Korg met up with Andrew Innes of Primal Scream at the band’s London studio to talk about his new Korg MS-20 mini, an analogue synthesizer featuring the original circuitry from 1978.
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.
Perfect for Primal Scream, Andrew says:
“It’s got an atmosphere to it straight away. Whether it’s happy , sad or threatening. It seems to be really good at threatening!”
“The glorious thing about this synthesizer is that every button you hit makes it better ”
For more info on the band go to http://www.primalscream.net/
To learn more about MS-20 mini head over to www.korg.com/ms20mini.
A new video, via Verifyhuman, captures a “budget monophonic synthesizer smackdown”:
It’s a budget monophonic synthesizer smackdown: How does the new Korg MS-20 Mini compare against the Arturia Minibrute? A veiny arm takes you through the oscillators of these beasts to see just how similar / different they are.
I made the video as a scientific response to the bevy of forum discussions and questions regarding the two. For those in the market for a budget monosynth but only wish to buy one, I hope the video can remove some of the subjectivity and let the listener determine what sounds better to them. No audio editing or effects were added to the raw sound.
Questions? Opinions? Video comparison requests? Leave them in the comments below.
Recorded through Native Instruments Audio Kontrol 1 with Ableton Live 9.
It’s an English Tear, new module forthcoming from The Harvestman. It’s basically a converter module so that you can use to convert eurorack 1v/oct to ms-20 Hz/Volt and vice versa.
Pretty handy if you have a eurorack and an ms-20 mini, here’s a quick demonstration video of using it to interface a Rene..
Looking to learn more about how to program the Korg MS-20 Mini monophonic analog synthesizer? This comprehensive video series will quickly familiarize you with the layout and functionality of the MS-20 Mini’s legendary semi-modular interface.
For more information on MS-20 Mini, head over to http://www.korg.com/ms20mini.
Background video description:
My friend Deceptikon (http://deceptikon.net) tries Arpeggionome for iPhone for the first time, connecting it to his MS-20 mini. Levels, drums, and effects with M-Audio Evolution U-Control controlling Ableton Live.
Background video description:
MS 20: Korg bringt den 70er Jahre Klassiker jetzt “geschrumpft” auf den Markt. Wieviel MS 20 steckt wirklich in der Mini-Version?
We have seen quite a few demos of the MS20 mini now, but of course we all want more
Here is a demo of the brandnew KORG MS-20 MINI monophonic analog synthesizer. It is a reissue of the classic MS-20 synth from 1978. The sound of the Mini is damn close!
On some sounds I used a Lexicon MPX-500 for reverbs and a Roland DEP-5 for delay effects. In the intro I used the Doepfer Dark Time sequencer to control the MS-20 mini via MIDI.
Rich Formidoni from Korg demonstrates the MS-20 mini at Kraft Music.
Sonic’s full review is here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQ_Q1Q…
but Sonic has also invited live viewers to join them and the MS20 Mini synthesizer from Korg and ask any additional questions that weren’t answered in the full review.
KORG’s background info on the machine:
An analog synthesizer featuring the original circuitry from 1978
Korg’s 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.
The MS-20 mini will amaze you with its absolutely authentic analog synth sound.
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.
Korg’s latest analog baby is actually something we’ve seen before (in 1977!) The MS20 Mini is an exact replica of the classic monosynth – lets see how it compares.