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Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
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Bazz a part-time user from Netherlands writes:
I have had one a few years back and there was one feature that i have never seen on any other sampler; with a slider you could change the sample playback from 12 BITS TO 2 BITS!!!!!!!!! Filter were good too! ....but it was too big ....

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-Nov-18-1999 at 09:51
Rocco Flores Oneto a professional user from Peru writes:
I can't forget how difficult it was to carry my DSS-1. At the shop they told me it was a great sampler. 1Meg of Ram they said. At the time I thought that ammount of memory would suffice. But Oh Surprise there was not technical info about the real capabilities of this beast. It doesn't took me long to realize that memory was only 375Kb and that it was incredibly difficult to operate as a sampler. I was very dissapointed indeed. The next day I decided to use the DSS-1 for a song I was writing. I struggled to to put a couple of 4/4 loops and a now memorable synth lead. Using MIDI program changes...remember there's no multitimbral option for the DSS-1. Just Set your recieve channel and play... I was able to play with different sounds along the song. The synt lead with the help of the built in double delay and basic EQ was a real hit. Using the joystick for VCF (yeah! VCF) modulation gave also brilliant results. In my opinion the DSS-1 is really poor as a sampler (12bit, reasonalbe 48Khz, magre 375Kb RAM) but come to its own when used a synth. Great personality, real VCFs, VCAs and LFOs and almost 20Kgs. of weight makes it a heave choice... even today...

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Oct-18-1999 at 00:56
tinee a part-timer user from Virginia USA writes:
Yeah, the disk drive is slow, but this machine is the bomb. Mad phat when it comes to sampling. 16-48k sampling rates. I don't even have the manual yet and have been able to pretty much figure it out. Haven't stopped playing with it since I got it. Now building my studio and for $250, couldn't go wrong.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jun-03-1999 at 14:30
David Johnson writes:
http://www.retrosynth.com/files/dss1

Here you will find the files that corley brigman and others have assembled of DSS-1 sample disks. Go wild with that copyqm program. You'll be glad you did.

posted Thursday-Feb-11-1999 at 01:44
Miraz from USA writes:
I have two of these beasts. and they rule. sampling is easy and making loops is a snap. it does drum loops really good!. Then go back and resynthesize them. Awesome. Yes some of the Library sound are not good specially basses. (remember the 80's samplers were mainly used for creating "money" sounds not imaginary. but I redid all of them to MY taste and they rock. the synch is loud and ripping. CONS: as mentioned: slow disk drive,small RAM, no SCSI. I would like to get the SCSI kit and whatever upgrades KORG had to offer. If I could get those I would definetly buy the rack mount I spied the other day. I love this machine and I have the Emulator 3. and I dont use it as much because the korg just rocks and you can monitor you sampling process. The E3 cannot!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Feb-07-1999 at 14:29
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