Transform Your iPad Into A Complete Korg Synth Studio

Korg introduces iMS-20 app for iPad      09/11/10
Transform Your iPad Into A Complete Korg Synth Studio

Following the April release of the iElectribe virtual analog beatbox for iPad, which continues to be a top seller at the iTunes store, Korg has unveiled a new app based on classic Korg synth instruments. Here's their press release with all the details...
The new, intuitive Korg iMS-20 application transforms users' iPads into complete analog synth studios with a detailed recreation of the legendary Korg MS-20 semi-modular analog synth, along with a built-in 16-step analog sequencer, based on the Korg SQ-10. A variety of additional new features, including an analog drum machine, mixer, dual Kaoss pads and direct access to SoundCloud online distribution, makes this application ideal for electronic musicians.
Ever since the launch of the MS-20 in 1978, this distinctive monophonic synthesizer has enjoyed unbroken popularity for its thick and solid sound, aggressive analog filters and inexhaustible potential for creative patching. Using Korg's proprietary CMT (Component Modeling Technology) the iMS-20 completely replicates every aspect of the legendary MS-20: the two Voltage Controlled Oscillators, Voltage Controlled Filters, two dynamic Envelope Generators and a Voltage Controlled Amplifier. iMS-20 also features high-pass/low-pass self-oscillating filters with the same unique distortion elements that made these filters popular back in their day, and still coveted today.
The Korg SQ-10, also introduced in the late 1970s, is effectively recreated for the iMS-20 app. Featuring 16 steps, this analog sequencer can produce either a series of pitches or create a cyclic pattern of control changes to the volume, panning, filter brightness and other synthesizer parameters. The iMS-20 version also includes new improvements not found on the original, such as easy control of notes, volume, pan, or synth/effect parameters. All of the SQ-10's classic and unique functionality, such as three channels of voltage control and six types of sequence modes, is also included.
The iMS-20 also features a six-part drum machine. By simply pressing the step buttons, drum parts can be quickly created, with each hit having independent control of pitch and gate time. By using the seven-channel mixer, complete with several Insert effects, users can bring together the MS-20 and drum machine components to create full musical phrases.
In addition to being a complete electronic music production studio, the iMS-20 can function as a dynamic performance instrument as well. It is equipped with dual Kaoss pad control surfaces – one for note creation as made famous by Korg's KAOSSILATOR, and one for manipulating parameter values in real-time, as found on Korg's KAOSS series of effects processors.
Users can share their creativity via the SoundCloud integration feature. SoundCloud provides a way to publish songs or to collaborate on new music with friends anywhere in the world. Audio data exported by the iMS-20 app can be quickly published and shared, and users can access the SoundCloud server right from within iMS-20.
Pricing and Availability:
The Korg iMS-20 for iPad is available for download purchase from Apple's App Store (inside the iTunes Store) for a special introductory price of $15.99 (USD) until January 31, 2011, after which point the app will be available for the regular price of $32.99. More information:


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Marc JX8P    Said...

Very cool! I'll definitely get this app! Editing sounds via the multitouch screen should be really intuitive.

09-Nov-10 05:40 AM

Brian from USA    Said...

Why do mfrs keep talking about the "analog" stuff in their digital products? It's like the word has no real meaning any more.

09-Nov-10 08:34 AM

Sean Sax    Said...

Amazingly enough, I've never realized Brian's point until he brought it up here. Kinda' like using artificial flavouring and claiming your products has "that real orange just taste". Only one thing has that real orange juice taste . . . real orange juice.

09-Nov-10 11:50 AM

Borat    Said...

Why can't korg just remake the Ms-20 as a real hardware synth instead of teasing us with a sub par soft synth?

09-Nov-10 07:37 PM

Gustavo    Said...

To me, it looks like a revamped DS-10 (the one for teh Nintendo DS)

Also, what Brian says is true... nothing will be analog except analog.

09-Nov-10 11:26 PM

Nick B    Said...

Well it has elements of the DS10 but it is definitely more MS20. The filters actually sound pretty good. I tried it today and was quite impressed.

Missing for now is the MIDI in which would be kinda cool for meaningful playing

10-Nov-10 03:02 PM

DBM    Said...

Funny I was just wondering if they had any intention of doing KLC stuff on the iPad ?

KORG get out of my head ! lol

10-Nov-10 11:01 PM

DBM    Said...

@Nick B any info if they will add core midi ?

10-Nov-10 11:02 PM

Dirty Heaven    Said...

"The filters actually sound pretty good" that's a good joke Nick ! ha ha ha ... f... this software-shit.

12-Nov-10 03:44 AM

Bart    Said...

Lol. Wake up, or are you living in a museum? These things and this kind of software are the future. It's like what happened with analog photography. You can't stop this, so accept it.

13-Nov-10 08:02 AM

Reality    Said...

Can those instruments do polyphonic sounds (chords)? All I can hear are mono lines. Probably due to the IPad's processing power limitations. The drum module sounds nice though.

14-Nov-10 05:18 AM

Gustav    Said...

@Bart: Unfortunately this is the future. I say unfortunately because digital things will never have the same inmediacy as hardware, nor the same inspiration hardware makes. There is a reason why companies like Buchla and Mattson are still around. Same goes for the rebirth of Moog and DSI.

BUT I agree they make up in functinoality (as in the MS-20 did not have a drum machine)and sometimes user interface. Still I believe nothing beats having a real keyboard with real knobs. Although with the inclusion of the Midi interface for the iphone, this may change...

14-Nov-10 12:03 PM

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