The first shipment of the Behringer’s Korg MS-20 clone known as the K-2 is on its way to the Thomann Music Store and they have just opened preorders at €331.
If you’re not familiar with the classic monophonic synthesizer then don’t worry, Behringer has matched it knob for knob, circuit for circuit. The K-2 is an analogue semi-modular monophonic synthesizer with dual VCOs sporting 4 waveshapes and ring modulation. There are both high and low pass filters with resonance, an LFO with 3 waveshapes and 2 envelopes. There’s an external signal processor with an amplifier and envelope follower plus its own highpass and lowpass filters. It’s semi-modular so you don’t need to patch it in order to get sound out as it’s all wired internally. But if you do want to break out into some patch cable re-routing then there are 25 patch points to be explored.
Behringer then deviates a bit from the Korg version by making all the patch points Eurorack compatible and indeed the form factor itself can be dropped directly into a Eurorack case just like the Model D and Neutron. You can also combine more than one K-2 in a “Poly Chain” which turns it into a polyphonic synthesizer by combining the voices. You can Poly Chain up to 16 if you wish. It has MIDI In and Thru and a USB port for connection to a computer.
There’s no keyboard, effects, arpeggiator or sequencer, this is all about the synthesizer.
Thomann is expecting stock in 2-3 weeks and you can order one for €331. That’s translating to £300.60 if you’re in the UK at the moment and that’s probably going to get worse over the next month or two. If you are inspired by this synth then don’t dilly-dally, especially because we understand the first batch will limited.
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