How to Assign MIDI Channels in Virtual Korg Wavestation Software

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The software version of Korg's Wavestation synth gives you the classic sound of the instrument in a virtual studio environment. It is only one of the synths included in the Korg Legacy Collection series, which contains software adaptations of the MS-20 and the PolySix. To change MIDI channels for note and knob information reception from the included MS-20 USB controller, you will need to know how to use the legacy Cell standalone application. With the right instruction, you can change the MIDI channel on this powerful virtual synth in only a minute or two.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Double-click on the Wavestation icon that is located on your desktop. You can also click "Start," "All Programs," then select Wavestation from the list of programs that appears. Wait for the Preferences screen to appear before continuing onto the next step.

  2. 2

    Click the "MIDI Settings" tab, where you select the MIDI ports and channels for controlling the Wavestation from the MS-20 controller.

  3. 3

    Click the desired MIDI channel from this screen. You can choose channels 1 through 16 for receiving note and program change data from your MS-20 controller. Avoid selecting a channel that you wish to reserve for another instrument or Legacy Collection emulator synth.

Tips and warnings

  • If you are using the Wavestation in VST mode with a Digital Audio Workstation host, you can select the MIDI channels individually for every instance on each MIDI track itself.
  • Setting multiple instruments to the same MIDI channel will cause both instruments to sound, possibly causing MIDI feedback.

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