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
February 17, 2011 @ 4:41 am
Regarding previous comment: yes. Though when you refer to custom patches you need to understand that the Combination Patches are built using the available Program patch slots. So, in essence, you can have 100 custom Programs and 100 custom Combinations constructed from those Programs. It's also worth noting that you can reformat the memory allocation in Global mode to 50 Programs and 50 Combinations which doubles the event capacity of the sequencer - pretty cool for a synth approaching its 25th birthday.
February 9, 2011 @ 1:04 pm
Is it possible to load only custom patches on all memory locations,even on the presets? I mean to replace the presets with custom patches and have 200 custom patches only.
January 18, 2011 @ 2:43 am
have to start again with a new M1 if I can find one makes me live life so easy to work it .
January 2, 2011 @ 12:36 am
@Lammergyer - Yea I do that. I thought M1 users could trade sequences online but I don't see any. If u could make sequences then get them in/out of it then we could trade them. Some basic riff patterns would be nice, for example.
Brian Herndon
December 30, 2010 @ 12:45 pm
I actually have an M3R in my rack. Bought it new (Yeah, I'm that old). It has a really nice Rhodes piano patch that I would love to be able to play on my M1 but I can't figure out how to transfer or set up the same programs etc. If it's in the M3R then is should be possible to get the same sound out of the M1 right? Anyone know how this would be done?
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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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