|Following the April release of the iElectribe virtual analog beatbox for iPad, which continues to be a top seller at the iTunes store, Korg introduces a new app based on classic Korg synth instruments. The intuitive Korg iMS-20 application transforms users iPads into complete analogue synth studios with a detailed recreation of the legendary Korg MS-20 semi-modular analogue synth, along with a built-in 16-step analogue sequencer, based on the Korg SQ-10. A variety of additional new features, including an analogue drum machine, mixer, dual Kaoss pads and direct access to the SoundCloud audio platform. This app does not run on an iPhone nor on an iPod.
Ever since the launch of the MS-20 in 1978, this distinctive monophonic synthesizer has enjoyed unbroken popularity for its thick and solid sound, analogue filters and potential for creative patching. Using Korgs proprietary CMT (Component Modeling Technology) the iMS-20 completely replicates every aspect of the legendary MS-20. There are two Voltage Controlled Oscillators, Voltage Controlled Filters, two dynamic Envelope Generators and a Voltage Controlled Amplifier. iMS-20 also features high-pass/low-pass self-oscillating filters with the same unique distortion elements that made these filters popular back in their day.
The Korg SQ-10, also introduced in the late 1970s, is effectively recreated for the iMS-20 app. Featuring 16 steps, this analog sequencer can produce either a series of pitches or create a cyclic pattern of control changes to the volume, panning, filter brightness and other synthesizer parameters. The iMS-20 version also includes new improvements not found on the original, such as easy control of notes, volume, pan, or synth/effect parameters. All of the SQ-10s classic and unique functionality, such as three channels of voltage control and six types of sequence modes, is also included.
The iMS-20 also features a six-part drum machine. By simply pressing the step buttons, drum parts can be quickly created, with each hit having independent control of pitch and gate time. By using the seven-channel mixer, complete with several Insert effects, users can bring together the MS-20 and drum machine components to create full musical phrases.
The iMS-20 can function as a dynamic performance instrument as well. It is equipped with dual Kaoss pad control surfaces one for note creation as known from Korg's Kaossilator, and one for manipulating parameter values in real-time, as found on Korg's Kaoss series of effects processors.
Users can share their creativity via the SoundCloud integration feature. SoundCloud provides a way to publish songs. Audio data exported by the iMS-20 app can be quickly published and shared, and users can access the SoundCloud server right from within iMS-20 app.