Jan 25

Namm 2013 – Enough of the Girls, let’s look at the Baby – The Korg MS-20 Mini Analog Synth:-

I played drums with a band that had the original MS-20, the bass sound was awesome and aggressive and I haven’t heard anything that good for a few years.

Sound effects are crazy, have a look at this:-

This baby (the Korg MS-20 Mini Monophonic Analog Synthesizer) will be available in April 2013 priced at $599 – £499. It is really a classic MS-20 –recreated in mini size featuring the original circuitry from 1978.

Korg tell us that their original MS-20 monophonic synthesizer, first introduced in 1978, is still a coveted instrument to this day, thanks to its thick, robust sound, its powerful, iconic analog filter, and its versatile patching options. Over 300,000 people have enjoyed the distinct MS-20 sounds from the original, from Korg’s MS-20 plug-in synth, or the iMS-20 iPad app.

Today, the sounds of the MS-20 have been reborn in hardware, as the MS-20 Mini. The same engineers who developed the original MS-20 have perfectly reproduced its circuitry and fit into a body that’s been shrunk to 86% of the original size, yet retains the distinctive look of the original.

They say that the MS-20 mini will amaze us with its absolutely authentic analog synth sound. Here are some comments from the developers:-

Fifty years have passed since Korg was founded, and we have once again put our hand to an analog synthesizer. We took particular care to deliver smooth parameter adjustments, which are a distinctive feature of analog synthesizers. We also took special care to completely reproduce the original specifications of the MS-20. The analog circuits we designed 35 years ago still deliver the same unbeatable, powerful sound, from the ultra-low to the ultra-high range.

It has been overseen by the engineers of the original MS-20, a complete replication of the original analog circuitry :- 2VCO / 2VCA / 2VCF / 2EG / 1LFO structure. It has self-oscillating high-pass/low-pass filters with distinctive distortion. External signal processor (ESP) and an extremely flexible patching system. It is just a bit smaller – 86% of the original size. It has MIDI IN and USB connector and replicates every detail of the original, down to the package binding and the included manual.

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