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KORG iMS20 Review
by on August 19, 2011
Korg’s MS-20 may not be as famous as the Roland originals, but in many ways it’s an even more fashionable and prized synth. The MS-20’s raw powersynth sound has been key to tracks by the likes of Daft Punk, Soulwax and The Chemical Brothers. The iMS-20 is a gorgeous recreation of this classic plus a drum synth, sequencer, mixer and effects – all you need to make a banging tune.
As synths go, the MS-20 is a simple unit but the way its oscillators and filters are arranged (and patchable through the addition of cables to the front panel) allow some truly ear-shredding sounds. It’s not particularly easy to ‘make a sound’ but you can spend hours happily tweaking, and the built-in presets (a luxury unavailable on the original) are a great head start in learning what certain sounds ‘look like’.
Meanwhile the sound of the iMS-20 is richer and nothing short of incredible for an app. All the grit and grime is intact. Forget any ‘cello’, ‘choir’ or miked ‘drum kit’ sounds: this synth is raw vintage.
Download this app: KORG iMS20
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