Korg MS-20 FS Now Available In Four Colors

Korg today announced that its MS-20 FS (full-size) Monophonic Synthesizer is now available, pre-assembled, in four colors.

The MS-20 is a 37-key classic analog monosynth, with patch bay and external signal processor, originally released in 1978. The MS-20 FS reissues the original with some new features, including MIDI IN and USB.

The MS-20 FS was previously available in 2014 in small numbers as a kit. This full-size reissue consists of limited numbers of the four different powder-coated color variations (green, white, blue, black).

Korg describes the reissue as a “genuine MS-20 made by KORG, faithful to the original in every way.”

Features:

  • Full-sized 37-note (3-octave) MS-20 keyboard made by KORG
  • Four different color variations in a powder-coated finish (green, white, blue, black)
  • Provides two types of MS-20 filter: early model and late model
  • Faithfully reproduces the analog circuitry of the original
  • 2VCO / 2VCA / 2VCF / 2EG / 1LFO structure
  • External Signal Processor (ESP) to process an external signal
  • Patching system provides an extremely high degree of sound creation
  • MIDI IN connector and USB port for keyboard and DAW MIDI connectivity
  • AC adaptor
  • The original is reproduced in every detail, including the package finish, owner’s manual and settings chart

Pricing and Availability

All four KORG MS-20 FS models are now available with U.S. MAP pricing of $1399.99.

Korg Volca Beats Mods Add Individual Outs, Snare Fix

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Music with Machines shared this video demo of mods for the Korg Volca Beats that add individual outs and a tweaked snare sound.

The video demos four different patterns, with and without external processing.

The mods follow the documentation at 2btech. MWM adds:

“I first added a 0,1 uF capacitor (104) in C78 place resulting in a better snare sound but with a short decay. I then realized the 1 uF capacitor (105) was a cooler mod because of the longer decay but didn’t want to remove the 0,1 uF. So I put a switch to choose between one of the 2 capacitors.

At the end, I did the Mark Steiner snare mod which is a shortcut between 2 points and which give a 909ish sound or industrial 80’s sound (your own taste will find the right word). When the Mark Steiner mod is ON, changing the capacitor with the other switch has no effect.

The mixer is a Phonic AM440 with AUX send modification (originally the AUX is pre-fader, I turned it into a post-fader).

The high hats are going into a Zoom MS70 cdr and then to the mixer. The AUX send is feeding the other Zoom MS70 cdr and then goes back to the mixer.

The PCM sound is going into a Joyo JF07 flanger and then to the mixer.

The TOM sound is going into a Tech21 Sansamp GT2 and then to the mixer.

I made 4 patterns, first without processing and then with hardware processing. I could achieve a much better sound/mix in my studio with a better mixing desk but I couldn’t do this video in my studio (which is not at home).”

Have you modded your Volca Beats? If so, share your experiences in the comments!

Tatsuya Takahashi’s Powers Of Ten – A Synthematic Journey

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These videos capture a presentation by Korg’s Tatsuya Takahashi at the 2020 Most Wanted: Music ‘hybrid music conference’.

Most Wanted: Music (MW:M) was held Nov 3-5, 2020 as a hybrid online/offline music event.

Takahashi is known to Synthtopia readers for his work as Chief Engineer at Korg, where he helped create some of their most popular recent instruments, including the monotribe, the volca line and the monologue. He is now CEO of Korg Berlin.

The first video is Takahashi’s Powers of Ten – A Synthematic Journey. The video – taking inspiration from Charles and Ray Eames film Powers Of Ten and Kees Boeke’s 1957 book, Cosmic View – is described as “a journey into the depths of some of Tatsuya’s instrument design highlights.” The film features images and sounds of the Takahashi’s Minilogue, Monologue, Volca, Triggers and Granular Convolver.

The second video, below, captures his presentation at the MW:M festival:

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“Making a living from designing musical instruments is a funny business. On one hand they are commercial products. On the other, they are forms of expression,” notes Takahashi. “From the big hit volcas to the personal projects that are painfully close to my soul, each project has a different story to tell, but there’s also a continuum that runs through them all.”

Shut Up & Play: Sounds Of The Korg Trident Synthesizer

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This video, via Perfect Circuit, offers an audio demo of the Korg Trident – an 8-voice, polyphonic analog synthesizer with three distinct, programmable sections.

The Trident features Synthesizer, Brass, and Strings sections. These can be individually tweaked and played, assigned to sections of the keyboard, or be layered to create more complex sounds.

“In this video, we show off a handful of the lush, vintage sounds that can be coaxed out of this classic synthesizer. The Trident is certainly an instrument that rewards playing its keyboard, while engaging and tweaking the different sections as a performance element.

We also showcase some of the Trident’s external CV inputs with a small set of Eurorack modules, expanding the instrument with more complex modulations than what is possible within the Trident alone.”

If you’ve used the Korg Trident, leave a comment and share your thoughts on it!

Sinevibes Updates Albedo Granular Reverb For Korg Multi-Engine

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Sinevibes has released a free update for Albedo, their granular cloud reverb for Korg synthesizers.

The update adds reverse grain playback mode, increased grain size adjustment range and more.

Albedo is a granular cloud reverb plugin for the Korg prologue, minilogue xd and NTS-1. It continuously records audio into a buffer, and at the same time plays multiple looping snippets from it – with each such snippet or “grain” having its own randomized size and position.

Together with feedback and additional stereo widening, this creates a lush “cloud of sound” reverb effect.

The algorithm also features a “freeze” mode: it can stop overwriting the buffer and play the granular cloud indefinitely, making it possible to layer any other sounds on top of it.

Pricing and Availability

Albedo is available now for $19 USD. The update is free to existing owners.

Sinevibes Droplet Delay & Reverb Effect For Korg Multi-Engine Synthesizers

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Sinevibes has introduced Droplet, a new delay and reverb effect for Korg Multi-Engine synthesizers, including the Korg NTS-1, Minologue XD and Prologue.

Droplet is a ‘raindrop delay’ effect that features up to 10 delay lines. The delay lines are connected in series, via a proportional feedback system, with each delay’s time randomized, in order to recreate a naturally chaotic sound that Sinevibes describes as being similar to water drops falling onto a surface.

Droplet can not only produce the “raindrop delay” effect, but can also go from early reflections to dense reverbs with long tail duration. The algorithm’s built-in modulation oscillator also adds dimension and unison detune to the sound, thanks to its unique routing with alternating polarity.

Pricing and Availability

Droplet is available now for $19 USD.

New User Oscillators & Effects For The Korg Prologue Synthesizer

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Ghost Time has shared a series of user oscillators & effects for the Korg Prologue synthesizer (they say they should work with the Minilogue XD & NTS-1, too).

Warped, demoed in the video above, is a lo-fi oscillator, inspired by the sounds of Boards of Canada.

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Sneq, demoed above, is described as an experimental oscillator, less focused on tonality and more on rhythm.

Each note can play a rhythmic sequence, which you can customize with controls for sequence length, offset, note probability and more.

Warbly is a user effect that adds an unstable ‘warble’ to your patches:

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Other Ghost Time oscillators include Step, a per key arpeggiator; Lapse, a stacked-LFO drone generator; and Slinky, a modulated delay effect.

The Ghost Time user oscillators and effects are available now with a ‘name your own price’ pricing.

Richard Devine On The Korg Opsix

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In this video, composer and sound designer Richard Devine demonstrates and dissects a variety of his custom patches for the Korg Opsix.

Key to Devine’s patches is his use of the modulation matrix to create movement and change, which he explores in the second half of the video.

Free Editor & Controller For The Korg NTS-1

Spanish developer Oscar R.C. has introduced a free Web-based editor and controller for the Korg NTS-1.

Features:

  • Installable, and works offline as a PWA
  • Control any parameter from within the app
  • Import and export your patches
  • Play with the on screen keyboard
  • Change the starting octave
  • Send pitch bend
  • Sequence melodies with the built-in sequencer
  • Control the tempo of the sequencer
  • Play notes any octave
  • Save and load your sequences

It’s available now as a free online tool.

Korg Wavestate SE Offers 61-Note Keyboard With Aftertouch

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Ahead of the 2021 NAMM Show, Korg has shared a sneak preview of the Wavestate SE – a new edition of the Wavestate that offers a 61-note keyboard with aftertouch and a more premium build.

Features:

  • 61-key version of current 37-key wavestate now with aftertouch
  • New internal programs added, all sound programs optimized for aftertouch
  • Solid build, aluminum panel and knobs

Details on pricing are to be announced.