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Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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simulacra a part-time user from USA writes:
I already had a JP8080 when I purchased the Korg.

For the money this is a great deal. For me personally, it gives me exactly what I need without paying for features I'll never use. For instance- limited polyphony: I don't care. Many real analogs where monophonic. Plus, when I record, I record one track at a time anyway so I can process and mix each track individually for more control in the mix. I don't need a multitimbral mix coming out of the box, so I'm satisfied that I didn't pay for it.

The programming of this thing is a breeze. It's knob driven vs. menu driven. It's very easy to get a decent filtering sound out of it, and while it doesn't completely scream (as others have complained) I don't need to compress the hell out of it to tuck in into the mix. The bass sounds are not over EQed like the Roland (which is extreme in my opinion). Again, real analogs never even had EQs, and it bugs me about the Roland that the bottom end is 80% EQ rather than the actual waveform. It's also very easy to dial in sounds with decent attacks- it doesn't have the clicking that often comes with the Roland. The attacks are as tight as you want them. I like the knob layout, the easy OSC mixer, the additional filtering parameters, and the modulation patching that is not buried in menus.

As an aside, this is not an all-in-one module- it's a niche player. It also costs less than half what more comprehensive VAs do. It's strengths to me seem to be biting leads and bass sounds, and funky analog-styled sounds. It seems to generally sit well in the mix, and it does enough of the what JP doesn't that it is worth its place in my rack.

Gripes (mostly details- not useability issues here): Rackmount, but there is NO ROOM for the cords in the rack without taking up an extra rack space (unlike the Roland), knobs are too tiny (you literally twiddle them with your fingers), low contrast typeface against background makes it difficult to read knob/buttons in low light levels (but you pretty much memorize where everything is after using it awhile), distortion level cannot be controlled (to my knowledge, at least, it is either ON or OFF), and it is easier to use another synth's controller to turn off the effects than it is to turn them off from the panel- (I really wish every synth had a global efx OFF switch - hard or soft would be fine).

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jan-20-2001 at 13:09
zog a hobbyist user from the moon writes:
This thing is cool as hell. The leads and bass are great, it makes EXCELLENT noises. It blew my speakers, though. And for that i will never forgive it.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Dec-30-2000 at 18:57
Tim a hobbyist user from UK writes:
Its the dogs bollocks !

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Dec-22-2000 at 07:58
x a professional user from USA writes:
I've created a station at mp3.com for the MS 2000/ MS 2000r, the url is: http://www.mp3.com/stations/ms2000

If you have music on mp3.com and would like to be included email me and let me know what song it is on your page and how the MS 2000r was used.

This should help people get a feel for what the MS 2000 can do in real applications.

posted Tuesday-Dec-19-2000 at 18:17
aural a hobbyist user from US writes:
I've had mine for 3 weeks,and the honeymoon is still not over!

Things I like:

The Sound! I'm surprised to read people dogging it.IMO,it's as phat and ballsy as you want it to be.Also,it has a great variety of waveforms,and the DWGS waves add even more possibilities.

The layout/interface is really well designed and friendly.Very little "cursor/paging" around. A nice touch is the use of the patch select buttons to jump to specific pages.

The Mod Sequencer is really cool and inspiring.With one for each timbre,some really complex sounds can come out of 2 parts/ 4 voices.

The price.I paid 639$ new,and am well satisfied.

Things I don't like so much:

Seems silly to complain about the number of parts/voices.Sure I wish there were more-who wouldn't?

While the filter sounds great,it is designed to cut the gain as the resonance is cranked all the way.This kind of annoys me when I'm not expecting it.

I really wish there were separate fx sends for each of the timbres.

Wallwart.

Flimsy construction.

Bottom line-this thing rules!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Nov-27-2000 at 14:55
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