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
erik
July 7, 2011 @ 5:41 am
the push-button below the wheel isn't a mod, some versions of the MS-10 were originally manufactured with that feature, some weren't (whether it was earlier or later models, I'm not sure). The 'momentary on/off' button on the patch bay corresponds to it.
matt
June 6, 2011 @ 2:16 am
@ clockworkrobot

No, the enlarged pic IS an MS-10, albeit it is modded with that push-button below the pitch wheel.

The Legacy controller mimics the MS-20, has 1/8-inch patch points and mini-keys. In the enlarged pic, that (MS-10) has full size keys and 1/4 inch patch points.
Alex
May 21, 2011 @ 3:05 pm
what are you guys talking about. the ds10 shi... it has nothing to do with the real ms10 ms20. but if you wanna get close use the legacy collection in a finyl mix you will not hear the difference.
gridsleep
May 16, 2011 @ 7:46 am
Actually, the DS-10 isn't a toy, either, even if it may or may not be a perfect replication of the MS-10. The Monotron and Monotribe are not toys, either. They are their own synthesizers, as valid as the big girls in their own way. And really, what's the resentment all about? If some tool gives you the ability to access your creative abilities and bring the sound out into the world for others to enjoy, what does it matter whether it's a $5K workstation or a $20 Emenee reed organ? If it sounds good, it is good (Duke Ellington--you going to argue with the Duke?)
ClockworkRobot
May 10, 2011 @ 10:05 am
OH the enlarged image... isn't that the MS-10 "LEGACY"?
That's no vintage synth. It's just a fancy joystick!
 
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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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