Synth Site: Korg: MS10 Synthesizer: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.6 out of 5
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Harry from England writes:
I spotted a Korg MS-10 at the "flea market" at Porte de Clignancourt in Paris in November 2011. The dealer wanted 1,100 Euros for it - that's about UK£940. I resisted th etemptation to buy it. The shop also had a lot of old audio gear and other musical instruments for sale - all of which had _very_ high price tags on them. If anyone is ever getting rid of one of these (or indeed any other old gear), sell it in Paris!

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Thursday-Nov-17-2011 at 12:08
Wes a hobbyist user from Cali writes:
Truly a great, classic synth. I regret selling it, as they seem to be going up in value all the time. The sound is big and thick for a single osc-mono, and the 12db filter is cutting and aggressive. the filter resonance, as you may have heard, is like no other, more zippery than the farty roland acid sound, but equally trippy and cool. the ms makes fantastic ripping, rubbery sounds that easily cut through a mix. I almost felt it was better at making crazy noises than actually playing notes, but it could also produce beautiful, elegant lead sounds that I dearly miss. I got a distinct aphex vibe out of a lot of these sounds. surprisingly for a late seventies mono, it sounded quite modern and fresh to me, perhaps because these synths are still so heavily used today. And on that note it was also impeccably reliable and always functioned flawlessly. On it's own, however, the ms10 is rather limited and since i don't have a modular or ms20 to patch it into, I felt I wasn't getting the most out of it. And in the end I felt it was too aggressive and harsh sounding for me, I actually prefer the more mellow arp filter sound.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jan-28-2009 at 19:25
Mal a part-time user from Blatimore USA writes:
The MS10...oh boy...where to begin. I've wanted one forever. Ever since seeing BLANCMANGE live in the 80s...Brighton England. They sequenced the MS10 and the MS20 live (SQ10 I am guessing). It was, as they say, sick. Seeing those guys behind those little black panels with the word KORG reflecting in the stage lights, not seeing their hands due to the Dr. Who ergonomics was very mysterious. So I got my own MS10 recently. I plugged it in and yes. My expectations were exceeded. This little monster cries out with it's own alien voice. Like the sound you might hear as you approach an alien planet in your space orbiter. Shreeks, burbles, deep filter sweeps, crazy pitch bends (now I know how the faint get that ripping sound). Solid construction except OK, the plastic sides which are made of some primitive, brittle form of plastic. The knobs are panel mounted, not PCB mounted like the new gear (Radias) so you can hang off of these like a demented fool without breaking anything. I've patched stuff into the EXT SIGNAL IN and tweaked the heck out of it; vocals, guitar, other synths, drum machines, bass guitar, the coffee machine. You won't get bored with this little guy. Next I am buying the MS20 because you can play both with one keyboard and patch everything to anything and make totally unique sounds - not possible on today's VA thingies. Buy one now before they disappear. They are approaching 30 years old....

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-May-09-2008 at 22:47
Him a professional user from Lichtenstien writes:
I vaugely remember a day in the 80's (can't remember which year, they were all a drink filled gigging blur!) when I saw the ms10 and ms20. I can't remember if there was an ms50, I think there was. I spent mucho time fiddling, patching, blowing amps and becoming a mad scientist in that music shop that I bought both models and said I'd be back for the ms50 (i'm sure there was one, any help here?) later. Well I never got back there, shop closed down. I still have ms10 + ms20 and a heap of other mono and poly modular synths including an OSCar, MiniMoog, pro53, linndrum (ok so I liked the sound of it!), a Theramin, a vocorder, electroharmonix minisynth, sh101 and so on. You can hook all these babies up through the ms10 and ms20 and get some really snazzy (and weird) sounds. The replica ms10 some company is puttting out at present with a midi on it isn't anything like the ms10, avoid it at all costs. It reminds me of a cheap chineese knockoff of the real thing, looks same on outside but has nothing inside!.

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jul-17-2005 at 07:32
david a professional user from frankfort germany writes:
a phantastic monosynth due to its versality deep analoguesound and really inspiring becoming more and more expensive and hard to find,. as it has its very own sound, typically korg, near to the ms20 it is the perfect experimentation tool, i own also the rare signal processor for external sync, sounds far way better than every simulation!! keep ur mony and buy the real one!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jul-08-2005 at 07:45
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