Hiroaki Nishijima, One Of The Developers Of The KORG MS-20 Joins The Behringer Team

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Hiroaki Nishijima, of the developer of the iconic KORG MS-20 Synthesizer, will join the Behringer team in the new “high-tech innovation center” in Tokyo.

Behringer says in his press release that its vision is to build a large research and development center and hire Japanese engineers to focus on flagship synthesizers, samplers, and other products. Surely interesting news, especially because it is a well-known developer with a history in the Synthesizer world. Which products he will work with, is not yet known. It certainly also interesting to hear what his old employer KORG says about this decision. Now all the more because Behringer has cloned the MS-20 with the K-2 Synthesizer.

Hiroaki Nishijima Behringer

Statement Of Hiroaki Nishijima

“Ever since I was a child, I was always excited to disassemble toys and explore how they work. My father and grandfather helped nurture that side of me by teaching me electronics and how to solder while attending third year of elementary school. During that time, I got into music. I started playing with my brother’s classical guitar and eventually got lessons from an actual classical guitar teacher. I continued to play and improve until I noticed I was becoming better at it than my brother.

As my skills grew more diverse, so did my taste in music. Pink Floyd, King Crimson, Genesis, ELP and I Pooh became my inspirations. In junior high school, I bought an electric guitar and formed a band. That’s when I saw a synthesizer for the first time. It was amazing and I wanted one for myself, but it was just too expensive for a student like me. When I entered university, I studied electronic engineering and played in a band. While that was going on, I’d also repair my friends’ amps and would design effects on the side. After graduation, I joined Korg to develop synthesizers like the MS-20 series, Sigma, KES and PME-40X series, Z3 and even Korg’s component modeling technology.

Over the past few years I have watched Behringer deliver high-quality synthesizers and pursue a very strong mission to deliver impressive instruments to musicians around the world. I reached out to Uli Behringer because I wanted to be part of his mission and help Behringer design world-class musical instruments. This is my dream, too. These days, it’s difficult for current Japanese companies to create the types of synths that I used to develop.

This is why I joined Behringer because my ambition to create professional analog synthesizers coincides with Uli Behringer’s love of musical instruments and with that I’m very excited to see what we can dream up.I am currently looking for experienced embedded software leaders and engineers for our new Innovation center in Tokyo. Please can contact us at yuka.ishigami@musictribe.com.”

Hiroaki Nishijima Behringer

Uli Behringer Statement

“I am extremely proud to have Nishijima San on our team. This man is a legendary synth icon with decades of experience. Ever since I designed my own synthesizer in 1977, I have always been obsessed with synthesizers and today, Behringer is on a mission to bring back classic synthesizers as well as design completely new instruments and make them available at prices everyone can afford. We at Behringer believe that everyone should have access to the amazing synthesizers and sounds of the 70’s and 80’s.”

“We are currently recruiting experienced synthesizer engineers from all over the world to join us in our synthesizer mission. People interested can directly contact me at uli.behringer@musictribe.com.”

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1 Comment

  1. Dude. This is great! Looking forward to some next-gen synths released out of Japan. Would love to see something truly crazy like a Hartmann Neuron or Technos Acxel type of synthesizer.

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