Synth Site: Korg: MS-2000: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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Mike C. a professional user from NYC writes:
I must agree that the MS2000 is not as fantastic as it seems once one gets beyond the 'honeymoon' phase of the instrument. There is a certain quality of homogeonaeity to the sounds, a certain sterility and lack of width which seems to come across almost every patch. The slight modulation matrix is quite limited, and the synth has latency issues when triggering all four notes simultaneously at sixteenth-note resolution at tempos faster than 140. I don't fully agree that this is the best machine for strange noises, either. If you really want odd evolving sound you have to pay for it - the VCS3, 2600, and more recently, Wiard or MOTM easily outperform this thing in the 'odd sound' category by about 1000 to 1. While that might not be a fair comparison, it is relevant in that many reviews and users might lead potential customers into thinking this is an alternative to analog, which anyone who uses discreet analog will tell you it definitely is not. The filter here sounds really VERY digital, and seems too soulless if that makes sense. Its resonance is not at all warm. For the price I suppose this might be a good value, considering the control surface, and the bass is really very round and uniformly even. But if you have many synthesizers already, or are planning to collect or invest in real analog, I would seriously advise you reconsider purchasing one of these, as you will probably sell it somewhere down the road. I would even go so far as to say that the limited mod routings do not make it an optimal choice for learning synthesis. For example, the Waldorf Pulse, with also four mod routings, allows twenty different sources / destinations, and has audio quality which deeply exceeds the MS2000. I realize I'm being very critical here, but I'm posting this for others who would buy this NOT based primarily on price, but solely on the basis of sounds and / or features. A fun little machine, but honestly, not much more than that.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-May-16-2001 at 14:50
rob a hobbyist user from Rochester, NY writes:
"One thing...while trying one out I noticed that the signal level really drops out when the resonance is cranked and the filter self-oscillates....this is a real drag...the filter squeal sounds more like my granddad on his ham radio!

What gives? " -Korg used a auto-gain compensation factor into the resonace to prevent digital clipping. Not a real big issue in the studio (just crank your gain) but it can be a pain in live situations. One little quick of this otherwise awesome synth. It's not a workstation, but it does what it was intended to do really well, and affordably.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-May-16-2001 at 13:57
Iggie a part-time user from United States writes:
What gives guys? I have had my MS2000 for at least a year now and I still love it. I have heard better synths, true, but you have to pay out the ass just to get them. Lets face it, there is no perfect product out there, some come close but the price makes it unattinable and I refuse to go deep into debt just to be in the crowd. But what you get for the money is better than most other boards on the market. The flexabillity on this little beast makes it a must in my opinion for any one who wants a vintage style synth on a low budget.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-May-16-2001 at 10:09
Dark Sahuagin a hobbyist user from Mtl writes:
Its the BOMB!!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Apr-26-2001 at 16:09
BigAl a professional user from USA writes:
The MS2000 is no joke! I tried the Nod Lead, the Super Nova, and the Wardolf Q. The MS2000 is phat! The bass is real deep and nasty. Where are you going to get an analog-modeling synthesizer for $850? The MS2000 has too many knobs: too many for this and too many for that to tweak the tweaks. It also comes with a very, very cool vocoder too. This bad boy rocks hard and the mod sequencer is the bomb! The 16 step mod sequencer comes with preset patterns or you can create your own patterns and save it too. It is very easy to use. You can also take another keyboard to input the audio into the back of the MS2000. If you do this, guest what will happen? The knobs on the MS 2000 can tweak you old board to make it wicked too. So now you got two awesome beats! This baby screams! The end results are astonishing. Don’t think anymore. Just buy it! For $850, the MS2000 is what you need.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Apr-04-2001 at 00:25
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