Korg broadcasts MS-20 mini, we go arms and ears-on (video)
Korg has a string of basic sound-making machines that bear its identify. Probably the most nicely regarded can be the MS-20 analog synth that first landed in 1978. However that is no good to you proper right here in 2013 is it? Nicely, funnily sufficient, the type people at Korg realised this, and determined to relaunch it, up to date for the fashionable musician. The MS-20 mini is, as you may surmise, a smaller model of the basic, measuring in at 86 % the dimensions of the unique. It additionally appears like as a lot of the character that made the MS-20 sing to individuals’s hearts has been carried over as attainable. The mini was developed by the identical engineers, has the identical synthesis arrange (two oscillators, ring modulation, VCA design and so forth) full with guide cable-patching system (which is now three.5mm slightly than 1/four-inch). There’s one trendy addition, and that may be a USB-MIDI jack across the again, letting you plug in to your favourite DAW / sequencing software program via the extra modern connection — do you have to favor that over the great previous 5-pin MIDI (which continues to be an choice). As we’re proper right here at NAMM, we took a stroll over to the Korg sales space to have a look for ourselves. Head previous the break to see / hear extra.
Undoubtedly, the MS-20 mini seems like the actual deal. Though smaller second time round, it is nonetheless a very good measurement, and large enough for competent keyboard gamers to do their factor. The knobs and pots felt surprisingly plasticky, however the remainder of the machine appears strong and nicely made. It is arduous to not get sucked in to the entire classic element, particularly the patch bay on the appropriate hand aspect. The motion on the keys feels good and responsive, and people dials ought to be capable of take some vigorous use — superb for reside performances. The sound it generates will certainly please followers of analog synths, and we even caught Deadmau5 making an look on the sales space to test it out. So, if you would like to improve from that iPad app model, to the actual deal, you need to be in a position to take action in spring, for an anticipated $599. Need to hear the way it sounds? Leap on the video under for the fast demo. Full press launch comes after that.
Korg USA Proclaims MS-20 mini – Korg’s basic MS-20 is recreated in mini measurement -
WINTER NAMM, ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA, January twenty fourth, 2013 – Korg’s MS-20 monophonic synthesizer, first launched in 1978, continues to be coveted to this present day for its thick, strong sound, highly effective, iconic analog filter, and versatile patching choices. It has now been reborn in hardware, as the brand new MS-20 mini. The identical engineers who developed the unique MS-20 have completely reproduced it in a physique that is been shrunk to 86% of the unique measurement, but retains the distinctive look of the unique.
The MS-20 Mini presents the identical distinctive synthesis that made the unique MS-20 well-liked: two oscillators with ring modulation, and envelope turbines with delay and maintain. The VCA (Voltage Managed Amp) maintains the unique primary design, nevertheless it’s been modified to supply much less noise. Specific consideration has additionally been paid to delivering clean parameter changes, that are a particular function of analog synthesizers. Particular care was additionally taken to utterly reproduce the unique specs of the MS-20, to ship the identical highly effective sound, from deep, growling basses to crisp, rounded leads.
Probably the most nicely-recognized – and nonetheless most wanted – traits of the unique MS-20 was its highly effective filters, which offered each excessive-move and low-cross with peak/resonance. Maximizing the height/resonance would trigger the filter to self-oscillate; producing a particular and dramatic tonal change that was acclaimed as inimitable, and was used a few years afterward Korg’s monotron and monotribe. The filter circuit was modified mid-method by way of the manufacturing lifecycle of the MS-20; the MS-20 mini makes use of the sooner filter, which was felt to be superior on account of its extra radical sound. The ESP (Exterior Sign Processor) performance carries on the experimental spirit of MS-20, permitting customers to make the most of the pitch or quantity of an exterior audio supply to regulate the synthesizer. For instance, an electrical guitar can be utilized as an enter sign, and the MS-20 mini can be utilized as a guitar synthesizer, or the mic enter can permit it for use it as a vocal synthesizer.
The patching system allows the creation of complicated sounds by permitting the rerouting of each modulation and audio (each the interior oscillators and exterior audio). Totally different mixtures of the modulation enter/output and set off, pattern and maintain, and noise generator can produce an unimaginable number of sounds. By patching in line with the MS-20 circulate chart printed on the panel, musicians of all ranges can benefit from these prospects immediately.
To make it much more approachable, the MS-20 mini has been shrunk to 86% of the dimensions of the unique, with meticulous care taken to precisely reproduce the knob design and the printing. The patch cables have been modified from 1/four” telephone plugs to mini-plugs, and the newly- designed keyboard can also be 86% of the unique measurement.
The MS-20 mini is provided with a MIDI IN jack for receiving observe messages, and a USB-MIDI connector that may transmit and obtain notice messages. Customers may also join the MS20 mini to a pc and play it from an exterior sequencer.
For added authenticity, the MS-20 mini packaging replicates a lot of the unique. Additionally included are the unique MS-20 proprietor’s guide and settings chart.
Billy Steele contributed to this report.