Korg DSS-1

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A wonderful early digital synthesizer. With eight notes of polyphony, two oscillators per voice, a noise source, two multi-stage envelopes, a resonant filter and auto-bend, the DSS-1 has much in common with Korg's previous flagship DW-8000. But it went much further, boasting twin digital delays, oscillator sync, an improved unison mode, a lush analog VCF switchable between 12 and 24dB, and more. Whereas the DW-8000 got its raw material from 16 stored digital waves, the DSS1's oscillators take their source from sampling, additive synthesis, or even hand-drawn waveforms!

It actually had a warm sound and was great for creating pads and textures, as well as deep basses and drones. The synthesis method is based on altering various waveform samples via 2 data sliders. It can sample and then treat the samples as its waveforms - that includes all filtering and envelopes.

Korg DSM-1 Image

The DSM-1 (1987) was the expanded rackmount version.

It was used by Jean Michel Jarre, Joe Zawinul, Michael Cretu of Enigma, Mark Jenkins, Hiro Kawahara, Paul Nagle, Shriekback, and Steve Winwood.

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88 Visitor comments
October 5, 2012 @ 12:41 pm
@rené thanks for replying that clears things up quite a bit for me! Sounds like an awesome and unique synth I'm going to try to get a hold of one :)
October 4, 2012 @ 7:33 pm
@ neil The DSS-1 doesn't have any presets saved. To produce sounds from it, you can create your own sounds using the waveform drawing option, record your own sounds from any source connected to the DSS-1 or you can just load sound samples using floppy disks. After that, you can go into the easy to use parameters to tweak the sounds to your liking.
October 4, 2012 @ 6:51 pm
So I'm a little confused with this synth. Does it have any ability to produce sounds on its own or does it rely solely on floppy disks? If it does need floppy disks where is everyone getting good samples for it? I saw that there is a free sample library for it on retrosynth.com but how are people generating other sounds out of it? Any help is greatly appreciated!
October 1, 2012 @ 8:21 pm
The Korg DSS-1 are probably the most under rated synth out there. I live in Austria and it's impossible to find them here but really want to get one as I used one before in a studio and Wow! what a great sound. They are like having an Oberhiem polysynth but much cheaper!
Alec F
September 17, 2012 @ 11:58 pm
i really want one of these, especially the rack mount. being able to use samples as waveforms is crazy. if anyone is looking to sell one you can email me at alecferguson21@gmail.com
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 8 Voices
  • Oscillators - 16 - 2 oscillators per voice
  • Sampler - 256k
  • Memory - 5 sec sampling
  • Synthesis - 128 Sine waveforms you re-shape using 2 sliders
  • Keyboard - 61 keys w/ velocity and aftertouch
  • Filter - Lowpass 2 or 4 pole + envelope
  • Control - MIDI
  • Date Produced - DSS-1: 1986, DSM-1: 1987

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