KORG Re-Releases a Classic Monosynth
By James Grahame
Thirty five years after its initial unveiling, the MS-20 synthesizer is back. This time around, it comes with a USB port and MIDI IN.
The new MS-20 Mini is reduced to 86% the size of the original, with 1/8" plug jacks instead of the original 1/4" phone plugs. The same engineers who worked on the original have reworked it for the 21st century using modern components.It includes a classic 2VCO / 2VCA / 2VCF / 2EG / 1LFO design, along with a self-oscillating high/low pass filter, a highly flexible patching system and a complete reproduction of the original analog circuit.
We're expecting the instrument to retail for around $595, although we'll have to wait for official word from KORG at this week's massive NAMM show in Anaheim, California.