The Beast is Back !
By: Ron from Toledo
What is your overall opinion of this product?
It's Got the Sound ! Used to dream about having one.
could have bought one for a song when everything went digital - but the ones I saw in the pawn shops were pretty well knackered from use on the road. Ebay prices have always been just out of reach for a good one.
What is your opinion of the quality of this product? How does it work for different genres of music?
Seems to be well made. two of the pots (portamento and one other) are a little stiff - not stick just tighter than the others feels like it might loosen up over time.
The keys are ok - not cheap but typical of a mid-range product. Much better and bigger than normal mini keys.
The jacks all seem to be mounted solidly and I prefer 1/8th inch to 1/4 inch format.
Ease of Use
How user friendly is it? Would it work well for a beginner, intermediate or experienced player?
Yeah - Sounds great out of the box - Prepare to get lost with all the patching options - Great fun - ! Don't worry about the Hz. / volt issue. Use midi - That's what it's for. If you must step sequence there are hardware options that send midi as well as volt per octave. Use your cv gear for filter's whatever.
Are the features on the product what you were expecting? What are your favorite features?
The External input is the best i've seen on any synth. You can trigger envelopes with out sending midi notes - You can process the signal with hi and low cut - pass through the processed signals envelope follower and frequency to CV signal, as well as generating a gate
How is the sound quality? How does the sound compare to other products you've use?
Balls - Grit - Bump - Pin Pricks, and Razor Blades - It's all there - It can be a little Touchy at times - but always rewarding. Although it can approach Moog-ness The filter is not as round and sweet. But then a Moog doesn't have the hi-pass either - It does so many things only an MS-20 can do - And the Ring mod is great ! It will be interesting to hear what they sound like in 10, 20 years.
How is the feel of the keys? Are the controls laid out well?
It's Ok. MUch better than standard mini keys.
Did you get what you were expecting for the price? How does it compare to similar products in the same price range?
Yeah - Great deal for the price. AMS is the best place to buy korg - I had two Electribes with fiddly knobs and they replaced them immediately.