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Which Korg?

Posted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 12:00 am
by phaeton
Hi,

What's best please - Korg Monotron Delay + Duo hook-up, or a single Korg MicroKorg synth?

Want something I can filter sounds through and morph the result?

Bests,

P

Re: Which Korg?

Posted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 12:20 am
by c-level
phaeton wrote:Hi,

Want something I can filter sounds through and morph the result?

P
inb4 MS-20 :mrgreen:

Re: Which Korg?

Posted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 12:24 am
by orlando56
I have a Monotron (original version), was attracted by its supposed MS10/20 filter. Found that it is very noisy. Two of them in sequence would seem to be very noisy indeed.

Re: Which Korg?

Posted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 12:54 am
by phaeton
orlando56 wrote:I have a Monotron (original version), was attracted by its supposed MS10/20 filter. Found that it is very noisy. Two of them in sequence would seem to be very noisy indeed.
Thanks. So you think the full-blown MicroKorg might be a better option? I just want something to morph sounds or subtly bend effects. I have a KP3 but it is actually very limited because it is heavily angled towards dj type effects and i want something broader for ambient effects, you know, like a subtle tone over a landscape, like for a film / video or something. Yes I agree those Monotrons have some cool circuitry but the effects verge on 'lightweight' sound effects, I want something a little more heavy basically. Thanks again :)

ps. like analougue-type synths best of all.

Re: Which Korg?

Posted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 12:58 am
by phaeton
c-level wrote:
phaeton wrote:Hi,

Want something I can filter sounds through and morph the result?

P
inb4 MS-20 :mrgreen:
o yo! if i win the lottery - way to go!! ;)

Re: Which Korg?

Posted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 1:04 am
by kvnvk
exactly what kind of effects are you looking for anyway? all you would get out of running through a Monotron is the filter, the delay effect on the Monotron Delay, but personally think it's still kind of noisy and a bit c**p. if you're willing to spend the money on even a used Microkorg I'd suggest you look into used multi-effects processors as an alternative, many of which you can get for less than the Microkorg.

Re: Which Korg?

Posted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 1:39 am
by Cumulus
MicroKORG.

It will filter and do vocoder effects as well as delays and a lot of nice synth sounds.

Re: Which Korg?

Posted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 3:40 am
by silikon
If you're thinking MicroKorg, why not go all out and get the MS2000? More hands on, same synth engine, same vocoder, external inputs, heaps more hands-on control (not to mention a reasonable sized keyboard). :)

Re: Which Korg?

Posted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 7:04 pm
by bouzoukijoe1
MS2000 is way better than the Micro! and possibly for cheaper.

Re: Which Korg?

Posted: Wed Oct 03, 2012 1:26 am
by Cumulus
The MS2000 is great but that was not one of the choices.

Re: Which Korg?

Posted: Wed Oct 03, 2012 2:15 am
by phaeton
Thanks to all,

Do you know the film this video references? It has some (early) subtle analogue synth effects - that's the sort of thing I am looking for.

'Stalker' by Andrei Tarkovsky

The keyboard isn't really an issue because I already have a keyboard (incl midi connections) but I want to filter tones and voices through a synth for effect.

P

Re: Which Korg?

Posted: Fri Oct 05, 2012 5:39 am
by phaeton
bouzoukijoe1 wrote:MS2000 is way better than the Micro! and possibly for cheaper.
Hi,

I've seen several MS2000 type Korgs, one with keyboard & one without. Apart from the keys, is there any great difference between these models?

Considering also I want to use these synths for shaping sounds, either going thro them live or morphing prerecorded audio :)

Thanks.

Re: Which Korg?

Posted: Fri Oct 05, 2012 8:01 am
by c-level
bouzoukijoe1 wrote:MS2000 is way better than the Micro! and possibly for cheaper.

AND ONLY HAS FOUR f**k VOICES CMON if your going to do a VA AND NOT ANALOG at least do it right and give us as many voice as we have hands, perhaps keys. this is the BIGGEST let down i have with this synth sorry....

Re: Which Korg?

Posted: Fri Oct 05, 2012 8:09 am
by Ashe37
c-level wrote:
bouzoukijoe1 wrote:MS2000 is way better than the Micro! and possibly for cheaper.

AND ONLY HAS FOUR f**k VOICES CMON if your going to do a VA AND NOT ANALOG at least do it right and give us as many voice as we have hands, perhaps keys. this is the BIGGEST let down i have with this synth sorry....

At the time, pretty much no one was doing better in the same price range. Now, ten years later, we can criticize it because the synths that used to be $400 more than it (and had more voices) are about the same price on the used market (or $100 more). That and having extensive hands on controls for its price were the original selling points of the MS2000.

Re: Which Korg?

Posted: Fri Oct 05, 2012 8:29 am
by bouzoukijoe1
c-level wrote:
bouzoukijoe1 wrote:MS2000 is way better than the Micro! and possibly for cheaper.

AND ONLY HAS FOUR f**k VOICES CMON if your going to do a VA AND NOT ANALOG at least do it right and give us as many voice as we have hands, perhaps keys. this is the BIGGEST let down i have with this synth sorry....
hahaha. that's silly. polyphony isn't everything. you can do amazing things with just 4 voices if you have the skill. heck, you can even do amazing things with monosynths.

anyway...

MS2000 rack on ebay is going for $370-400+
Virus B module is going for $575+

MS2000 is still the best deal. MicroKorg is a waste of time because of the limited interface. for a beginner, MS2000 is better to learn on. more complicated synths with more polyphony like the Virus isn't as good for beginners. better to spend less money on a simpler first synth and save for a much better synth like a Virus TI later on, after you get the hang of it.