Rack version of the best-seller workstation M1 with exactly same sonic characteristics. Today, is the M1r still worth to be in a modern recording studio?
RACK a two units sturdy metal - same frame structure found on 01RW.
The main panel has a 16 * 40 LCD display and features 36 buttons + a main data pot encoder for value editing, double slots for PCM and data cards and a headphones outputs.
Back panel has the following connections: Midi interface, Main stereo Outputs plus another AUX pair (Stereo or Mono + Mono) and double pedal inputs freely assignable to Program change Up-Down, Sequencer Start-Stop, Effect ON-OFF, Filter Cutoff, Data entry or Effect parameter controls.
Power supply is internal with standard VDE connector.
VOICES the NEC-V50 CPU manages 16 digital oscillators based on 16 bit AI System subtractive synthesis. A
basic patch is composed by 1 (Single mode) or 2 (Double Mode) detunable digital oscillators OSC1+ OSC2 with variable Octave range and Coarse. An oscillator has a PCM waveform assigned from the wavetable and this waveform can be read at variable memory offset and start-delayed.
WAVETABLE has 4 Mb data ROM for a total of 149 different waveforms split in 2 main sounds groups:
- Acoustic sampled traditional instruments strings, violins, sax, piano + 50 PCM percussions and one-shot drums.
- DWGS originally developed with model DW8000 synthesizer: mathematically generated PCM pre-calculated waves such as additive harmonic, Vocal Formants, plus digital basic derived from standard analogs synthesizers Sine, Saw or Pulses.
UPGRADE standard M1R model has 4 Mb ROM expanded to EX that means +4 Mb more, for a total of 8 Mb. Even more waveforms can be added using external Korg M1/T1 PCM cards, compatible with other 16 bits AI system like Wavestation but loop
corrections are needed for some minor bytes differences in coding. EX upgrade is factory native in successive T series.
PERFORMANCE called "COMBI" mode manages up to 8 patches in the same time with individual Midi channels, Volume mix, Transpose, Detune, Zone Split, Velocity Split and Damper on filter.
FILTER section is the "VDF" (Variable Digital Filter( is a digital non-resonant LowPass Filter with Keytrack function.
ENVELOPE there are 6 EG in total:
- AMPLITUDE VDA for OSC1 and OSC2 4 segments + 2 times.
- FILTER VDF for OSC1 and OSC2 4 segments + 4 times.
- PITCH EG for OSC1 and OSC2 4 segments + 2 times.
LFO section features two modulators MG: MG1 modulates OSC1-OSC2 Pitch while MG2 modulates VDF.
Each LFO has 4 waveforms (Triangle, SawUp, SawDown and Square) with variable Depth intensity and Key-Sync retrig function with Delay Start parameter.
EFFECT two DSP sound processor at 16 bits resolution that can be combined in parallel or serial mode 9 FX categories (Reverb, Delay , Overdrive, EQ, Chorus, Rotary Speaker, Phase Shifter, Frequency Exciter and Flanger). Some typical metallic feedbacks in audio background.
MIDI limited Control Changes implementation but the exclusive systems are complete. The function MINDSCOPE is a neat too for incoming events monitoring.
SEQUENCER up to 8 tracks sequencer up to 10 songs + 100 patterns 4400 notes (7700 reducing memory balancing between patch / combi). The sequencer works in real-time or step notes mode (quantizing up to 1/48 resolution).
MEMORY internal holds up to 100 patches + 100 Combi in RAM, but NO ROM recall. Internal voice backup on lithium Cr-2032 or backup to a RAM card mode MCR03 must be a 256 Kb memory as it is not compatible with 128 Kb MCR-02. Internal battery is cheap and easy to change.
SCALES one Microtonal user-free slot + 4 presets: Equal Temp 1-2 + pure Major-Minor.
battery CR2032 internal
MAINTENANCE original round buttons on M1 keyboard version are fragile and it is not uncommon to see some not working anymore, rackmount seems to be really more reliable for this.
Related M1R models:
KORG M1: 61 keys keyboard version
KORG T1 (EX) (88-note weighted piano keyboard)
KORG T2 (EX) (76-note keyboard)
KORG T3 (EX) (61-note keyboard)