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"What's REALLY expensive is that other guy over there, which I don't even really use, um, that thing is a Korg MS-20, and it's not the MS-20 Mikro or Micro that Korg released last year, which is the same thing but with MIDI mapping and all that stuff. No, that thing is from 1978, so it's older than me by like seven years. It's a great, great machine, 100% analog sound, it doesn't even have MIDI[...] what it does is, there's this system control called CV, and what it does is basically it translates the MIDI signal into actual electricity and if you patch it right you can actually play the synthesizer..."more
It’s mostly analog and stuff, but I don’t try to be an audio elitist or anything. I’ve sampled Youtube in the past (the contemporary cultural equivalence of sampling worn out vinyl?) and record all my synths and drum machines through a mediocre sound card most of the time. I got some old Roland stuff, a Korg MS-20, some newer analog, and this eurorack modular I acquired the parts for over a year ago.more
At 2:03, James Ford of [Simian Mobile Disco](http://equipboard.com/band/simian-mobile-disco) talks about his Korg MS-20, saying "It's an old synthesizer, it's pretty basic but good work-horse synth. We just like it because we know our way around it really quick, so we can easily get things out of it."more
"I also used a bunch of different modules as well as the René. I've got lots of Intellijel modules, and I put a lot of parts through the Korgasmatron for shaping and stereo filtering or phasing effects. I also use both my Prophets, the 5 and the 8, just because they're the best pad machines out there. They're so rich. I use the [Roland] Juno and the [Korg] MS20s a lot"more
In [this interview](http://whenthesunhitsblog.blogspot.com/2011/02/interview-zia-mccabe-of-dandy-warhols.html), when asked what the most important gear was to creating her iconic sound, Zia chose her vintage Korg MS-20. " [...] I play all my bass parts on [it] and plenty of other sick ass sounds." She names the Korg MS-20 her "most important piece of gear."more
“Against my better judgment, I take my TR-808, MS-20 and a bunch of other vintage bits and pieces on the road,” Ma says. From an interview with jagwar ma on an article from Relix. The Korg MS-20 can also be seen at 01:32 being played by Jono Ma in Jagwar Ma's music video for Uncertainty (link above).more
Is Modular an area you'd like to explore? "I'm not getting into that. The closest thing I've got to modular, or semi-modular, is the Korg MS20 and the ARP 2600 - but that's how it's going to stay. Modular doesn't serve a big purpose for the music I'm making because it's not really blippy kind of stuff, but it's nice to have those machines and get some weird sequences out of them."more
This is a great synth, very dirty, lotta options lotta routes to go to get a lot of character, and can produce some fat low ends. What I like to do the most with this synth though is run midi into it with a arp sequence and route it into it a analog delay with short time, the results for me are ussually a really dark gritty cinematic sounding arp great for build ups, or gluing a groove all together.
An extremely aggressive sounding synthesizer that doubles as a complex signal processor. It can do so much but always seems to sound up front and in focus, so it's flexibility isn't as deep as it may seem on paper. The original MS-20 was my first analog synthesizer.