Korg MS-10

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The MS-10 is a cool & classic analog synth known for its great bass and percussive sounds. It was released by Korg in 1978 as an entry-level, simple monophonic single-VCO analog synthesizer. With the authentic look of a mini-modular its single VCO is patchable using standard 1/4 inch patch cords to the VCF and VCA. It really is a powerful little mono-synth with plenty of knobs and a compact 32-note keyboard. It is CV/Gate controllable. A very cool feature is its external input to filter which allows you to filter external sound sources! Following the MS-10 came the double-oscillator version, the MS-20. The MS-10 is used by The Orb, SkyLab, the Chemical Brothers, Astral Projection, Autechre, Juan Atkins, Underworld, Sneaker Pimps, Luke Vibert, JunkieXL, and Add N to (X).

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AutonomY
September 26, 2013 @ 12:57 am
Unbelievable instrument. I don’t need more. Just release a new CD (AudicY) with my MS-10 and guitar. Free to listen on my site www.autonomy-music.com. You can see also pictures. I am an enthusiastic and not commercial. I don’t sell. I make film music only. Happy listening. (it's frippertronics like).
Rob Ocelot
April 25, 2013 @ 8:50 pm
@Andrew: I'm 100% that keyboardless MS-10 is a custom chop job.

BTW, his MS rig looks incredible. I also see a chopped Korg guitar synth and the MS-02 in there as well.
andrew
February 21, 2013 @ 3:28 am
Swedish musician Erik Hemme has a keyboardless version of the MS-10, similar to the larger MS-50 module. Does anyone know if that was a standard, if perhaps limited, release of this synth from Korg? I've not seen any mention of it elsewhere, nor ever seen such a unit for sale, but I have a vague recollection of perhaps seeing one myself back in about 1979/80.

You can see a picture of it on his website: http://hem.bredband.net/elmuced/ms_sys.htm
Bruce Chapman
February 15, 2013 @ 1:12 pm
Had one from 80 or so to 84. Fell off my stack at the top of a clavinet + string ensemble on a stand up stand at least 3 times- took a licking and- well you know how it goes.
BeN-HuR
January 16, 2013 @ 10:27 am
Use the filter on the white noise, It's a dancefloor killer tried and tested with guarantee. Low freqs are unbeatable especially on Kick sounds. It sounds really good on the mixing stage no matter the genre. Modular options are also great on any source and can be used for an external sound processing.
 
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - Monophonic
  • Oscillators - 1 VCO with mixable white/pink noise generator
  • LFO - One LFO w/ multiple waveforms
  • Filter - One lowpass VCF
  • VCA - ADSR with Hold
  • Keyboard - 32 keys
  • Arpeg/Seq - None
  • Control - CV/GATE
  • Date Produced - 1978
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  • Images from Korg product brochure and Tone Tweakers.

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