Behringer’s new AKS Mini Soul packs classic features of the EMS VCS3 synth into scaled-down size

The new AKS Mini will come at a staggering price of just $99.

AKS Mini by Behringer

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Behringer has unveiled its new AKS Mini Soul synth – a compact version of the EMS VCS3.

According to a Facebook post from Behringer, the company says that this new offering comes with the “exact same” oscillators, filters and other inner workings as the classic synth. However, the VCS3’s famous 16×16 pin modulation matrix is missing from the mini synth, presumably due to size restrictions.

You can take a deeper look at the prototype in the post below:

Some time ago we showed you a draft of our AKS Mini, a scaled down version of the VCS3 but with the exact same…

Posted by Behringer on Friday, May 20, 2022

Looking back on the original VCS3, this new mini iteration sees a huge difference in style and size, with the classic portable synth previously donning a wood casing and off-white shell with dozens of dials. The AKS Mini Soul sports a sleeker, modern look with fewer controls and a keyboard feature.

With this dinky version of the original synth, Behringer seeks to bring back the iconic sounds of the 70s, where the original VCS3 delivered on psychedelic soundscapes, used by artists such as Brian Eno, The Who and Pink Floyd.

However, for those that will miss the original modulation matrix, Behringer has already reassured hopeful buyers that a clone of the VCS3 is in the making too, with the full-blown matrix but at a higher price.

The final model of the AKS Mini Soul is due to come with a USB-C connector and is currently set to retail at a fair price of just $99 USD. Whilst there is no official release date yet, you can keep your eye on Behringer’s website for further information here.

Meanwhile, Behringer is still working away at the other 50 plus synthesizers and drum machines, from the other tiny synthesizers in the Soul and Spirit range to the upcoming LinnDrum remake, the LMDrum. You can learn more about the other synths up Behringer’s sleeve here.


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