What have we here? Some kind of new Korg MS-20 incarnation or what?
Well, quite many of you will soon notice that IT is in fact two Korgs together: Microkorg XL (one with keyboard) and above that Korg Radias module. After some thinking I just found a funny way to put them together. I have had them both for some time now and here are few words about them.
Korg Radias with Arturia Origin
A reason for me to buy Radias was to broaden the synth sound palette which was mainly based to my Origin. Origin is a great piece of art itself, but it has limits especially in producing modern sounds. For example, Origin has no supersaw oscillator and also its effects miss some qualities to make this kind of huge power synths, which you hear in so many records nowadays. Just listen to David Guetta's songs, to see what I mean.
On the other hand, Radias is kind of a futuristic-digital-analog modelling-trance synth, which is criticized to lack some power or sounding thin. First, as a long time Origin user, I can confirm these claims to a certain extent. It seems to me that I cannot get same "analog" punch from Radias, which I get from Origin. Anyway here's the best part. When I put those two together, I get something new which is kind of "best of both worlds". Those two complement greatly each others weaknesses. In fact what I do, is putting Radias into Origin's audio-ins and this gives me a whole new sound territory: I have noticed for example, that Radias sounds much more powerful when I use compression and other FX from Origin. Also, I can use Origin's filters and LFOs to manipulate Radias' sound. I can get HUGE sounds when I layer those two together. Basically I have 48 voices polyphony to deal with, when I have those two (Origin has 32 voices and Radias 16).
Radias gives you many thing which you don't get from Origin. First, you can get a decent "supersaw" from it by using its unison mode(s). It has a lot of synth & drum PCM waveforms too. On of the best parts of Radias is its step sequencer and arpeggiator. With its good computer editor program it is easy to make drum beats and bass lines and those sync nicely together. In fact, I feed Radias' MIDI clock also into the Origin to make this whole system to sync together. This works great. (iConnect MIDI does a great job here and also Roland A-500pro MIDI keyboard.)
Well, to be honest, this is a more like a toy. But it can be very useful too, because of its compact size. I must say that I was thinking of selling it further, but now when I realized this combo (seen in the picture), I will probably keep it. One good thing is its keyboard; it's surprisingly easy and fun to play. Soundwise it's quite similar to Radias, but it's much more limited. Here's a little comparison about main differences:
|My "KORG HYBRID" in action|