â€” ORT iteration of Korgâ€™s popular percussion synth is specially designed for Middle Eastern music â€”
Korg is now shipping the new Wavedrum Oriental Dynamic Percussion Synthesizer**, a limited edition version of Korgâ€™s popular Wavedrum designed specifically for Middle Eastern music. The Wavedrum Oriental boasts a massive infusion of popular, unique and accurate percussion sounds, all playable from the Wavedrumâ€™s dynamic rim and real drum head surface. Featuring more programs than the original Wavedrum, it offers new, specialized algorithms and samples designed for the percussionist seeking the very highest quality Middle Eastern percussion sounds. [**in this instance, â€œOrientalâ€? denotes Middle Eastern rather than Far Eastern.]
Percussion of the Middle East owes its groove and exotic atmosphere not just to its non-Western music theory and unique performance techniques, but also to the distinctive sound of specific percussion instruments arising from various musical cultures
of the area. New samples featured on the Wavedrum Oriental are dedicated to various instruments such as Darabuka, Danhola, Drinkga, Sagat, Riq, Def, Tar, Bendir and many more. The striking surfaces of these instruments are simple, yet they are able to produce a wide range of timbres. The Wavedrum is distinguished by its revolutionary synthesis technology and by an interface that allows a direct physical method of performance, making it the ideal instrument for replicating and articulating these exacting sounds.
All of the Wavedrum Orientalâ€™s new sounds faithfully simulate the distinctive ways in which tone is affected by subtle nuances in playing technique and the position of the strike on the instrument â€“ the Darabuka with its thin single skin, the Riq with its single skin and jingles and the dual-skinned Bendir, for example. The number of preset programs has been increased from the original Wavedrumâ€™s, and now stands at 150 editable preset programs, with 150 additional locations to store customized programs. The Wavedrum Orientalâ€™s appearance has also been enhanced. The body is a white tone reminiscent of a high-quality Darabukkaâ€™s ceramic body, complemented by a deep red wine-colored rim.
An ideal instrument for the percussionist seeking a broader range of sounds, the Wavedrum Oriental will deliver performances that are both traditional and creative.
The Korg Wavederum ORT is currently available with a U.S. MSRP of $980.00. For more information, please visit www.korg.com.