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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58 Visitor comments
July 18, 2012 @ 2:47 pm
actually you can hear the difference between the ms-10 and the soft simulation pretty easily and especially in a mix you can hear how the analog one stands sharply even at low levels where the the soft kinda disappears. It is not a matter of toys or pro gear, but analog is better !
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
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  • The link above will take you to an eBay search for this synth to see active listings. If you don't find it there, try looking in our forum marketplace or post a wanted classified.
  • 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
  • Resources & Credits
  • Images from Korg product brochure and Tone Tweakers.

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