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Korg MS20 1978 - 1983
One of the great classic Japanese synthesizers
from the late 70's and early 80s. Its the bigger brother of the MS10 . Its
got two oscillators, a low and highpass filter, 2 envelope
generators and a ring modulator and lots of modular patch holes to
expand its sonic power. Strangely enough it doesn't have PWM
modulation (one of the more powerfull functions on the MS10) but it has
more than enough other exotic functions not availbale on the MS10.
One of the great things is the external signal processor which is
basicly a pitch-to-cv/gate converter, you can connect any instrument or
audio signal and the processor will play it on the MS20. It can also
recieve triggers from any signal, for example, you can hook up any
drummachine audio signal and program some electronic hihat sounds on
the MS20 and it will play nicely along with the drummachine.
The sound is very rough, not so much warm...it doesn't do very
deep basses and stuff but its great for weird exotic effect sounds,
synthesized drumsounds and nasal leads.
Some tracks that have the
MS20 in them:
Svolvaer (the filtered synth) From Legowelt
- Dark Days
The Lonelyness of
Irena Karlstein (Almost everything is MS20 including the bass).
- The Age of Candy Candy
Powerfull Vision Sounds from the Amiga 1200 are run through the
MS20's filters. From Legowelt
- Amiga Railroad Adventures
Return of Squadron X9 Electronic hihats and percussion from the
MS20, triggered from bassdrum a QY70
- The Rise and Fall of Manuel Noriega.
This Korg Folder
from 1984 still had the MS20 in it, but I am pretty sure they had
ceased production by then.
All the tips and tricks you need
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