Korg Releases iMS-20 App For iPad

Korg has released the iMS-20 for the iPad. The app claims to be a complete recreation of the Korg MS-20 analog synth with an analog sequencer, a drum machine, a mixer, and their Kaoss Pad technology.

Korg iMS-20

iMS-20 consists of a recreation of the Korg MS-20 analog synth with the patching capability, plus a 16-step analog sequencer based on the Korg SQ-10, a six-part drum machine which can create drum parts by simply tapping the buttons, and a seven-channel mixer with 14 types of effects. In addition, iMS-20 offers dual Kaoss Pads allowing you to generate music by simply stroking the pad and moving your fingers over it.

» MS-20 monophonic synthesizer: 1 unit
» Analog sequencer: 1 unit
» 6-part drum machine: 1 unit
» Mixer: 1 unit
» Song/Pattern composer: 1 unit

MS-20 monophonic synthesizer:
» Analog modeling synthesizer (MS-20 modeled by “CMT” Component Modeling Technology)
» 2VCO / 2VCF / 1VCA / 2EG / Patch Panel
» Additional functions: Modulation Key/Tempo Sync
» Insert effect (selectable from 14 effect types as below)

Analog Sequencer:
» 16-step analog sequencer
» Control notes, volume, pan, parameters, and voltages via knobs
» Configurable steps (1-16) and sequence mode (6 types)
» Trigger out per channel or step position

6-part drum machine:
» 6-part/16-step drum machine
» Create sounds by sampling a single note from a built-in MS-20
» Controllable notes, volume and pan by knobs
» Configurable steps (1-16) and sequence mode (6 types) per a part

» 7-channel mixer
» Double needle meter indicates VU level
» Master effect (selectable from 14 effect types as below)

Song/Pattern composer:
» Compose a song or select a pattern, built-in mixer
» 16 patterns and 256 bars per a song
» Tempo setting (20-300 BPM) and Swing function

Effect type:
» 14 types: Short Delay, BPM Sync Delay, Reverb 1, Reverb 2, Chorus/Flanger, Equalizer, Compressor, Tube Simulator (Valve Force), Low-Pass Filter, High-Pass Filter, Band-Pass Filter, Talking Modulator, Decimator, Grain Shifter

» Keyboard: Recording function, Variable width (22, 26, or 29 keys)
» Kaoss Pad: 2 units, Recording function
»Performance pad: Key/Scale (31 types) settings
»Parameter control pad: X-Y axis parameter settings

» Audio export function (Bouncing a song or pattern, and Real-time recording a performance: 16-bit/44.1 kHz stereo WAV format)
» Publish and share songs online with the SoundCloud audio platform
» Various template patterns by music genre are included
» Various template sounds by sound category are included

Korg’s iMS-20 is a dedicated iPad app ( iOS 3.2 or later) and cannot be used with the iPhone or the iPod touch. It is available now for $16 bucks via iTunes.

The Future: Hooray! Korg finally stepped up with this solid iPad App by squeezing some more mileage out of their venerable MS line (…just be happy it wasn’t another Electribe product! —Ed.). Fact it, this is really just a retooled version of their Nintendo DS-10 Plus for the iPad.
OK, so they still haven’t truly broken new ground, but at least they’re trying to take off the panties.

Author: FutureMusic

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