Analog Drum Synthesis With The Korg MS-20 Mini (Plus Free Sample Library)

In this series of videos from Wave Alchemy, sound designer Matt Urmenyi offers tips and advice on how to synthesize drum sounds with an analog synthesizer.  using a Korg MS-20 Mini.

In the 5-part series, Urmenyi demonstrates how to use the MS-20 Mini to create kick drum, snare drum, cymbal, tom and conga sounds.

To accompany this video series, Wave Alchemy has released a free sample library of analog drum sounds, synthesized using the Korg MS-20 Mini. MS-20 Mini Drums offers 483 drum samples and can be downloaded for free. 

Here’s the official audio demo for the MS-20 Mini Drums sample pack:

What’s included in the sample pack?

483 24-bit, 100% royalty-free drum hits arranged into 3 main sections:

Processed Drum Section

  • 268 processed drum and percussive hits – enhanced individually on a sound-by-sound basis using our extensive collection of high-end hardware processors and sound shaping tools
  • 31 kick drums
  • 69 snare drums
  • 56 cymbals – closed hats, open hats, ride and crash cymbals
  • 33 percussion sounds – rim shots, blocks, claves and cowbells
  • 27 congas
  • 32 toms
  • 20 processed drum sounds
  • Gear list – Empirical Labs Fatso & Distressor, A-Designs EM-PEQ, Elysia Xpressor, Spectra Sonics 610, Thermionic Culture Vulture, Valley People 610, API 512c, SSL E-Series EQ & Compressor, Schippmann Ebbe und Flut

Unprocessed Drum Section

  • 215 24-bit unprocessed drum and percussive hits
  • Identical in folder structure to the processed drum section, the unprocessed section includes all of the raw unprocessed source samples as they were recorded, straight from the MS-20 mini!

Drum Kits

The drum kits folder contains 8 ready-to-play drum kits, conveniently mapped to the following software sampler formats:

  • Battery 3 – 8 kits
  • Halion – 8 kits
  • Kontakt – 8 kits
  • NN-XT – 8 kits
  • SFZ – 8 kits

Download the sample library via the Wave Alchemy site.

In addition to the videos and the free sample library, the MS-20 mini Drum Synthesis Guide (.pdf) contains detailed information and patch sheets for 13 variations of drum sounds, including Kicks, Snares, Cymbals / hi-hats, Congas, Toms and other Percussion.

8 thoughts on “Analog Drum Synthesis With The Korg MS-20 Mini (Plus Free Sample Library)

  1. Thanks for sharing this – the videos are great. Kind of giving me the GAS for the MS-20, but I’m going to try out some of these on my Pro One.

  2. That s cool ! I was trying to synthsize some drums with my mini. And this tuts helped me a lot to fine my settings. They dis a Great job.

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