Hi everyone, so in regards to the title, I'd like to say that I have been underwhelmed by the MS20 mini...
Now this message is for anyone doubting whether or not they should get one, and also for all who got one and for some reason ended up not using it.
I now use mine in pretty much all of my tracks in one way or another, but at first, when it got home, I was underwhelmed and a little angry at myself that I spent that much money on that one synth.
No matter what I did, I always ended up with that "signature" sound, it was so obvious, I wondered why did I get a synth that only did "that sound" (also a little bit of noticeable noise) ?
I stuck with it for a while, it didn't get any better at first, but I guess I didn't want to go through the hassle of selling it and I was also thinking "if all these artists have so much love for this synth, I must be missing something". So I kept trying, looking for ways to use it for anything.
Without even realizing it, I found myself, very often, going back to the MS20 whenever it seemed I was stuck in a track, and for some reason, the MS20 always seemed to provide a solution. Whether all on its own, within its own architecture, often without any or very little patching.
And the more gear I had, the more it became not only useful, but also extremely versatile and a great overall toolbox. Either to sonically compliment other synths, or as an external processor, or even a sub oscillator for another synth (I love using the MS20 and mother 32 together for a single bassline, they don't talk the same CV dialect for pitch, but they both talk midi)
So the MS20 does "the MS20" very well, of course, but I found it it could do so many more things, at times it could even pass as a moog or something entirely alien, even on its very own. But when you give it friends to play with, I think, for myself, it's probably one of the very most important pieces of gear I've ever had.
I'm very glad Korg did that reissue, I'm very glad they added midi and usb, and I'm very grateful to be able to go in my home studio and see it sitting there in good place.
The MS20 is a hell of a synth, a definite part of music history, so inspiring.
if you're thinking of getting one, definitely get one
if you have one and it's sitting in a corner, get it back, use it, learn it, and you'll probably keep it for the rest of your life. It does have a learning curve, or maybe it just needs you to give it its chance.
It's a little bit like some sort of semi-ugly "girl next door" girlfriend, who's amazing in bed, as well as the best person to hang out with.
Much love to the MS20 <3