Korg Collection

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Vleker
KVRist
62 posts since 8 Jun, 2019

Post Mon Jul 22, 2019 3:31 am

Hey all,

The Korg collection is currently on sale and I'm wondering if it is still worth it. I'm also interested in the Arturia V collection but I'm waiting for Black Friday with that one. I'm mostly making pop/rock, but I use synths quite a lot so I wonder if I should get both or if one is simply better than the other :phones:

Looking for input, thanks :wink:

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EvilDragon
KVRAF
18504 posts since 7 Jan, 2009 from Croatia

Re: Korg Collection

Post Mon Jul 22, 2019 4:08 am

It's still worth it, unless you have a HiDPI display, then maybe think about it, because UIs are gonna be tiny (or blurry, if rescaled).

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Halonmusic
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2575 posts since 13 Nov, 2015 from Norway

Re: Korg Collection

Post Mon Jul 22, 2019 7:51 am

They are not that small.
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thecontrolcentre
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24356 posts since 27 Jul, 2005 from the wilds of wanny

Re: Korg Collection

Post Mon Jul 22, 2019 7:56 am

Halonmusic wrote:
Mon Jul 22, 2019 7:51 am
They are not that small.
I cant think of any modern VSTs that are so small. I cant read the text on most of them. Even the most recent one (KARP) is too small imho.

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Halonmusic
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2575 posts since 13 Nov, 2015 from Norway

Re: Korg Collection

Post Mon Jul 22, 2019 8:59 am

thecontrolcentre wrote:
Mon Jul 22, 2019 7:56 am
Halonmusic wrote:
Mon Jul 22, 2019 7:51 am
They are not that small.
I cant think of any modern VSTs that are so small. I cant read the text on most of them. Even the most recent one (KARP) is too small imho.
I have'nt really used KC in a long time so you might be right. I have to check for myself.
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robotmonkey
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2177 posts since 20 Jun, 2012

Re: Korg Collection

Post Mon Jul 22, 2019 9:20 am

Halonmusic wrote:
Mon Jul 22, 2019 7:51 am
They are not that small.
They are pretty small on even my not hi dpi monitor. At the moment they are usable but anything smaller would not be. Especially Wavestation and MDE-X.
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Forgotten
KVRAF
2256 posts since 15 Apr, 2019 from Nowhere

Re: Korg Collection

Post Mon Jul 22, 2019 9:44 am

They're hard to read (but not impossible) on a 15" MacBook Pro.

Korg really needs to do some work on the UIs. The plugins themselves are really good though.

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plexuss
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3228 posts since 8 Jul, 2009

Re: Korg Collection

Post Mon Jul 22, 2019 10:16 am

I have it. The GUI is definitely small on my 30" regular monitor. It makes them hard to use. But they sound pretty good. I've owned many of the original hardware and I think the collection is a good ITB substitute. I have to zoom in to use them however. :party:

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Halonmusic
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2575 posts since 13 Nov, 2015 from Norway

Re: Korg Collection

Post Mon Jul 22, 2019 10:25 am

robotmonkey wrote:
Mon Jul 22, 2019 9:20 am
Halonmusic wrote:
Mon Jul 22, 2019 7:51 am
They are not that small.
They are pretty small on even my not hi dpi monitor. At the moment they are usable but anything smaller would not be. Especially Wavestation and MDE-X.
Yes you are right. They are indeed small.
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Watchful
KVRist
216 posts since 9 Jan, 2018

Re: Korg Collection

Post Mon Jul 22, 2019 11:55 am

They sound great. I don't use MDE-X (largely because of the graphics issue), but have little trouble with the PolySix and MS-20: I generally know the layout of the knobs on the originals, and if you hover your mouse over any one of them, a popup reveals what they are--the popups are a ton more legible. Additionally, if you click on the Edit button, you get a slightly better (larger) view (provided you don't need the keyboard visible).

Regardless, Korg promised updated interfaces back in 2016 on a press release, so either they have too few folks on their end available to work on it, or the source code was far more in need of updates than they expected. I'd rather they'd have said nothing and not gotten our hopes up.

Thankfully, they're all 64-bit now.

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Forgotten
KVRAF
2256 posts since 15 Apr, 2019 from Nowhere

Re: Korg Collection

Post Mon Jul 22, 2019 12:01 pm

Watchful wrote:Thankfully, they're all 64-bit now.
I don't think all of the standalone applications are 64-bit, but all of the plugins are.

JerGoertz
KVRAF
2421 posts since 20 Feb, 2004

Re: Korg Collection

Post Mon Jul 22, 2019 12:21 pm

I'm gonna voice a somewhat less enthusiastic opinion than some here: most of these plugins are over a decade old, and graphics issues aside, they do show their age sonically (at least the strictly analog emulations PolySix and MS-20). They don't sound _bad_, but I never really even think about using them anymore.

The Odyssey emulation however has a top-notch sound.
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Melkor
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954 posts since 25 Feb, 2008 from Sydney, Australia

Re: Korg Collection

Post Mon Jul 22, 2019 12:40 pm

I use the WS and M1, and they are pretty small on my 1080 monitor, but I can read them clearly.

However, one thing I absolutely detest is an oversized, huge gui, for example, Dexed.


I think I'm the only person on earth who likes the small gui thing :D
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Forgotten
KVRAF
2256 posts since 15 Apr, 2019 from Nowhere

Re: Korg Collection

Post Mon Jul 22, 2019 12:49 pm

Melkor wrote:
Mon Jul 22, 2019 12:40 pm
I use the WS and M1, and they are pretty small on my 1080 monitor
1080 is not a very high resolution by today's standards though, so it's probably nearer to what they were originally designed for.

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BlackWinny
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3693 posts since 17 Jun, 2013 from very close to Paris, France

Re: Korg Collection

Post Mon Jul 22, 2019 1:45 pm

Forgotten wrote:
Mon Jul 22, 2019 12:01 pm
Watchful wrote:Thankfully, they're all 64-bit now.
I don't think all of the standalone applications are 64-bit, but all of the plugins are.
Exact. All the standalone applications (the .exe) of the Korg Collection are 32-bit, not 64-bit.

I have just checked with the excellent (and free) tool Winitor PeStudio.

Only Odyssey is 64-bit (and exclusively 64-bit).
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