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Korg MS-2000B Analog Modeling Synth   

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The Korg MS-2000B Analog Modeling Synth opens the latest chapter in the 25-year history of the Korg MS series. With an updated sound set, a sharp new...Click To Read More About This Product

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A blast from the past with the power of the present.

The Korg MS-2000B Analog Modeling Synth opens the latest chapter in the 25-year history of the Korg MS series. With an updated sound set, a sharp new black metallic color scheme, and dedicated vocoder mic, the 44-key MS2000B provides a combination of playability, expression, and sound manipulation that is at once familiar, yet ready to open a new universe of possibilities.

Back to the future

The 44-key MS2000B comes dressed up with retro-style rosewood side panels and is packed with other great features of the past, including a versatile 16-band vocoder and an arpeggiator offering 6 types of arpeggio patterns.

Unparalleled analog modeling power

Korg's DSP-driven analog modeling system”-acclaimed in the Korg Prophecy and Electribe-A-”has been refined to produce an incredibly wide range of sounds. From lush to fat to sharply cutting, the awesome sonic spectrum produced only by this DSP technology is harnessed into a compact keyboard or module. All major sound parameters can be accessed in real time from the knobs and switches on the front panel, allowing you the freedom to manipulate and shape your sound as you play.

Awesome waveforms

The oscillator section consists of two oscillators and a noise generator. Oscillator 1 lets you select from eight waveforms, including analog staples such as sawtooth and pulse, to unique selections like VoxWave and 64 DWGS (Digital Waveform Generator System) waveforms first featured on the Korg DW-8000. Modulation can be applied to each waveform for an even wider timbral selection and to create movement.
Oscillator 2 lets you select from three types of waveforms. In addition to detuning Oscillator 2 relative to Oscillator 1, you can also use it to apply sync or ring modulation to generate complex sounds. The audio input jacks allow external sound sources to be processed by the internal filters, effects, etc.

Sound control

The EG (envelope generator) uses familiar 4-stage ADSR (attack, decay, sustain, release) controls to apply time-variant changes to sound parameters. The LFO (low frequency oscillator) allows you to choose from four types of waveforms to apply cyclic changes to sound parameters and can be synced to MIDI clock for cool rhythmic effects. Two EGs and two LFOs are provided for each timbre. The MS2000B provides four filter types: 12dB low pass, 24dB low-pass, band-pass, and high-pass. Resonance is provided and can be set to self-oscillate. In addition to volume and pan controls, the amp section provides a distortion on/off setting so that even soft sounds can be transformed into aggressive solo parts. The effect section provides up to three effects simultaneously: a modulation effect (ensemble, phaser, or chorus/flanger), a delay (stereo delay, cross delay, or L/R delay), and an equalizer, programmable for every sound.

Virtual Patch function allows wildly creative possibilities

The MS2000B provides a Virtual Patch function that simulates the patching capabilities of the legendary Korg PS series and MS series synthesizers. Not only EG and LFO but also velocity and keyboard tracking can be used as modulation sources to affect parameters such as pitch, noise level, and pan. You can create four Virtual Patches for each sound.

Mod Sequence function generates dramatic tonal changes

The 3-track Mod Sequence function is a step sequencer that applies time-variant change to sound parameters in a way similar to varying the control voltage on analog synthesizers of the past. In addition to the 28 parameters on the front panel, you can also sequence changes to the pitch or step length to create your own riffs and phrases. Using the Mod Sequence to change DWGS waveforms even allows you to simulate wave-sequencing!

  • Advanced soundset
  • Black metallic color scheme
  • DSP-driven analog modeling system
  • 16-band vocoder
  • 6 types of arpeggio patterns
  • 2 oscillators with 8 and 3 waveforms respectively
  • Oscillator 2 detuned relative to Oscillator 1
  • Noise generator
  • Sync and ring modulators
  • ADSR envelope generator
  • LFO with 4 types of waveforms
  • 4 filter types
  • 3 simultaneous effects
  • Virtual Patch function

MS-2000B Analog Modeling Synth

  • Sound Generation Method:
    Analog Modeling Synthesis System-Synthesizer Program Multitimbral = 2 (max., Split/Dual Mode) Voices = 4 voices Sound Source = 2 Oscillator + Noise Generator, EG x 2, LFO x 2, Virtual Patch x 4, MOD Sequence 16 steps (max.) x 3 -Vocoder Program Voices = 4 voices Sound Source = 1 Oscillator + Noise Generator, EG x 2, LFO x 2, 16 Channels vocoder, level and pan of each channel can be edited, Formant Shift function
    Programs: 128
    Effects: Modulation effects (3 types), Delay (3 types), Equalizer
    Arpeggiator: 6 types
    Inputs: AUDIO IN 1, 2, Level switch LINE / MIC, [AUDIO IN 1, 2(LINE)]Input impedance = 39 kOhms, Maximum output level = -3.5dBu (Audio In knob maximum), [AUDIO IN 2(MIC)] Input impedance = 22 kOhms, Maximum output level = -33dBu (Audio In knob maximum), Input source impedance = 600 ohms
    Outputs: L/MONO, R, Output impedance = 1.1kOhms (MONO = 550 ohms), Maximum output level = +6.5dBu, Load impedance = 100kOhms, Headphones, Output impedance = 10 ohms, Maximum output level = 35mW, Load impedance = 33 ohms
    Control Inputs: Assignable Pedal, Assignable Switch
    MIDI: IN, OUT, THRU o Display : 16 characters x 2 lines with backlight
    Power Supply: DC 9V (AC adapter)
    Power Consumption: 8W
    Dimensions: MS2000B = 737.8(W) x 371.3(D) x 147.7(H)mm / 29.08"(W) x 14.6"(D) x 5.8"(H), MS2000R = 482.0(W) x 233.2(D) x 87.1(H)mm / 19.0"(W) x 9.2"(D) x 3.4"(H) 4U rack-mountable
    Weight: 7.1kg/15.6 lbs
    Accessories: AC adapter (DC 9V, 600mA)
    Keyboard: 44 notes

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Cant wait to own it

Well I was the somewhat proud owner of an Alesis ION and well that thing is very confusing to program. It goes from menu page to menu page. This seems to be a bit...Read complete review

Well I was the somewhat proud owner of an Alesis ION and well that thing is very confusing to program. It goes from menu page to menu page. This seems to be a bit less confusing, but with any good instrument, its the know how that makes it sound good. Not bashing the ION here its just my anti-struggle side that made me take it back im sure its an awesome synth. Now I say, bring on the Korg, cant wait to own my own after jamming on it at a local guitar place. Though the weight of a guitar can determine the sound of it, I can't think of how the weight of this thing can make it less of a synth, isn't it just programs and circuitry that make it tick not the type of wood/metal that makes it sound good.


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One Trick Pony

This synthesizer is a one-trick pony really.It's one trick is the Mod Sequencer, which can be used for very glassy and pretty timbres similar to things you can pull on a Wavestation, but far...Read complete review

This synthesizer is a one-trick pony really.It's one trick is the Mod Sequencer, which can be used for very glassy and pretty timbres similar to things you can pull on a Wavestation, but far more easily. You'll generally spend over a grand for this effect (Nord Modular, true analog modulars, etc.)However, it's two closest competitors (Alesis Ion and Clavia Nord Lead 2X) maul it like lions in just about everything else (basses, leads, pads that aren't pretty and glassy, brasses, strings, effects, and so on). The Ion is marginally more expensive than the MS2000B, but it has a full four octave keyboard, three oscillators per voice, eight voice polyphony (as opposed to the painful four voices here), dual filters, and four times as many filter options. The Nord Lead 2X is somewhat more expensive, and has much more "personality" than the sterile MS2000, and is 20 note polyphonic and 4 part multitimbral. Except for it's one trick, the MS2000B is mediocre at best. I'd get it as a "spice" to an existing setup of synthesizers if I were to buy it, as it's good at it's one trick. I didn't regret selling mine for a real analog monosynth.

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Big sound for an inexpensive virtual analog!

By Dino-atp1z

from Valdosta,GA

This thing rocks! Period. Those who say it is thin and not fat enough does not know how to program synths. Trust me, I know. I own many analogs and I can make this thing sound just as analog or digital as I want. It's all in the know how. Spend some time with this synth and you will not be disappointed. Heck, it is a great addition to my Moogs, Oberheims, etc. Besides,you hear it all over everything the band "Black Eyed Peas" has on the charts so that should be worth making you want one. All around, it's a avery cool synth for the money and it's vocoder alone is worth the price.

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By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Alesis ION ? Don't listen to those who even try to compare the two. This machine litterally has no limits, where as the Alesis ION is somwhat based upon presets and moding those presets, with no real control of creating a whole new unique sound. If you want to quickly jump onto a synthesizer and just play a few silly notes buy the Alesis ION . Otherwise if you a musician that wants to expand buy this!


Value and versatility

By Maddock

from Milwaukee, WI

This analog modeler has it all. With the only limitation of 4 voice polyphony (who needs much more for a lead synth anyway?) it emulates with amazing warmth almost any vintage sound. Excellent features include waveform input via 1/4", great vocoder, super-amped resonant filter, multiple modulators, good arpeggiator and a unique time sequencer for extremely complex effects.


The Beez Neez

By Lestat-x3UZq

from Tempe, AZ

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Korg Ms-2000B, the best synth and vocoder around for anyone who is patient and serious about getting into synths. I stress being patient because this thing has no end to the sounds it can make. Hours upon hours of megatron funtime. It is my first synth and I have had it for 4 days and it has taken over my life. Worth the money if you are SERIOUS about making music, otherwise it will just annoy you with all the knobs and buttons. Personally, I think it's worth its weight in gold.


What a beast!

By bonsaibaby

from Fort Worth, TX

With this analog control anything is possible...this baby has it going on!



By Gordo

from Undisclosed

This thing is great!!!! If your inventive enough you can get just about every wierd sound that you need. Well worth the price. I'm a guitar player who does a little keys on the side in a home studio, gotta say get it if your the same.



By Ben-NG8kW

from Chandler, AZ

This is a fantastic synthesizer. I love being able to edit my sounds mid-song using the various knobs without having to program anything. It's very fun to play and it's cheaper than most synths for the quality.


Korg MS2000B

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This synth may sound a little thin at times, but when tweaked, it can produce some serious seriousness. Its sound is very unique and can make good as a standalone or as a compliment to say a Nord Lead or an Ion. The Virtual Patch and Mod Sequence functions are both extremely cool. The vocoder seems a bit silly, but sounds great. Don't let the presets fool you. This is one powerful tool for creation. Whether you want some funky, high-pitched, Snoop-style melody lines, sweeping, full-motion pads, or a low-down dirty squelch.



By Coaltownblues


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You could spend 3 years playing this thing every day and still not have any idea what you are doing unless you are a very experienced keyboard/synthesizer musician. I am a guitar player looking for some addition to my sound so I picked this Korg up. And man did I ever get just about any sound that I ever wanted. Its a really cool instrument and is a great buy for someone looking to expand their horizons to their music. The only thing that I disliked about it...I have owned this instrument for 5 months and still have not been able to find a straight regular piano sound on the synth. Its a cool instrument. Do it.


the features are old-school but, it sounds great

By millo

from Bayamon, PR

it sounds great, looks old-school and is great valued

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