Scan code: LN143238 Manufacturer code: MODWAVE-MK2

Korg Modwave MkII Synthesizer

Korg - Modwave MkII Synthesizer, Powerful Modwave Synthesis Engine with Kaoss Physics and Motion Sequencing 2.0

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37-Key Wavetable Synthesizer
Korg - Modwave MkII

Korg Modwave MkII

now with almost double the polyphony, expanded free-running LFOs and more!The Korg modwave builds on the legendary DW legacy introduced in the mid 80s and transforms it into a modern monster synth. Featuring incredibly deep wavetable oscillators, gorgeous filters, wildly flexible modulation, unmatched polyphony, comprehensive pattern sequencing, and instantly pleasing hands-on control to deliver unique, powerful, with easily customizable sounds and phrases.

modwave also adds two unique new tools for creating dynamic motion: Kaoss Physics and Motion Sequencing 2.0. Kaoss Physics combines an x/y Kaoss pad with modulatable game physics to create a responsive, interactive controller that is a lot of fun to explore. Motion Sequencing 2.0 brings the organic, continuously evolving patterns of the wavestate's Wave Sequencing 2.0 into the world of motion sequencing, including multiple lanes and real-time recording to help you create complex and evolving phrases that other step sequencers cant.

Like Wave Sequencing 2.0 (wavestate) and altered FM (opsix), modwave’s evolved wavetable synthesis delivers its own brand of completely unique sounds and a knob-per-function layout that makes customizing those sounds quick and simple. Hundreds of preset sounds are empowered by this new architecture, organized by front-panel category buttons, and all instantly customizable via the four Mod Knobs. modwave's distinctive wavetable timbres start with aggressive basses & leads, and lush ambient pads which will add a new dimension to your tracks.

Those who wish to dig deeper will find an endless source of discovery; with the modwave’s unique synth architecture, you'll be finding new things for a long period of time. Save as many of your sounds as you like; there's room for thousands more. You can also load your own samples, import wavetables in standard formats, and create your own wavetables using the free WaveEdit software.

The modwave mkII provides an astonishing 60 voices of polyphony - almost double the original modwave's 32, and an unprecedented number for a wavetable synth at any price. Responding to user requests, Korg have updated all LFOs with options for free running, delayed start, and retriggering. We've also added a pre/post switch for reverb sends, new modulation sources, and more.

at a glance • Powerful modwave synthesis engine with Kaoss Physics and Motion Sequencing 2.0
• 37 keys (velocity and release-velocity sensitive)
• More filters, control, modulation and effects
• Set Lists and Smooth Sound Transitions
• Randomization that keeps you inspired
• Free bundle of music software
• Vast connectivity options
• Designed by KORG R&D in California

Modwave Synthesis Engine

Korg Modwave MkII

huge possibilitiesBegin with over 200 wavetables, each containing up to 64 waveforms—from thousands of individual waves. Use the 30+ Modifiers to change their basic character, and the 13 Morph Types to process them in real-time. Create new hybrids from any two wavetables using the unique, realtime A/B Blend. That's over 230 million wavetable variations out of the box, and that’s before you add any modulation.

Expand your sound even more by importing new wavetables using the Editor/Librarian software. Try the many free and commercial wavetable libraries in the standard Serum format, or create your own using the free, cross-platform WaveEdit, available in a custom version for the modwave. Layer wavetables with samples from the built-in, multi-gigabyte PCM library, or import up to 4 GB of your own samples using Korg’s Sample Builder software.

Each Program includes two full-featured wavetable oscillators, plus a sub oscillator/noise generator and any of a dozen stereo filter types, including the aggressive MS-20, sweet Polysix, and the newly enhanced Multi Filter. Animate almost any parameter using the massively flexible modulation system, with four triggerable envelopes, five LFOs, dual mod processors and two key-track generators–plus multi-lane Motion Sequencing and Kaoss Physics.

Even with all that synthesis power, playing up to four simultaneous wavetables per voice in a single Program, the modwave mkII achieves 60-voice polyphony, incredible for a wavetable synth. Layer two Programs together for double the possibilities.

Kaoss Physics

Korg Modwave MkII

unique controlKaoss Physics models a ball rolling on a surface and bouncing off of walls. The surface can tilt in any direction. A bump with variable height/depth and location attracts or repels the ball. Adjustable friction slows the ball's travel, and adjustable time controls the speed of the entire model. All of these characteristics are modulatable, allowing you to change them in real-time.

Start the ball by flicking a finger on the x/y pad, or launch the ball automatically using another modulation source. You can also control the ball directly by holding your finger on the pad. The position of the ball produces eight modulation signals, which can be used to control any modulation destination: the X and Y locations, the distance from the center, the angle relative to the X axis, and finally separate signals for +/- X and +/- Y.

Walls can slow down the ball, as if they were padded, or accelerate the ball, like bumpers in a pinball machine. The walls can also be removed entirely, so that the surface wraps around to the opposite edges like a vintage arcade game.

The modeled environment can create specific modulation effects. For example, use a centered bump with negative height so that the modulation values always eventually return to 0. Or, position a bump with positive height on a side or a corner, to push modulation values away from that zone. The result is an interactive controller that amplifies your physical gestures, transforming them into complex musical results

Motion Sequencing 2.0

Korg Modwave MkII

more possibilitiesMotion Sequencing 2.0 has developed from the wavestate’s Wave Sequencing 2.0. Timing, Pitch, Shape, and four sets of Step Sequence values are separated into “Lanes,” each with their own loop start and loop end, adding a deeper, more customizable level of phrase and modulation recording.

Every time the sequence moves forward, the individual Lanes are combined to create the output. For example, a step sequence value may be matched with a different duration, pitch, and shape every time that it plays. You can modulate each Lane’s loop points separately for every note, using velocity, LFOs, envelopes, Mod Knobs, or other controllers. Each note in a chord can be playing something unique!

Lanes can also randomize the step order every time they play. Finally, individual steps can be randomly skipped, with a modulatable probability from 0 to 100%. The result is organic, ever-changing sounds that respond to your control. The dual onboard arpeggiators can interact with Motion Sequences for even more possibilities.

Deeper Into the Synth Engine

Korg Modwave MkII

What's a wavetable?Wavetables are sets of single-cycle digital waveforms, arranged in a specific order. The wavetable's "position" determines which waveform is played. Moving the position with an envelope, LFO, or other modulation source creates subtle or dramatic changes in timbre. Some wavetable systems switch quickly from one waveform to another; others crossfade smoothly between them. The modwave can do either one.

ModifiersUse over 30 Modifiers to alter the character of any wavetable at load time. For example, isolate the odd or even harmonics, add weight through anti-aliased quantization or saturation, or revisit the gritty character of old-school wavetable synths with the Vintage 8 & 12 options.

MorphThe 13 Morph Types let you stretch, squeeze, reflect, and otherwise alter the wavetables in real-time, changing their timbre and—when modulated—creating additional motion in the sound. Sync creates classic swept-sync timbres, using only a single oscillator. Three special Morph Types—FM, AM, and Ring Mod—modulate Osc 2 with Osc 1, and the last two even apply to samples.

A/B BlendUsing the unique A/B mode, oscillators can blend any two wavetables with phase-synchronous precision—different just by layering voices—opening up a dimension of intermediate waveforms. Add body to otherwise "thin" waveforms, for instance, or a touch of sizzle to a mellow timbre. Even fade between two different "modifier" versions of the same wavetable. A/B Blend can be modulated in real-time too.

Gigabytes of samplesWavetables also sound great when layered with samples, and the modwave oscillators handle that with aplomb. Totaling in the gigabytes, the modwave’s sample library includes new material from KORG, Airwave, and Francis Preve, plus a bank from Plugin Guru and a selection from the KRONOS and KROME libraries.

Filters for Days

Korg Modwave MkII

easier explorationAdd vintage character to your sounds using the aggressive MS-20 Lowpass or Highpass filters, or the strong, sweet Polysix Lowpass - all newly improved with gain controls to make it easier to dial in the resonance timbre.

Shape and refine with a full collection of resonant 2-pole and 4-pole Lowpass, Highpass, Bandpass, and Band Reject filters. Or, change it up with KORG’s unique Multi Filter and creates modulatable blends of multiple modes simultaneously - now with presets on a front panel knob, for easier exploration of its many possibilities.

Control & Modulation

Korg Modwave MkII

realtime expressionPacked with knobs and controllers, the modwave invites you to explore. Oscillators, filter, envelopes, LFOs, and effects are all at your fingertips with dedicated front-panel controls. Four programmable Mod Knobs are customized to bring out the best in every sound. Use the knobs in realtime performance, and also save the results as new sounds. The Hold button lets you sustain notes or chords indefinitely, while you explore the front-panel controls or play other gear.

Add in Kaoss Physics and the Pitch Bend and Modulation Wheels, and you’ll always have multiple dimensions of realtime expression. If you want to dig deeper, almost all front-panel knobs, and most on-screen parameters, can be modulated. You can also modulate settings for individual Motion Sequence Steps! Mod Processors let you transform modulation signals using quantization, smoothing, curvature, and more.

Production-Ready Sounds

Korg Modwave MkII

An arsenal of effectsThe modwave’s impressive effects deliver production-ready sounds. Each Layer has three dedicated effects, plus a send to the Performance's master reverb, followed by a master parametric EQ. Together with standards such as compressors, EQs, choruses, flangers, phasers, and stereo delays, you’ll find distinctive processors such as the Wave Shaper, Talking Modulator, Reverse Delay, Multiband Mod Delay, and Overb (from the OASYS and Kronos), plus modeled effects including VOX guitar amps, VOX wah, multi-head tape echo, and a collection of classic guitar pedals.

Randomization that inspiresIf you're looking for even more inspiration, a dedicated front-panel button marked by a “dice” icon generates new sounds via intelligent randomization. Randomize the entire sound or just a part of it, such as the oscillators, filter, or effects. Use the results directly, or as a jumping-off point for your own creations.


Korg Modwave MkII

Editor/Librarian softwareThe modwave Editor/Librarian allows you to edit and organize sounds using your macOS or Windows computer (including the latest Apple M1-based systems). Using USB networking for high-speed communication, it works like a second front panel for the instrument, removing the need to synchronize or transfer data. Animations show the effects of modulation in real-time, which is a great help when programming.

Set Lists & Smooth Sound TransitionsSet Lists offer seamless organization of your wavestate Performances, and deliver instant access at the gig or in rehearsal. Smooth Sound Transitions allow previously-played voices and effects to continue to ring out naturally, even once a new sound has been selected.


Korg Modwave MkII

plug in!Balanced stereo outputs enable connections to any recording or monitoring system, and a stereo headphone output is provided for private playing or onstage cueing.

Din-style MIDI jacks provide connection to other MIDI-equipped instruments and audio gear, and the modwave supports class-compliant USB MIDI connections to Windows and macOS computers.

Designed by KORG R&D in California

Korg Modwave MkII

unique aesthetic & stunning soundKORG R&D created the wavestate and the original Wavestation, co-created the OASYS and KRONOS, and has developed fundamental technologies behind several other KORG instruments.

The modwave reflects their unique aesthetic, delivering stunning sound, deep flexibility, and immediate physical control using cutting-edge technologies. Key sound designers from the wavestate, Airwave and Peter “Ski” Schwartz, joined Francis Preve, Richard Devine, and the KORG voicing team to create the modwave’s incredible sound library.

Free Bundle of Music Software

Korg Modwave MkII

onwards and upwardsThe modwave comes with a diverse collection of music software to help you take your music to the next level, including Izotope's Ozone Elements for AI-powered mastering, Skoove for improving your keyboard playing skills, and software synths from KORG and other brands.

The Tech Spec

Features Specifications
Type Keyboard Synthesizer
Sound Engine Modwave Synthesis
Analogue/Digital Digital
Number of Keys 37
Aftertouch Yes
Velocity Sensitive Velocity, Exponential Velocity, Release Velocity
Other Controllers Mod Wheel, Pitch Wheel, Kaoss Physics X/Y Pad, 4 x Mod Knobs
Polyphony 60 Stereo Voices
Envelope Generator 4 x Envelopes
Audio Outputs 2 x 1/4"
Headphones 1 x 1/4"
USB 1 x Type B
Pedal Inputs 1 x 1/4" (damper)
Power Source AC Adapter (included)
Dimensions Width: 22.24"
Height: 3.62"
Depth: 13.31"
Weight 6.93 lbs
Model Number MODWAVEMK2
Product Type Digital Synthesizer
PC Interface N/A
Keys 37
Connectivity (Input)
  • 1 x 6.3 mm stereo phone jack (Headphones)
  • 1 x MIDI
  • 1 x Pedal Out
  • 1 x USB
Connectivity (Output)
  • 2 x 1/4" Balanced
  • 1 x MIDI
Dimensions (mm) 564.89 x 91.94 x 338 (WxHxD)
Misc. Notes  
Additional Information
Scan Code LN143238
Model Number MODWAVE-MK2
GTIN 000

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Korg Modwave MkII Synthesizer
Korg Modwave MkII Synthesizer