OVERVIEW half rack module made outof steel, sturdy, a kind of black monolith from outer space.
The main panel is pretty poor featuring a cryptic segment display and 10 buttons for whole edit.
MIDI unit is multitimbral and manages some basic Midi parameters including: velocity, pitch bend, program change and exclusive systems.
Sadly (DEEPLY) no external computer editors.
Rear panel terminal connectors:
1- Midi IN OUT THRU (velocity-sensitive)
2- main signal out (mono + stereo)
3- PSU input 5-dins (unknown voltage)
ENVELOPE no EG generator but a simple attenuation parameter: a kind of attack and a release.
WAVESEQUENCE special wave cycling mode for textured sequences a bit like Korg Wavestation or Commodore 64 wavetable.
The MS-800 wavesequence creates some harsh digital sequences but it badly lacks a filter structure- old fashioned way. As mentionend into the manual, some parameters are not "yet" implemented (for future expansion). Here's roughly the typical MS800 wavesquence edit structure, be aware that the interface offers quite no clue about your programming steps, so get paper and pencil and get note(!) :
STEP 1- waveform number
STEP 2- volume step amount
STEP 3- step time duration (m.seconds)
STEP 4- crossfade time (smoothes wavefrom transition for clicks, like Wavestation)
STEP 5- go to [next wave] xor [LOOP] or [END].
MEMORY Sounds can be saved only by exclusives system using internal MIDI sysex DUMP utility.
50 ROM patches / 49 RAM patches / 50 ROM tones / 50 RAM tones
WHY? Luckily, the Ms800 quickly disappeared from the market, as it simply sounds like crap, but 2016 famous artist Richard D. James of Aphex Twin released an EP called "Cheetah" and even referenced the synth in the titles in some tracks. Probably another Richard's joke, like he previously did for the album SYRO (2014) claiming to make use the expander ORLA DS24/12, which is another unspiring and hard to program module, mostly (and still) used as a doorstop. Then the net debates/controversies for months like "look what you can do when you're a pro".... now the MS800 overpriced for iconic status, but it's damm cool under a glass case.