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Korg MS20 Mini Monophonic Analog Synthesizer Black

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Korg MS20 Mini Monophonic Analog Synthesizer Black

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The classic MS-20 –recreated in mini size!

An analog synthesizer that reproduces 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, and the iMS-20 iPad app.

Bringing it to todays standards

Today, the sounds of the MS-20 have been reborn as the MS-20 Mini. The same engineers who developed the original MS-20 have perfectly reproduced its circuitry and fitted it into a body that’s been shrunk to 86% of the original size, yet retains the distinctive look of the original that remains unfaded despite the passage of time. The MS-20 mini will amaze you with its absolutely authentic analog synth sound.

2VCO / 2VCF / 2VCA / 2EG / 1LFO structure

The MS-20 mini reproduces the distinctive synthesis of the 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

One of the greatest characteristics of the MS-20 was 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 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 MS-20 flow chart that’s printed on the panel, even the beginner can start taking advantage of these possibilities right away.

86% of the original size

MS-20’s design concept started by borrowing from the vertical layout found on larger and more expensive modular synths of its time, and then creating a more portable, inexpensive, and easier to use version.
To make it even more approachable, the MS-20 mini has been shrunk to 86% 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" phone plugs to mini-plugs, and the newly-designed keyboard is also 86% of the original size.

Replicates every detail of the original

Our 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.

MIDI IN connector and USB connector

The MS-20 mini 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.

Additional Information

Brand Korg
Number Of Keys 25-Key
Drum Pads No
Faders No
Automatic Mapping Yes
Includes Software No
USB Powered No
Warranty 1 Year

Main Specifications

- Keyboard C – C: 37-notes (3 octaves), mini keyboard designed specifically for the MS-20 mini
- Manual controller Control wheel (center click),   Momentary switch -->GND

Inputs and Outputs

- Signal In: Amplifier Out,
- Band pass filter Out,
- CV Out (0 - +8.4V),
- ENV Out (0 - +5V),
- Trig Out (+5V-->GND),
- Signal out: Signal output (mono 1/8" mini phone jack, 2Vp-p output impedance 3.5k Ω)
- Head phones: Head phones output (Stereo 1/8" mini phone jack, 33 Ω 48mW),
- USB: Type B, USB-MIDI Input/Output
*Only note messages (velocity is not used) can be transmitted and received.
- MIDI: MIDI Input
*Only note messages (velocity is not used) can be transmitted and received.

- Power Supply - DC9V
- Dimensions: (W x D x H) 493 ×257 ×208 mm / 19.41 x 10.12 x 8.19 inches
- Weight - 4.8 kg / 10.58 lbs.
- Accessories - AC adaptor (9V/1.7A), Patch Cord x 10

Detailed Specifications
Control Section

- Keyboard C – C: 37-notes (3 octaves), mini keyboard designed specifically for the MS-20 mini
- Voltage Controlled Oscillator 1 (VCO 1) Scale (32', 16', 8', 4') (6 octaves, +cent, -cent) Wave form (Triangle, Sawtooth, PW-Square, White Noise) (4 modes) Pulse width adjust 1:1 - 1:infinity
- Voltage Controlled Oscillator 2 (VCO 2) Scale (16', 8', 4', 2') (6 octaves, +cent, -cent) Wave form (Sawtooth, Square, Pulse, Ring modulator) (4 modes) Pitch (± 1 octave)  
- VCO Master control Master tune (± 100cent)
Portamento (max. 10sec) Frequency modulation intensity by MG/T.EXT (-5V - +5V)Frequency modulation intensity by EG1/EXT (-5V - 0V)  
- VCO Mixer VCO 1 Level VCO 2 Level
- Voltage Controlled High Pass Filter (VCF HPF) Cutoff frequency (50Hz - 15,000Hz) Peak (flat - self OSC)
Cutoff frequency modulation intensity by MG/T.EXT (-5V - +5V) Cutoff frequency modulation intensity by EG2/EXT
- Envelope Generator 1 Delay time (10sec) - Attack time (10sec) Release time (10sec)
- Envelope Generator - 2 Hold time (20sec) Attack time (10sec) Decay time (10sec) Sustain level (0V - 5V)
Release time (10sec)
- Modulation Generator - (LFO) Wave form (Positive Sawtooth - Triangle - Negative Sawtooth, Wide Pulse - Square - Narrow Pulse) Frequency (0.1Hz ~ 20Hz)
- Manual controller - Cntrol wheel (center click) Momentary switch -->GND
- Power switch and Volume Volume
- Indicator LED (KBD trigger, Modulation Generator rate, Power ON)

External Signal Processor

- Control section Input signal level - Low cut frequency (50Hz - 2,500Hz) High cut frequency (100Hz - 5,000Hz)
CV adjust Threshold level
- Input and Output Signal In Amplifier Out Band pass filter Out CV Out (0 - +8.4V) ENV Out (0 - +5V) Trig Out (+5V-- >GND)
- Indicator (LED) Peak indicator Trigger indicator

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