Behringer K-2

Analogue semi-modular synthesiser

  • Monophonic sound generation
  • 2 VCOs with 4 waveforms and ring modulation
  • VCO Mixer
  • Resonant high-pass and low-pass filters
  • LFO with triangular, sawtooth and rectangular waveforms
  • 2 Analogue envelopes for VCA and VCF
  • Signal processor with amplifier
  • High-pass and low-pass filters and envelope followers
  • Semi-modular design allows access to all components of the sound generation via 25 sockets (3.5 mm jack)
  • Can be used as a complete Eurorack synthesizer voice (width: 80 HP)
  • Poly-chain function for connecting up to 16 devices
  • 2 Line outputs: 6.3 mm Jack and 3.5 mm jack
  • Stereo headphone output: 3.5 mm Jack
  • MIDI In/Thru and USB MIDI
  • Dimensions: 95 x 424 x 136 mm
  • Weight: 1.8 kg
  • Includes 12 V DC power supply unit
  • Optional suitable cover: Art.477466 (not included)
  • Optional suitable case: Art.480286, or Art.483005 (not included)

Further Information

Design Desktop
Polyphony 1
Sound Generation Analogue
MIDI interface 1x In, 1x Out/Thru
Storage Medium None
USB-port Yes
Effects No
Arpeggiator No
Number of Analog Outputs 2
Digital Output No
Display No
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Portable AND Powerful!
Roderick Leviton, 22.10.2019
An amazing product yet again by the Behringer Team! They nailed the sound of the MS-20 with this version. I already have the Korg MS-20 Mini and I must admit that the sound is ever so slightly warmer sounding, while the K-2 is more "New and Crunchy" sounding. Difficult to explain but they really are "familiar sounding" and you will not notice the difference in the "Final Mix/Song".

If you want a portable desktop version of the MS-20, then definitely grab the K-2. It's built like a tank, the same as the Model-D and Neutron.

The ONLY con is that the K-2 ONLY came with 2 x Patch Cables. So when you buy this item, make sure that you pickup a few extra patch cables to have fun with. Luckily, I still have a few from my Neutron and MS-20.

Amazing sound for such a small footprint.

I HIGHLY recommend the K-2 as a GREAT PURCHASE! You know you want one!
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Behring K-2
Soundarc, 01.09.2020
Behringer's K-2 has tones of synthesis possibilities and can be used to compose all kinds of music.
A very trusted replica of Korg's MS 20 can produce big fat and aggressive sounds also the dual filters makes the difference on that compact synthesizer and of course you have the patch bay with opens the window for many possibilities.
At the cons side now I would prefer a most simple writing on the patchbay , and I thing I will be wright if I say that they are just to many knobs which is a bit confusing.
At the pros side I would say that if you are looking to make big fat sounds with an addition of a patch bay in this price area this is a no brainer.
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A Go-To Synth for Gritty Sound.
*Theo E*, 31.08.2020
I had the K-2 for quite a long time, and I wanted to make sure I understood how it works, before writing a review, because it has some quirks, in contrast to other more popular Behringer clones. I'd say, although it sounds fantastic maybe you should go with a Pro-1 or a Model-D if this is your first analog synth.

The good parts first: It is well built! The oscillators sound fantastic, and the low pass filters (two switchable types) sound really rich, with the first one, being able to produce some really squeaky sounds once you crank up the resonance. I was blown away by the sound I god right away. Need extra bass? Turn up the resonance of the HP filter and dial in the appropriate cutoff! Awesomeness!

On the other hand, due to cloning the old design, there are some important features missing, like PWM. EG2 behaves strange, and EG1 -although it could be used for many things,its only patched to OSC pitch. On the right side of the device, the patch diagram can get confusing and takes some time to learn. When you do learn it however, you'll be able to do crazy stuff.

It is an elementary addition to your gear, IMHO!
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Good but not good enough.
Io Eko, 29.01.2020
I never had the chance to play a real MS-20 so my opinion is clearly with the K-2 in mind. This is by no means a comparison.

Sound & Synthesis:
- The oscillators and filters sound great.
- The envelopes have a very weird behavior and sustain is not behaving like the sustain we all know and love. This is the case with the original MS20 it's not a Behringer issue.
- There no gate input as it should be considering that this is Eurorack compatible. To trigger an envelope an inverse signal is required so keep in mind that you 'll need a trig converter if you plan to use it with Eurorack.
- The relationship between the max and min behavior of the modulation knobs seems so unstable and unpredictable. It's really hard to find those sweet spots.

Overall design and structure:
This is by far the cheapest of Behringer's synth creations.
- The chassis itself is pretty good. Same as ModelD and Neutron.
- Kobs feel really stiff. I mean really stiff. Some times it's so hard to turn them around that my fingers often slide around the knob.
- The MIDI input doesn't look very stable. I have the feeling that if I'm not too careful while patching a cable in and out I could end up damaging the connector.

Yes, I love my Neutron, ModelD and Deepmind 12 but this looks nothing like them. I think I should have bought the Pro1 instead. Not happy at all.
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