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Agree with the comments so far. The DSS-1 has a big fat warm sound, it can put any number of DCO analogs to shame, is quite flexible for a "sampler" - has a full compliment of synth parameters that were lacking in the more popular 8-bit samplers of the day (Mirage, Emulator). I use mine mainly as a polysynth not as a sampler, though I sometimes like to sample my JD800 or Z1 and mangle the sound through the VCF or experiment with backwards playback / crossfading / sample stitching / waverform creation. There's a ton of stuff you can do with this machine. It's a HUGE bang for the buck.
I really do think it's Korg's best synth since the Trident, and it's their last one with resonant analog filters (their last 'proper synth' architecture before the rompler topology of the M1 took over). Between the Trident and the DSS-1, Korg released a string of budget synths trying to compete with the Roland Juno, from the Poly6/61 all the way up to the DW-6000/8000 (the Poly800 was the low point of this period), and most of those synths sound like it (though I'll make an exception for the Poly6 and DW-8000). Think of the DSS-1 as a DW-8000 on steroids with sampling, that's pretty much what it is.
With the DSS-1, Korg tried to get back up into the upper priced pro-range synth arena, just as Roland tried to do with the JX-10 after a few similar years of pumping out budget models.