New features in software version 1.3
OASYS software version 1.3 adds a number of new
features, including KARMA 2.1, loading and un‐
loading EXs without restarting, individual transpose
for EXi 1 and 2, separate smoothing for attack and
decay in all Step Sequencers, lossless compression of
EXs1 and 2 (increasing the RAM available for
sampling), and a new optional EXi: the MOD‐7
Waveshaping VPM Synthesizer. New Programs using
the MOD‐7 are loaded into Bank USER‐C.
New EXi option: MOD-7
The MOD‐7 is a powerful, semi‐modular synthesizer,
combining Variable Phase Modulation (VPM),
waveshaping, ring modulation, PCM sample playback,
and subtractive synthesis. Exceptionally versatile, the
MOD‐7 produces everything from classic FM
keyboards and bells to rhythmic soundscapes, from
cut‐through‐the‐mix synth basses to sparkling, epic
VPM refers to Korg's patented contributions to
Frequency Modulation (FM) synthesis; for more
information, see "VPM and FM Synthesis" on page 331
of the Parameter Guide.
• Six VPM Oscillators. Each can be used as a sine,
saw, triangle, square, or waveshaping oscillator
with FM and ring modulation, or as a waveshaping
and/or ring mod processor for other signals.
• 101 different waveshaping tables, whose response
can be controlled via modulatable drive and offset.
• A PCM sample playback oscillator using Korg's
ultra‐low‐aliasing PCM technology, as first
introduced in the HD‐1. This supports four‐way
velocity‐switching between any mono ROM, EXs,
or RAM samples.
• Dual multi‐mode resonant filters (including Korg's
Multi Filter, as first introduced in the AL‐1).
• Three patchable, modulatable 2‐in, 1‐out mixers for
combining and scaling audio signals.
• Noise generator with dedicated filter and
• Live audio input.
• Patch Panel allows free connection of all
components, including the six VPM Oscillators,
PCM oscillator, noise generator, real‐time audio
input, three modulatable mixers, and two filters.
Connections can include multiple cables from a
single output, hybrid serial/parallel routings, and
• "Vast" sample‐mangling capabilities, with
incredible flexibility and power. Use samples as FM
modulators, and create incredibly rich processing
environments combining multiple stages of
filtering, waveshaping, and ring modulation,
patched together however you'd like.
• Up to 52 voices of polyphony.
• Import classic FM sounds from the DX7.
• Four per‐voice LFOs, ten re‐triggerable EGs, nine
key‐tracking generators, eight AMS mixers, and a
per‐voice step sequencer.
• Access to all standard EXi Program features,
including the Common LFO, Common Step
Sequencer, Key Track 1 & 2, KARMA, EQ, and
effects–as well as layering with any other EXi
(including two MOD‐7s together, for 12 VPM
For more information, see "EXi: MOD‐7 Waveshaping
VPM Synthesizer" on page 327 of the Parameter
Demo mode and authorization
Initially, the MOD‐7 will be in demo mode. You'll be
able to play, edit, and save Programs, Combis, and
Songs which use the new EXi–but until you purchase
an authorization code, their sound will fade out
To purchase an authorization code, and to download
additional, free banks of MOD‐7 sounds, go to
www.korguser.net. Once purchased, you can enter the
authorization code on the Plug‐In Info page in Global
For more information, see "Global P6: Plug‐in Info" on
page 738 of the Parameter Guide.
KARMA 2.1 is a major new release, including support
for User GEs, new control over Scene and Module
quantization, enhancements to the Note Map feature,
and other improvements.
User GEs and GE Creation/Editing
The OASYS now supports User GEs, with 12 banks of
128 User GEs each (for a total of 1536). You can also
save and load .KGE files, which contain KARMA GEs
and Template Data. GEs may be created, edited, and
uploaded to the OASYS using the optional KARMA
OASYS Software (PC/Mac), available separately from
Display of GE RTC Model in the GE Selection
The GE Category and Bank Select Dialogs now show
the selected GEʹs RTC Model, providing an indication
of how that particular GE will be mapped to the
Control Surface, and some idea about how it is
intended to operate.
Quantized/Delayed Scene Changes
Scene changes may now be quantized to various metric
divisions, from a 16th‐note triplet up to 4 bars.
(Previously, all scene changes were quantized to the
next 16th‐note). The larger values ensure perfect