No matter which way you look at it, Korg is Korg! State of the art. Ok, ok, maybe the MS-20 revival boom has overpeaked, considering that there are now the MS-20 (software) Controller, the MS-20 mini, the MS-20 Kit and the MS-20M Kit along with the original MS-20. Be that as it may, the new MS-20M Kit is still a pretty sensible buy.
Picking up where we left off with the “Buchla” theme (Report Part 1), lets stay in the good old USA and dedicate a few moments to MOOG. The booth of the German distributor EMC is like a beehive and especially the new SUB 37 attracts people like magic. But all the other Phattys are there, too, and the Voyager and – you guessed it – the powerful Voyager XL.
Now things are going to get interesting. After the release of the original MS-20 in 1978, Korg followed up with the MS-20 Legacy Controller and, more recently, with the MS-20 mini. And now the Original is back! Whereby the new model has a special feature: you have to build it yourself! It is an MS-20 Kit, isn’t it?
Even if it’s already a couple of months old, a MUST for this summer is the interview with Fumio Mieda (engineer of the original MS-20) and Hiroaki Nishijima (chief engineer at Korg, responsible for the new MS-20). Reading it through only takes a couple of minutes. It’s a few of the details that make for mandatory reading.
Following in the footsteps of the Monotron, Monotribe and MS-20 Mini analog synthesizers, Korg announces the Volca series. Volca is a new lineup comprised of three distinct models: the Volca Keys lead synthesizer, the Volca Bass synthesizer, and the Volca Beats rhythm machine.
This 27-key analog lead synth delivers powerful sound in a compact body. Starting with a filter section that uses the circuitry of the legendary miniKORG700S (1974), it delivers analog sound that takes full advantage of Korg’s half-century of know-how in circuit design. Continue reading
The KiwiTechnics Polysix upgrade is now available. It contains:
- A complete replacement board for the troubled Korg Polysix KLM-367 circuit board.
- Memory expansion to 1024 tones (!).
- MidiCC and Sysex support of all parameters.
- Midi In & Out.
- Arpeggiator MIDI clock.
- ArpMode random (MIDI only).
- Arpeggiator Midi data output.
See http://kiwitechnics.com/kiwisix.htm for more information.
Here’s an incredible rarity for sale in a New York studio. The pictured Korg PS-3300 looks fantastic and the starting bid seems not totally out of reach. Unfortunately, there’s no way to contact the seller in this auction (“… this seller is not able to respond to your question”).
Anyway, here’s the link:
One of the most successful workstation/synthesizers in the last 3 decades. A beautiful sounding and State of the Art music machine, that gives you everything you need to expand your music productivity.
Here is a music-video demonstrating what this instrument can do in a studio production – using only the Trinity and some external soft effects (reverb, delay).