Something for the Weekend: Original Korg MS-20 vs. iMS-20

Talk of the town last week. KORG released a vintage synth recreation for the iPad. After the earlier this year released iElectribe, they now gave us the iMS-20 app. The original MS-20 is a patchable semi-modular monophonic synthesizer which Korg released in 1978 and was in production until 1983. Although the MS-20 follows a conventional subtractive synthesis architecture of oscillators/filter/vca, its patch panel allows some rerouting of both audio and modulation, and it includes an external signal processor. This flexibility led to its resurgence during the analog revival of the late 90’s.

Quite the task to recreate this all into an app for the iPad then. Did Korg succeed? Well there is only proof in eating that pudding! Thanks to modul8tor you can experience the results of an experiment that proves if Korg got it right, … or not.

modul8tor’s comments: “Live demo & comparison between the Korg iMS20 for iPad versus the original analog synthesizer, the MS20. Not an academical approach, just some playing to get you the idea with some tunes. So what’s the verdict, you may ask? Well, its simple: if you happen to have an MS20 laying somewhere, go with that, else, buy the iMS20 and enjoy the drums section. 🙂


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