March 22, 2018
Digital Synthesizers / From £500-£1000 / Keyboard / Korg / Vintage

Korg MS2000 Virtual Analog Synthesizer

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.

 

 

FINAL WORD:

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!

 

SOUND DEMOS

 

SPECIFICATIONS

 

Year Produced

2000

Keyboard/Number of keys

44 keys with velocity

Sound Generation

Virtual Analog synthesis

Maximum Polyphony

4 voices

Programs/Presets

Can store up to 128 different TONES

Oscillators

Two

FILTER

Cutoff, Resonance, High and band-pass 12/dB and a low-pass 12/dB or 24/dB with resonance and ADSR

LFO

2 LFO’s that can enable sample and hold

VCA

 

EFFECTS

Three effects are on board, 3 variations of delay, an EQ section and a vocoder on the MS2000B

Sequencer/Arpeggiator

Arpeggiator

Common Faults

 

Other

Controllable by MIDI

SAMPLES

 

ROYALTY FREE EFFECTS

 

USEFUL LINKS

 

DOCUMENTATION

Download Korg MS2000 User Manual pdf

Download Korg MS2000 Schematics pdf

IMAGES FROM

66Khz studios.

 

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