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Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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Ras David a professional user from nola writes:
So,i'm midiing my ms-2000r to my mpc 1000,and it seems every time a seq. changes,the first note is skipped...unless the seq.loops again,then its 'seemless'.(REGARDLESS OF PROG.CHANGE.) Is this related to the global 'position'-(post kybd/pre TG) settings in the ms? This is driving me nuts,and im tired of trying to cover this up with a hit or crash, when the seq. changes..i figured it might be a global midi setting in the mpc 1000,but then why do the other synths in my rack trigger/prog.change without problems? has to be from the ms-2000's end right?.,.ugh...(the only info i could find was 1 sentence on a forum about korg 'tightening' the midi on the 2000b's-I have an ms-2000r 'A'btw.) any help would rock!-(gigs are pending) Peace...

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-Oct-23-2008 at 10:09
Sir Jackpipe a hobbyist user from Bloomsburg, PA USA writes:
I just wanted to say a couple things quick... first, I love this synth ! I have a MS2000B and when I saw a used MS2000R, I pounced on it ! Now I've got double the polyphony, a little more multi-timbral capability and the ability to run multiple sequences straight out of the synths without having to drag my computer around ! And to anybody who puts up the alesis micron up against one of these bad boys, get ready to get destroyed ! I have a micron, and it's a joke compared to either of the MS2000's ! besides the total junk presets, the fact that you have to wade thru endless menus to tweak the littlest thing is completely frustrating. ( I'll admit, I do have an editor program for it that I haven't tried yet, hope that'll help and also, the Ion might be a lot better since you do have the knobs to tweak it with, don't have an Ion, so I really can't say.) anyway, if you get one of these synths, you won't be disappointed I'm sure !

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Nov-24-2006 at 23:30
RecordMonster a professional user from USA writes:
Posted this in the MS2000 reviews with the keys But I've only got the rack unit so I'm reposting it here! Peace>> I got it for $187.50 Whoa, great deal huh! Don't be jealous! It's a rack unit! Mine's missing 3 knobs but I'll snag some other's that'll fit soon. I got no manual but who cares. I mostly dig for wax and sample stuff, sequence and add layers of real drums and drum machines, sound modules, etc.. Been using a large variety of cheap goodies! Had my eye on one of these for awhile. I'll tell you, if you are some guy that just buys this stuff and thinks hes doing something trancey just cuz of the pattern presets thats bootay! Matter of fact I don't like people who use pre-programmed pattern trash. Or sample cd/download producer punks. DIG SUCKAS, DIG!!!! Or don't, its more for me. Ok so this thing is geared towards techno cats but if you start to create your own patches you can make plenty of (damn that's tight) sounds. Matter of fact if you want to, you can make days and days and days of trippin out madness noise. Of course you have to do your share of "learning" and need to decipher proper midi connection and use for your setup. Well I read somewhere not to compare these with real analog and to just try it out and use it for yourself. This is very true. This is meant to be what it is, not an emulation. If people want to send downers on something send them to the soft synth users who send all their sounds through the same interface outs, if even that? Way way wack. Electronic instruments want to be seperate creatures! Don't believe the hype of the all in one computer! Sure you can get software for free alot of times but don't rely on software or plugins for all your work! Ok nuff preaching, Electronic jibberish to fat steady bass and high pitched bleeps. Dope you can use it to process other line signals. Important- you can turn knobs for everything! Up to date connections and uses with midi. Would really have liked to have seen an XLR in for the mic input. I suggest you save patches along the way bcuz when I got something just right and then hit record on my asr-x it changed the patch and I lost my settings. easy fix, disable control parameter change in global. Like I said depending on your setup, I did this after I created the patch how I wanted it. but its all about the live tweaking!! I'm just amazed, at first I was kinda hesitant. I thought the presets sounded kind of "thin" or more in the high frequency range. Actually I think it had too clean of a trashy sound if that makes sense. But I ran it through a cheap tube preamp into a cheaper crusty monitor and I think I'll just mic that and record it that way for the real dirt! Never forget the processors and dirt. even record it with a hQ mic! trust me you can color the sound later. This ain't no acoustic guitar fellas. It's very much worth even the $400 if you can afford to pay that much. But way way worth the under $200 I got it for!! Remember, Everything is Hip Hop and Hip Hop is Everything. Roadwarrior used gear freaks get my Shout outs!! Soundtrackish stuff, straight up fun to get high and play this thing!!

Other main stuff I use, Sp808, E-mu Mp7, SP-12 turbo, ASR-X, Novation BassStation, Cheapo 49 key controller, Over 125 crates of waX, your momma.. :) Send me your old records! Peace out friends

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Feb-23-2006 at 14:06
robin steele a hobbyist user from leeds writes:
the ms2000B is an interesting little creature. its simple to use, with easy access to parameters whilst playing. the vocoder is great, its easy to model on all those KRAFTWERK style voices, as well as some new COMBICHRIST style stuff too (only a little though)

I would regard it as a semi-pro synth, as the voice bank is not that large, and although the few good voices that there are,sound fantasic, they could have put a few more voices that are more original, instead of those "donna summer", presets!

It took me not so long to master the modulation sequencer, its good, but the "record in real-time" facility is a complete waste of time, as its easier to just type in what the sequence is to control (pitch, filter cutoff,etc) as well as all the different types of sequence (step, etc)in EDIT MODE, and control them in "real time" using the knobs above the keyboard.some of the preset attemps of "percusion" are naff too, as the HI-hat sounds like a snake.

the "piano" and "strings" sounds are another waste of time and money, as they charge you for these too. they are crap and they sound rubbish. KORG should have stuck to pure anologue synthesis, not reed organs and "fuzzy strings". I recomend this synth for someone who is wanting a reletively cheap, but interesting synth to play with.(for a few months, then you get bored!)

THE ARPEGIATOR, is rather cool! it can produce some incredible patterns.but the parameters are rather restricted. KORG should have put more money into enlargening the arpegiator parameters, instead of creating voices for children who like the old disco songs.

all in all, more decent original programs, as well as more original vocoder programs, and user space to say your own programs, alongside (not on top of) the original factory preset programs, would have made this synth a better piece.

now im saving up for the alesis ION, and MICRON, as they seem a lot cheaper and better!

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Sunday-Nov-27-2005 at 06:40
jake a professional user from USA writes:
I know a lot of people read these reviews Before they buy. Let me recommend that if you are looking at buying this synth and you are just now getting into synths, it a great SECOND HAND buy. They go for less than 300 used. DO NOT PAY 600 for a new MS2000RB the B series is a gimmicky trick. They have an xlr input, that's it. You can download the B-generation sounds at the Korg site and the yahoo group.

Also, get this over the micro korg. The micro is cutesy poo, but in the end not much more portable than a MS2000R and a little midi controller (and is about half as capable).

If you only want new (not used), consider the Alesis ION or the micron. They're not as easy or knobby though.

A used ms2000r is probably the best thing a first time synth player/programmer can buy. It is easy to get a great sound out of but is also very deep and has a buttload of programming to grow into.

Don't be lazy, learn how to program these.

And don't expect strings or pianos etc. to sound like real strings, pianos etc. Those are romplers and samplers. This is for making synth sounds only.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Jun-06-2005 at 16:08
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