"Well, I only have one keyboard. It’s a Korg MS 2000, not the original ‘70s one but a repro. With my keyboard sounds especially, I will resample stuff and then quite heavily process it in the sampler, or just resample lines that I played live, just to give it a similar feel to the sampled record. Or just to grime it, [I’ll] put it through old compressors or EQs, just to give it that warmth, that feel of the music from the ‘60s and ‘70s, that grainy sound quality. It gives it a coat, a slight ambiguity that’s difficult to explain but easy to hear." - [Mr. Scruff in the Studio](http://www.xlr8r.com/features/2008/04/mr-scruff-studio)more
A fan asks Mutemath on their reddit ama, "What would you guys say is your favorite piece of gear from your respective roles, (like Rhodes or keytar for Paul, Moog for Roy and so on)" Todd responds, "Todd here. I've been playing an MS2000 for something like 13 years now, and I love it. But actually the [Juno-60](https://equipboard.com/items/roland-juno-60-synthesizer) stole my heart recently- the sound is amazing- like an audio hug." The whole ama can be found [here](https://www.reddit.com/r/Music/comments/3pdrnb/we_are_mutemath_ask_us_anything/).more
What was your entry point into hardware? "My first bit of gear was a Roland JV-1010 sound module. I used to hammer the hell out of that. Then, when I was about 12 or 13 I got a Korg MS2000 and started to learn a bit about synthesis. I loved the sounds and the vocoder in it. It's actually quite a complex synth, it's not straightforward like a Juno-106, and I used to get the most amazing sounds out of it.more
May as well get the basics out the way; What's your setup, hardware & software? Fair first question! Hardware: Event TR8XL Monitors, Shitty Midiman style 2 Octave Keyboard, Presonus Firebox, Focusrite Compounder, Borrowed Nord Lead 2, Korg MS2000, Waldorf XT, Vermona DRM1 mk2, Presonus TubePre, JSH Drum Synth, Line6 Pod, and amongst various instruments my pride and joy is a PRS Custom 24. Software: Cubase 5, Audiomulch, Granulab. My softsynth folder is a bit of a mess, but like the sound of Rob Papen stuff, but mainly seem to be into multi-samples and resampling at the moment! At the moment it's all running off a £166 barebones PC from novatech, but hoping I can invest in a decent machine next year! Hope that that answers the question! :)more
Released in the early Noughties, this is one of the first analogue modelling synths. As such, it's getting old now, but where it scores over the MicroKorg (which this is, essentially) is in its sheer real-time tweakability - very little is hidden away from the user, it's pretty much one knob-per-function. Plus, apart from the flimsy knobs, it's built like a tank. It sounds pretty 'digital' though - don't expect it to sound like an MS 20.
It is one of the greats of the late 90's analog physical modeling synths along with the Nord Lead, Access Virus, Roland JP-8000, and Yamaha AN1X even though it was from 2000. It has a similar sound to each of these but can also sound different from each one.
This thing packs a wollop. this the synth i use to try to get those moog vibey funk solos and snappy, funk basses with some balls. its got creammyness to it if u dial in the envelope, filter, kbd, cutoff, eg, etc--the mod sequencer for ambient stuff, pads, various fx, etc is pretty money.. but, you know... if you need a weapon of mass distortion: its there for ya too
The synth engine sounds really good, perhaps lacking a bit of "oomph" where the vintage analogs have it, but there is a nice, crispy high-end sheen that I find very musical. The filter is nice and crazy, just like you'd hope a Korg filter would be. The built-in effects, while there are only two, are awesome and fun to use. The delay makes that satisfying laser-gun sound when you twist the "time" setting, and the modulation effect is capable of all kinds of chorus and flange effects. What I really don't like about the MS-2000 is the fact that the sequencer does not stay in sync with the synth's internal clock. When you run a sequence, everything starts out peachy, but after a while it starts to lag behind the clock. This is especially noticeable when you run an arpeggio alongside a motion sequence, because the arpeggiator stays locked to the internal clock just fine. I don't think this is a bug that Korg intends to fix, because the MS-2000 is nearly twenty years old at this point, so I guess that's just the way it is. Meh.
Korg did an amazing job with getting right on board with the birth of the Virtual Analog synths of the late 90s early 2000s. This thing competed with Nord and come out on top. I mean you've knobs, Virtual patches, multi oscillators and a decent sysex editor if you've the microkorg.