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We don't currently make an internal retrofit for the Korg MS-20 although we may at some time in the future. Currently however the only option is to use it with one of our range of MIDI (or USB) to CV converters - there is more information on our converters below in section 2.


If you want to control your Korg MS-20 using MIDI, then you will need to consider all of the following:
1) Sockets - locating and connecting to the appropriate sockets & possibly an additional socket.
2) MIDI to CV converter and the correct settings for it
3) Leads - selecting the correct ones
4) Setting the Korg MS-20 to accept the incoming signals

1) Sockets
The Korg MS-20 is already fitted with CV & Trig control sockets, which is all you need for control of the notes, it also has many other input sockets on 1/4" mono jacks which can be driven using the Aux outputs of our products. The three most relevant sockets are as follows:

CV INPUT ( for controlling the pitch of the notes)
Labelled: VCO 1+2 CV IN
Socket type: 1/4" mono jack
Connections: Tip = CV (Hz/V) input signal, Sleeve = Ground (to screen)
Setting: Hz/Volt - this needs to be selected on our converters (refer to the converter manual for how to do this)

GATE/TRIG INPUT (for controlling when the notes play)
Labelled: TRIG IN
Socket type: 1/4" mono jack
Connections (Jack): Tip = trig input signal, Sleeve = Ground (to screen)
Setting: S-Trig - this needs to be selected on our converters (refer to the converter manual for how to do this)

FILTER / VCF INPUT
Labelled: LPF CUTOFF FREQ
Socket type: 1/4" mono jack
Connections (Jack): Tip = input signal, Sleeve = Ground (to screen)
Setting: Input range 10V

2) MIDI to CV converter (or USB MIDI to CV converter)
Use this link to see the range of Kenton converters suitable for this model

Kenton MIDI to CV converters

Use the following settings on the converter for this synthesiser:
CV - This synthesiser requires Hz/Volt control. Set the CV select parameter to Hz/V - this requires a change from the Kenton default
Gate/Trig - This synthesiser requires s-trig with no pullup - this requires a change from the Kenton default
Aux1/Filter - LPF cutoff frequency socket can be connected to the AUX output of our converters using their default setting

If you don't know anything about MIDI to CV converters and would like to know more, read the following page on our website:

What is MIDI to CV?

3) Leads

You will need the following leads for your Korg MS-20:
3 x 3.5mm mono jack to 1/4" mono jack lead

3.5mm to 1/4" mono jack leads are available in several lengths.

GO TO OUR SELECTION OF LEADS  (opens in new tab)

4) Settings to change on the Korg MS-20 itself

There are no settings to change on the MS-20.


 

 

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