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Behringer’s AKS Mini synth promises to pack most of the EMS VCS3 into a tiny package, but omits one key feature

Behringer AKS Mini
(Image credit: Behringer)

The EMS VCS3 was known for being one of the first portable synths, but compared to Behringer’s AKS Mini (opens in new tab) - a new scaled-down emulation that the company has now taken into prototype - it’s basically a giant.

Despite this size differential, Behringer says that it’s managed to pack the “exact same” oscillators, filters and other gubbins into the AKS Mini, and all for a target price of $99.

One thing that is missing, though, is the VCS3’s famous 16x16 pin modulation matrix, which has been sacrificed in order to (we assume) keep the cost and size down.

However, Behringer is also working on a full-scale VCS3 clone - complete with the classic ‘suitcase’ design - if that’s important to you.

As usual with Behringer, there’s no confirmed release date; we’ll keep you posted on that.

I’m the Group Content Manager for MusicRadar, specialising in all things tech. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 20 of which I’ve also spent writing about music technology. 

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