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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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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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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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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A lot of fun synth
Kickname, 29.08.2020
I'm using it for two months or something. I'm really satisfied playing with this synth so far. I like how it sounds and feels. Unfortunately I can't compare to original ms-20 or ms-20 mini as I've never owned them. Anyway, there are a couple of great video reviews online, including comparison as well as those who just presents all the features and limitations. I suggest checking them. From what I can say for sure: synth sounds great, there's two filters in two revisions, each of them sounds great. Patchbay has a lot of fun stuff. I also like to have pitch modulation, something you can't find in most inexpensive synths. The biggest issue I guess is the poor MIDI implementation, which makes it harder to use in Eurorack. Other than that, this synth is really good.
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