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MS2000R Project

Post by colorbars » Mon Apr 12, 2010 1:56 am

I just picked up a MS2000R off ebay and after browsing the 'show n tell' thread I have been thinking about building some sort of enclosure for it that could also house a controller. Just wondering if anyone had any tips/suggestions/information on building such a thing and what controller would be good, I was thinking about maybe an alesis q49 since i won't need alot of bells and whistles on the controller but i'm not set on it.

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Re: MS2000R Project

Post by gordwiebe » Mon Apr 12, 2010 2:25 am

ha! I had the same idea when I had an ms2000r and then I remembered that they did make a keyboard version of the ms2000!
I would think it would be cheaper, easier and you would end up with a far better keyboard if you just sold the rack and upgraded to the keys version.
I did, and it is quite easy to, use some wood and screw the rack ears into it to allow the ms2000r to stand upright though.

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Re: MS2000R Project

Post by Stab Frenzy » Mon Apr 12, 2010 3:47 am

Yeah, just sell the 2000R and get the keyboard version. Cheaper, lighter, easier to carry.

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Re: MS2000R Project

Post by colorbars » Mon Apr 12, 2010 5:03 am

Well I'm not too interested in selling it and getting the one with keys as I got quite a deal on it and I'd like to have a controller for other synths/sound modules aswell.

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Re: MS2000R Project

Post by Stab Frenzy » Mon Apr 12, 2010 5:14 am

The Q49 won't be any better for controlling other modules than the MS2000 keyboard, it only sends note, velocity, pitch and mod wheel data plus one assignable control from the data slider. Also it's not available yet and you can't control anything with a product that doesn't exist yet. :)

If you got a good deal on it you can sell it at a profit, so you're not losing any money from the sale.

If you're still set on the idea of buying a separate controller to use with it you should at least get one with more knobs/sliders so it'll actually be useful as a controller for other modules. But I'd be using the MS2000 as a controller as well if I were you.

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Re: MS2000R Project

Post by serv » Mon Apr 12, 2010 5:34 am

Not sure if modding ms2000r would be a good idea in terms future financial value. Well, if that matters to you.

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Re: MS2000R Project

Post by scimmiamk » Mon Apr 12, 2010 10:35 am

I didi to things like that if they can be useful to you

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they are quite easy to do and they can be surely smaller than the ms2000 kb which iMHO is quite huge
studiologic does produce some very small keyboards

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Re: MS2000R Project

Post by atom » Mon Apr 12, 2010 1:54 pm

To help wiotha rack version (i have a MS2000BR mounted on bottom of my rack) i wrote a ctrlr surface:
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i don't like the knobs on ms2000 they're to thin, lack of keyboard is a pro for me as i can't really play the keyboard so i just sequence everything.
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http://ctrlr.org
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Re: MS2000R Project

Post by colorbars » Mon Apr 12, 2010 4:47 pm

Well I think I'm going to scrap that idea then haha. I think I'll make a couple wedge shaped wood sides for it to keep it tilted up a bit and use it like a desktop module. I'd still like some suggestions for a good reasonably priced controller I could use with it and other rackmount synths.

As far as the q49 not being available goes...
http://cgi.ebay.com/ALESIS-Q49-49-KEY-U ... 1e5b00eeff

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Re: MS2000R Project

Post by devetron » Mon Apr 12, 2010 10:20 pm

Hmmmm.
I happen to have an empty MS-2000 housing that may be well suited for such a project. As far as I know the MS2K rack's guts would probably fit right in there.
There are subtle differences in the panel layout (phone jack, "keyboard" mode button, bank and octave selectors) you'd have to work around. It is in great shape, just missing the synth guts, keyboard and pitch/mod wheels. Wood sides are included.
You could also use the spaces on either side of the control panel to house some effects or modules or something.
I had been meaning to strip it and re-paint it something cool, but never got to it.

PM me if interested. I wouldn't want too much for it. A little trade?
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Re: MS2000R Project

Post by colorbars » Tue Apr 13, 2010 3:36 am

If I bought something like a micron or a miniak would I be able to use it and have it control the ms2000 at the same time? I'm thinking this could be a good way to justify buying another synth all together haha.

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Re: MS2000R Project

Post by gordwiebe » Tue Apr 13, 2010 4:06 am

Now you're talking! That would work just fine - anything with midi in/out will control the ms2000r.

If you do end up looking for just a midi controller though - think about the discontinued emu xboards - good quality and super cheap - especially since they have aftertouch (which unfortunately isn't standard on all keyboards).

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Re: MS2000R Project

Post by colorbars » Tue Apr 13, 2010 3:38 pm

The more I think about it the more I'm leaning towards getting a micron and in the mean time just use my esq-1 to control the ms2000.

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Re: MS2000R Project

Post by colorbars » Thu Apr 22, 2010 5:14 am

Alright i just bought an alesis micron and am going to use it for the controller for the MS2000 but set it up so i can use both simultaneously. It's kind of funny, this whole thing started as me looking to buy a new synth to keep my esq-1 company for under $200, and now i have two more and at a total of $600 haha.

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Re: MS2000R Project

Post by Bohemian86 » Thu Apr 22, 2010 5:21 pm

Yeah you want to stick with the rack version. The keyboard MS2000 does NOT have aftertouch! The synth engine responds to it, so I'd recommend a ms2000r with an aftertouch enabled controller.

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