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Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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Mick Bane a part-time user from usa writes:
I finally tracked down one of these blue beasties (matches my RM1x) at a Guitar Center and snatched it up (they had just got it in and opened it to demo) as there were none available anywhere on the net...all on backorder. The sound is extremely nice and the price of the rack version is suspiciously low. It's allmost just like dialing up patches on a vintage analog, an interface I miss and crave as I hate having to use patch editors or scroll through retarded menus. The obnoxious light display that it gives during sequence playback could be disorienting, especially if you are on drugs.

The sounds are convincingly analog enough for my needs and it even has somewhat of the distinct sound of the older MIDI Korgs (pre sample playback) but with of course much more instant control over the sound. (And more reliable MIDI!) I dumped my Prophecy to get one of these allthough it is a very different machine, but it can sound much nastier than the Prophecy in my opinion, better for more messed up sounds. The manual is fairly useless but allmost unnecessary if you are used to older "true" analogs except for deciphering the loop sequencer. The loop sequencer can do some neat stuff like building analog percussion loops and emulating a wavetable sequence. The MS2K isn't as ferocious or complex sounding as say the Nova or Virus but it makes a good workhorse and to me it actually feels like working with a vintage analog. It does pretty decent bass and pads and it is super clean sounding like the Electribes but not as cold and sterile. I got this to use as a monosynth so the extra voices sweeten and fatten up the sound niceley.

The interface is very good and condusive for quickly dialing the necessary patch for a track without getting bogged down with irritating menus and software. Who has time or spare patience for that crap? I passed on the Nord Micro-Modular for that very reason, even though the Micro-Modular has a lot more options for sound creation. I'll choose the Bass Station over the Pulse for the same reason. Building patches on a computer or with annoying menus and matrixes is like trying to play guitar with a mouse. Why should it take 15 minutes to create a patch with an editor that you can dial by hand in 15 seconds on a machine like the MS2k?

If you like old-school sounds and style of sound construction then get this. Plus it's cheap.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jul-28-2000 at 04:34
David from Area 51 1/2 writes:
Just did a recording session this morning with this lovely machine, and I love it more and more with every passing day. Absolutely unique and wonderful. The machine fairly begs to be manipulated. Smooth and organic blend of Pro-One, MS-20, Mono-Poly and Odyssey. Authentic and organic sound; stepless filter, excellent compliment of very cool features in a very attractive package.

I'm a big fan of VA's in general; they address a market segment that's bigger than you'd think, with a myriad of "old fashioned" features backed up with modern amenities and a total lack of the service-related headaches which seem to shadow any "real" analog. DSP is NOT a four-letter word. I'm not one to take these new machines for granted.

Ask yourself: are you hot for these analog machines for their investment value or for their musical muscle? If the latter is true, VA's ought to fit the bill very well. As far as I'm concerned, there isn't a bad egg in the carton except for the turd Viscount kweefed out called the OB-12. Synths are getting better, and they're opening more avenues of creativity.

If you've got something, anything to say musically, you could be handed a Casiotone Whatever and you'll make magic. Case in point: Bill Nelson. Decidedly lo-tech, quintessentially brilliant.

Yes, the Virus and SuperNova have better specs than the MS-2000. Trust your ears. Since I own a Triton Pro, the polyphony issue is moot. If you own a pet, hark back to the moment that you first laid eyes on that puppy, kitten or baby llama, and you'll know what it was like for me when I played the MS2K for the first time. L'Chaim.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jul-16-2000 at 02:36
HotKarl! a hobbyist user from Canada writes:
Until this synth came out I must say that I haven't been overly fond of anologue modelling synths.However, after hearing the MS-2000 I quikly went home to get my JX-8p so that I could apply that to the $1300(Canadian) that I paid. Though short on polyphony,this thing has a unique sound that can range from bowl churning bass sounds, to icy cold jarre-esque landscapes. I have been able to re-program all of my favourite old patches from the JX-8p so I am not missing that too much as well as making near identical patches to famous sounds like that Famous bass sound on HardDrives classic house track "Deep Inside". With the complex routing capabilities on this synth I am sure I will be enjoying many love making sessions for years to come. If you people are interested in hearing what can and will be done with this synth than go to

http://artists.mp3s.com/artists/132/hot_karl.html and there you can git yer hands on some cool multi-samples to load in your machine.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jun-28-2000 at 16:08
C.A. Todd a professional user from under your bed writes:
We all love this thing, with good reason. More companies need to follow Korg in actually making equipment that we can use 100% of the time. If i'm not using the synth, I'm running other signals through it and twisting waveforms into barking dogs (or sweet grandma noises) How often have we gotten a new piece of gear saying "gee, I wish I could push an outside signal through that filter" and whatnot.

KORG: KEEP 'EM COMING, and on the next one, increase the patching capability (maybe 3/4 stage patching?) double the mod. sequencer (16 steps goes by quick) give us more waveforms to play with, and a bigger screen and I bet they'll be sold out for years.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jun-28-2000 at 04:02
B.o.b. a professional user from USA writes:
I ended up ordering one of these from Mars Music Online being that they were the ONLY place i could find it at the time (ps..thanks to those who sent me numbers to stores).

This is my first crack at an analog synthesizer and the manual was so well layed out that i was making my own sounds in only 1 day. The mod sequencer is really good and the virtual patches allow you to really screw w/ the sound. -Sounds almost as warm as analogs -No stepping when you turn knobs! (that's a problem w/ other VA's) The filters are really smooth. -the DWGS waveforms (64 of them!) allow you to pull off some digital piano, organ, brass, other sounds.

This little synth is capable of A LOT!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jun-21-2000 at 22:03
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