Behringer MS-5 (Roland SH-5 Copy) Now Shipping

Today, Behringer announced that its MS-5 synthesizer – an unofficial copy of the Roland SH-5 – is now shipping.

The Behringer MS-5 is an analog synthesizer, that they say features “a faithful reproduction of the original ‘SH-5’ circuit”. The synth voice features 2 VCOs, Multi-Mode VCF, VCA, 2 LFOs, 2 Envelopes and a Ring Modulator.

The MS-5 follows the same format as its earlier Behringer Poly D, so it’s smaller than the original SH-5 and has a keyboard with fewer notes as a result. But for many, the design changes from the original will make the Behringer copy a lot more convenient, especially the fact that the control panel folds flat, making it much more compact to move and store.

The Behringer MS-5 also makes its PCB trim pots directly accessible from the back panel, a huge improvement over some of its previously analog designs, which force you to disassemble the instrument to access tuning trim pots.


  • 37 semi-weighted full-size keys featuring velocity functionality
  • Copies original “SH-5” circuitry with matched transistors and JFETs
  • Analog signal path
  • 2 VCOs with 4 switchable waveshapes and variable pulse widths
  • Multi-mode 24 dB diode filters with resonance
  • Additional band-pass filter with resonance
  • Ring modulator with LFO control and external input
  • Signal mixer with multiple destinations
  • Soft and hard synchronization for VCO 2
  • 2 analog LFOs with saw, triangle, square and sine waveforms
  • Sample & hold circuitry with adjustable delay time
  • Noise generator with white and pink noise for expanded waveform generation
  • 71 controls give you direct and real-time access to important parameters
  • Front panel can be laid flat or tilted in multiple angles for easy access of controls
  • External audio input for processing external sound sources
  • Stereo outputs featuring servo-balanced stages for highest signal integrity
  • 2 pedal inputs for controlling filter cutoff and oscillator pitch
  • CV/Gate in and out for connecting to external equipment
  • MIDI support, with MIDI channel and Voice Priority selection

The Behringer MS-5 is priced at $599, and they say it is shipping now from the factory. Note that it can take a month or more from when the company ships instruments from its factory for them to become available at its retailers.

Watch the official Behringer MS-5 intro video above, and then share your thoughts on the synth in the comments!


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