Korg's MS-20 Mini has quickly become
one of the biggest synths of 2013. Maybe even THE
biggest synth of 2013.
With its full-figured filters and a
semi-modular approach to sound design, the MS-20 has
a sound that's so beefy and unique that it's earned
a very special place in my studio.
Having tinkered with it for the
better part of the summer, I figured it was time for
another six-pack of Simpler patches. Since the
MS-20's filters are so distinctive, I focused on
their sound as the basis for these presets.
The MS-20 instruments in the file
are as follows:
Ring Fizz - Combining the
MS20's ring mod (using a major third interval) with
super-resonant filters resulted in this nasty patch.
Check out the freaky aliasing in the top octaves.
Reso Square - I tuned the
filters to match the square wave oscillators, which
added a light quiver to the overall tone.
Res Saw Interval - Interval
tuning on a pair of sawtooth oscillators, again with
the resonance cranked for additional harmonic
Noise Square - Using the
MS20's patch bay, I modulated the filter cutoff with
some white noise. Dirty.
Filter Frenzy - With the
filter resonance adding some "ghost" tones, I
dropped one of the oscillators by an octave to
increase the low-end content. For some serious boom,
lower the cutoff frequency on this Simpler patch.f
Detuned Pulse - A pair of
pulse waves detuned with the lowpass open and the
highpass subtly boosting the lows.
As usual, the instruments are in
default mode, with filtering, LFOs and envelopes
off, so you can use them as starting points for your
With all of the modulation and
detuning going on, looping was a challenge, so I
took longer samples to capture the character a bit