car designed by Homer Simpson. Which, truth be told, might be pretty cool to have.


Sep.25.2006 @ 4:33 PM
Chris Randall
There's that. I haven't seen one in real life. I'm sure they are quite ridiculous. I still want one.

I think Korg should send me one just for saying nice things. Then I'll say all kinds of nice things and they'll maybe sell one as a result.

I think Korg probably won't do that.



Sep.25.2006 @ 8:11 PM
Save your coin and get a Q+.

Sep.25.2006 @ 8:14 PM
Darren S.
a Q+ ???
is that a Waldorf?



Sep.25.2006 @ 8:28 PM
I agree, Korg should give you one.

Sep.25.2006 @ 8:35 PM
It seems nice and all. The PCM sounds are pretty cool. The modeling stuff was pretty average. The arpeggiator tricks are also neat. But is it 4x better than a Karma?

I think it looks cool, until you compare it to all the stuff you could buy for that kind of cash.


Sep.25.2006 @ 10:59 PM
I won't say it's overpriced because I'm sure a lot of development went into it, sales volume is not high for such a thing, and the build quality seems to be pretty nice. But it doesn't seem to do much of anything I like to do, whereas my 3-year old PC + Remote SL does everything I want it to do, and even factoring in the price of the software I have it was much, much cheaper.

But yeah, it seems cool for people who need some sort of all-in-one thing. I've never really been very enticed by a workstation though, so it's just the same old shit I don't care about, but more of it.


Sep.26.2006 @ 1:56 AM
I just watched a few moments of those Karma videos. Am I the only one here who thinks that it just sounds bad?

Sep.26.2006 @ 3:21 AM
i'd rather have a specked out synclavier. since we're dreaming :)

Sep.26.2006 @ 4:26 AM
Radias shows the VA trickle-down effect from this R&D already, it will be interesting imo to see the updates to wave sequencing and their physical modelling algorithms show up on similarly priced synths.


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