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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A really nice demo track made with the the MS-10
Audio Clip 1 Filter sweeps, bass, melodies and noises by Roland Schaefer.
ManualPDF of original owners manual, submitted by Niels Kloes
PatchesPDF of setting examples, supplement to original owners manual, submitted by Niels Kloes
BrochurePDF of 1980 Korg Brochure, submitted by Niels Kloes


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


Images from Korg product brochure and Tone Tweakers.