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Korg MS-50


Released: 1978

MSRP: Y85,000 ($750)


The MS-50 is a patch expander with several extra modules (integrator, inverter, frequency divider, ring mod, S/H, 3 channel summing amp, volt meter, junctions) Architecture Class: Conventional (subtractive).

Ebay Description:

The Korg MS-50 is a desktop (monophonic) synthesizer, featuring a single oscillator (triangle, saw, pulse waveforms), pink/white noise, resonant low pass analog filter, ADR and HDAR envelopes, LFO (triangle, saw up/down, pulse waveforms), integrator, inverter, sum amp, S/H, and patch points.


Form Factor Dimensions Weight Audio Input Audio Output Communication Port Control Input Control Output Switch Input Power
desktop W:570mm D:167mm H:248mm 6.2kg audio-amp filter headphone ring-mod:2 VCO VCA mono audio-amp ring-mod VCO noise:2 no audio-amp CV divider EG1 EG2 filter integrator inverter MG S/H:2 VM:2 PWM VCA VCO sum-amp:3 audio-amp CV divider:2 EG1:3 EG2:3 filter integrator inverter MG S/H:2 VCA VCO sum-amp trigger no AC:wired (20W)


Compatibility Multitimbral Memory Program Memory External Storage External Programming UI Input UI Output
- N/A no no no knobs switches LED


Multitimbral Polyphony Unison Architecture
no 1 no VCO->VCF->VCA


Effects Pan Modulator Volume Modulator Headphone
no no external yes


Arpeggiator Arpeggiator External Sequencer Sequencer Memory Sequencer External Continuous Program Change
no N/A no N/A N/A ControlWheel no


Key Pressure Chord Memory External Control External Sustain Key Scaling Velocity Curves
no no patch points no no N/A


Name Signal Class Waveform Octave Range Amplitude Modulator Harmonics Modulator Pitch Modulator Wave Assign Modulator
VCO analog triangle saw pulse 4 8 16 32 no PWM external1 external2 no
Noise analog noise:pink noise:white - no no no no


Name Signal Class IC Resonant Shape Frequency Modulator Resonance Modulator Shape Modulator
VCF analog discrete yes low pass external no no


Name Level Rate Loop Polarity Trigger Level Modulator Rate Modulator
EG1 sustain attack decay release no no external no no
EG2 no hold delay attack release no no external no no


Name Waveform Delay Polarity Sync Delay Modulator Level Modulator Rate Modulator
MG triangle saw:up saw:down pulse no no no no no external
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