This is a well known Virtual Analog Synthesiser, used by the likes of the Prodigy. It’s quite a decent looking synth with most of the controls on the surface, it’s is slightly let down by the four nots of polyphony and wobbly knobs, having said that it can re-produce analog sounds very well indeed. Korg’s vision with this was supposed to be like the legendary MS series but without wire running about, so probably aimed more at the consumer market than anything else. It does however have a virtual patch mode, so you can do pretty much just like you could on the older Korg MS models such as the MS10 & MS20’s.
It has two oscillators that can generate sound from eight different waveforms and noise can be added too. The waveforms are: Sine, Triangle, Sawtooth, Pulse Width, Voice, and a selection of DWGS waves. You have two LFO’s to modulate the sound further, and a high pass and bandpass 12/dB filter and a low pass allowing you to set to either 12/dB or 24/dB with resonance and a ADSR envelope.
There is a vocoder on the Korg MS2000 B version. The synth is quite bulky and if you are short of space but have a spare 4U in your 19” rack then there is also a rack mount version of the MS2000 called the MS2000R.
It’s a well-designed synth with tweaking and sound design in mind, for a VA synth we would have expected more polyphony, but the virtual routing is a nice trick up its sleeve. Personally, I like the synth. A fun addition to any electronic music setup!
Keyboard/Number of keys
44 keys with velocity
Virtual Analog synthesis
Can store up to 128 different TONES
Cutoff, Resonance, High and band-pass 12/dB and a low-pass 12/dB or 24/dB with resonance and ADSR
2 LFO’s that can enable sample and hold
Three effects are on board, 3 variations of delay, an EQ section and a vocoder on the MS2000B
Controllable by MIDI
ROYALTY FREE EFFECTS