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Korg MS20 Mini Monophonic Analog Synthesizer

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The sounds of the legendary MS-20 have been reborn in the Korg MS-20 Mini Monophonic Analog Synthesizer. The same engineers who developed the original MS-20 synth have perfectly reproduced its circuitry and fit it into a compact design that has the same look but is 86 percent of the original size. The Korg MS-20 Mini is a completely analog synth with the size and modern features for today’s synth enthusiast!

Comments from the developers
Korg took particular care to deliver smooth parameter adjustments, which are a distinctive feature of analog synthesizers. They also took special care to completely reproduce the original specifications of the MS-20 synth keyboard. The analog circuits Korg designed 35 years ago still deliver the same unbeatable, powerful sound, from the ultra-low to the ultra-high range.

Korg MS-20 Mini Monophonic Analog Synthesizer Features

  • Overseen by the engineers of the original MS-20, a complete replication of the original analog circuitry
  • 2VCO / 2VCA / 2VCF / 2EG / 1LFO structure
  • Self-oscillating high-pass/low-pass filters with distinctive distortion
  • External signal processor (ESP)
  • Extremely flexible patching system
  • Miniature MS-20 that's 86 percent of the original size
  • MIDI IN and USB connector
  • Input a guitar and use the MS-20 Mini as a guitar synth, or input a mic and use it as a vocal synth
  • Replicates every detail of the original, down to the package binding and the included manual
2VCO / 2VCF / 2VCA / 2EG / 1LFO structure
The MS-20 Mini reproduces the distinctive synthesis of the Korg MS-20; two oscillators with ring modulation, and envelope generators with hold and delay. The VCA maintains the basic design of the original, but it’s been modified to produce less noise than the original.

Self-oscillating high-pass/low-pass filters with distinctive distortion
The original MS-20 was known for its powerful filters, which provided resonance on both the high-pass and the low-pass. Maximizing the resonance would cause the filter to self-oscillate like an oscillator, producing a distinctive and dramatic tonal change that was acclaimed as inimitable, and was later used on the monotron and monotribe. The filter circuit was changed mid-way through the production lifecycle of the MS-20; the MS-20 Mini analog synth uses the earlier filter, which was felt to be superior due to its more radical sound.

External signal processor (ESP) for processing an external signal
The ESP carries on the experimental spirit of MS-20; it allows you to use the pitch or volume of an external audio source to control the synthesizer. For example you can input an electric guitar and use the MS-20 Mini as a guitar synthesizer, or input a mic and use it as a vocal synthesizer.

Extremely flexible patching system
The patching system provided to the right of the panel lets you create complex sounds by plugging-in cables to change the connections between the various units. The possibilities are limited only by the user's imagination; different combinations of the modulation input/output and trigger, sample and hold, and noise generator can produce an incredible variety of sounds. By patching according to the flow chart that’s printed on the panel, even beginners can take advantage of these possibilities right away.

To make it even more approachable, the Korg MS-20 Mini has been shrunk to 86 percent of the size of the original MS-20. In spite of its smaller size, meticulous care has been taken to accurately reproduce the knob design and the printing. The patch cables have been changed from 1/4 inch phone plugs to mini-plugs, and the newly-designed keyboard is also 86 percent of the original size.

Replicates every details of the original
Korg’s effort to remain faithful to the original is not limited to the unit itself. Even the package that contains the unit replicates the original as far as possible. Also included are the original MS-20 owner's manual and settings chart, explaining how to create sounds. Now you can experience the excitement of the MS20, just like it was during its original release in 1978.

The Korg MS-20 Mini synth provides a MIDI IN jack for receiving note messages, and a USB-MIDI connector that can transmit and receive note messages. You can even connect the MS20 Mini to your computer and play it from a sequencer.

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Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
Phone:  631-390-6500 Warranty:  1 year parts and labor; US Customers – register your Korg keyboard, keyboard workstation, keyboard rack module or digital piano online and receive a certificate that extends the product warranty for an extra year from the date of purchase. This offer is good for mdse purchased from an authorized Korg dealer after November 1, 2002.

Product Specifications

Product Specifications
Korg MS-20 Mini Monophonic Analog Synthesizer Specifications
  • Keyboard: C - C 37-notes (3 octaves), mini keyboard
  • Manual controller:
    • Control wheel (center click)
    • Momentary switch -->GND
  • Power switch and Volume: Volume
  • Indicator: LED (KBD trigger, Modulation Generator rate, Power ON )
  • Manual controller:
    • Control wheel output (-5V<--0V-->+5V)
    • Momentary switch output (-->GND)
  • Signal out: mono 1/8 inch mini phone jack
  • Head phones output: Stereo 1/8 inch mini phone jack
  • USB: Type B, USB-MIDI Input/Output
  • MIDI: MIDI Input
  • Power Consumption: 9W
  • Power Supply: DC9V
  • Dimensions (WxDxH): 19.41 x 10.12 x 8.19 inches
  • Weight: 10.58 lbs.
  • Accessories: AC adaptor (9V/1.7A), Patch Cords x 10

Customer Reviews

TubePreGuy Submitted: 10/7/2018
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Tiny beast
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I was hesitant to buy this because I usually only use original vintage synths. However, this thing kills! Awesome fat sound that is very consistent with the original MS20. It’s not quite as gnarly as the OG but for this price it’s a no-brainer. Great for bass, leads & weird sound FX noises. Can do percussion stuff as well. Also heard complaints about the build quality but so far everything seems really solid. The mini keys don’t feel as small as some of the other mini keys I’ve played. Buy it!
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Carl Submitted: 10/26/2017
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Amazing sounds
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I would highly recommend this synthesizer.
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ed Submitted: 12/30/2015
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Chock full of analog goodness! A synth for your inner 3 year old...
What is your opinion of this product?
This synth rewards exploration. If your new to synths look up as many MS20 patches as you can, try them all and tweak them. Sooner or later you'll find a setting that gives you goosebumps; guess what? Now your stuck with it. The unit also rewards experimentation. Yesterday I got the wild hair to hook up my Beat Buddy drum machine into the external input, wire one of the outputs to the HFP input and turned on the drum machine. When I'd play a note it had an underlying heartbeat (provided by the Beat Buddy), it was dark, ominous and absolutely magnificent! Quick note: if you do some research you'll find some reports on noise through the headphone jack when a note is played. True, somewhat. Depends on the headphones. I get some noise with my Shure studio headphones, but not my new Fostek T50RP.
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Oneyedson Submitted: 4/8/2014
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The Beast is Back !
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It's Got the Sound ! Used to dream about having one. could have bought one for a song when everything went digital - but the ones I saw in the pawn shops were pretty well knackered from use on the road. Ebay prices have always been just out of reach for a good one.
Seems to be well made. two of the pots (portamento and one other) are a little stiff - not stick just tighter than the others feels like it might loosen up over time. The keys are ok - not cheap but typical of a mid-range product. Much better and bigger than normal mini keys. The jacks all seem to be mounted solidly and I prefer 1/8th inch to 1/4 inch format.
Yeah - Sounds great out of the box - Prepare to get lost with all the patching options - Great fun - ! Don't worry about the Hz. / volt issue. Use midi - That's what it's for. If you must step sequence there are hardware options that send midi as well as volt per octave. Use your cv gear for filter's whatever.
The External input is the best i've seen on any synth. You can trigger envelopes with out sending midi notes - You can process the signal with hi and low cut - pass through the processed signals envelope follower and frequency to CV signal, as well as generating a gate
Balls - Grit - Bump - Pin Pricks, and Razor Blades - It's all there - It can be a little Touchy at times - but always rewarding. Although it can approach Moog-ness The filter is not as round and sweet. But then a Moog doesn't have the hi-pass either - It does so many things only an MS-20 can do - And the Ring mod is great ! It will be interesting to hear what they sound like in 10, 20 years.
It's Ok. MUch better than standard mini keys.
Yeah - Great deal for the price. AMS is the best place to buy korg - I had two Electribes with fiddly knobs and they replaced them immediately.
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Bill Submitted: 6/15/2013
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Awesome Synth
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Excellent....I had an original from 1979....when I got my two on Thursday this last week, it was like my MS-20 coming home again... Thank you Korg for listening to your customers...
Great build....solid construction...
Very user friendly...manual is good...all controls on top....
Love the features
Excellent sound
Excellent
Good pricing...I know I got two fantastic synths here...
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