by Robin Vincent | Approximate reading time: 2 Minutes

Behringer  ·  Source: Behringer


Behringer has announced that Hiroaki Nishijima, inventor of the Korg MS-20 synthesizer, will lead their new hi-tech innovation centre in Tokyo, Japan.


Synthesizer Innovation Center

The idea is to build a large research and development centre focused on engineering new flagship synthesizers, samplers and other innovative products. And then fill it with talented and experienced Japanese engineers. Hiroaki Nishijima will be the man taking it forward.

Hiroaki Nishijima

After graduating with a degree in Electronic Engineering Hiroaki Nishijima started working for Korg. His first job was arranging the circuits, designed by Japanese synthesizer pioneer Fumio Mieda, to build the original Korg MS-20 synthesizer which was released in 1978. Since then he’s worked on the Sigma, KES and PME-40X series, Z3, the Korg Legacy Collection and the MS-20 Mini reissue.

Hiroaki commented that:


Over the past few years I have watched Behringer deliver high-quality synthesizers and pursue a very strong mission to deliver impressive instruments to musicians around the world. I reached out to Uli Behringer because I wanted to be part of his mission and help Behringer design world-class musical instruments. This is my dream, too.

These days, it’s difficult for current Japanese companies to create the types of synths that I used to develop. This is why I joined Behringer because my ambition to create professional analog synthesizers coincides with Uli Behringer’s love of musical instruments and with that I’m very excited to see what we can dream up.

He says that he’s looking for experienced embedded software leaders and engineers to join his team in Tokyo. Drop them an email on if you’re interested.

Uli also comments that he’s still on the lookout for experienced synthesizer engineers from all over the world. If that’s you then give him a shout on

Is Behringer becoming legendary?

It’s interesting how this has come about just as the Behringer K-2 MS-20 clone has been released. It also speaks volumes about how Behringer’s synthesizer extravaganza is beginning to have a larger and more genuine impact on the history of synthesis. And with the talent of someone like Hiroaki Nishijima running research and development then the future of Behringer synthesizers could be very exciting for all of us.

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