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Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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adam baum a professional user writes:
My opinions

I don't know what people are talking about when they say this things got no bass, thats practically all I used it for, it actually felt like it had more bass than the virus i have now, BUT not on evey patch, it didn't do the juno type bass sounds very well (probably because it's a KORG not a roland..) and obviously it didn't sound like a prophet or moog, but i still loved the bass sounds it made, real gritty

ALSO it rather confuses me why everyone mentions it's similarities to the MS20, but not the mono/poly (which it seems more like to me) it's basicaly a big ol melting pot of the mono/poly ms series sq10 and vc10, and it actually does a damn good job of emulating them (the vocoder sounding best imho)

in the end i sold it to buy a virus becuase i wanted more poly/multtimbrality etc...but now i think i'm gonna go buy another because of the sound (it's vocoder sounds much better than the viris' to me)

all in all, a really good sounding synth, but not too good for alot of the "modern" dance music (almost a must have for detroit tho...is actually the reason i'm consodering buying another)

4.5 out of 5 .5 taken off for the fact that it's still not analog and therefore doesn't do analog as good as analog(no VA does), making it a wannabe in my mind

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Dec-20-2000 at 02:55
Silver Droid a hobbyist user from Montreal, Canada writes:
The MS2000 is probably one of the best analogue modeling synths to have ever been made, but I don't think it's anything to completely lose your mind over. This is still a Prophecy / Z1; it's just cut down, more realtime control, a mod sequencer and vocoder.

People are flipping because it's like the MS-20 in the sense that you can route EG's and LFO's to specific parts of the synth, but that's exactly what the Prophecy and Z1 do.

The analogue algorithm has been refined on this model, and it sounds sweet. I was very close to selling my Z1 at one point to make some extra cash and buy an MS2000, but for the momment, I think I'm going to hold onto it. In the future, I may pick up the rack version.

Don't get me wrong, it's an amazing synth...just has some old features.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Dec-19-2000 at 23:55
x a professional user from USA writes:
I just added a station at mp3.com for the MS 2000/ MS 2000 R. This ought to help people hear what people are doing with these synths.

If you have tracks that use it and are on mp3.com let me know. I'll be adding tunes on a regular basis. Please let me know the specific song and what you used the MS 2000 for.

http://www.mp3.com/stations/ms2000

posted Tuesday-Dec-19-2000 at 18:11
Darren Boudreau from LosAngeles,California writes:
I fell in love with this little beast when I tried it a few times. A few of the presets definitely caught my attention. I particularly like to mess with a few particular presets and turn the cutoff knob as I play the sound. My fave thing to do. I have to disagree. This thing could kill speakers. Unless you have some really really great speakers. The Yamaha An1x can do the same thing(which I also own). This keyboard is based on the old Korg MS20 along with the analog step sequencer of the same era, SQ10. Anyone interested in doing a little research can find a number of pictures, sounds and specs of the old and even new synths at www.vintagesynth.com. An excellent resource. I know I spent a great deal of time there catching up.

Some of the presets are cool But more fun to twist. I noticed that the arp time tends to phase out of time. Korg is apparently working on a new sysex update to the OS. Which also covers any midi issues. There is a MS2000 Egroup you can join by going to www.egroup.com.

There really isn't much to it if you open the thing up like I did. They could have made this into a sound card that could fit into your comp.

There is no doubt, despite the limitations that people seem to harp about in other posts, that this keyboard is fun to use. If your not having fun then whats the point. Earlier analog keys don't have what these new ones of today have. Be thankful companies are making them today. That the music being created has given rise to the keyboard companies bringing back the analog keyboard albeit digital.And if you're thinking about whether or not there is a computer interface then you can take a look at Emaig's Sound Diver wshich now sports an interface for the MS2000. I've tried it and it works very well.

If you already have a controller keyboard think about getting the rack mount. It will be easier on your wallet.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Dec-19-2000 at 12:59
joey honey a hobbyist user from USA writes:
Well, the MS2000 rocks socks, heres a little tip for all of you trying it our at the store:

Patches C09 and C08, a Moog and a EP that are dead on swweeettt.. Now, for some fuuun: turn the delay feedback up all the way.. now.. turn the speed knob, back and forth: YES! Tape delay emulation! This is so sweet, they emulated a tape delay, they could have just put on a normal delay.

NOW, if korg could only put a little build quality behind this thing, increse the polyphony to, maybe 8 or so (more is better of course), increase the timbrality to maybe 4, and put in another stereo out. That would be even better.

And as long as we're all flexing our MS2000 strength, check me out:

http://www.mp3.com/joeyhoney

Every track features the MS2000 in some way. But "ShowerStallMoonSong(DubMix)" is all from the MS2000: sampled vocoder drums and played synth lines (multitracked of course).

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Dec-19-2000 at 12:06
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