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
October 7, 2010 @ 6:38 pm
same as tb -303 feeling. istant pleasure. filter is bigger than any others built before and after. it actually screams. i sold and i re bought cause i needed it so bad!
October 3, 2010 @ 11:05 am
why do people mention about other people's playing I literally hate it.some people play music with or w/o discipline.I do think music has to be expressive though and not from a lesson thats trained cacophony. dazzjazz should refrain from remarks like the one's posted. admit you are a whiner.
September 26, 2010 @ 3:32 pm
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September 18, 2010 @ 8:11 pm
I've seen IZAH using one of these in a live gig.
The singer was playing around with the controls, so, I guess he was using the ESP to filter a guitar or another synth that was being played by one of the bandmembers.
The music itself was kind-of Neurosis meets Tangerine Dream, taking up Meshuggah-classes, if you get my point...

Extremely heavy, especially at the low ends!

I do own an Electribe A mkII, which I link through a Monotron (which is said to have the same filter as a MS-20), but still, although some sounds are quite wacky & strange, it's too clean compared to a MS-10 or MS-20 for real, so, I really hope to get my hands on one of those 2...
June 22, 2010 @ 7:42 pm
This was my first synth in 1982. While it was good to learn the basics on, it was a pretty dull machine overall. I did put it through a bunch of guitar pedals which helped immensely.

I think there is a whole lot of nostalgia associated with the early synths, that is not always justifiable. People go nuts for these things and it's a little like stamp collecting. I can't help but notice that most people like that can't play and just spend their time making stupid noises and music of zero quality! Yet they wax on about this waveform or that filter etc. Perhaps a few piano lessons wouldn't hurt....rant over!
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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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