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 Korg MS-2000 

 




 

 

The first day with my Korg MS2K. The doorbell rang and the postman brought me the long awaited-package. And he left. But there was no synth in the package. After unwrapping it I found a big purse inside, stuffed with crumpled newspapers. "Uncool" - I though in silence and grabbed the phone to call the seller but the postman came back just in time. From the stoop he shouted: "hey man, wait, I've mistaken the parcels ! ! !". So I brought back the fancy floral bag and we patched it up with some scotch tape so that it looked untouched. Voila.

I'm spending the first days with my MS-2000, and usually the first days are filled with sweat and tears, but not this time - this synth is amaaaaaaaaazing from the first moments and I am impressed! Woof-woof!!! OK, calm down.

By "amazing" I mean great sounding & feature-rich, right out of the box. I'm not saying that it's amazing to the extent that it will give you an adrenal gland attack or provide a meaning to your pointless, solitary life. It just gives me cool sound plus an encouraging amount of features and sonic character  = resulting in lots of fun & fulfillment in the field of sound exploration and song building - a recipe for success in my eyes. Of course at the beginning I made the big mistake of expecting spectacular analog sound from it, since it's called a VA synth, but after a short-lived confusion I grew to understand what this synth is all about. It's about being sassy but effective at the same time - like a nasty brat who gets high grades in school so you can't actually punish him too severely for the pranks that he does around the house. The MS-2000 constitutes a blend of various parts and qualities, and even though those parts may not be perfect or spectacular in themselves, the sum of these parts results in a great machine. Its sound and character is like a mixture of warmth, strength, courage and playfulness, analog or not.

If you ask me about the things which I find most useful and entertaining, I will point at the mod-step-sequencers that modulate the overall MS2K timbre into a variety of groovy little sound-scapes. The interface is well-designed and well-tailored for this task. But I also love the FX section that gives me a variety of attention-grabbing lead sounds. One could think that effects are just effects - delay will always be delay, chorus will always do what it does - but the trick is that each team of engineers chooses a slightly different set of  components with which they build the FX modules, or develops a slightly different software code. This way different effects sound and behave differently on different synths. Here the delay and the phaser especially are a huge boon.

Now, having spent weeks with it, there's only one word for a synth like that: a classic. One of the most gratifying synths with huge potential for lots of great sounds. The MS-2000 may be the best option for soft and hard electro / industrial and synth / rockpop at the same time. Inspires & boosts creativity (isn't the Microkorg one of the most successful synths in history in term of sales, right behind the DX7?). It's like a big professional toy for big carefee guys. Something that us guys have always been dreaming of, right?


Pierwszy dzien z moim MS2K. Zadzwonil domofon i listonosz przyniosl dlugo oczekiwany syntezator. Pozegnal sie i poszedl. Ale w paczce nie bylo syntezatora. Gdy wrocilem do domu i rozpakowalem warstwy, w srodku znalazlem wielka damska torbe wypelniona pogietymi gazetami. Niefajnie. Zlapalem za telefon. Listonosz wrocil w sama pore. Powiedzial "Halo, czekac, pomylilem paczki !!!" No wiec przynioslem mu te smetna torbe we wzory kwiatowe i razem jakos to wszystko do kupy tasma klejaca sklecilismy - wygladalo jak nieruszane. Voila.

Minelo dopiero 3 godziny od tego zdarzenia, mimo to jestem tutaj by juz powiedziec, ze ten syntezator jest rewelacyjny. JESTEM pod wrazeniem. Poprzez "rewelacyjny" rozumiem "niespodziewanie fajny, doskonale brzmiacy, z wachlarzem roznorodnych funkcji". Nie zrozumcie mnie zle, ze niby jest taki niesamowity ze narobicie pod siebie z wrazenia... Po prostu sprawil mi duzo frajdy. Spedzam pierwsze dni z MS2000 i jestem pod wrazeniem. Synth jest genialny. Poprzez "genialny" rozumiem: fajny, dobrze brzmiacy, bogaty w funkcje. Nie mowie, ze jest tak genialny, ze dostaniesz ataku nadnerczy z wrazenia. Po prostu jest na tyle genialny, ze daje mi brzmienie na wysokim poziomie + zachecajaca ilosc i charakter funkcji = co przeklada sie na duzy ruch w sektorze eksploracji brzmien i budowaniu piosenek. Oczywiscie na poczatku popelnilem blad i oczekiwalem od MS2K super analogowego brzmienia, pamietajac o jego etykiecie wirtualnego analoga, ale po krotkotrwalej konsternacji zrozumialem o co tu chodzi. Chodzi o to, ze MS2K jest nietaktowny ale efektywny i efektowny. Jak bachor ktory pyskuje, ale przynosi do domu dobre oceny ze szkoly, wiec nie mozesz go karac zbyt srogo. Spedziwszy tygodnie z tym modelem przychodzi mi na mysl tylko 1 slowo, ktore powinno wlasciwie okreslic ten przypadek. MS2000 to KLASYK. Jest to jeden z najbardziej zaspokajajacych modeli i ma w sobie wielki potencjal do wielu efektywnych barw. Wszyscy wiedza ze to Virtual Analog, ale jego dzwiek juz niekoniecznie jest taki "analog". I chwala Bogu za to. MS2000 brzmi jak MS2000 i jest to bardzo pozytywne brzmienie, cos jakby polaczenie ciepla, sily, odwagi i zabawowosci. MS2000 jest prawdopodobnie najlepsza opcja dla lekkiego i ciezkiego electro / industrialu i synth/rockpopu. Inspiruje i daje kopa kreatywnosci. Jest jak duza profesjonalna zabawka dla duzych beztroskich chlopcow. Cos o czym my chlopcy zawsze marzymy, nieprawdaz?

 

 

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