MATRIXSYNTH: Korg MS20 | Science Fiction

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Korg MS20 | Science Fiction

Published on Feb 13, 2018 Alex Ball

You need to be careful triggering that secret patch setting at :22 in.

"I've been after a classic 70s synth for a while and kept returning to the sound of the Korg MS20. This synth has been through various versions and reissues, but this is the original from 1978 (with the type 35 filter for the nerds). I couldn't believe my luck when one came up for sale two miles away.

It's a completely different sound to my 80s synths (the reason I picked one up). You can overdrive the filters incredibly easily and it has a very fuzzy sound. It's probably most famous for the main riff in Daft Punks "Da Punk".

It's also semi-modular and there's loads and loads of patching possibilities. If that wasn't enough, you can also run instruments or vocals through it and process them, although I'll get into that in another video probably, once I've learned how to harness it!

For now, here's a spot of Tangerine Dream meets Rush meets Genesis using the raw sound of th MS20. This is the first thing that came out when I started jamming with it!

Korg MS20 sequenced with SQ-1
Roland JX-3P (not seen in the video) doubling the sequence in stereo in the background.

Electric Guitars: Ibanez JEM 7DBK, Squier Jagmaster, Ibanez Tubescreamer, Boss CE-2 Chorus, Fender Blues Junior II, Mic'd with an SM57
Acoustic: Alvarez Baritone, mic'd with an AKG C414 (as seen)
Bass: (not seen in the video, but it's there) Fender Jazz Bass, Orange OB1-300, DXX 266Xl Compressor

GForce Software MTron Pro
Past to future drums (two kits, one take panned left, the other right - 70s style!)
Sound Dust Hammr Growler

Plug-ins: Goodhertz Vulf Compressor, various Waves and Izotope plugins, Past to future reverb impulses"

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