Korg Radias & RadiasR - Updated!
Author: Vedran Dakic
Date: 19 Jan 2006
For those of you that expected some Oasys spin-offs - you won't be disappointed with this one. Korg's new Multi Modeling Technology (MMT)-based keyboard called Radias joins the growing family of Korg's syntheseizers. Offering some similarities with the flagship Oasys (clean sound, no aliasing noise), as well as some really cool stuff - formant waveforms, noise and ring modulation, and classic PCM waveforms. This dual-filter keyboard can be used to bring some really cool, fat sounds that you've probably been missing from your main mix. You can also add some drive to make the sound a bit more warm, in a constant quest for more "analog" sound. Three Modulation Sequencers act much like analog synth's CV's (Control Voltages), by using discreet-step values, and six virtual patches offer the modern version of PS/MS series patch cords, allowing a free connection between all eleven modulation sources to any of the fifteen destinations.The effect section has some thirty algorithms - delay, reverb, chorus, compressor etc. You can also use two-band EQ and two insert effect for each timbre, as well as master effect for the complete program. The onboard arpeggiator has up to 32 steps, with six types of arpeggiator patterns provided, both of which can be used with two onboard step sequencers. By using a step sequencer with a drum kit, it's pretty easy to transform your Radias to a drum machine. In the package, you'll find a microphone for vocoding your sound with your voice, and the whole process starts with the push of a single button. The vocoder is sixteen-band, all adjustable to provide beyond talking music/robot voice experience. By using the onboard Formant Motion function you can record up to 7.5 seconds of information (words, singing, etc.), and you can store up to sixteen sets of recorded formant data (internal memory). You can also use onboard templates - for timbres, insert effects and master effects, to make your sound-making process much easier.
You can also check out the Radias MP3. I have to admit that due to "heavy load" on the Radias keyboard (many people wanted to try it out) I was only able to do a quick-patch-scan and had zero time to try out the input/output levels on my recording device so it's recorded a bit too loud from time to time. But this thing is really cool and sounds very good so - check it out.
Here are some pictures (small size, Radias and RadiasR):