The MS-20 was one of Korg s first major successful portable analog monosynths and even today it is still a great little machine The MS-20 is the big brother to the MS-10. It is an analog two-oscillator monophonic lead and bass synth with hard wired and patchable connections. The hard-wiring can be overridden however using patch-cords. This type of hard-wired but patchable design was similar to the ARP 2600 of the late seventies. Of course the 2600 was much bigger and better. But the MS-20 offered a lot of flexible control and great sounds at a more affordable price.
In addition to two analog oscillators the MS-20 featured two resonant VCF filters two VCAs sample and hold a noise generator an assignable mod-wheel and lots of knobs The VCF filter section is capable of high-pass low-pass notch and band-reject which is unique and different than your basic lowpass style filter. External sound sources can be routed through the filter section as well. In fact William Ø rbit uses the filter in his MS-20 relentlessly to filter and tweak his samples beats delay returns vocals etc.
There s also a Pitch-CV converter for triggering sounds from external sources. Aphex Twin makes quite a bit of use of this feeding the input stage of his MS-20s with drum sounds and other untrackable audio to get the synth to make a wide variety of crunch/squawp/screech noises by mistracking the filters etc.
As for its sounds the MS-20 sounds great It makes a great alternative for Minimoog-seekers. The MS-20 is great for just about any type of analog synth sound you could want Fat round bass sounds percussive bass or sounds noise effects squiggly-bubbly sounds or sinuous-worm leads are all waiting to be unleashed from inside this classic beast. The MS-20 is not only a great sounding instrument but a great learning-synth. It is fairly easy and intuitive to operate but in doing so you can learn and understand more about synthesis and signal-flow. It is used by William Ø rbit Aphex Twin Hardfloor Air SkyLab Stereolab Vince Clarke Astral Projection Biosphere Apollo 440 Mr. Oizo Jimi Tenor The Prodigy OMD Freddy Fresh Luke Vibert Einstuerzende Neubauten Add N to X Daft Punk Coldcut Die Krupps Skinny Puppy Electronic Dream Planet Jimmy Edgar Front 242 Front Line Assembly The Legendary Pink Dots KMFDM Severed Heads Royksopp The Faint The Shamen Jean-Michel Jarre and Portishead.
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