Korg’s Classic MS-20 Is Back as a Modern Remake

Jan 14, 2020 by CharismaticMannequin

Credit: Korg


Audio-wizards, rejoice! Korg’s old MS-20 synthesizer has been redone and reborn in multiple variants: as an app, miniatures, a DIY kit, and so on. Now it’s back once again, as its original full-size self, but with a few modern inclusions and tweaks. Thuis the Korg MS-20 FS is born. Korg are really milking the nostalgia element however, with the new model adhering to the original look  as well as the packaging and manual also resembling the originals.

“This is a 100-percent accurate recreation of the original analog circuitry found in the 1978 classic. The heart and soul is the same monophonic dual oscillator set up, each with a voltage controlled amp, filter and envelope generator. Plus a single LFO. And just for completeness sake, Korg included the ability to choose between the early model or late model style filter (the original versions were a little noisier and more aggressive).” (Engadget)

As for the modern inclusions?

  • Both 5-pin MIDI in,
  • USB connectivity for modern gear + devices
  • Four new colors; green, white, blue, and black

It still includes the original ¼-inch cables for patching, as opposed to the more common 1/8-inch found in systems like the Eurorack and MS-20 Mini. You can expect it to cost north of $400-$500 and it releases in April, so not long to wait!

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