"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
In the documentary "Meet Squarepusher" from The Creators Project, previously unseen footage of Tom Jenkinson's studio from various periods (such as his 1995, 2000 and more recent setups) are revealed. If the video gets paused precisely in the 3:05 mark, there's a synth in the background that strongly resembles the MS-20. And since the MS-20 Mini was only released in 2013, it can only be the original one.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
William Orbit (about the gear he used for the recording session of Madonna's Ray of Light album) : “How did I know you would ask me that? Oh, it’s all in a pile there if you wanna look at it . It’s not a ton of gear. Most of it is pretty retro; a Korg MS-20, a [Roland] Juno-106, a [Roland] JD-800. Much of the album was done on a Juno-106. You can get so much out of that synth. Also a significant amount of it was done on the MS-20 – the more spiky sounds. A few things that people think are guitar are actually the MS-20. And then there were a few more bits and pieces: a few modules, a Yamaha DX7, a Novation Bass Statlon, a [Roland] JP-8000, a lot of Roland stuff. I’ve always liked Roland stuff. ”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
"Previously, cheaper synths either had presets like Paul’s little Korg which restricted the number of sounds they could make, or they would have no memory like their Korg MS20. Synths like the latter were largely impractical for live use as a keyboard although Mal Holmes had the MS20 to generate fixed sounds for percussive effects triggered by his drum pads."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
Production period: 1978 - 1983 The Korg MS-20 is a patchable semi-modular monophonic synthesizer which Korg released in 1978 and which was in production until 1983. It was part of Korg's MS series of instruments, which also included the single oscillator MS-10, the keyboardless MS-50 module, the SQ-10 sequencer, and the VC-10 Vocoder. Additional devices included the MS-01 Foot Controller, MS-02 Interface, MS-03 Signal Processor, and MS-04 Modulation Pedal. Specifications: Type: Synth/ keyboard/ Synthesis Type: Analog Subtractive Polyphony: Max: 1 Typical in use: 1 Multi-timbral (number of parts): Oscillators per Voice : Min : 1 Max : 2 Controllers : Wheel /switch Keyboard : Number of Keys : 37 Can send on simultaneous MIDI channels Responds to : Sounds can be split by : Inputs and Outputs : Number of Audio Outs (excluding Phones) : 1 Number of Audio Ins : 1 - very good pitch tracker Number of MIDI Outs (excluding Thru) : Number of MIDI Ins : About: As we know Liam loves analog shit and this is one of his favourite pieces of equipment. Many other well known bands are using it too like The Chemical Brothers and Ladytron.more
The item can be seen 0:38 into this video, in the studio of Rone, in July 2015, just over the NORD Lead 4. To me, this is the Original KORG MS-20, not the MS-20 Mini because, as you can see on the picture below, the original MS-20 needs 6.35 jack cable http://www.polynominal.com/Korg-mini-ms-20/korg-ms20-vs-mini-ms20.jpg. And in the video we can see the the holes do not correspond to 3.5 jack cable inserts (3.5 jack patch cable are used for the MS-20 Mini).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.
This one is a classic. Loving the fact that you can modulate for hours, and that every extra cable or knob twist gives that tiny bit extra. However, I must admit that I rarely ever use this in production sessions. The low end sounds pretty nice, but generally, I feel like you would rely on post processing too heavily in order to get the sound you desire.
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.
Leads, Basslines, Space Blips. This synth has it all. Most memorable for me is when Stevie Wonder borrowed this and it's little brother for his North Sea Jazz performance in Rotterdam. It's like this synth is blessed by one of my heroes!