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
Ben Z
July 27, 2012 @ 10:38 pm
I know this webpage is about the M1, but I swear by my Korg M01! Nothing beats the speed I churn out the jams on it. It has a similar workflow to hardware workstations like Yamaha's QY-series and RS7000. I paid $80- for a Japanese copy on eBay in the States. The DS-10+ has a more "acid" sound to it.
July 25, 2012 @ 1:48 am
I recently bought one of these for a really decent price. Everything works, but the "8" button is missing - no problem, though, because there is a MIDI program changer I use with my iPad (via iRig MIDI), and there is also an M1 editor for iPad!

The M1 has some pretty good patches. Loading SysEx patch banks is a breeze with MidiOX.
Capt Nitro
July 6, 2012 @ 11:11 pm
I found an M1 in the music closet at my campus ministry. When I first got it out, everyone said it was junk, so I put it away. Got it back out the other day, and it said "low battery". I looked it up online, and found out I needed to change the memory battery, which would erase all the original sounds. A Youtube video helped me change the battery, and found another video on how to reinstall the original patches. All it takes is a MIDI management software, a midi cable, and finding the original sounds on the internet. What we thought was junk was one of the best synthesizers of its time!
General Admiral Aladeen
May 28, 2012 @ 10:27 am
This synth is pure Aladeen! :(
May 3, 2012 @ 10:12 am

Listen to this Mix, wont regard it !
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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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