According to their Japanese website, Korg has announced the Legacy Collection – Digital Edition. This collection consists of updates to the Wavestation and MDE-X plug-ins plus the addition of a virtual version of the Classic M1 synth. All three elements of the Korg Legacy Collection – Digital Edition will support RTAS, VST and Audio Units plug-in formats for Windows XP and Mac OS X.
The release date looks to be October 1st (in Japan at least) and upgrades will be available for current Legacy Collection owners. As the information we obtained comes from the Japanese website further details are still ‘unclear’. We expect the international Korg websites will follow soon with more and clear details on this new Legacy Collection. We will get back to you as soon as possible when this occurs.
Update: Official Korg pressrelease:
Korg introduces the Legacy Collection — Digital Edition, a plug-in suite containing two virtual Korg digital synthesis masterpieces: The M1 and WAVESTATION 1.5, plus the MDE-X multi-effects found in Korg’s original Legacy Collection. Like the original, the new Digital Edition delivers classic Korg synthesizers reborn as software.
* M1 Software Synthesizer – The sound engine of the M1, renowned as the first widely popular music workstation, is available as an eight-part multitimbral virtual instrument, and has been updated with new features such as a resonant filter and dual Insert effects. In addition to offering the PCM, Program and Combination data of the M1 plus all of the data from the 19 optional PCM/Program cards, new drum sounds have been added for a massive total of over 2,700 vibrant presets.
* WAVESTATION Version 1.5 Software Synthesizer – Korg’s WAVESTATION, which was reintroduced as software in the original Legacy Collection, has been updated to Version 1.5. It now includes all of the PCM and Program data from the original WAVESTATION, WAVESTATION SR and all six of its popular optional cards, providing a versatile and expansive arsenal of 1,400 presets and sounds.
* MDE-X Version 1.2 Multi-effect Plug-in – The MDE-X suite of effects from the original Legacy Collection has been updated to Version 1.2, adding RTAS support for use within ProTools systems. Featuring 19 types of effects and 128 presets, MDE-X’s broad range reflects many years of technical expertise derived from Korg’s effects processors, synthesizers (including the TRITON family) and digital recording studios.
All three elements of the KORG Legacy Collection — Digital Edition (M1, WAVESTATION v.1.5 and MDE-X v.1.2) support RTAS, VST and Audio Units plug-in formats. The M1 and WAVESTATION 1.5 can also operate as stand-alone instruments, and each provides up to 256 notes of polyphony (depending on the host computer’s CPU power).
The Legacy Collection — Digital Edition is compatible with both Mac OS X and Windows XP operating systems, and will be available in late October 2005 for a list price of $199.99. US owners of the original Legacy Collection can receive the new version at a special “Preferred Owner” price of $99.