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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


Opinions on the ms2000?

I think the MS2000 is pretty good, I would go for the MS2000B if I were you though, it has the DWGS waves in addition. Keep in mind you only get four voice polyphony too. Some people say it has a harsh tone, I disagree. I like the character of it, to me it...

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January 2019 New Gear Thread

Much better than the MS2000B I used to own. It has a a rather good effects section, routing and synthesis options too. Super pleased as I have been wanting to add something unapologetically digital to the studio collection.

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Grounding noise!! - WTF!?

Sounds like usb ground loop. To eliminate, I run any synths using usb midi through an ebtech Hum-ex first, before going into my interface. Hope this helps!

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