Doepfer MS-404 Synth

£325.00

Out of stock

Description

In excellent used condition with minimal rack rash. Supplied in the original packing with the original owners manual. Tested & working 100%. Photos show the MS-404 for sale

The Roland TB-303 is a legendary monophonic synth famous for funky bass lines and squelchy filter noises. German synth wizards Doepfer took the TB-303 and created their own version / tribute / clone, the MS-404. It has CV and gate inputs for use with older synths and modular systems plus a full MIDI implementation, making it eminently useable in a modern synth rig. It also has an audio input to feed external audio through the filter section

Doepfer built around three thousand MS-404s before retiring the synth so it’s relatively rare. It enjoys a good reputation due to the sound and great build quality. The casework on this model is well made and the front panel is unusually thick

According to VintageSynth.com:

“The Doepfer MS-404 is basically a TB-303 emulator. It’s analog, monophonic, has a nice 24dB/oct VCF (filter), a simple envelope and the bonus of two LFOs. As with any 303 emulator, the MS-404 has the typical 303 controls you would expect for the filter and envelope. However the two added LFOs add a whole new dimension to the 303 sound. This is because they can modulate the VCOs!

Other common 303 emulator features also found on the MS-404 include an external filter input, CV/GATE interfacing, MIDI implementation and a glide effect. All parameters are MIDI controllable. The slide and accent effects from the 303 are possible on the MS-404 from the glide control and MIDI velocity for accent. The MS-404 ranks high among the 303 emulators under $500, and it sounds pretty darn good too”

Other quotes

All parameters are MIDI controllable. The slide and accent effects from the 303 are possible on the MS-404 from the glide control and MIDI velocity for accent. The MS-404 ranks high among the 303 emulators under $500, and it sounds pretty darn good too”

“No, definitely not a TB-303 clone. 303 is sharper, higher and more energetic. The 404 is more liquid, more sci-fi and has a curious lazy sound (to my ears anyway, and in a good way).

I’ve used the Fat33, or FatBass (I forget the exact name) from I think MAM…that is plainly a clone. The 404 is its own beast. It doesn’t sound like any of my other synths”

“The 404 in fact is not a clone but has a clear personality and can be considered more a single VCO monosynth”

“The impression I had playng the MS 404 is really good. This is a interesting bassline synth , not so good at emulating the classic TB sound, but this is a good point! Other than that can be used as a classic monosynth with a great modulation capability, and many sounds with a small amount of functions and knobs

There is also an audio in (with gain) to process external audio signals  and a cv-gate interface (in/out) so the 404 can be played thru cv by an analog system/sequencer or can be used to control other cv-gate synth.

I prefer the 404 to a Basstation, for example, it sounds more interesting and “analog” and is not the “wannabe everything” emulator”

Monophonic synth is a 1U rackmount box. Analogue monophonic synth with 24dB/oct Voltage Controlled Filter (VCF), CV/Gate interface, full Midi implementation and external filter input. Unlike most 303 emulators it has two VCOs. Beautifully made in the traditional Doepfer style with a built-in power supply (no wall warts!). UK, Euro or USA power cable supplied on request

1U shallow rackmount device

Product page

http://www.doepfer.de/ms404_e.htm

Owners Manual (in English)

http://www.doepfer.de/ms404m_e.htm

Vintage Synth Explorer

http://www.vintagesynth.com/misc/ms404.php

Sonicstate review

https://sonicstate.com/synth/doepfer_ms404/

Synthtopia review

https://www.synthtopia.com/content/2009/03/22/doepfer-ms-404-midi-synthesizer/

Soundboard MS-404 sound samples

https://www.soundboard.com/sb/Doepfer_MS_404_sounds

Synthvibrations review

https://synthvibrations.wordpress.com/2009/09/07/doepfer-ms-404-review/

Audiofanzine review

https://en.audiofanzine.com/analog-synth-rack-sound-module/doepfer/MS-404/medias/videos/

Matrixsynth review

https://www.matrixsynth.com/2018/09/doepfer-ms-404-midi-analog-synthesizer.html

Amazonia review (in German)

https://www.amazona.de/blue-box-doepfer-ms-404/

Wikipedia page

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doepfer_MS-404

Chris Carter Review

http://www.chriscarter.co.uk/content/sos/doepfer_ms404.html

Gearslutz thread

https://www.gearslutz.com/board/electronic-music-instruments-and-electronic-music-production/553314-doepfer-ms-404-thread.html

Acidvoice TB-303 clone comparison site (doesn't include MS-404)

https://www.acidvoice.com/

Youtube demos

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGU-rtAumb8 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gi-oKTBzpJ8 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixXxPN3vSYI

1U

In excellent condition with minimal rack rash. Tested & working 100%. Photos show the MS-404 for sale