Korg DSS-1

Korg DSS-1 Image

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.

Check Korg DSS-1 Prices on eBay

The link above will take you to a search for this synth to see active listings with more images, specs and information. If you don't find it there, try looking in our forum marketplace. Our marketplace gets thousands of visits every week so make sure to check back often if you want to buy or sell a synth.

Related forum topics

Comments

Are you looking to buy or sell a Korg DSS-1? Post an ad in Gear For Sale or a request in Gear Wanted. For spare parts and repair services check out Gear Services & Other Goods. Our forums also has a Buyer’s Guide section where you can ask for advice on buying synthesizers.

88 Visitor comments
Sanhedralite
August 20, 2009 @ 2:09 pm
Crummy sound, but looks absolutely beautiful.
Never attempt to lift one, they weigh a ton and are huge.
found that almost everything I 'drew' with the waveform thingy sounded the same
Pepe
August 5, 2009 @ 12:28 pm
I'd really like to know how the procedure described by "Shawn" should work, since the M1 for example has got ROM based PCM sounds and can only be upgraded via the PCM card slot with special PCM ROM cards. Then how should I get my M1 equipped with the sounds or samples of a DSS-1? I'm rather confused.
Shawn
July 31, 2009 @ 2:51 pm
One of the best features these offer is the ability to create new sounds or samples and then load them into your M, T, or 01/W series synths.
Pepe
July 9, 2009 @ 1:57 pm
Okay, I found it myself, was pretty easy. But for all that are interested, too:
http://glenstegner.com/dss1/home.html
sealion
June 20, 2009 @ 1:59 am
It is a fat mother. I use mine with a mo-fx to crunk the stereo out of it, and it sits nicely on the large real estate of the top. I would be comfortable doing a noise gig with just those two. The entire library is available online free and I copied it all. Plus it is one of the very rare few synths that let you draw a waveform (frankly an over-rated option) but it does that. And it samples in mulitple lo-fi modes under and more than 8-bit. Stereo outs, great great analog filters, internal efx. Personally I find the korg joystick modulator approach not my style compared with moog wheels, but that is minor. Great synth, played regularly in my arsenal. Very very underrated. Huge though.
 
Post Comment!
VSE Rating

Awesome!

User Rating

Rated 4.55 (927 Votes)

  • Check Prices on eBay
  • The link above will take you to a search for this synth to see active listings. If you don't find it there, try looking in our forum marketplace or post a wanted classified.
  • 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

Errors or Corrections? Send them here.