Korg VC-10 Vocoder

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Isn't it cute? It's a little polyphonic 20-band vocoder offered by Korg. Feed it your voice (or any other interesting sound source) and synthesize it! That is, control the sound of the synth with your voice. You can even put other sounds through its filters which will then be processed by the vocoder. This basically means you can use it as a talk-box with a guitar, for example or you can use it to add a twist to your drum loops. Other than that this machine is pretty limited. There's a nifty little analog VCU input meter. It has been used by Keith Emerson, Apollo 440, Klaus Schulze, Tomita, Labradford, Rick Wakeman, Roger Waters, Joe Zawinul, Tangerine Dream, Goldfrapp, Air, Pink Floyd and Yes.

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27 Visitor comments
January 2, 2009 @ 4:30 pm
VC-10 in hot action ;)
December 21, 2008 @ 9:30 am
I swear that Tommy Mars of Frank Zappa's band used it on the 1981 tour.
December 14, 2008 @ 2:27 am
anonymous may be confusing the VC-10 with the Microkorg, a much newer synth with an 8-band vocoder.
November 9, 2008 @ 1:17 pm
The VC-10 certainly does vocode through a 20 channel analyser. I have a copy of the circuit diaghram. I also own one in preference to the Roland SVC-350 which I sold about 5 years ago. The Korg is a very effective vocoder when played with appropriately-rich carrier sources, although the built-in tone source is adequate to get you started.

The 20 channel assertion is correct - the 8 channel statement from "anonymous" is wrong.
October 26, 2008 @ 1:35 pm
This has 8-bands, NOT 20!!! It's NOT in the same league as the Sennheiser Vocoder VSM201, Synton Syntovox 221 Vocoder, NOR the EMS Vocoders!! Please correct. Thanks.

Korg ISN'T EVEN in league with Roland.
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - Yes, all keys sound
  • Oscillators - 1 carrier signal + 1 input speech signal
  • LFO - Vibrato (w/ rate)
  • VCA - Mix level from dry voice to processed
  • Effects - Ensemble effect
  • Keyboard - 32 keys
  • Arpeg/Seq - None
  • Control - External pitch control CV input
  • Date Produced - 1978 - 1982

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