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#657278 - 09/26/06 02:39 PM Korg O.A.S.Y.S. - anybody played one?
DeAntonio Offline
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Registered: 01/28/04
Posts: 53
Loc: United Kingdon
Hello:)

I was thinking of upgrading my Digital piano one day (I have a Roland KR577 - still good) and would like to know if anyone has played on one of these workstation/keyboards/synths (OASYS)(supposedly a computer inside as well - albeit Linux)

No it isn’t cheap at £5,399 Pound (or about $8000 for the 88 key variety - though there is a 76 key one available too) Korg Oasys - nor though, however, is a Yamaha CVP 309 etc. Was just wondering what the quality of piano is like on this Synth - since there are many other things you can do with it too - like record 16 tracks of audio onto it then burn to CD.

TIA \:\)

Anthony

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#657279 - 09/26/06 05:03 PM Re: Korg O.A.S.Y.S. - anybody played one?
born2die Offline
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Registered: 05/27/06
Posts: 90
Loc: midlands uk
try the yamaha s90es as you have the half pedal function if you use there pedals and it also has a great piano with full wxpandability.

imo I think that it is a better sample than the over critical oasis and it will also leave you with £4000 for other things

http://www.sonicstate.com/news/shownews.cfm?newsid=2720

http://www.yamaha-europe.com/yamaha_euro...0_ES/index.html

http://www.yamaha-europe.com/yamaha_euro...h_v1_0_300k.wmv

Th last link is the video link from yams website
try yams website for vids
tris
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#657280 - 09/26/06 06:45 PM Re: Korg O.A.S.Y.S. - anybody played one?
ipgrunt Offline
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Registered: 06/06/05
Posts: 419
Loc: Western US
 Quote:
Originally posted by DeAntonio:
Hello:)

I was thinking of upgrading my Digital piano one day (I have a Roland KR577 - still good) and would like to know if anyone has played on one of these workstation/keyboards/synths (OASYS)(supposedly a computer inside as well - albeit Linux)

No it isn’t cheap at £5,399 Pound (or about $8000 for the 88 key variety - though there is a 76 key one available too) Korg Oasys - nor though, however, is a Yamaha CVP 309 etc. Was just wondering what the quality of piano is like on this Synth - since there are many other things you can do with it too - like record 16 tracks of audio onto it then burn to CD.

TIA \:\)

Anthony [/b]
Korg OASYS is the Edsel of the synth industry.

The OASYS is an amazing modular platform with giggagobs of memory, able to contain everything digital including the kitchen sink -- analog synth, vector synth, plucked string and other physical modellers, the CX-3 Hammond engine, their newest synth engine, etc. But for the pianist, the instrument is severely limited from the get-go because of the Korg RH2 ("Real Hammer") action. This action, which also appears in the SP-500, consistently rates lowest in comparisons of the big 4 digital piano makers (Korg, Kawai, Roland, Yamaha).

The Korg SP500 is common enough -- go play one and you'll have the feel of the OASYS -- imho, it's a cheap, light plastic feel with an unexpectedly shallow yet spongy keybed.

It's the 10" color screen of the graphical user interface that looks fantastic and how you visually configure the various components within the OASYS operating system. Hats off to the Korg software designers for a great looking and easy to use system! They worked hard to make a complicated system seem consisten and logical and therefore, relatively easy for an experienced user to operate. However, with the OASYS, one gets the feeling that the effort developing a controller/keybed didn't match the successful efforts and innovation on the software interface and integration technologies, and consequently delivered a keyboard that was not yet ready for primetime.

With the OASYS system and interface, Korg is now competing with VST/soft synth market. The software syth designers work from a top down perspective, compared to the hardware manufacture like Korg, Roland, and Yamaha, and it shows in user interface design, feature integration, and ease of use. Korg has lept ahead of their competition in making their keyboards usuable and I would like to see the OASYS system in better controller keybeds in near the future, at a much lower price point to make it accessible to the rest of us.

Had this interface been placed in the Yamaha ES or the Roland Fantom keyboard, then lookout Cleveland -- a winner has arrived. But that didn't happen, yet.

If you're considering the OASYS, stop.

Look for the best keyboard controller money can buy. Buy based on feel and features. Maybe you get a Kurzweill, CME, Novation, or whatever. Next, buy a top of the line dual core laptop, or wait until next spring's quad core Intel architecture hits the market. Then buy and run a decent soft piano, something like Ivory or Pianotec. You'll save money and be much happier with the results.

I'll leave you with one more thought.... Keyboard Magazine last year reviewed the OASYS and in it claimed that Jordan Rudess loves the feel of his OASYS keyboard. That may be true as I too would be delighted by an $8000 gift horse from Korg, but I'll bet Jordan sits down at a Kawai, Roland, or Yamaha, something other than a Korg keyboard when he's ready to lay down a digital piano track.
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#657281 - 09/26/06 08:40 PM Re: Korg O.A.S.Y.S. - anybody played one?
DeAntonio Offline
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Registered: 01/28/04
Posts: 53
Loc: United Kingdon
Thanks for the input.

I don't think I will go for an oasys - as the piano *does* seem to "lack" somewhat (after hearing online/dvd demos etc) - and that, even, considering it's over ½ gig big! I'm leaning to the software piano route, as I already have cubase SX3, with Lots of VST plugins.

My current PC is an Athlon FX55, 2gig ram, 250gig/16MB Cache HD etc

Thanks

Anthony

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#657282 - 09/27/06 11:33 AM Re: Korg O.A.S.Y.S. - anybody played one?
GregC Offline
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Registered: 04/29/04
Posts: 136
Loc: Dublin, California
 Quote:
Originally posted by ipgrunt:
 Quote:
Originally posted by DeAntonio:
Hello:)


Anthony [/b]
Korg OASYS is the Edsel of the synth industry.

The OASYS is an amazing modular platform with giggagobs of memory, able to contain everything digital including the kitchen sink -- analog synth, vector synth, plucked string and other physical modellers, the CX-3 Hammond engine, their newest synth engine, etc. But for the pianist, the instrument is severely limited from the get-go because of the Korg RH2 ("Real Hammer") action. This action, which also appears in the SP-500, consistently rates lowest in comparisons of the big 4 digital piano makers (Korg, Kawai, Roland, Yamaha).

The Korg SP500 is common enough -- go play one and you'll have the feel of the OASYS -- imho, it's a cheap, light plastic feel with an unexpectedly shallow yet spongy keybed.

It's the 10" color screen of the graphical user interface that looks fantastic and how you visually configure the various components within the OASYS operating system. Hats off to the Korg software designers for a great looking and easy to use system! They worked hard to make a complicated system seem consisten and logical and therefore, relatively easy for an experienced user to operate. However, with the OASYS, one gets the feeling that the effort developing a controller/keybed didn't match the successful efforts and innovation on the software interface and integration technologies, and consequently delivered a keyboard that was not yet ready for primetime.

With the OASYS system and interface, Korg is now competing with VST/soft synth market. The software syth designers work from a top down perspective, compared to the hardware manufacture like Korg, Roland, and Yamaha, and it shows in user interface design, feature integration, and ease of use. Korg has lept ahead of their competition in making their keyboards usuable and I would like to see the OASYS system in better controller keybeds in near the future, at a much lower price point to make it accessible to the rest of us.

Had this interface been placed in the Yamaha ES or the Roland Fantom keyboard, then lookout Cleveland -- a winner has arrived. But that didn't happen, yet.

If you're considering the OASYS, stop.

Look for the best keyboard controller money can buy. Buy based on feel and features. Maybe you get a Kurzweill, CME, Novation, or whatever. Next, buy a top of the line dual core laptop, or wait until next spring's quad core Intel architecture hits the market. Then buy and run a decent soft piano, something like Ivory or Pianotec. You'll save money and be much happier with the results.

I'll leave you with one more thought.... Keyboard Magazine last year reviewed the OASYS and in it claimed that Jordan Rudess loves the feel of his OASYS keyboard. That may be true as I too would be delighted by an $8000 gift horse from Korg, but I'll bet Jordan sits down at a Kawai, Roland, or Yamaha, something other than a Korg keyboard when he's ready to lay down a digital piano track. [/b]
wow, the Oasys is the Edsel of the synth industry. And you have the inside stuff on JR's playing habits

And obviously, Korg isn't very smart, since by your standards, anyone can take a top line PC and load it with soft synths and hook it up with the ' best controller ' they can find, whatever that is

its great to learn so much from 1 person. FYI,I don't own the Oasys
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#657283 - 08/28/07 06:02 PM Re: Korg O.A.S.Y.S. - anybody played one?
DeAntonio Offline
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Registered: 01/28/04
Posts: 53
Loc: United Kingdon
Reason i'am "bumping" this thread, is because I actually Brought one of these last month![/b] - and it really is Awsome.
I "reviewed" it here http://www.korgforums.com/forum/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=26025&highlight= a while ago, and I was wrong in thnking the Roland KR577's piano was better. Nope, this piano is by far superior (over 500 megs big) and much clearer (the Roland KR577 sounded rather muffled - especially in the middle area).

Also, With the superb Strings on it, and orchestral sounds, you can just about compose(or copy!) a Concerto on it! \:\)


Antonio

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#657284 - 09/16/07 02:16 AM Re: Korg O.A.S.Y.S. - anybody played one?
skyy38 Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 09/16/07
Posts: 6
Loc: Alaska
 Quote:
Originally posted by DeAntonio:
Hello:)

I was thinking of upgrading my Digital piano one day (I have a Roland KR577 - still good) and would like to know if anyone has played on one of these workstation/keyboards/synths (OASYS)(supposedly a computer inside as well - albeit Linux)

No it isn’t cheap at £5,399 Pound (or about $8000 for the 88 key variety - though there is a 76 key one available too) Korg Oasys - nor though, however, is a Yamaha CVP 309 etc. Was just wondering what the quality of piano is like on this Synth - since there are many other things you can do with it too - like record 16 tracks of audio onto it then burn to CD.

TIA \:\)

Anthony [/b]
Now that we've gotten off the subject,you might want to try plinking around on a Yamaha MO 8,if you haven't already.WAY less expensive than an OASYS(lol) and,ultimately maybe more useful for musician types. Yamaha has always had a way with piano sounds basically because they manufacture electronic AND acoustic instruments.

It's about $1599 USD,but rebates are hovering in the air at Yamaha,so you might be able to catch one "falling".

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#657285 - 09/17/07 06:18 PM Re: Korg O.A.S.Y.S. - anybody played one?
DeAntonio Offline
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Registered: 01/28/04
Posts: 53
Loc: United Kingdon
 Quote:
Originally posted by skyy38:
[you might be able to catch one "falling". [/QB]
Or you might want to read the post directly above you?? :rolleyes:

Yamaha Digitals as a piano source?

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