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Korg m1
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KORG M1 music workstation (1988)

 

The M1 is world's top selling with even more units sold than Roland D-50 or Yamaha DX-7. The M1 syntesizer represents most of the nineties music from world to dance.

 

music workstation

m1 edit

info KEYBOARD (weight: 13 Kg) 61 velocity keys with aftertouch. Main panel features a 16 X 40 display, 33 push buttons and 1 data slider, on the left side a single joystick for pitchbending and Sweep Filter modulation control.

Back panel terminal connectors:
- PCM card slot
- headphones out
- Midi interface
- Main out
- AUX out
- 1 damper pedal input
- 2 pedal inputs assignable to program change, start-stop, bypass or cutoff



edit VOICES
cpu NEC-V50 manages 16 voices based on 16 bit AI System subtractive synthesis.
A basic patch is composed by 1 or 2 PCM (single/double) samples with individual settings:
- detune
- stereo panning
- volume
- delay start

 

diagram diagram spec

 

waves WAVETABLE 4 Mb ROM contains 149 waveforms organized in 3 categories:
- 75 PCM acoustic: acoustic instruments including strings, violins, sax and piano
- 44 PCM drum: percussions and chromatic
- 30 PCM DWGS: pre-calculated mathematically generated waves like additive harmonic, vocal formants and traditional basic waves like sine, saw or pulse.
TECH: DWGS were originally developed on previous model DW-8000.


wavetable

 

waves EX UPGRADE standard wavetable can be expanded to EX with further 4 Mb PCM, in this case the rackmount became M1EX (EX upgrade is factory native in successive T series.) Even more waveforms can be added using Korg M1 PCM cards or others AI2 compatible Korg systems like Wavestation.



performance PERFORMANCE
the COMBI mode manages up to 8 patches at the same time with individual parameter settings:
- aftertouch assignable to Cutoff / EG AMP / LFO pitch/ or LFO filter
- Midi channel
- volume mix
- transpose
- detune
- zone split
- velocity split
- damper on filter




filter FILTER
section is the VDF Variable Digital Filter is a non-resonant lowpass filter with Keytrack function.


adsr ENVELOPE
6 EGs:
- VDA amplitude : OSC1 and OSC2 4 segments + 2 times
- VDF filter: OSC1 and OSC2 4 segments + 4 times
- Pitch EG: :OSC1 and OSC2 4 segments + 2 times



lfo LFO
there are 2 modulators MG:
- MG1: modulates OSC1-OSC2 pitch
- MG2: modulates filter VDF
Both LFO features 4 waveforms: triangle, saw up, saw down and square.
Some extra modulations parameters include delay-start, modulation synch and variable depth.


lfo

fx EFFECT
DSP manages 2 different 16-bits sound processors combined in parallel or serial mode. There are mainly 9 effect categories:
- reverb
- delay
- overdrive
- equalizer
- chorus
- rotary speaker
- phase shifter
- frequency exciter
- flanger



memroy MIDI
limited CC# implementation but the exclusive systems are complete.
TIP: the MINDSCOPE function is a neat too for incoming events monitoring.



edit SEQUENCER
works in both real-time or step notes mode (quantizing up to 1/48 resolution) and manages 8 tracks.


scales SCALES
one microtonal user-free slot + 4 ROM presets:
- equal temp 1-2
- pure major-minor

memroyMEMORY holds :
RAM: 100 patches
RAM: 100 combi
RAM: 10 songs + 100 patterns 4400 notes (7700 reducing memory balancing between patch- combi).
Sounds can be saved using special MCR03 card.

TIP: internal battery is a CR2032 with holder, it is quite common and easy to replace.

korg m1 battery

internal m1r


family EDIT: there are several editors for M1/M1r :
- Emagic Soundiver (out of business)
- Midiquest (commercial PC/MAC)
- M1LibEd (shareware, old PC) - SCREENSHOT
- M1 Manager (commercial, PC) - SCREENSHOT
- Caged m1 (now free, Atari ST)- SCREENSHOT



korg m1 editor

 

family Related M1R models:

related family

KORG M1R: expander version

korg t series

KORG T series upgraded to EX memory, some versions can also import samples. VIDEO

KORG T1 (EX) (88-notes weighted piano keyboard)
KORG T2 (EX) (76-notes keyboard)
KORG T3 (EX) (61-notes keyboard)

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Korg M01D Korg M01D a m1 software for the handheld console from Nintendo. VIDEO


effet VST PLUGIN / SAMPLED VERSION there are some free and commercial samples set:

  name price link demo
dexed VST plugin KORG LEGACY collection virtual VST plugin, along with:
-MS20

-Polisyx
-Monopoly
-Wavestation
Commercial
KORG LEGACY KORG LEGACY demo
free sample pack failed muso Free
piano samples
effet n/a
free m1 drum kit Hardballs Records free
39 drum samples
free drum set n/a
free m1 drum kit Hollow sun Commercial sample set
+
korg 01 set
effet n/a
M1 for KROME M1 for KROME FREE sound set for KORG KROME effet M1 for KROME
free m1r samples FREE "LORE" sample FREE ! a gift from US korg m3r free sample N/A


demoAUDIO DEMO

demo 1 - Fretted demo
demo 2 - ethnic
demo 3 - ethnic 2
demo 4 - ethnic 3
demo 5 - synth 1
demo 6 - synth 2
demo 7 - synth 3
demo 8- Hammond B3
demo 9- Brass
demo 10- orchestra
demo 11- piano
demo  


effet Soundcloud M1

demo1 demo m1  

 

video VIDEO CLIP SELECTION

Korg M1 Demo Korg M1 presets Korg M1 Workstation
Demo presets Shadow of the beast M1 mix

korg m1 workstation

 

 




manual
KORG M1 USER MANUAL

 



manualFACTORY SET


manual
SERVICE MANUAL DOWNLOAD

 

korg m1 factory reset

Just load the factory card MPC00P or EX. There is no ROM recall

reset

 

original scan

 



edit

OS
ROM CHECK

To know your M1 version just hold INT while turning on the module. The os is the number after the "#"

 

 

original scan

 

 

original scan


 

original scan




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manual

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manual

- filter
- some PCm
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"M1 today sounds maybe a bit outdated but still fascinating and a very programmable machine with character and dynamics in the mix. "

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