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Korg DSM-1

info Country: Japan
Weight: 11, 5 Kg Kg
Dimensions: 433 x 134 x 430 mm
audio demo trend price : 250€
manual demo video comments

Korg DSM-1
Digital Sampling Synthesizer Module (1987)

 

A rackmount sampler derived from keyboard version model Korg DSS-1 with some enhancement- but also some misses from the original machine.

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info MODULE SAMPLER 3 rack height units.
The main panel features a 2 x 20 LCD backlit display (with contrast trimmer) 3 knobs and 32 buttons.

Rear panel terminal connectors:
- mix outputs
- 16 analog outs
- Midi interface with Led activity.

Front panel terminal connectors:
- signal audio input with gain knob and impedance switch
- head phones out
- footswitch control to playback a sound.

 

 


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TECH main core based on 8 bits CPU HD64180 manages 16 voices polyphony, each voice is composed by 1 digital oscillators with an assigned sampled or digitally generated sound.

STRUCTURE: DSM1 features 2 kind of syntheses:
- sampling at 12 bits resolution (1)
- additive harmonic synthesis (2).



structure




edit SAMPLING
the DSM engine samples at 12 bits and 4 fixed frequencies (check table below), once sampled there are some standard sample edit functions such as : reverse, merge, chain samples (LINK) truncate, loop, crossfade, copy and zone assign (up to 30 samples can be mapped).



Frequency Transpose limit Sampling time (seconds)
16 kHz 24 semitones up 16
24 kHz 17 semitones up 11
32 kHz 12 semitones up 8
48 kHz 05 semitones up 5.5

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edit ADDITIVE
is a non real-time process based on 128 sinewave harmonics with adjustable level. This process also includes 17 preset shapes: square, sawtooth (x3) , organ, metal, sax, synthesizer, bass, sinewave, EP (x2).
TIP: Created waves can be saved as normal samples.


harmonic synth

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edit MEMORY the internal sample non-expandable memory is 1 megabyte.
Sounds and samples can be stored to primitive 1,44 Mb floppy drive but it is possible to install a more modern USB emulator disk (like HxC).
There are 32 slots for sound patch programs and 32 multi-sounds.

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PERFORMANCE unit manages up to 4 parts some special features:
- Midi channel
- semitones shift
- keyboard zone
- allocated voices
- poly or mono mode
- part volume
- part tuning
- up to 16 split points
- multimode layer: 2 x layer / split 2 / split 4 / single / multi
- trigger input: sets a threshold to playback a sample.

 

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edit FILTER resonant lowpass analog filter based on 16 chips NJM-2069 (same found on Korg Poly 800 but not paraphonic of course) at -24 d/B slopes.
Proportional Keyboard tracking function is implement into the VCF section.



filter

edit LFO 2 triangle-shaped delayed modulators "MG" (Modulation Generator) and 2 destinations: osc pitch and filter cutoff. The modulators are retriggered at each note press, relative frequency is quantized into 32 values with variable depth amount.

 


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ENVELOPE 2 EGs based on VCA each with 4 segments + 2 times:
- EG1 amplitude
- EG2 filter cutoff (bipolar)
DSS1 features also a bipolar AUTOBEND function for the pitch on a range of time + 2 slimmed-down EGs for the VCF/VCA touch sensibility.




edit MIDI
basic control change, but all parameters can be controlled using Exclusives hex strings.
The DSM1 handles Midi-dump samples bidirectionally (sadly non-totally compliant to SDS sample dump protocol).


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edit DSM1 MAINTENANCE & MODIFICATION

Common issues are:
- backlight LCD may need a new life.
- faulty Sony floppy drive may need replacement
MODIFICATION other common upgrades : for a short period, a third-part company with SCSI OPTION.


dss floppy drive replacement

 

 

edit EDITORS there are some free and commercial computer-based editors:
- SpazTech for Korg DSM-1 (old MAC, FREE) PIC
- Digidesign Turbosynth (Atari ST) PIC
- Turtle Beach samplevision (for old PC ->no more available) PIC
- Midiquest (PC/MAC, commercial) PIC
- Clyphx (Ableton script)
- Edit DSS (Atari ST, no more available) PIC
- Softynth Digidesign (Atari ST, no more available) PIC
- VSTizer DSS-1 (plugin, commercial) Pic below

dss1 editor

 

 

edit RELATED FAMILY:

Korg DSM1

KORG DSS-1 more or less the keyboard version with some differences:

DSM1 VS DSS1:
- DSM1 has HD disk1,6 mb VS DD 880kb
- DSM1 has more RAM (4 times more )
- DSM1 has more 15 analog outs
- DSM1 has no OSC sync (ouch!)
- DSM1 has only 4 poles filter VS. 2/4 mode
- DSM1 ha no resonance Q (big miss!)
- DSM1 has no delay engine
- DSM1 has no "DRAW waveform" function
- DSM1 has more additive presets
- DSM1 manages 4 parts vs 1 DSS1s
- DSM1 features 1 VCF per oscillator / DSS1 1 VCF per VOICE (2 oscillators)
- DSM1 D/A resolution is fixed to 12 bits, DSS1 can be changed also to lo-fi 8/10/7/6 bits
- DSM1 has no noise generator


 

 

effet VST PLUGIN / SAMPLED VERSION there is no plugin VST / reliable DSM1 samples sounds available for the moment.



demo AUDIO DEMO (from DSS1, please send YOUR SAMPLES DEMOS)

demo Pad with CVF MG
demo Strings
demo raw pad
demo brass pad
demo Resonance1
demo Resonance2
demo Cylone brass
demo arpeggio resonances
demo (another) resonant pad
demo Brass with 2 delays
demo Fat LFO
demo EBM bass like
demo Warm Rhodes
demo Clavinet
demo TEST: LFO pitch all frequencies
demo TEST: generated cycled wave
demo TEST: square wave --> Unison --> detune
demo TEST: "organ" created by ADDITIVE
demo TEST: "Square" created by ADDITIVE
demo TEST: "Metal created by ADDITIVE
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video VIDEO SELECTION

demo1 video2  
Demo woth ROLAND ALPHA JUNO2  

 

 

korg dsm1



Company: Korg
Model: DSM1
Class: module sampler
Dates: 1987
Price: 250€
Resolution: 12 bits
S. rate: 16-48 kHz
Polyphony: 16 voices
Filter: lowpass
Memory: 1 mb
LFO: 2
Demo: 22

 

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MANUAL

 

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KORG DSM1 Testmode

There is NO known factory reset procedure

 

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Korg DSM-1 SERVICE MANUAL

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REVIEW"Quite disappointed by this module which lacks too many original features: the DSS1 is more a synthesizer while DSM1 is a more a plain sampler."

manual manual
-sounds many features from DSS1 are lost e.g resonance
-enhancement (disk / ram)
- bulky, rack is very deep,sync,delay
-multitimbral  



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