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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57 Visitor comments
July 18, 2012 @ 12:00 pm
Can't understand anyone thinking MS10s were light on bass - they were huge. One of the few filters that didn't lose bottom end as you raise the filter. I usually had to Eq out some bass in mixes, as it was so big. Problem for me was stability. It wouldn't stay in tune for more than 15 minutes, which is why I got rid and bought a 20 instead. MS20 is far more flexible, but IMO less characterful than the 10. Both superb character but the MS10 screamed more IMO. I loved that synth but it just wasn't useful enough without stability.
Dave B
July 7, 2012 @ 12:10 pm
I love this synth too, and had great fun with it over the years. Some folks were asking if there's one for sale and I notice there's one up on ebay at the moment..
Kyle Logan
April 7, 2012 @ 10:08 am
Is anyone in the UK selling one? Email me at kyle@snar.es
February 23, 2012 @ 8:56 pm
I would trade my Rhodes 73 for one of these, plus or minus cash. Email me if you're interested: reed@4st8.com
January 18, 2012 @ 2:39 pm
Out of all of my synths, the MS-10 actually sounds like it has moving parts inside of it. I cannot get over how rich the low end sounds on this thing. Patching a triangle LFO to the pulse width and playing in the lower register has incredible texture. It's like a disembodied grinding that seems to come from some mechanical movement inside the unit. Maybe it feeling folks get from tweaking their 303's, but on the other end of the spectrum. The MS-10's look also reminds me of some creepy WWII technology, a rare look indeed.
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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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