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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. Fuck off, bag.

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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