If we'd have been running this award a few years ago then we'd have struggled to come up with a credible shortlist, but such has been the resurgence in the analogue market that, in 2013, this is arguably the most competitive of our categories.
The MS-20 mini might do anything new, but it takes our prize because it does something old very well indeed, and struck a chord with its audience in a way that few other products manage to.
This slightly miniaturised resurrection of the semi-modular MS-20 is faithful to the original in pretty much every important respect; it might not sound exactly the same as a vintage model, but it's certainly impressive. And the fact that it supports MIDI means that the mini will integrate much better into a computer-based studio than its predecessor ever did.
At this price, the MS-20 mini is super-tempting, and should please long-standing synth lovers and newcomers to the analogue world alike.5 Stars
READ:Korg MS-20 mini
Also in the running
Elektron Analog Four
Moog Sub Phatty
DSI Prophet 12
Novation Bass Station II