Behringer K-2 and MS-20 tutorial and review

BEHRINGER K-2 Tutorial & Review, with 18 patch ideas that also apply to KORG’s MS-20

K-2 is Behringer‘s clone of Korg’s MS-20. Aside from screeching filters, K-2 also includes MS-20’s unique and quirky features, so this tutorial applies to both synths alike. In this video, I explain everything from the intricacies of hz/v and s-trigs, through to K-2/MS-20’s ESP and Track & Hold circuit behavior. The second part of the video includes 18 patch ideas, including a hidden third oscillator in the patch bay, creating a bitcrush/downsampling effect and a few ways to play the K-2 and MS-20 paraphonically


0:00 Intro
1:00 Overview
2:40 Filters
4:40 Layout
5:30 Oscillators
8:15 LFO/Mod gen
10:05 Envelopes
14:15 Hz/v, v/oct
15:45 S-trig, v-trig
16:30 Patch bay
18:05 ESP & guitar
20:50 Track & hold
22:25 TIP #1: Controlled noise thru ESP
23:30 TIP #2: Controller noise thru VCA
23:55 TIP #3: Using the modwheel to attenuate signals
24:20 TIP #4: How to create a Random LFO
26:35 TIP #5: How to control oscillator pitch with a v/oct signal without a hz/v to v/oct converter
28:15 TIP #6: Using the high pass filter for a bass boost
28:30 TIP #7: Drone mode patch
28:50 TIP #8: Creating distortion using the ESP VCA and a feedback loop
29:40 TIP #9: How to make Filter 2 more aggressive than Filter 1
30:10 TIP #10: The hidden oscillator: Creating and controlling oscillator using ESP feedback
31:20 TIP #11: ESP osc as drone oscillator
31:40 TIP #12: ESP osc as a high-frequency modulator
32:20 TIP #13: Analog bitcrush: Using the new ESP osc and the Sample and Hold to create a downsampling/bitcrush effect.
33:30 TIP #14: Playing K-2/MS-20 duophonically using the Track & Hold (sample and hold) circuit and the trick switch
34:50 TIP #15: Playing K-2/MS-20 duophonically using the keyboard trigger and playing legato
35:50 TIP #16: Using KeyStep for a full duophonic experience
37:15 TIP #17: Applying portamento in duophonic  
37:45 TIP #18: Using the filters to give each oscillator   its own articulation
38:35 Pros & cons

One thought on “BEHRINGER K-2 Tutorial & Review, with 18 patch ideas that also apply to KORG’s MS-20

  1. As always, appreciate your tutorial videos. Recently acquired my K-2, but still unravelling its mysteries. The manual does supply some info, but nothing about patches and so on.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

I accept that my given data and my IP address is sent to a server in the USA only for the purpose of spam prevention through the Akismet program.More information on Akismet and GDPR.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.