Korg MS-20 Mini - Monophonic Analog Synthesizer

Korg MS-20 Mini - Monophonic Analog Synthesizer

Korg MS-20 Mini - Monophonic Analog Synthesizer

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Korg MS-20 Mini - Monophonic Analog Synthesizer

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Product Highlights

  • Miniaturized Replica of Original
  • Flexible Patching System
  • 2 Oscillators
  • Ring Modulator on Oscillator 2
  • Envelope Generators with Hold and Delay
  • Self-Oscillating High-/Low-Pass Filters
  • External Signal Processing
  • 37 Mini-Keys
  • MIDI In and USB MIDI
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  • 1Description
The MS-20 Mini from Korg is a fully functioning analog synthesizer featuring the circuitry of the iconic, late 1970's MS-20 synthesizer, but shrunk to 86% of the original size. Its versatile patching options, analog filters, and the ability to process external signals makes this diminutive powerhouse very attractive to the analog synthesizer aficionado.

A development team led by the original engineers strove to painstakingly replicate the MS-20, both in sound and form. The sound comes from an architecture featuring two oscillators (one with ring modulation) and envelope generators with hold and delay. The VCA (Voltage Controlled Amplifier) maintains the basic design of the original, but has been modified to produce less noise.

High-pass and low-pass filters with resonance and distinctive distortion can deliver radical sounds when the filters are pushed into self oscillation. Additionally, external sources such as an electric guitar or vocals can be used to control the synthesizer or have the source manipulated by the filters. A flexible hard-wire patching system provides endless possibilities.

The synthesizer features a MIDI In jack for receiving note messages, and a USB-MIDI connector that can transmit and receive note messages (there is no velocity information). Connecting the unit to a computer allows it to be triggered from a sequencer.
Miniature MS-20 featuring a complete replica of the original analog circuitry at 86% of the original size
Overseen by the engineers of the original MS-20
Incorporates a dual VCO (Voltage Controlled Oscillator), dual VCA (Voltage Controlled Amplifier), dual VCF (Voltage Controlled Filter), dual EG (Envelope Generator), and a single LFO (Low Frequency Oscillator) structure
Self-oscillating high-pass/low-pass filters with distinctive distortion
External signal processor (ESP)
Extremely flexible patching system
MIDI In and USB connector
Replicates every detail of the original, down to the package binding and the included manual
In the Box
Korg MS-20 Mini - Monophonic Analog Synthesizer
  • External Power Supply
  • 10 x Patch Cables
  • Manual
  • One (1) Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    Keyboard 37-note mini keyboard
    Polyphony Monophonic
    Multitimbral No
    Synthesis Method Voltage controlled analog
    Control Section Voltage Controlled Oscillator 1 (VCO 1)
    Scale: 32, 16, 8, 4' (6 octaves, +cent, -cent)
    Waveform: Triangle, Sawtooth, PW-Square, White Noise, (x 4 modes)
    Pulse Width Adjust: 1:1 to 1:Infinity

    Voltage Controlled Oscillator 2 (VCO 2)
    Scale: 16, 8, 4, 2' (6 octaves, +cent, -cent)
    Waveform: Sawtooth, Square, Pulse, Ring Modulator, (x 4 modes)
    Pitch: +/-1 Octave

    VCO Master Control
    Master Tune: +/- 100 cents
    Portamento: Maximum 10 s
    Frequency Modulation Intensity by MG/T.EXT: -5V to +5V
    Frequency Modulation Intensity by EG1/EXT: -5V to 0V

    VCO Mixer
    VCO 1 Level
    VCO 2 Level

    Voltage Controlled High Pass Filter (VCF HPF)
    Cutoff Frequency: 50 Hz to 15 kHz
    Peak: Flat to self OSC
    Cutoff Frequency Modulation Intensity by MG/T.EXT: -5V to +5V
    Cutoff Frequency Modulation Intensity by EG2/EXT: -5V to +5V

    Voltage Controlled Low Pass Filter (VCF LPF)
    Cutoff Frequency: 50 Hz to 15 kHz
    Peak: Flat to self OSC
    Cutoff Frequency Modulation Intensity by MG/T.EXT: -5V to +5V
    Cutoff Frequency Modulation Intensity by EG2/EXT: -5V to +5V

    Envelope Generator 1
    Delay Time: 10 s
    Attack Time: 10 s
    Release Time: 10 s

    Envelope Generator 2
    Hold Time: 20 s
    Attack Time: 10 s
    Decay Time: 10 s
    Sustain Time: 10 s
    Release Time: 10 s

    Modulation Generator (LFO)
    Waveform: Positive Sawtooth - Triangle - Negative Sawtooth, Wide Pulse - Square - Narrow Pulse
    Frequency: 0.1 Hz to 20 Hz

    Manual Controller
    Control Wheel (center click)
    Momentary Switch --> Ground

    Power switch and Volume
    Volume

    Indicators
    Keyboard Trigger LED
    Modulation Generator Rate LED
    Power On LED
    External Signal Processor Control Section
    Input Signal Level
    Low Cut Frequency: 50 Hz to 2.5 kHz
    High Cut Frequency: 100 Hz to 5 kHz
    CV Adjust
    Threshold Level

    Input and Output
    Signal In
    Amplifier Out
    Band Pass Filter Out
    CV Out: 0 to +8.4V
    ENV Out: 0 to +5V
    Trig Out: +5V --> Ground

    Indicators
    Peak Indicator LED
    Trigger Indicator LED
    Control Section
    Input Signal Level
    Low Cut Frequency: 50 Hz to 2.5 kHz vHigh Cut Frequency: 100 Hz to 5 kHz
    CV Adjust
    Threshold Level

    Input and Output
    Signal In
    Amplifier Out
    Band Pass Filter Out
    CV Out: 0 to +8.4V
    ENV Out: 0 to +5V
    Trig Out: +5V --> Ground

    Indicators
    Peak Indicator LED
    Trigger Indicator LED
    Patch Panel Keyboard
    Keyboard Control Voltage Output (Exponential): 0 to +8V
    Keyboard Trigger Output: +5V --> Ground
    VCO-1 + VCO-2 Control Voltage Input (Linear Response): 0 - +8V
    VCO-2 Control Voltage Input (Linear Response): 0 - +8V

    VCO
    VCO-1 + VCO-2 External Frequency Control Input (Oct/V): -5V to +5V

    VCF
    External Signal Input: 3Vp-p maximum
    External High Pass Filter Cutoff Frequency Control Input (2 Oct/V): -5V to +5V
    External Low Pass Filter Cutoff Frequency Control Input (2 Oct/V): -5V to +5V

    VCO + VCF
    Total External Modulation Input (T.EX): -5V to +5V

    VCA
    External Initial Gain Control Input: 0 to +5V

    EG
    EG 1 Envelope Signal Normal Output: -5V to 0V
    EG 1 Envelope Signal Reverse Output: +5V to 0V
    EG 1 + EG 2 Trigger Input: --> Ground
    EG 1 Trigger Input: --> Ground
    EG 2 Envelope Signal Reverse Output: +5V to 0V

    MG
    Triangle Output: Positive Sawtooth - Triangle - Negative Sawtooth (5Vp-p)
    Rectangle Output: Wide Pulse - Square - Narrow Pulse (0 to +5V)

    Noise Generator
    Pink Noise Output: 5Vp-p
    White Noise Output: 5Vp-p

    Sample and Hold
    Clock Trigger Input: --> Ground
    Sample Signal Input: 5Vp-p maximum
    S/H Output: 5Vp-p maximum

    Modulation VCA
    Control Voltage Input: 0 to +5V)
    Signal Input: -5V to +5V
    Signal Output: -5V to +5V

    Manual controller
    Control Wheel Output: -5V <-- 0V --> +5V
    Momentary Switch Output: --> Ground
    Connectors 1 x 1/8" (3.5 mm) TS mono mini Signal Output (2Vp-p, output impedance 3.5kΩ)
    1 x 1/8" (3.5 mm) TS mono mini External Signal Input
    1 x 1/8" (3.5 mm) TRS stereo mini Headphone
    1 x 5-pin DIN MIDI In*
    1 x USB Type B**
    * Only note messages received (velocity not used)
    ** Only note messages transmitted and received (velocity not used)
    Power Requirements 9V DC via included external power supply
    9W consumption
    Dimensions (WxDxH) 19.4 x 10.1 x 8.2" (493 x 257 x 208 mm)
    Weight 10.6 lb (4.8 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 15.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 23.0 x 13.0 x 13.0"

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