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
March 3, 2011 @ 9:44 am
@Robosardine - and if you have a Nintendo DSi or DSi XL, you get Dual Mode with the Korg DS-10 Plus so you double the capabilities with one DSi & DS-10 Plus (4 synths, 2 drum machines, etc.) Search on Youtube for some impressive Korg DS-10 demo videos.
January 23, 2011 @ 6:30 pm
Great dance and percussive sounds? If I wanted to start an amateur dance project like Daft Punk or some other house stuff, would this be the right thing for me?
January 4, 2011 @ 2:31 pm
Have you seen the Korg DS 10? It is 2x MS 10's, a sequencer, a kaoss pad and a drum machine- all for less than £25. It's used on the Nintendo DS and recreates the MS 10 circuitry. It is very much an official Korg product.
December 20, 2010 @ 1:04 pm
what sequencer would be recomended to work with the ms 10? im looking for a small size one
December 7, 2010 @ 1:17 pm
Re : constant. the MS-10 stays in tune like you wouldn't believe (though the pitch knob is right under the scale knob, and that can lead to some unwanted pitch movements if yr not careful).
It's rather light as it's only tin and plastic (none of those fancy heavy materials like wood). Slightly overpriced synth these days though...
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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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