This is an article culled from archive material, circa 1997.
The Wavestation for the preset-playing masses, coming in 1U rackmount
form with styling derived from the more common Korg 0-series rack boxes.
appreciate the provision of eight banks of ROM performances (rather
than the one found on the keyboard
), although performances and
patches could also be programmed to make use of the eight banks of
wave sequences. (All the SR data structures can refer freely across
all eleven banks.) There are some general enhancements to the MIDI
control specification, such as pan response, although the SR is
backwards-compatible with earlier units via a rather sophisticated
two-level sys-ex format. (I drive my SR as if it were an A/D, and
transfer sound banks to it without problems, although single patch and
performance transfer seems problematic for some reason I've not
The overriding drawback of the SR is the 16 by 2 character LCD which
makes programming fiddly; the vector joystick is also absent. The user
interface is actually quite respectable, but the fact remains that the
Wavestation voice architecture is deeply heirarchical and does not
easily lend itself to periscope programming, although every parameter
The SR is a good deal if you're after 550 presets. It's also a
compact, fully-fledged Wavestation if you have a decent computer-based
editor or are happy with the front panel. The manual on its own is
well structured and even pictures the effects algorithms, making it a
useful document for owners of the other Wavestations.