Korg iMS-20 Turns Your iPad Into A Vintage Synthesizer

iPad Music Software: Korg is about to unleash another virtual instrument for the iPad – the KORG iMS-20, a software recreation of the classic Korg MS-20 analog synthesizer.

According to Korg, the Korg iMS-20 “transforms your iPad into a complete analog synth studio.”

See our official Korg iMS-20 intro coverage for more info.  Details and demo below. 


  • A complete recreation of the legendary Korg MS-20 analog synth
  • Built-in 16-step analog sequencer to control the sound
  • Music production studio with the MS-20 mono synth, a six-part drum machine, and a mixer
  • Kaoss Pad function allows intuitive performance and control
  • Publish and share your iMS-20 songs online with the SoundCloud music distribution site
  • By combining a recreation of the Korg MS-20 analog synthesizer, an analog step-style sequencer, six-part drum machine, Kaoss-style performance, and a mixer to control it all, the iMS-20 will “transform your iPad into one way-cool sound studio for the modern musician – and the analog enthusiast as well!”

Here’s an audio demo of the Korg iMS-20 in action:

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29 thoughts on “Korg iMS-20 Turns Your iPad Into A Vintage Synthesizer

  1. I think they could split it into different screens. It probably wouldn't be as good as the iPad version, but at least iPhone/iTouch users wouldn't be left out in the cold.

  2. The big question is whether this will sync with anything else, like iElectribe.

    If you could sync this with iElectribe or even another copy, so you could have multiple people performing with Korg iPad apps, synchronized, I think it would be a game-changer.

    Also – what about MIDI support. Seems like MIDI on this would be killer.

  3. I'm psyched about this app, too.

    But it makes me wonder why everybody seems to think that an iPad app that looks like an old synth is great, but when developers actually do something innovative, people bitch about it.

  4. Good point…couldn't agree more! This is the era of "everything analog is cool, digital sucks" except for digital reproductions of classic analog 🙂 Me…I like it all (well, a lot of it anyway).

  5. Couldn't care less about the interface, but this just happens to be more complex than any other synth apps i've seen.

  6. they SHOULD implement midi support, since iOS4.2 development kit has coreMIDI API now.

    meaning u can plug in a midi usb keyboard via the camera connection kit

  7. how do you control those rotary knobs with the touchscreen? Can the touchscreen tell that you are twisting your finger? or do you have to drag a circle around the outside of the dial?

  8. sounds good. does it support multitouch properly? can you change multiple dials, or hold down multiple keys while you are tweaking dials?

  9. Damn all these shiny iOS things! I will be forced to buy one of them at some point with all the cool software coming out.

  10. Korg of all the old school manufactures is the only company that seems to "get it" when it comes to software.

    This is a lot of fun for so little money.
    I am sure this would be over $199 if it was a VSTI by another company.

  11. @mao: I own both the iPad version, the original MS20, the Legacy collection, and a DS-10 for the nintendo – gee, just realized. Oh, and my mate just got the monotron. Now, all we need is the microkorg…hmmm. Anyway, for all intents and purposes, the iPad version sounds very much like the original IMHO. The filters are a bit different, the resonance not quite as fun as on the original one, but "far from" is not true. What specifically are you referring to that is "far from" the original?

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