Korg M1

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The M1 was and still is a popular and widely used digital synthesizer and music workstation. The M1 features built-in AI Synthesis for full digital generation and processing using 4MB of PCM sampled and synthesized waveforms which can be shaped using analog-style editing. The M1 is capable of creating acoustic instruments with clarity, nice digital sounds and good buzzy techno sounds. The M1 is sort of like a workstation-version of the Roland D-50.

In addition to its acclaimed sound, it has a somewhat sophisticated 8-track sequencer. It holds 10 songs and 100 patterns and up to 7,700 notes, and offers full quantizing and editing. Full MIDI implementation suites the M1 ideally for studio production and MIDI system use. Up to 8 parts of multitimbrality with the 8 track sequencer makes for a powerful machine. Add to that a host of digital multi-effects and you've got one of the most widely and professionally used Korg synthesizers around.

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UPGRADES: The EXK-M1 optional ROM expansion kit doubles the PCM waveform memory to 8MB (275 multisampled sounds) for even greater sonic possibilities. The EX-M1R is the same upgrade but designed for the M1R (rack version). That's right, there's a rack version of the M1 available as the M1R as well.

The M1 has been used by 808 State, Banco De Gaia, Ken Ishii, Depeche Mode, Fluke, The Cure, The Orb, The KLF, Plastikman, Bomb The Bass, Gary Numan, Robert Miles, Mike Oldfield, Kitaro, Rick Wakeman, Rod Argent, Joe Zawinul, Patrick Moraz, Pet Shop Boys, Vangelis, the Cranberries, Sin and Jellyfish.

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115 Visitor comments
Marc the Darc
May 15, 2014 @ 9:05 pm
@ Vidar Smith
A small virtual instrument program for your computer that makes a fairly convincing fully featured M1, complete with full editing and over 3000 presets from back in the day.
It can be bought from Korgs website: korguser . net for 50$
Pretty sweet if you, like me, live in a place where vintage hardware is nigh impossible to come by.
Vidar Smith
May 9, 2014 @ 1:36 am
@marc the darc
What is this "plugin" you´re refering to?
Marc the Darc
May 8, 2014 @ 7:02 pm
This is without a shadow of a doubt 1 of the greatest machines made by Korg!
Generally not a big fan as they usually find a way to ruin even the best of ideas, but this is nothing short of magnificent. Even so old, it's still very useful and fully viable to make music with to this day.
And Korg even managed to 1up the whole thing by making a worthwhile plugin version - that they even keep updated so it works! That's a big (and uncommon) thing, Korg keeping their software working. And it's cheap to boot.
There's no excuse not having the plugin installed ready to go at all times!
January 31, 2014 @ 10:38 am
Im selling my Korg M1 for $600 Detroit
Telly Kojak
November 15, 2013 @ 3:21 pm
Joe Zawinul had a Korg M1 and an M1r in his arsenal up to the day he died. They were a constant part of his sound from the late 1980s up to his death in 2007.
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 16 voices
  • Oscillators - 4MB PCM waveforms (144 multisampled sounds)
  • Effects - Digital multi-effects: reverb, delay, overdrive, EQ, chorus, rotary speaker, and more.
  • Filter - VDF: Variable Digital Lowpass Filter, velocity sensitive (non-resonant)
  • VCA - VDA: Variable Digital Amplifier; 3 independent 4-stage ADSR envelope generators
  • Keyboard - 61 keys with Velocity, Aftertouch, Multi, Layer, Split modes
  • Memory - 100 patches
  • Control - MIDI (8 parts)
  • Date Produced - 1988-94
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