Wavestation Shootout: Hardware vs. VST

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beely
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1608 posts since 6 Jul, 2013

Post Fri Jan 12, 2018 5:28 pm

Teksonik wrote:Why "dumb down" the plugin to make it sound like the hardware ? :?
Because the hardware sounds nice. Different to the plugin, but also nice.
Different variations of nice can be, well, nice...

Actually, the proper answer to that question is:

"Why not?"

:lol:

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Teksonik
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11765 posts since 16 Sep, 2001 from Las Vegas,USA

Re: Wavestation Shootout: Hardware vs. VST

Post Fri Jan 12, 2018 5:56 pm

beely wrote: "Why not?"

:lol:
Because no one has established that the hardware sounds better than the plugin. :wink:

There is this tendency to automatically assume the original sounds better than the emulation. I don't think this is always the case.

So "why not" becomes "why bother" if the plugin sounds better...... :shrug:
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beely
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Re: Wavestation Shootout: Hardware vs. VST

Post Fri Jan 12, 2018 6:51 pm

Teksonik wrote:Because no one has established that the hardware sounds better than the plugin. :wink:
Well, I've stated my opinions on this many times - the software sounds *better*, and the hardware sounds *preferable* in some cases. I've never once said the hardware sounds better - in fact jut the opposite, the hardware sounds *worse* (in objective quality terms) but *nice* (in subjective character terms).

The highest fidelity isn't always the best choice - we love our distortion and our saturation stages in our quest for character. The convertors in the WS *do* affect sound quality noticeably - much like the I/O stages on many items of gear, sometimes desirably, sometimes not so much.
Teksonik wrote:There is this tendency to automatically assume the original sounds better than the emulation. I don't think this is always the case.
There are no assumptions from me - it's carefully evaluated opinion based on years of programming and using the WS, and the software, and my ears. I don't assume, I listen for myself, and decide what works for me.
Teksonik wrote:So "why not" becomes "why bother" if the plugin sounds better...... :shrug:
Because "better quality/fidelity" isn't always a "preferable sound" for a given part. I'm *very* used to the hardware sound (which is probably why I notice it more than most people), but I also like the clarity of the plugin. If I could only have one character, I'd take the clarity of the plugin (which i what I go for most of the time, often out of convenience of using the plugin). But just as someone might want to compress/distort/eq/whatever to get a sound quality they like, they might like the hardware qualities a bit better, subjectively, for a given part or role in a mix.

It's not about accuracy, or some quest for emulation perfection, it's just about getting the sound we want/like. As an option.

(A bit like how Roland implemented DAC emulation in the boutique D05/D50 - you can have it off, for the high fidelity sound, or on, for the worse DAC sound of the original hardware, depending on your preferences. As an option.)

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ATS
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5990 posts since 21 Dec, 2002 from MD USA

Re: Wavestation Shootout: Hardware vs. VST

Post Fri Jan 12, 2018 7:02 pm

Teksonik wrote:
beely wrote: "Why not?"

:lol:
Because no one has established that the hardware sounds better than the plugin. :wink:

There is this tendency to automatically assume the original sounds better than the emulation. I don't think this is always the case.

So "why not" becomes "why bother" if the plugin sounds better...... :shrug:

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braj
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Re: Wavestation Shootout: Hardware vs. VST

Post Fri Jan 12, 2018 7:12 pm

You can dress-down the plugin, but you can't dress-up the hardware in the same way. That said, I'd love to have the hardware anyway.
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thejonsolo
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2015 posts since 13 Apr, 2008 from Charleston, SC

Re: Wavestation Shootout: Hardware vs. VST

Post Fri Jan 12, 2018 7:38 pm

KORG was always my favorite hardware. I still have a Kronos. Wavestation was so groundbreaking at the time, so seeing it and other KORG products as software was awesome. If they keep working on the GUI’s I think a lot of folks will be happier.

Still without updates I am still rocking the Wavestation. It sounds like the original to me down to the presets.

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Ingonator
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12043 posts since 21 Mar, 2008 from Hannover, Germany

Re: Wavestation Shootout: Hardware vs. VST

Post Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:20 pm

I own a Wavestation EX since 2004 and the plugin since around 2006. Besides that i also owned the Wavestation A/D and SR racks.

While most patches sound really similar with my WS EX and the plugin there are also several that could sound quite different.

Actually there was also a diffeernce betwen the Wavestation EX and the SR rack where the SR rack sounded more "Hi-FI" than the older Wavestations. I think that the plugin actually sounds closer to the SR rack and teh plugin includes all the factory banks from the SR.

While the SR was almost impossible to program from the hardware (which is quite simple with the EX keyboard) and had no vector stick it was the hardware with the most factory presets (3 user banks and 8 ROM banks with 50 performances in each of them).

In the past i sampled the Prophet VS waveforms from my Wavvesation EX and someone else posted waveforms at KVR that were sampled from the Wavestation plugin. I was able to notice differences with multiple waveforms that were sampled from both.

At the end both the hardware and the plugin are great but they do NOT always sound 100% identical, at least with my own experiences over more than 10 years.

Of course the converters in the hardware could make a difference but if you could notice a difference with a recording this could still matter.


Besides all that the Wavestation is still one of the "essential" synths for me so i would always need either the plugin, the hardware or both.
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feedbackmachine
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Re: Wavestation Shootout: Hardware vs. VST

Post Sat Jan 13, 2018 1:27 am

I would be more interested in a comparison of MDE-X and the effects section of a Korg 01W, Trinity or M1.

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pdxindy
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14264 posts since 3 Feb, 2005 from in the wilds

Re: Wavestation Shootout: Hardware vs. VST

Post Sat Jan 13, 2018 2:22 am

I used to have a Wavestation and currently have the plugin. For me they sound so similar in character that I consider them the same.

Also, I think emulation is not the correct term. It's not an emulation. It's the original in software only form.

I wish Korg would make a brand new GUI for the plugin. It could be so much easier to use with a smart new re-conceived GUI.

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braj
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Re: Wavestation Shootout: Hardware vs. VST

Post Sat Jan 13, 2018 2:33 am

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braj
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Re: Wavestation Shootout: Hardware vs. VST

Post Sat Jan 13, 2018 2:35 am

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braj
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Re: Wavestation Shootout: Hardware vs. VST

Post Sat Jan 13, 2018 2:37 am

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Spitfire31
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2783 posts since 18 May, 2003 from Sweden

Re: Wavestation Shootout: Hardware vs. VST

Post Sat Jan 13, 2018 2:39 am

iPad version?
If it were easy, anybody could do it!

Examigan
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4457 posts since 15 Sep, 2005 from East Coast of the USA

Re: Wavestation Shootout: Hardware vs. VST

Post Sat Jan 13, 2018 2:50 am

Teksonik wrote:Why "dumb down" the plugin to make it sound like the hardware ? :?
I was thinking it would be nice to have as an option. In the new DX7 V for instance there is a setting you can use that is similar. From the manual:

"The earliest version of the DX-7 used a 12-bit DAC (digital-to-analog converter) and analog
companding circuitry in its final output stage. This is very low-resolution audio by today's
standards, but nevertheless has a certain appeal. So in the interest of recreating the exact
experience of owning one of the original DX-7 synthesizers we have included Vintage and
Modern options for the final output stage."
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fmr
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8096 posts since 16 Mar, 2003 from Porto - Portugal

Re: Wavestation Shootout: Hardware vs. VST

Post Sat Jan 13, 2018 2:51 am

Spitfire31 wrote:iPad version?
Yes, it's the iPad version. The editing is much more focused in wavesequences (see the first window), kind of neglecting the other components of the sound.
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