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Korg m1
info Country: Japan
Weight: 13 Kg
Dimensions: 430x 405x 88 mm
audio demo trend price : 200€
manual schematic.zip factory patch demo video comments

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 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 (part of 70216 family) manages 16 voices polyphony based on 16 bit AI System subtractive synthesis - M1 DAC is a Burr Brown PCM 54HP.
A basic patch is composed by 1 or 2 PCM (single/double) samples with individual settings:
- pitch detune
- stereo panning
- volume
- delay start.


diagram

NEC V50

 

 

 

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 Korg 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 Korg M3r or Korg Wavestation.
Here's the list of the official cards, but there are plenty more from third-part :

MSC-01S; MPC-01S Variety
MSC-02S;  MPC-02S Synth 1
MSC-03S;  MPC-03S Drums 1 FOR SALE!
MSC-04S;  MPC-04S Orchestra
MSC-05S;  MPC-05S Piano
MSC-06S;  MPC-06S Fretted Instruments FOR SALE!
MSC-07S; MPC-07S Synth 2
MSC-08S; MPC-08S Percussion
MSC-09S; MPC-09S Organ
MSC-10S; MPC-10S Ethnic 1
MSC-11S; MPC-11S Brass FOR SALE!
MSC-12S; MPC-12S Synth 3
MSC-13S; MPC-13S Ethnic 2
MSC-14S; MPC-14S Sound Effects
MSC-15S; MPC-15S Drums 2
MSC-16S; MPC-16S Environment

m1 cards



 

performance PERFORMANCE the COMBI mode manages up to 8 parts 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
- scales one microtonal user-free slot + 4 ROM presets: equal temp 1-2 pure major-minor.






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

vdf


adsr ENVELOPE up to 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.

vdf



lfo LFO there are 2 delayed and syncable modulators called MG (shapes: triangle, saw up, saw down and square)
- MG1: modulates OSC1-OSC2 pitch
- MG2: modulates filter VDF.

vdf




fx EFFECT DSP manages a double 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



edit SEQUENCER works in both real-time or step notes mode (quantizing up to 1/48 resolution) and manages 8 tracks.
MIDI limited CC# implementation but the exclusive systems are complete.
TIP: the MINDSCOPE function is a neat too for incoming events monitoring.

m1 rec

 

 

memroyMEMORY:
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 MCR03card.
Battery replacement: internal battery is a 3V lithium CR-2032 with holder, it is quite common and easy to replace.

internal m1



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


korg m1 editor

 

 

 

family Related M1 models:

related family

KORG M1R expander module 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)

korg m3r Korg M3R a slimmed m1 / m1 version with similar sound but different structure
Korg M01D Korg M01D a m1 software for the handheld console from Nintendo. VIDEO
Also Korg IM1 for Apple IOS VIDEO



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

  name download link demo
free m1r samples FREE "LORE"

Kontakt sampleS

FREE a gift from polynominal.com
LORE SAMPLE PACK

Other third-part samples:
- piano samples
-39 drum samples
N/A N/A
dexed VST plugin KORG LEGACY collection virtual VST plugin, along with:
-MS20

-Polisyx
-Monopoly
-Wavestation
N/A
KORG LEGACY KORG LEGACY demo
M1 for KROME M1 for KROME FREE sound set for KORG KROME effet M1 for KROME


demoAUDIO DEMO (no external PCM cards, no effects)

demo favourite : universe lore classic
demo favourite : quite modern !
demo favourite : retro house
demo favourite : performance fx
demo favourite : sinereverb
demo favourite : precint bass
demo piano: pianobar
demo rhodes: plastic ep
demo organ: hammond b3
demo organ: pipe
demo string: pizzicato
demo brass: disco
demo celeste: plum me
demo celeste: magic stuff
demo bass: analog Sh101
demo bass: tb303
demo choir: relax
demo choir: chords
demo choir: another universe
demo choir: performance
demo synth: mystery
demo synth: syntbassy
demo synth: 8 bits
demo synth: vangelis
demo synth: high lfo
demo synth: delay pitch
demo synth: sequence filter
demo synth: crystal bell
demo synth: suspence
demo synth: whistle
demo synth: panning
demo synth: digital oldies
demo synth: choir DWGS
demo synth: bells and pads
demo FX: reverb square
demo FX: flanger and delay feedback
demo pad: with modulation
demo pad: also modulation
demo pad: clockwork
demo pad: traditional
demo pad: hyper flanger
demo percussion: anvil
demo TRACK:Amiga shadow of the beast (all m1)*
demo
TRACK:Amiga shadow of the beast 2(all m1)
effet have some nice M1 demos? shar'em UPLOAD
effet *Shadow of the beast is a videogame from 1989 for Commodore Amiga which music has been originally composed using samples form Korg 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 PATCH 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
info original brochure

 

 



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
info original brochure

 

 

 

original scan
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original scan
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m1 atari st
info m1 + atari st


FOR SALE

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M1 FOR SALE

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m1 display m1 motherboard Korg m1 close up


manual

- Classic
- today bargain price

manual

- filter
- some PCm
-fx unit


comment


REVIEW "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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