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
February 11, 2010 @ 5:52 am
see the korg ms-10 in action on this Rendezvous clip...
October 22, 2009 @ 7:57 am
the old korg ms 10 or yamaha cs10 debate. i personally prefare the yamaha cs 10 for bass and lead. their is something about how the yamaha cs 10 sounds that puts it in pole position. yamaha came up with something special when they created the cs range. the filters on the cs range have a really nasty but all be it funky sound. you really have to get a korg ms 20 before you can start comparing the two against each other.the korg ms 20 is more in line with the cs range.the korg ms 10 is a great looker but lacks the punch required when it comes down to it. the korg ms 10 sounds great on lead and fx. recommended
October 9, 2009 @ 9:12 pm
agree with joe on the fact that the cs10 sounds better on bass than the ms 10. but i dont agree that the ms 10 looks better than the cs10. i think the cs10 wins hands down compared to the ms 10 on both looks and sound. the cs10 is more in line with the ms 20 as far as the kind of bass sound you get.
September 20, 2009 @ 11:08 pm
great little synth. brill on lead. maybe cooler looking? but not as ballsy as the yamaha cs 10. I really recommend this synth over most. if your looking for a bit of lead its great - for bass i would go for yamaha cs 10 ,korg ms 20 or maybe even the prodigy. Recommended !
Sean Patrick
September 20, 2009 @ 10:09 am
I picked up my MS 10 in a messy mom and pop guitar store on the Jersey Shore for $250 in 1998 It had some rust, a dent and a after market cord. It has moved with me to NYC, Providence, Florida, and Colorado. I have gigged and recorded with it a ton and to this day it still works flawless, I have some scratchy pots but thats the least of my worries, great great great instrument if you can find one or a MS 20 reasonably priced I suggest getting it!
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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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