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Getting on a bit now...
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.
Late 90's physical modeling in 2000
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.
Virtual Analog.. don't shy away from it because of that.
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
Big Blue Bucket of Sync Issues
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.