Dolphin id:103638 Product SKU:MS20MINI BUNDLE
The Korg MS20 Mini Synthesizer is an icon of analogue synthesis, used by legendary keyboardists, dance producers and composers. From the Dandy Warhols to Aphex Twin and Goldfrapp every style of music has benefited from it's burbling bass lines and unique screaming filter.
Original Analogue Sound, Plays Nicely With Your Modern Toys While many of you will be getting involved with the MS-20 MIni for it's classic analog tones, there's a lot more to it than that. The recent renaissance in hardware synths means that it will play quite happily with hardware via MIDI/CV and your computer setup via MIDI/USB. Or simply grab a couple of guitar pedals and start tweaking delays or distortion for a full sound. Grammy award winning producer Steve Levine shows us how in the video below, along with Primal Scream's Andrew Innes, Emmy Winning composer Jeff Danna and musician (our comedy hero) Matt Berry!
We've got a few little extras If you've been inspired and want some beats, effects or MIDI gear to play along with then we've got some choice gear in our bundles below.
Get A Free Carry Case With Yours When you love a bit of gear you want to keep it nice and safe right? Well we're giving you a free padded soft case to keep your MS-20 protected.
One of the biggest names in analogue synthesis is back, Korg brought in the engineers of the original MS-20 in order to make sure this reproduction sounded exactly right. Used by some of the biggest names in music, whether it's searing leads for the Prodigy, huge round bass lines for Daft Punk or the sonic terrorism of Aphex Twin.
A complete replication of the original analog circuitry
The MS-20 mini painstakingly replicates the original MS-20. A development team led by the original engineers themselves worked to recreate the original circuitry, and when it was necessary to substitute a part, these engineers made the decisions based on careful listening, in order to reproduce the original sound faithfully. In fact, the sound of the MS-20 mini has a somewhat bright and extreme quality to it because its sound is that of an original MS-20 in mint condition at the time it went on sale, before any of the components aged.
2VCO / 2VCF / 2VCA / 2EG / 1LFO structure
The MS-20 mini reproduces the distinctive synthesis of the MS-20; two oscillators with ring modulation, and envelope generators with hold and delay. The VCA maintains the basic design of the original, but it’s been modified to produce less noise than the original.
Self-oscillating high-pass/low-pass filters with distinctive distortion
One of the greatest characteristics of the MS-20 was its powerful filters, which provided resonance on both the high-pass and the low-pass. Maximizing the resonance would cause the filter to self-oscillate like an oscillator, producing a distinctive and dramatic tonal change that was acclaimed as inimitable, and was later used on the monotron and monotribe. The filter circuit was changed mid-way through the production lifecycle of the MS-20; the MS-20 mini uses the earlier filter, which was felt to be superior due to its more radical sound.
External signal processor (ESP) for processing an external signal
The ESP carries on the experimental spirit of MS-20; it allows you to use the pitch or volume of an external audio source to control the synthesizer. For example you can input an electric guitar and use the MS-20 mini as a guitar synthesizer, or input a mic and use it as a vocal synthesizer.
The patching system provided to the right of the panel lets you create complex sounds by plugging-in cables to change the connections between the various units. The possibilities are limited only by the user's imagination; different combinations of the modulation input/output and trigger, sample and hold, and noise generator can produce an incredible variety of sounds. By patching according to the MS-20 flow chart that’s printed on the panel, even the beginner can start taking advantage of these possibilities right away.
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