We can confirm now that the Korg Mini MS-20 is for real, that it’s a new analog mini-synth and that Korg’s engineers have tried to faithfully recreate the circuitry and sound of the original synth classic.
Thirty five years after its initial unveiling, the MS-20 synthesizer is back. This time around, it comes with a USB port and MIDI IN.
The new MS-20 Mini is reduced to 86% the size of the original, with 1/8″ plug jacks instead of the original 1/4″ phone plugs. The same engineers who worked on the original have reworked it for the 21st century using modern components.It includes a classic 2VCO / 2VCA / 2VCF / 2EG / 1LFO design, along with a self-oscillating high/low pass filter, a highly flexible patching system and a complete reproduction of the original analog circuit.
We’re expecting the instrument to retail for around $595 (some places are speculating 800$) with an availability in February, although we’ll have to wait for official word from KORG at this week’s massive NAMM show in Anaheim, California.