The Korg MINI MS-20 Monophonic Synthesizer
Is it a bad idea for technology to move backwards? Should it only be allowed to progress in one direction? This is a tricky question to think about, especially when it comes to electronic musical gear. The electric guitar has been improved many fold over the years, but it doesn’t mean that an acoustic guitar is going out of style any time soon. Synthesizers, on the other hand, have been all over the place. We’ve seen backyard creations as well as uber-produced modules ranging from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand. Companies like Moog have tried to keep up with changes in technology without sacrificing their original “form”, but others have diverged into different
Korg certainly hasn’t led the way in analog synthesizers and hasn’t been the most “original” either. It seems like they have put more effort into their flagship Krome Workstation Keyboards than anything else – but their recent photo teasers have suggested otherwise. Rumors of an analog synthesizer and a monophonic analog synthesizer (Mini MS-20) have made their way into the message boards and websites that follow news of upcoming gear to be released. A bonus for the Korg, is that such instruments would actually cost less to produce when compared to something digital and modern.