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Korg MS-20 Mini Analog Monophonic Synth 

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The sound of the inimitable MS-20 is now available to all with the new MS-20 Mini. The same engineers who developed the original MS-20 have perfectly...Click To Read More About This Product

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History repeats itself, and that's a good thing.

The sound of the inimitable MS-20 is now available to all with the new MS-20 Mini. The same engineers who developed the original MS-20 have perfectly reproduced its circuitry and fit it into a body 86% of the original size. The MS-20 mini will amaze with its absolutely authentic, analog synth sound.

The MS-20 distinguished itself at its debut through its gripping lead tones, its fat and juicy basses, and its its warm strings and pads. It was a two oscillator synth with two VCFs. two VCAs. sample and hold, a noise generator and many other tweakable components. The entire array has been designed by the fussiest design team imaginable--the same people who made the MS-20 in the first place. If you are a fan of analog synthesis in general and of the MS-20 in particular, this is a synth you need to check out.

FEATURES
  • Overseen by the engineers of the original MS-20
  • Self-oscillating high-pass/low-pass filters with distinctive distortion
  • External signal processor (ESP)
  • Extremely flexible patching system

Order today for a glimpse into the still relevant past.

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KorgMS-20 Mini Analog Monophonic Synth
 
4.3

(based on 7 reviews)

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83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (4)
  • Good audio (4)
  • Responsive / good action (4)
  • Portable (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Electronic music (5)
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(18 of 40 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

mixed feelings

By it'llsoundgreattheysaid

from denver, CO

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Portable
  • Realistic Sound
  • Responsive / Good Action
  • Touch Sensitive Keys

Cons

  • A Lot Of Line Noise
  • Vco1 Won't Tune

Best Uses

    Comments about Korg MS-20 Mini Analog Monophonic Synth:

    I was very excited about this synth. I've finally received it today and unfortunately am already thinking about returning it. Right out of the box, after powering it on and running the signal out to my speakers, even with both VCOs down all the way and no patching done, there is a good deal of line noise while pressing keys. This seems common as many other users are complaining of this as well. To me, it isn't bad enough to return it based on that alone but...

    I also possibly have a defective unit as I cannot get VCO1 in tune. VCO2 tunes fine and sounds fantastic but VCO1's scale/intonation is inconsistent (octaves are off, gets really drastic 2 octaves apart). Basically, anything above note A2 is immediately almost off by a half step and gets slightly more off going up. Anything below note A2 drastically gets off by almost over a whole step. This is with the master tune and pitch for VCO2 set to 12 o'clock (0) and referencing a tuner with VCO2. Any advice?

    (5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Lots of Character, Very Musical.

    By bravofoxtrotdelta

    from Kona, HI

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy Access Knobs
    • Easy to Use
    • Great Keyboard
    • Great Portamento
    • Great sound
    • Plays Right Out Of Box
    • Realistic Sound
    • Responsive / Good Action
    • Very Musical Synth

    Cons

    • Keyboard Legato Only
    • Limited Fm Possibilities
    • No Lfo Speed Modulation
    • No Pw Modulation
    • Vco Tune Touchy

    Best Uses

    • Analytical Patching
    • Electronic Music
    • Intuitive Patching
    • Learning
    • MIDI

    Comments about Korg MS-20 Mini Analog Monophonic Synth:

    Great little character-laden synth is fun to play and sounds very good and, most importantly...very musical. The secret to thick, awesome bass lies in the filters: I won't give away my secrets here, though.

    (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Totally love my MS-20 mini

    By G Brosofske

    from Minneapolis MN

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Authentic Sound
    • Easy to Use
    • Realistic Sound
    • Responsive / Good Action

    Cons

    • Not Wild Abt The Minikeys

    Best Uses

    • Electronic Music
    • Sound design

    Comments about Korg MS-20 Mini Analog Monophonic Synth:

    Really can't say anything bad about this synth. GOOD however - there is much good here! This will get you away from presets and teach you a lot about synthesis. Great for sounds design too - super nice with a little delay and reverb. This really is a reincarnation of a 1978 synth (with mini too - notes only tho). Filters are awesome. Check out the Marc Doty vids on youtube for a nice exhaustive walk-thru MS-20 land . . .

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Korg MS-20 is awesome!

    By Wanderwolf

    from Talache, Idaho

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Analog.
    • Create your own sound.
    • Easy to Use
    • No menu screens.
    • Portable
    • Responsive / Good Action

    Cons

    • No 1/4" output jack!

    Best Uses

    • Accompaniment
    • Concerts
    • Electronic Music
    • Learning

    Comments about Korg MS-20 Mini Analog Monophonic Synth:

    This instrument is too cool. As a songwriter, and recording artist, I wanted a true analog syth for accompanyment. That is exactly what I received. I feel that the sound is excellent. Some people complain about the "noise", and it is true with some amps (especially old tube amps) there is some hiss. But you can hear the same thing on the synth solo from ELP's "From the Beginning" if you listen to the vinyl. I would highly recommend keeping notes on how you create your sounds (in the handy book that comes with the MS-20). Mine has been parked on the dining room table for over a month now, and I sit down everyday and experiment with sounds. You've got to take notes though because there is no memory to store your settings. Personally, I like that. I don't want to put some one else's sound on my record, if you know what I mean. I think the package is pretty good too. I treat it like a musical instrument, so it is plenty sturdy in that regard. Just FYI, monophonic means that it only plays one note at a time, no chords.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    This synth has a very cool secret....

    By replicand

    from Tokyo

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    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Extensible
    • Highly experimental
    • Portable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Electronic Music

      Comments about Korg MS-20 Mini Analog Monophonic Synth:

      I bought the MS20K (the assemble-it-yourself kit) which has 1/4" jacks but functions exactly the same. For a while I was a bit confused about its role in my studio - it doesn't sound like a Minimoog, it is monophonic and neither the semi-modular patch bay nor the instruction manual initially seemed intuitive. But that was before I discovered its secret:

      Any audio can become a control voltage source to drive modulation. The owner's manual barely touches on this but a little more digging reveals that, for instance, a drum beat can drive oscillator pitch, filter cutoff or amp level. This changes everything: the MS20 is basically a one-note squelchy, highly tweakable but automatic groove-noise generator. This puts the MS20 in its own league since audio sources are unlimited and become completely unrecognizable. I absolutely LOVE this device!!!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Fun, Great-Sounding Synth

      By Null Factor

      from Grand Haven, Michigan, USA

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      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Korg MS-20 Mini Analog Monophonic Synth:

      After a two-month backorder wait, I finally received my MS-20 Mini... and it was definitely worth the wait. Although I wish the wait would have been shorter, this synth offers everything you would expect from a classic analog synth: analog warmth, analog unpredictability (to an extent), squelchy resonance, and with the semi-modular nature of the synth, expandability that allows you to create tones that the self-contained circuitry would otherwise not allow. Beautiful tone, mean sounding filters, patching flexibility... this thing is just amazing. Thinking about getting it? What are you waiting for? Do it! Do it now!

      (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      It's a real hoot!

      By phillip heyward

      from Michigan

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      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Accompaniment
          • Electronic Music

          Comments about Korg MS-20 Mini Analog Monophonic Synth:

          It's an MS-20!

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