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Korg Ms-20

Analog Synthfrom the Korg MS series

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MS-20 low, but hard worker!

By Alain_DX7, 18/11/2014
With the buttons: they are bored. With "patches" (cables) remains stuck there for hours.

UTILIZATION

Forget the basics and manual: do anything. The MS-20 is made for this. Plus you always understand what you are doing because a patchable synth is 100% touch: you hold the control voltages between your fingers!

One of the keys of the MS-20 is the audio signal processor, which can do real hack. Do not hesitate either to make cords Y (three jacks).

SOUNDS

The MS-20 can not do good acoustic instrument sounds, with rare exceptions. Ask him to do against the effects and sound effects ... so here it is very hard! You have a really twisted idea? Make it!

The two independent low-pass filters and high-pass series allow many things.

His faults: the oscilloscope does not sound great, envelopes are soft.

OVERALL OPINION

I since 1978. The possibility of this synth are unique.
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A love of MS20

By Leicam, 30/10/2014
The friend Google will inform you better than me on the characteristics of MS20.
This is vintage so no memories, no connectors recent MIDI / USB kind.
Its black metal, its knobs that are "Clank!" and keys to the sound of old spring mattress in the attic make him a monster devastating look past that comes to haunt you with these sounds devastating!

UTILIZATION

This is my first big analog worthy of the name. The barrier to overcome is that of a knob = what function?
Once we got it the operation of the machine can be preset from an initial and traveled between different types of sounds one by one by grinding the front panel controls and you can really come across interesting and amazing things. A treat!

SOUNDS

This is the big mistake! So beware must adhere to the grain so special of course, but I adhere to 200%. I'm a fan. The bass is fat at will, they can be as well snapping paste (it is this synthesis term ...?) The lead can be as loud and aciiides smoothi ​​by setting out its filters. FX and other experimental sounds are obviously the game with good old MS20.
I was also very surprised and excited is the sound that is simply living and unstable, as many other analog you will tell me, but it made me violently kiffer.
If some people are surprised and may feel victimized by the machine, learn to tame the beast, make her scream at the right time and manage filters, modulations and other peaks with caution.

OVERALL OPINION

I won my love and MS20. I put my hands on different analog which are equally impressive (Minimoog travel, Bass Station, SH-101 ...) but MS still my heart stroke. It is subjective.
I used it for the first time experiencing it live a few days ago with a colleague on a Jomox for the rhythm and another on TB for sequences of bass, it is back to direct bacon and MS20 has everyone agrees! is soliiiide! :)
In short I recommend this synth for those who want an analog grain with a scalable, powerful and aggressive, off the beaten for their electro compos course trails.
I fear only one thing is that this old bird is a failure today :( because it is nickel but you never know what can we book the future ... although I think it's great that Korg has made a mini-MS20 reincarnation I find so puny and fragile next to the original ... But yet it runs very well, he and I we understand and feel that this is the beginning of a great story. I do never part.

#love #vintage #machine #gras #puissant #atypique # MS20!
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will68's review

By will68, 29/12/2013
a beautiful beast

USE

live, does not sound like a vst the MS20 min!

SOUNDS

unusual, intense and deep

NOTICE GLOBAL

Hard to use the 1st time but real potential
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Great Machine!

By djprov, 06/08/2012
Monophonic
3 octaves physical
100% Analog (no memory, no MIDI ...)
2 VCO, VCF, VCA + Full Patch bay

UTILIZATION

Once integrated the logic of "production" sounds, it does not stop fiddling with the buttons more!
To remember the sounds, there are leaves (yes paper) that represent the front of the instrument, simply fill the position of each button above for a given sound ... vintage to perfection.

SOUNDS

Do not expect the perfect Imitiation existing acoustic instrument can sometimes say that a sound approach known. I use this synth to produce electronic sound, adding the delay with an external effect are obtained super-tips, bass, techno sounds, effects (shooting lazer, drops of water etc. etc.). The BIG advantage is that all parameters are accessible in real time while you play ... just turn the knobs filters etc. ... big advantage over some machines or digital one reaches one parameter at a time. No wonder the new machines are left with more and more sliders frontage :-)

OVERALL OPINION

I use this synth for 31 years! and it still works perfectly! I have many machines and the only one ever tempt me to part is the MS20!
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Korg Ms-20 tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer:Korg
  • Model:Ms-20
  • Series:MS
  • Category:Analog Synths
  • Added in our database on: 04/08/2004

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