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Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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Anders Helmerson from brasil writes:
I just bought this.It has lots of good preprogrammed sounds that could be made better if you set some time into it.Its small and easy to carry with you.But sometimes I miss the possibilities as you hade in the analog instruments as minimoog,etc.I am going to use it alot on my next cd,especially for melodylining but also for fillouts and effects.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jun-02-2001 at 16:12
nathan kaines a professional user from USA writes:
Ok i previously owned the ms2000r, but sold it i needed a hardcore analog modeller. But months later one shows up in the store i work at. The keyboard version. And i realize what a cool little machine it is. I cant stand the elctribes just because of the sound they have, and even tho the ms2000 is pretty much the same synth engine, its still cool. This is not a virus b, or what not, and should not be compared to one, i see it as a specialty synth, making cool and unique sounds. A great keyboard for a addition to a already good rig, or a beginners keyboard or a hobbyist. The layout rules, it was diabolical to put a distortion button on the front, the only other synth i know like that is the nord lead, most companies should learn from this. And the virtual patchbay is very cool, i dont see this synth as the ms20 revamped more of a new synth. Pros: cool lo-fi sound, great basses, lots of realtime control,buttons feel good, audio ins, cool vocoder. Cons: Flimsy build, knobs are kinda weak feeling, the wood sides remind me of those balsa wood plane kits. Overall if the knobs were stronger , the keyboard was built like a waldorf, and it had a pcmcia slot for more sounds, korg would have a real winner. If you dig boards of cananda ive already made some patches in that vein. Cool board and if you can get one cheap go for it. this is definatley not a board to play in the store and judge by the presets, sit down with and tweak the sounds, maybe make a new patch and see how fun this board really is. Im gonna get one just for new weird sounds and cool sequencer, it would be great for a lo-fi ambient project.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Friday-Jun-01-2001 at 20:13
David Waldman a hobbyist user from Washington, DC writes:
Yes indeed you will, Ian. With FUN being the operative word. FUN is what the MS2000 is all about; it has one HECK of a bag of tricks to discover in the sleepless nights you'll be experiencing. Welcome to the Mad Scientist's Lair!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-May-29-2001 at 17:37
Anders Sundelin a part-time user from Sweden writes:
"A great retro-styled synth! This is one of the synths I miss the most and I will probably buy one again as soon as I can! ...the wheels, the wheels..." For more reviews check out our bands site:

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-May-17-2001 at 17:25
SpeckO from OZ writes:
hey Mike (below), there's nothing wrong with being critical, so long as it adds to the opinion list without hurting anyone. People keep saying this machine is cheap compared to other brands, but when we compare price to features ratio of other reasonably more expensive machines, there is no comparison eg. ms2000= great sound, 4 note poly, limited modulation matrix, 2 part multi, good filters ( I reckon they do have some character of their own) and retails for $2495 Aust. (yes we know that we'd pay less for it) vs Access virus= awesome sound and wider variety of sounds, 24 note poly, much more extensive modulation possibilities, 16 part multi, excellent filters (that crank at all ends of the spectrum) and retails for $3295 australian (and you'll pay less than that to, of course). Now if I have a choice between getting my MS2000 in three weeks, or saving up another grand over a month or two, I reckon I'd rather forego the instant gratification (that I sometimes sucker myself into), and go for the more expensive, but also far more expansive 'Virus' synth (If you are a Waldorf, Novation or other brand fan, simply replace above 'Virus' name with your fave synth, like microwave for example, the specs [and sound] are just as kick ass)

I realize that all synths have their place, I just wanted to point out that when we stack the different possibilities together, we often think only of the sound, and don't consider things like, how many notes can I play at once, How many parts can I have going at once for a live set or immediate multitracking, what can I route to what, and What lies within that the menus of that little LCD screen, which, really, you do learn not only to live with, but also to use as second nature for unlocking some of the more powerful aspects of your chosen synth. When a synth has the Fantastic sound, excells in above areas, and costs a bit more, I believe it's worth saving up for! If you don't care about those factors, don't need all the parts and notes etc, and you are trying to even out your spending dollars over many purchases ( and who isn't), then the MS2000 may be a godsend, cos it is a great synth. Yet I would consider that what you get for the money is OK, compared to the others (which represent an excellent features to $ ratio in comparison IMO) There's better out there, if you are prepared to wait and save!

posted Wednesday-May-16-2001 at 22:10
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