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
Michael Brito
September 7, 2009 @ 4:55 pm
I have owned and operated a MS-10 since 1978, and it has performed flawlessly without repair for 30 years. It is an old friend and I will take it with me to the grave.
April 12, 2009 @ 7:25 pm
The MS-10 is my baby, all the way from 1978 to today. Still makes great helicopter replicas, cat fights (using mod gen), purple rain, stomping kick drum (again, using mod gen), and a beautiful, fat double square-wave that is warm and lovely. Add a phase shifter to the white noise gen for soaring jet plane effects.
Larry Hawke
April 1, 2009 @ 5:35 pm
The DS-10 on the Nintendo is sick! I've been playing the heck outta the thing for about 2 months now. I ran the audio out into the inputs on my Korg R3, and used the KAOSS pad to go crazy on the R3!
Now I want a new DSi, and another copy of the DS-10 program!
For $30 bucks for the software, it's pretty hard to beat, and cool as heck when you show it to your friends. :^)
February 17, 2009 @ 9:26 pm
Goes lovely as an addition to the MS-20. Essentially, with 2 wires it morphs into a monster 3 osc, 3 filter, 3 vca synth with 2 lfos and external inputs, plus it provides the PW modulation that the MS-20 lacks. That'll put the wind up some Moog owners!

...maybe not Moog modular owners though.....
January 19, 2009 @ 9:44 pm
Great little synth, and the Nintendo DS version is fantastic. It has two dual oscillator versions of it, and drums (sourced from the MS-10). You can also link up to 8 of them wirelessly. All that and a Kaoss pad for you to play along live, with your sequences. Make sure that someone's checkng that you eat and drink.
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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
  • Resources & Credits
  • Images from Korg product brochure and Tone Tweakers.

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