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Behringer K-20

Behringer K-20  ·  Source: Behringer

This news just in from the Musictribe community: Behringer may have mastered the technology behind biological cloning. There’s no detail on exactly which mix of DNA created the synth dude in the photo above but likely candidates could be Vangelis, Giorgio Moroder and Rick Wakeman. It is startlingly lifelike though – Behringer is on fire! In other news, they also seem to have had a go at the Korg MS-20. Which is nice.

70s Synth Dude

Turns out the awesome synth dude is called Jeffrey Ford and works for Behringer’s Las Vegas support team. Jeffrey, we’re just pulling your leg – we think you’re awesome. You just look so laid back and cool on that photograph. We lapped up your comments about the forthcoming Behringer MS-20 clone, the K-20. You’re a legend!

Behringer K-20

Jeffrey says:

“I’ll be honest, I love Korg mono synths. One of my all-time favourites is the Korg 770, this little guy’s older sister. First off I’m amazed at the form factor in such a small footprint. This thing sounds awesome.  Having a high pass and low pass with adjustable peak is amazing for fine tweaking tones. My 770 doesn’t have that.  One could get lost for hours just patching to different places and finding an endless sea of sounds. I never had an MS-20 so this was a learning experience of wonderment and at times pure awe. What a flexible little monster. Most definitely a generator of sounds from outer space. Add some tape delay and I’d go missing for hours on end. Wonderful job on this guy.”

If you haven’t spotted it in the photo it’s sitting behind the rather lovely-looking Korg 770 in the foreground and on top of the Neutron and Model D. It appears to be in the same format as the Eurorack friendly Neutron. Details were leaked back in December 2017 along with a load of other synths that Behringer is considering. Although they played it down at the time, about half of those synths and drum machines are now in production and so it’s a pretty safe bet that we’ll see all of them before too long.

Here’s the spec we got from the original leak – these are unconfirmed, so please take with a pinch of salt until the official data becomes available:

  • Analog synthesizer with dual VCO design
  • Reproduction of original “MS-20” circuitry with matched transistors and JFETs
  • Analog signal path based on authentic VCO, VCF and VCA designs
  • Semi-modular architecture with default routings requires no patching for immediate performance
  • 4 variable oscillator shapes with variable pulse widths and ring modulation for ultimate sounds
  • First-generation filter design (high pass/low pass with peak/resonance)
  • Dedicated and fully analog triangle/square wave LFO
  • 2 analog Envelope Generators for modulation of VCF and VCA
  • 16-voice Poly Chain allows combining multiple synthesizers for up to 16 voice polyphony
  • Complete Eurorack solution – main module can be transferred to a standard Eurorack case
  • 36 controls give you direct and real-time access to all important parameters
  • External audio input for processing external sound sources
  • Comprehensive USB/MIDI implementation with MIDI channel and Voice Priority selection
  • 3-Year Warranty Program

More information

  • Musictribe community post.
  • Unofficial Behringer K-20 facebook group.

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