Cherry Audio continues its emulation line of vintage synths by taking on the growling Korg MS-20. The PS-20 soups it up, expands the voices and aims for unpredictability.
Korg and synth enthusiasts have had a long love affair with the MS-20. Korg has released various versions over the years, never quite letting go of the old thing and finally after much pleading they’ve come up with a genuine recreation of the original fierce monosynth in the MS-20 FS. Seems like a good time for a software emulation that honours the sound we love while pushing the boundaries and bit and the PS-20 does just that.
Cherry Audio have attempted an ultra-realistic homage to the MS-20. They’ve nailed down that Low-Pass, High-Pass filter with all its character and personality. In fact, Cherry Audio says that they’ve created something quite so unpredictable as the filter in the PS-20 which is exactly what the MS-20 is all about.
However, Cherry Audio are not content to just model the original, they want to push it and enhance it. They’ve revealed a lot more patch points for CV modulation, they’ve added effects and a 3-layer sequencer. But most importantly they’ve upped the polyphony to 16-voices giving you a synthesizer that’s never really been heard before.
The second half of this video makes it sound fantastic (not quite sure what they doing in the first half):
As with all Cherry Audio software synths the price is a stunning $29 which makes it super value for money and hard to resist. It’s available for macOS and Windows in VST, AU, AAX and standalone formats. It comes with over 300 presets and is MPE compatible for some interestingly expressive possibilities.