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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sdfo
June 14, 2011 @ 8:33 am
They've given historically lesser to M1 synths an 'awesome' rating, yet this only gets an 'excellent'?? Jeeze. The amazing atmospheric M1 beats two Nords and two Accesses combined. Just one patch on this can sound as emotional as a whole tune with an access or nord.
johannes
June 9, 2011 @ 1:22 am
Superbly constructed synth that is best used to layer with an old analog... You can get some strikingly beautiful sounds that way! Oh... the fact that it is so drenched in reverb though can sometimes be annoying.
Scott
May 16, 2011 @ 7:59 pm
My first keyboard ever was an M1. Fantastic, the feel was great for a non-weighted keyboard. Always remember it with fondness.
Analogue Crazy
May 3, 2011 @ 4:18 pm
Just got mine repaired and its like being reunited with an old friend! What a wonderful Synth, massive warm sound and easy to program. I go back a long way with the M1 now, it will always be one of my favourite Synths. And the sequencer is great for writing purposes, it's currently my main writing tool.
steve
March 18, 2011 @ 10:28 am
I find that M1 is now avaible in a affordable softsynth with keyboard and license key: Microkey or K-serie K61P, K25 or K49 keys
or download for free, and use program 10 days for free without licensekey:
http://www.korguser.net/m1le/download/
 
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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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