Korg Modwave 37-Key Wavetable Synthesizer


37-key Digital Wavetable Synthesizer with 32-voice Polyphony, Motion Sequencing, Dual Arpeggiator, Kaoss Pad, and Onboard FX

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A New Evolution in Wavetable Synthesis

In 1985, Korg introduced the world to the DW-8000, a groundbreaking synthesizer that merged digital wavetables and rich analog filters to give players access to a new universe of synthesized sounds. The Korg modwave continues the DW-8000’s storied legacy while representing a new evolution in wavetable synthesis. Comprising a vast collection of wavetable oscillators, a dozen gorgeous stereo filters, along with a humongous PCM sample library and a host of modulators, the Korg modwave launches you into a deep and immersive world of exploratory sound design. Yet, with its compact 37-key keyboard and remarkably intuitive user interface, the modwave is anything but overwhelming — it’s a fun and interactive synth that will appeal to seasoned and aspiring synthesists alike. Plus, synthesists at City Music are ecstatic over the inclusion of a built-in Kaoss Pad, which facilitates incredibly expressive performances. Let your imagination soar and tap into new sonic dimensions with the modwave wavetable synthesizer from Korg!

Over 230 million wavetable variations

The modwave comes loaded with over 200 characterful wavetables, each with up to 64 waveforms, which, when combined with modwave’s modifier and morph features, allows for a staggering 230 million wavetable variations! If that’s not enough to satisfy your desire for unique tones, modwave allows you to import wavetables from Xfer Record’s highly popular Serum advanced software wavetable synthesizer, as well as custom wavetables in WaveEdit format. But the fun doesn’t stop there! The modwave includes a multi-gigabyte PCM library, for adding realism to patches with Korg’s impeccably recorded samples.

Shape your sounds with MS-20 and Polysix filters

While wavetable synthesis offers sonic possibilities far beyond typical subtractive synthesis, it’s hard to beat the creative potential of a good filter. The modwave synthesizer packs lowpass and highpass filters modeled after those found on the classic MS-20 synthesizer, as well as a lowpass filter model based on the Polysix synthesizer. You’ll also find an array of 2- and 4-pole lowpass, highpass, bandpass, and band-reject filters. And of course, you’re also supplied with Korg’s beloved multimode filter, which can morph and modulate between multiple filter modes.

The Kaoss Pad is back!

When it first hit the market in 1999, Korg’s Kaoss Pad was a deliciously disruptive piece of technology, giving users unprecedented hands-on control to sample, mangle, and alter any sound source. Famously used by musical experimentalists such as Brian Eno, Radiohead, and Muse, the Kaoss Pad encouraged expressive interaction with its powerful set of audio manipulation tools. Not only does the modwave feature the renowned Kaoss XY touchpad, but it also introduces Kaoss Physics, which models the behavior of a bouncing ball for randomized parameter automation. Customize the environment to which the ball responds by defining the shape of its slopes, adjusting the surface friction, and choosing between padded or hard walls; or remove the walls entirely, so that surface wraps around to the opposite edges like a vintage arcade game. Go even further by manipulating the Kaoss Physics parameters with any of modwave’s modulation sources or even with the Kaoss Physics outputs themselves!

Motion Sequencing 2.0 animates your playing experience

An evolution of the Korg wavestate’s Wave Sequencing 2.0, Motion Sequencing 2.0 brings incredible dynamism and animation to your patches and step sequences. Motion Sequencing 2.0 allows you to manipulate sample sequence, timing, and pitch independently to create complex, evolving patches with a non-linear vibe. Each of these parameters (and many more) is assigned its own “Lane,” and each Lane can have a different number of steps, with control over their start, end, and loop points. Lanes can even randomize their step order every time they are played, yielding a completely unpredictable and non-linear playing experience.

Take your sound design to stratospheric heights with built-in effects

Your patches will ascend to stratospheric heights with the modwave’s massive collection of built-in effects. Starting with Pre FX — including the Decimator bitcrusher and sample reducer, studio-quality EQ and compression, along with ring modulation, tremolo, and a waveshaper — you can transform your raw sounds, before further manipulating them with any of modwave’s stunning Mod FX. Then, cap it off with one of five stereo delays, a master reverb, and a 4-band parametric master EQ. Dreamy and dramatic, gritty and glitchy, polished and clean: with the modwave’s high-quality effects, you have infinite atmospheric depths at your fingertips.

Ready for stage or studio

A pair of balanced line-level outputs ensures the modwave sounds fantastic even over long cable runs, and a headphone output is available for personal monitoring as well — perfect for late-night sound design sessions. DIN MIDI ports are present for connecting with other MIDI-compatible hardware, and class-compliant USB MIDI is available for integrating with your computer. Speaking of which, we highly recommend downloading the free editor software from Korg — it’s the perfect way to manage your custom patches and much more.

Korg modwave Wavetable Synthesizer Features:

  • Loaded with over 200 characterful wavetables, each with up to 64 waveforms
  • Modifier and morph features allow for a staggering 230 million wavetable variations
  • 2-oscillator structure with 2-part multi-timbrality and 32-note polyphony
  • Includes modeled MS-20 lowpass/highpass filters, modeled Polysix lowpass filter, and Korg multimode filter
  • Plenty of modulation with 4 envelopes, 5 LFOs, and aftertouch
  • 4 programmable Mod knobs give you custom access to whatever parameters you’d like to tweak most often
  • Motion Sequencing 2.0 allows you to manipulate sample sequence, timing, and pitch independently to create complex, evolving patches with a non-linear vibe
  • “Lanes” provide unique ways to manipulate pitch, sample duration, gate times, step sequencer values, and much more
  • Layer samples over wavetables from the included multi-gigabyte PCM library
  • 13 morph types for stretching, squeezing, and altering wavetables in real-time
  • Massive collection of built-in distortion, modulation, delay, and reverb effects
  • Ample hands-on control over practically all parameters
  • Built-in Kaoss Pad with Kaoss Physics encourages unprecedented interactivity
  • 37 full-size keys balance playability and portability; key zoning for splitting and layering sounds



37 keys (velocity and release-velocity sensitive)

Maximum Polyphony

32 stereo voices

Sound generating system

modwave synthesis engine




Mod Wheel, Pitch Wheel, Kaoss Physics, 4x Mod Knobs

Other Sources

4x Envelopes, 5x LFOs, 2x Mod Processors, 2x Key Track, Seq Lanes A-D, Step Pulse, Tempo, Program/Performance Note Count, Program/Performance Voice Count, Poly Legato, Velocity, Exponential Velocity, Release Velocity, Gate, Gate+Damper, Note-On Trigger, Note-On Trigger+Damper, Note Number, Aftertouch and Poly Aftertouch (external MIDI only), MIDI CCs +/-, MIDI CCs +


Most parameters can be modulated, including parameters of individual Motion Sequence Steps.
Depending on Motion Sequence length, there can be more than 1,000 potential modulation targets per Program.



Pre FX

Decimator, Graphic EQ, Guitar Amp, Modern Compressor, Parametric EQ, Red Compressor, Ring Modulator, Tremolo, Wave Shaper

Mod FX

Black Chorus/Flanger, Black Phase, CX-3 Vibrato Chorus, EP Chorus, Harmonic Chorus, Modern Chorus, Modern Phaser, Orange Phase, Polysix Ensemble, Small Phase, Talking Modulator, Vintage Chorus, Vintage Flanger, Vintage/Custom Wah, Vox Wah


L/C/R Delay, Multiband Mod Delay, Reverse Delay, Stereo/Cross Delay, Tape Echo

Master Reverb

Early Reflections, Overb

Master EQ

4-band parametric EQ




Headphone (6.3 mm stereo phone jack), OUTPUT L/MONO and R (impedance-balanced 6.3 mm TRS phone jacks), DAMPER (6.3 mm phone jack, half-damper not supported), MIDI IN and OUT connectors, USB B port

Power supply

AC adapter (DC12V, 2500mA)

Power consumption

5 W

Dimensions (W × D × H)

565 × 338 × 92 mm/22.24” × 13.31” × 3.62”


2.9 kg/6.93 lbs.

Included items

AC adapter

Accessories (sold separately)

DS-1H damper pedal, PS-1 pedal switch


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