Synth Site: Korg: 01/WFD Synthesizer: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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Mark a hobbyist user from England writes:
Excellent synthesizer. Loads of powerful options in the sequencer, such a loop

recording, track overdubbing and all the rest of it.

Only found one problem, and that is that the synth will not allow the one half of it

to change program, and keep the other half - eg, if you want the top half of the

keyboard to change from piano to organ, and keep the lower half as a bass guitar

you can't.

It's a really cool synth for recoding compositions and performances in the studio,

but I feel that another keyboard is required as well, before being able to play

a performance with program changes, unless you perform with one hand which

tends to look a bit naff, and gives away that the synth is doing most of the work

and you're standing around playing the odd note here and there.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:42
Chris Reed a part time user from USA writes:
OK as far as sample-based workstations go... the best thing about it is the sequencer, which is well-designed, supports repeated patterns, and has a graphic display of your tracks. If you like Korg's AI2 synthesis, you'll like it. However, I find the sound to be thin and lacking bass, especially compared to true analogs. Depends on how you intend to use it--great for certain electronic, industrial, or new age-sounding acoustic sounds...almost useless for lush analog-like sounds.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:42
Steve Balaam a part time user from London, England writes:
The O1W is easily one of the best souding synths of all time. Paricularly good at rich acoustic sounds. For example the Shakahuchi on the Prophesy sounds nasel and synthetic compared to the OW1's ethnic sound series ROM.

Sequencer is well thought our, and actually works - no lock-ups!

The only thing I would like would be 64 voice capability.

Incidently your spec is wrong - the 01w has 8000 note memory, the 01wfd has 48,000 note memory.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:42
Nick Boulse a part time user from USA, Indianapolis Indiana writes:
The O1's arew excellent in the bang for

the buck area. A lot of people whine about

O1's don't do analog sounds very well-

well no kidding, they weren't designed for it.

You can up load the acoustic piano sound from the

O1W Pro and play it from the stock O1FD. You should also

EQ the channel on the sound board for the O1W piano sound

as much as possible- everything else will sound great.

Ideally, I'd like my old M1 as 64 voice beast with 30 megs and 2 disk drives but hey,

the O1WFD will have to do.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:42
Daniel Johansson a professional user from Sweden (Kalmar) writes:
This synthesizer's got it all! It only takes a couple of minutes before you actually can use this workstation. The 16 track sequencer is easy to use with the &quot;big&quot; display showing you what to do! The soundbank is replaceble, you can create your own sounds or copy them from others. (It can be difficult to create your own in the beginning!)The effects are very easy to use, and changeble. Buy this and you will end up with a great overall workstration!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:42
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