Whether you’re a fan of Behringer or not, you have to admit that they’ve been doing some fantastic work, cloning classic synths, at extremely affordable prices, and packing them into compact semi-modular cases. For example, Berhinger’s Model D is a copy of Moog’s Model D, the Pro-1 is a copy of Sequential Circuits Pro-One, the Wasp Deluxe is a copy of EDP’s Wasp, and the K-2 is a copy of Korg’s MS-20.


Interestingly, Korg is still manufacturing a mini semi-modular version of the MS-20 and has just recently announced that a full-size version will be shipping soon. Both of Korg’s MS-20 reissues include a keyboard, and even though there’s always more room in my heart for hardware synths, I’m out of physical space in my studio, so I opted for the more compact Behringer K-2, without the keyboard.

Both #Korg MS-20 reissues include a keyboard, and though there’s always room in my heart for hardware synths, I have no more room in my studio, so I opt for the #Behringer K-2, without the keyboard. —@BerkleeOnline instructor @ErikHawk Click To Tweet

In this video I take a look at the K-2, give you my initial impressions, and cook up a few patches. One thing that’s especially neat about the K-2 is that the original MS-20 patches match up very closely with the K-2’s front panel. Since the MS-20 has been around for decades, beginning in 1978, there are a lot of wonderful patch diagrams floating around on the web. So let’s dial up some patches and take a listen.

 Published February 27, 2020