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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visceralvoids
August 23, 2011 @ 6:40 pm
You can see Kevin Moore from Dream Thater use this live on the Tokyo concert video from '93 (along with the DW-8000 and a Roland JD-800.)
One of the most interesting synths in Korg history
ShorShot
August 16, 2011 @ 5:38 pm
The DSM-1 is NOT the mountrack version of the DSS-1 !! Please vintagesynth.com, fix that!
pajacke
May 30, 2011 @ 6:23 am
A few weeks ago I installed this mod into my DSS1: web.me.com/tomvirostek/DSS-1/DSS1.html
Installation is not for the faint hearted,took up a whole day and I spent twice the money for the mod than on he actual unit, but it's worth every penny.
Bright blue display, storage on CFcard/USBstick,24MB of memory (in 256kB chunks though), have all four systems off a floppy loaded at a time, but most important wav-file compatibility for transferring samples to and fro PC with the CF.
Didn't go for the SCSIinterface though, it's not needed if you got USB.
I got a new old favorite KORGsynth again
noah
May 20, 2011 @ 1:03 pm
My exhaust fell off while in kentucky, so I inched my way toward a pickers paradise looking for wire. The owner gave me some wire and the dss 1 for 20 bucks. What a great day.
jbrasher
May 3, 2011 @ 10:38 am
Of all the synths I have owned, I think for some strange reason this may be my favorite. I think I paid $150 for it with a broken disk drive. I replaced it with a chinon drive (like $5 on ebay) and it is good to go. I use Omniflop to make disks and I still haven't tried all of them out there. I haven't even touched the programming (except to make a fat simple saw) or the sampling, and I still love this thing. There is a lot of support for the DSS out there. The drive load time is a bit of a nuisance but it really isn't hard to find a bank of 32 good patches that you can use in a set.
 
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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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