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
October 22, 2012 @ 1:33 pm
I have one of these for sale in good condition with original microphone if anyone is intrested?
July 14, 2012 @ 2:47 pm
It's because the 20 bands/channels are non-adjustable (to lower the price) that this vocoder isn't as good as others with fewer bands/channels. The EMS Vocoders 1000, 2000, 3000; the Bode 7702 Vocoder; the Moog 16-Channel MBVO 327A Vocoder; the Synton Syntovox Vocoders; the Sky Soundlab "The Voice Spectra" Vocoder; the Roland SVC-350 Vocoder are all considered superior with fewer bands/channels because you can adjust them on those vocoders.
March 31, 2012 @ 5:28 pm
Dear All,

Test: make a noise sount like "sssssst" into the mic and listen if this comes clearly through. If not, then you have one from what I call the Korg-VC-10-Scam series to make the vocoder more popular I gues (garbage voice in --> still an acceptable organ sound out). The capacitors in the ENV filter sections are all the same and not according the values from the original design.


Marc Marc
January 9, 2012 @ 1:03 pm
Does this have an input for carrier, or only for formant?
September 23, 2011 @ 1:54 am
Btw, someone from England recently sold a Korg VC-10 owner's manual on eBay and got just over $65US for it. And mine is in better (and the service manual) are in better condition than his. I LOVE VOCODERS!!!!!
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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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