The NAMM Show 2020 is fast approaching and we're already inundated with pre-launch info, rumours abound and there're keys and synths aplenty...

The NAMM Show 2020 Keys & Synths announcements are already coming through thick and fast! Stay with Studio D for up-to-the-minute coverage announcements, new releases, proclamations and the odd rumour or two…


Korg: It’s fair to say that Korg has wasted no time in firing off exciting announcements for NAMM 2020. First up we saw the awesome Wavestate Wave Sequencing Synthesizer, which boasts reimagined Wave Sequencing 2.0.

What does this mean?

Well, Korg’s beloved Wavestation pioneered Wave Sequencing and the ability to transform raw samples into mind-bending sonic possibilities previously unheard of. Their OASYS and KRONOS keyboards upped the stakes further, and Wave Sequencing 2.0 is designed to ensure that the next generation of musicians, producers and composers have the tools to expand their creative universe. Safe to say the Korg Wavestate is catching feels already…

Another from Korg and what an absolute beauty it is, a single-one-time-only production run of the ARP 2600 FS.

A resurrection of the coveted vintage synth, this limited-edition release is handcrafted in Japan, boasts USB and DIN-style MIDI connections, XLR audio outputs, plus the improved ARP 3620 Duophonic keyboard with added arpeggiator/sequencer. Not only that but Korg ensure that each one comes with a custom-branded hardshell case with casters.

To say that we’re excited about getting our hands on the Korg ARP 2600 FS in person at NAMM 2020 would be the understatement of the decade (see what we did there)…

Korg also dropped the SV-2, the Stage Vintage Piano, which extends the original model’s potential further than ever before.

Korg state…

Ten years ago, KORG launched the Stage Vintage line to wild acclaim. The combination of an intuitive live panel, the premier keybed, the ultimate realization of coveted vintage sounds, the clarity of world-class pianos, the warmth and character of period-proper effects, and the distinctively smooth shape has inspired musicians from around the globe for over a decade.

Available with either 88 keys or 73 keys, these SV-2 models are the latest additions to the Stage Vintage series, featuring more of everything that makes an SV great. More Sounds. More Memory. More Polyphony. More Presets. More Control. It is quite literally everything one could want in a performance stage piano … and more. Plus, be sure to check out the SV-2S models, equipped with an internal K-ARRAY speaker system.

Korg Press Release, January 2020

The Korg MS-20 FS Monophonic Synthesizer is a full-size reissue of the highly prized synth available in four different powder-coated colour variations including: green, white, blue, and black.

Not only do you get the MS-20 but each unit comes with a smorgasbord of software too including: Synthesizer Sound Modules, Reason Lite, Free 3 Month Trial of Skoove Premium, and much more.


Roland: Offering a compact and lightweight design, the RD-88 is easy to setup and transport yet offers exceptional performance power. Inheriting over 30 years’ worth of RD Series experience, the RD-88 is ideal for professionals who want a gig-ready powerhouse that doesn’t weigh a tonne.