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Tg-33 vs Wavestation Desktop Synthesizers
Old 5 days ago
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Tg-33 vs Wavestation

What are some pros and cons of the two synths, and then taking those into consideration, which one is the better synth? ( I like patchmaking and trippy/ emotional/ dense/ creative hip hop beats)
Old 5 days ago
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It really is a matter of taste. Neither is that pleasant to edit. I had a Wavestation A/D years back and sold it without ever really digging into it. The presets were all very well known from records, adverts and TV music of the 90s. I have no doubt it is capable of great stuff but it looked too painful to get there. Sometimes I feel like I'm tempted to give it another go.

I've still got a TG33. I have thought about selling it but on yanking it out and playing with it, there is some magic in there amongst the rather large areas of sour-spot. It is a bloody stupid shape though, a massive desktop unit. I've said it before but it's a box that is somehow greater than the sum of its crappy parts. Crap 2-op FM, crap samples and crap effects in big box.

I think most people would say the smoother/polished sound of the Wavestation beats the TG33 but some might prefer the TG's rawness.
Old 5 days ago
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TG33 is far cheaper, less featured, and less polished in sound.

Wavestation VST is truly better than any of the associated hardware - every expanded wave collected at once, enhancements to the filters and processing, and more. If you are hardware-only, too bad.
Old 5 days ago
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TG33 is far cheaper, less featured, and less polished in sound.

Wavestation VST is truly better than any of the associated hardware - every expanded wave collected at once, enhancements to the filters and processing, and more. If you are hardware-only, too bad.
Yes this is what it comes down to. I owned a Wavestation AD. There's no magic in the hardware. This is one case the software sounds better. It also does way more and is easier to use. The hardware Wavestation adds a crappiness to the sound and it's not the crappiness that's the kind I think people like. Well at least I didn't.

Either way the Wavestation is emulated very well in software and the TG33 is not. The answer is hardware TG and software WS.
Old 5 days ago
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TG33 has four parts that can be mixed together. Two are sample based, two are 2-operator (simple) FM. Each part uses one voice of the available 32 voice polyphony, so using all four reduces you to 8 notes at a time. Mixing is via a joystick, either manually or you can record the joystick motion as part of the patch. It's pretty low-fi/grungy, as it was a low-end synth in the Yamaha line.

Wavestation is 100% sample based. The only other thing I know about it is it was much more expensive with a cleaner sound.
Old 5 days ago
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The Wavestation is ambient.

In the right hands, the TG-33 is so insanely techno it hurts.

In the wrong hands, the TG-33 is just a crappy rompler from the early 90's.

EDIT:

Also, neither box is very much fun to use and is only worth having if you are looking for a very specific flavor. The TG-33 has a very strong personality that is unique, the WS is very good, but there are a million other things that will also skin that particular cat.

IOW you own a WS because you want to own a WS, not because it is the only thing that does what it does, the way it does it.
Old 4 days ago
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Gear Nut
 

Sorry to catch y’all off guard, but I’d like to now make this tg-33 vs Wavestation vs Blofeld vs se-02
Old 4 days ago
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Oh
Old 4 days ago
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For what it's worth, I love my tg-33. I'd never sell it. Makes some absolutely bonkers techno sounds .

I know that's not what you make, but it's got a great gritty tone and can do some nice bass, pads, leads etc
Old 4 days ago
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The best Korg Wavestation is the iPad version. The touch screen interface makes it very hands on and very visual to dig into the synth engine

Get a cheap used iPad and a MIDI interface and it becomes a powerful piece of standalone hardware.

As an added bonus by getting the M1 app it becomes a better M1 than the hardware M1 for the same reasons.

I sold my M1 and Wavestation for just these reasons
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