KARMA 2: KARMA Wave-Sequencing (without arpeggiation)


You'd like to have KARMA vary the waveforms of a program, without having the typical arpeggiation or note pattern of a KARMA GE at the same time.


Let's try KARMA WaveSequencing on a piano program. Our goal is to dramatically change the sound of the piano (without having it be arpeggiated) when you press the KARMA button.

  • Step 1: Select a Program
    1. Select the following program on your keyboard as an example:
      • Korg M3: IA-000: Stereo Grand 4-Way
      • Korg OASYS: IA-000: OASYS Piano
      • Korg Kronos: IB-000: HD-1 Piano Damper (must be an HD-1 Piano)
    2. Activate the KARMA button and play a chord on the keyboard - you will hear a piano pattern played by KARMA.
  • Step 2: Select a KARMA Wave-Sequence GE
    1. For the M3, press the Page Select button and go to P7-1-1: KARMA1 > GE Setup. For the Kronos/OASYS, go to 7-1: KARMA > GE Setup/Key Zones.
    2. Click on the GE Category Select button and select the Wavesequence Category of GEs.
    3. For the M3, select GE 2043: WaveSeq 1 (Bnd/Rpt). For the Kronos/OASYS, it's GE 2002: WaveSeq 1 (Bnd/Rpt).
    4. Press a note on the keyboard and hold it, you will hear a string of 16th notes.
  • Step 3: Remove the notes and leave the wave-sequencing
    1. We need to modify a couple of parameters in the KARMA MIDI Filter section to actually use this on this piano program.
    2. For the M3, on P7-1: KARMA 1 press the MIDI Filter tab the bottom. For the Kronos/OASYS, got to 7-2 MIDI Filter/CC Offset.
    3. You will notice that the Notes checkbox is ON and WaveSeq is off.
    4. Change the WavSeq checkbox to ON to activate the wavesequencing of the piano sound. Play a note and you will now hear the string of 16th notes with each note being changed to a different waveform - it is actually cycling through 8 different waveforms.
    5. Change the Notes Checkbox to OFF ("GE Notes" on Kronos/OASYS) (now the KARMA notes will not be generated anymore in the pattern, which is what we want).
    6. With the KARMA LATCH button OFF, play single notes - you will hear that the piano sound has changed to the first waveform in the GE's wave-sequence.
    7. Turn the LATCH button ON, and play notes - each note that you play is using a different waveform, because the GE is latched and is cycling through the 8 waveforms that are specified by the GE.
    8. Turn the KARMA button OFF - there's the piano again.
  • Step 4: Changing the waveforms that are used
    1. For the M3, go to P7-2-1 GE RTP, and select [25-32]. For the Kronos/OASYS, it is 7-5 GE RTP/Scenes [17-32]. Here you will find the GE Parameters that control which 8 waveforms are cycled through (25-32 WaveSeq Row "n" Waveform).
    2. Simply change the numbers in the Value column to any waveforms you want.

So basically, when KARMA is set to OFF we have a piano sound. If we set KARMA to ON the notes can have different waveforms, even cycling through them.


  • You can use the Voice Name List for your particular model as a reference to look up which waveforms have which numbers.
  • Try Wave-Sequencing with different PCM Oscillators settings combined - you can get very different results based on the oscillators used.
  • You can use any KARMA pattern and filter out the notes as explained above, leaving just the "controller" activity to change what you are playing. For instance if you like the panning of a GE pattern, you can use only the Panning on your programming sound by making use of the GE MIDI Filter section to remove the notes.
  • Note: unless you are actually using KARMA to change the waveforms while you are playing, this is really no different than editing the PCM setting for the oscillator. All that KARMA is doing is changing it for you, so if you don't want it to change over time, you're better off just going to the Oscillator Basic page and changing the waveform in a program to a different one.
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