This video, via Throbbing Gristle’s Chris Carter, demonstrates using the rare Korg MS-20 hardware controller with the virtual Korg MS-20 for the iPad, Korg iMS-20, to simulate the classic Korg MS-20 synthesizer.
Whew! If your head hasn’t exploded yet, consider that this convoluted setup is actually pretty awesome.
Once you have it connected and communicating there are a few things to note: Using physical patch cables on the MS20 hardware is mirrored on the iMS20 App, which very cool.
Another major benefit of using the MS20 controller is that it functions regardless of which mode the iMS20 App is in – Synth, Drums, Song or Mixer. This means you can tweak synth sounds while editing drums, patterns or changing mixer levels and without having to continually return to the Synth page, as you have to without the controller.
Carter’s doesn’t really show off iMS-20 as a synth – but it’s very powerful and sounds great.