Korg has released OASYS software Version 1.10, which includes the first OASYS Expansion Instrument (EXi) update, the STR-1 Plucked String (pictured), as well as support for up to 2 GB of memory and enhancements to the OASYS voice architecture.
The STR-1 Plucked String is a physical model that allows the user to pluck, strike, scrape or otherwise “excite” the string with 16 different “pluck” types, noise or any of the onboard or RAM-based PCM waveforms. The string itself uses an advanced, highly controllable design, with modeling of both physical materials and playing style (including damping, dispersion, nonlinearity, harmonics and more). An audio input through the STR-1 provides modeled feedback. The string timbre can then be shaped further by using many OASYS voice elements such as filters, LFOs, a step-sequencer, Vector control and more, as well as layering with any other EXi (including using two STR-1s together).
This new EXi has a retail value of $299, but Korg is offering it free of charge to all current and future OASYS owners.
In addition, a new type of AMS Mixer (Alternate Modulation Source) has been added. The new Gate AMS Mixer lets the user set up two different AMS sources (or fixed AMS amounts) and then switch between the two using a third AMS source. Other enhancements include the ability to set a pedal to control Inc/Dec navigation and the ability to filter out half-damping when using a sustain pedal on non-piano sounds.
OS Version 1.10 is currently available. For more information, visit www.korg.com/oasys.