Behringer today announced that it has hired former Korg synth guru Hiroaki Nishijima to help lead a push into original ‘flagship’ electronic music gear.
Nishijima, one of the developers of the classic Korg MS-20 synthesizer, will head a new ‘high-tech innovation center’ in Behringer’s Tokyo headquarters.
Behringer says 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.
“I am extremely proud to have Nishijima San on our team,” company founder Uli Behringer said in a statement. “This man is a legendary synth icon with decades of experience.”
“These days, it’s difficult for current Japanese companies to create the types of synths that I used to develop,” Nishijima added. “This is why I joined Behringer.”