Korg OASYS Hacked to Run Linux, Windows

Release a synth with the heart of a PC, and it’s only a matter of time before someone tries to use it like a PC. Sure enough, Korg’s flagship OASYS, with an Intel CPU and a Linux-based OS, has been hacked to run off-the-shelf distributions of Linux and Windows from its CD drive: Karma Lab Forums – OASYS Runs Knoppix! (via Luca Capozzi’s Synthosium)

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Synth Designing Dream Job: Korg R&D’s Dan Phillips

Dan Phillips with Korg Research & Development is one of the designers behind Korg’s ultra-premium Korg OASYS keyboard, among many other projects. In addition to getting to design electronic musical instruments for a living, Dan is an electronic singer-songwriter, writer, composer (Fox TV, As the World Turns), consultant (Santana, Emily Bazar), producer, remixer, and even amateur photographer. Dan shares with CDM how the OASYS was born, some of his favorite (non-Korg) synths and software, and how he got what for many of us would be a dream job.

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Korg Adds Physical Modeling, Software Upgrade to OASYS Synth

Scoop: CDM has learned that this week Korg will announce a major upgrade to its luxurious flagship musical instrument, the Korg OASYS. The free software upgrade, to be available in December, will enhance the OASYS with support for up to 2 GB of RAM, plus enhanced modulation and navigation. That’s nifty, but here’s the big news: Korg is including a major new physical modeling instrument called the STR-1 Plucked String. With radical sound sculpting abilities, it promises to be sound design heaven — and it’s yet another reason to trade your car for a monthly bus pass so you can …

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Korg’s OASYS Synth: How it Was Built, Why it Runs Linux, Why It’s $8,000

Electronic musicians can be forgiven for dismissing the Korg OASYS for its sticker price. But this is a keyboard that’s worth a look even if you’re not in the market to buy. Why? It’s a model of sound design, representing the specs Korg’s best had dreamed of for a decade and a half, it’s a demonstration of why Linux will have a big role in future embedded devices, and it gives insight not only into future (and more affordable) devices from Korg, but from other hardware and software makers alike. On O’Reilly’s Digital Media site, helmed by the awesome force …

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Korgs (and Eventides) Past: Music Creation Preservation in Action

To cap off today’s Korg Love Fest, let’s take a moment to remember gear of yesteryear . . . meaning, of course, just a few short years ago. Sure, the latest-and-greatest is always lovely, but I love the fact that Dan Phillips from Korg has an extensive site devoted to the

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Korg Oasys Keyboard-Computer Hybrid, Powered by Linux

The hardware keyboard empire, on the sidelines for the computer music renaissance, is striking back with new hybrid hardware. And Linux is spreading through digital music equipment — fast. Witness the new Linux-powered Korg behemoth: the second-generation OASYS keyboard announced today, as rumors predicted. Linux-powered computer, running entirely-proprietary Korg software on top (expansion appears to be proprietary, too, via ROM) 10.4" touchscreen display 16-track HD audio recording plus MIDI sequencing Second-generation KARMA synthesis engine MIDI control surface On-board effects processing CD Burner I hear there's a keyboard in there somewhere, too The Korg looks significantly less flexible and more expensive …

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