As of late, Korg has been known for its interesting iOS instruments/music-making software, as well as some of its hardware releases. The polyphonic Minilogue synthesizer, as well as the rest of its smaller and affordable Volca instruments have been very popular among home producers and synth enthusiasts over the past few years. We have also covered the company’s interesting Gadget synth platform for Mac and iOS for Logic Pros and have generally been impressed with what the company has to offer.
Well today, Korg is essentially breathing new life into its now aging Korg Legacy Collection. Originally released in 2004, the Mac and Windows compatible software instruments are getting an over haul along with some major new additions for 2018.
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The company got its hands on the rights to reproduce a new hardware version of the classic 1970’s ARP Odyssey synthesizer back in 2015 and will now be bringing an updated emulation to the Korg Legacy Collection for Mac/Windows. There will be AU and VST formats available from the jump, enabling you to bring a little bit of that ARP magic into your Logic sessions.
Along with the ARP Odyssey emulation, the collection also includes software versions of classic instruments like the MS-20, Polysix, Mono/Poly, WAVESTATION, M1 and the MDE-X effects processor. Needless to say, it is really everything you could ever ask for in terms of a classic Korg-focused software package.
Korg uses something known as Component Modeling Technology (CMT). In other words, this isn’t your typical physical modeling situation where the output of old gear is analyzed and then reproduced as closely as possible.
Korg has instead “digitized” each component of the vintage gear to emulate individual circuits. This enables the developers to recreate the subtle (and not so subtle) nuances these old machines have become infamous for in a much more accurate way, according to the company.
Outside of the addition of the Odyssey, it sounds like the package is mostly the same as it always was. Korg is, however, intending on introducing a number of enhancements in the near future based on user feedback including an updated UI and AAX support.
The Korg Legacy Collection with the new ARP Odyssey plug is available as both a standalone app or in 64-bit AU/VST plug-in mode for your favorite DAW. Best of all, the regular $249.99 bundle is $100 off for the holidays. You have until January 31st, 2018 to get in on the deal.