The new iMS-20 application transforms users'' iPads into analog synth studios with a detailed re-creation of the Korg MS-20 semi-modular analog synth, along with a built-in 16-step analog sequencer based on the Korg SQ-10. Other features include an analog drum machine, mixer, dual Kaoss pads and direct access to the SoundCloud audio platform.
Using Korg''s proprietary CMT (Component Modeling Technology), the iMS-20 replicates every aspect of the MS-20: the two voltage-controlled oscillators, voltage-controlled filters, two dynamic envelope generators and a voltage-controlled amplifier. The iMS-20 also features highpass/lowpass self-oscillating filters with the same distortion elements that made these filters popular back in their day.
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 such as easy control of notes, volume, pan or synth/effect parameters. All of the SQ-10''s 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 6-part drum machine. By pressing the Step buttons, drum parts can be quickly created, with each hit having independent control of pitch and gate time. By using the 7-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 also function as a dynamic performance instrument as it is equipped with dual Kaoss pad control surfaces: one for note creation and one for manipulating parameter values in real time.
Users can share their creativity via the SoundCloud integration feature. SoundCloud provides a way to publish songs or to collaborate on new music with friends anywhere in the world. Audio data exported by the iMS-20 app can be published and shared, and users can access the SoundCloud server right from within iMS-20 app.
The Korg iMS-20 for iPad is available for download purchase from Apple''s App Store for a special introductory price of $15.99 (USD) until January 31, 2011, after which point the app will be available for the regular price of $32.99.