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Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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Fandago a part-time user from Ukraine writes:
Good sounds come from keys, like old monophonic synths. Vocoder has many possibilities on the stage and the studio. Amazing leads, thick bass. If you need a workstation with drum tracks, buy the Triton, this is to be as instrument not all in one solution. Space sounds like Roxy Music and Bowie are easy as are Rave music. A Great buy!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-May-21-2003 at 11:42
David a part-time user from Silver Spring, MD writes:
Well stated, Xander. The MS2000 is simply charming and can sound as silly as I can dream. And I likes it SILLY. EMS Synthi silly and beyond, but totally reliable. Yum.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-May-17-2003 at 16:47
xander a professional user from UK writes:
The MS2000 is by far and away THE most inviting and programmable synth in my studio setup. Korg should be applauded for coming up with something so initially simple and welcoming and yet so deep.

I'm amazed at just how authentic and 1970's the MS2000 sounds. In a market flooded with some incredibly powerful and complex VAs the MS2000's main appeal for me is precisely that it doesn't sound overly polished or overly refined, in fact it sounds wonderfully crude and basic at times and that, I suppose, is the very essence that makes it such a joy to work with. It reminds me of the simple magic of Jean Michel Jarre and Kraftwerk and that spell under which I was cast the moment I first heard synthesised music as a kid in the 70s.

Programming sounds is genuinely enjoyable and not at all a chore mainly because I hardly ever have to disappear into a menu to tweak something. I thought the 4 note polyphony and only double timbrality would be serious limitations. I also thought that the 4 way virtual patch would be equally limiting. Amazingly they're not. In fact, half the charm of the MS2000 is that it encourages me to get creative when I programme a sound, just like the old days with the real analogues with few or no presets. I actually have to think about what I want to achieve and work out how to go about it and that, for me, is what programming is all about. On my other VAs (Supernova II and Virus Indigo II) I get really lazy and dial up a preset reasonably close to what I need or imagined and tweak it from there. There's thousands to choose from and it's all too easy so I seldom start from scratch. On the other hand, with my MS2000 I ALWAYS find myself actually wanting to start at "H16 INIT Program" and go from there. There's something really zen about sculpting something interesting and original from that buzz saw INIT program. I didn't think I'd use the step sequencer either as I thought the flashing red lights would be a little corny. Then I thought what the hell and I tried it out anyway. I now use it all the time. It's perfect for tiny nuances and twists in the soundscape on pads and leads and there's something really hypnotic about having my own customised light show zipping back and forth in my peripheral vison while playing.

Thank you Korg, you've managed to capture the very essence of that 1970s magic. Simple and effective.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-May-17-2003 at 15:01
josh a part-time user from us writes:
The Ms2000 is the best piece of equipment that I own. It is so fun to play with, you can make any patch on the synth sound bad ass with just a few tweaks of a knob. One of the best on the market and very affordable. Great for writing industrial music with.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-May-14-2003 at 09:27
This is one of the best out there IMO. It does not sound exactly like the prophecy either, like Mr. Raoul said. It def. has more features, real-time control, etc. The ARP and step seq. is the bomb. It does have it's limitation, only has 4 voices, max 2 part timbrality, but it still is the best VA IMO. It CAN sound fat...and it can sound very analogue. I do happen to have a few analogues also so I really should know. I humbly beg you all: If you haven't really learned to program this synth and played around with it for a while, then please, please don't write alot of crap on this site. Let's keep it informative shall we. I do know what it sounds like and what it can do; great sub & punchy basses, awesome arp. and step seq, sample&hold, sweeps and effects, not to forget the masterpiece vocoder which can be used together with the arp.Most anything is possible with this machine. Having the rack version, I actually think of it as kind of a modular, it can do so much. You can also run ext audio thru it. This is one hell of a synth, believe me. Nothing can replace this one in my studio. If you're actually making some music, not showing off to all you're friends, you might just want to check out this one, instead of buying expensive rarities. Depeche Mode and BT has one...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-May-05-2003 at 10:48
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