Synth Site: Korg: N1R: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 3.7 out of 5
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Airyck Sterrett a part-time user from United States writes:
I've had an N1R for about 6 months now. It's strings pads and pianos are some of the best i've used. The amount of sounds you have to use gives you lots of possibilities. The arpeggio isn't programable but it has 20 preset including basic ones like up, down, alt1 (up and down playing notes on top and bottom once), alt2 (up and down playing notes on top and bottom twice), random (for those abstract people) and a bunch of others, like jungle, which helped me to learn the pattern for making jungle or Drum and Bass :). It has lots of usful effects that you can edit. Lots of space to save sound programs or combination sounds you make. Getting around takes a little while to learn but with the manual you can get used to it pretty quick, especially if synths are not new to you. If your completely new to synths then the presets will keep you happy till you learn to edit and make your own sounds. It has some very good nature sounds, like streams, crickets, and various animal sounds, and the thunder sound is very real sounding. It has 64 voices of polyphony and you can have 32 timbres or parts playing at once through a midi sequencer(hardware or computer). The drum sounds are pretty good but the bass kicks are kind of weak. I suppose if you ran it through an eq you could boost the low end a little. It's "real" sounds are pretty good too. It uses the same AI2 system as the Korg Triton Workstations. Overall it's a very usful synth. I give it 5 out of 5 for the price and good sound.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Sep-22-2002 at 23:59
Dave Sherriff a hobbyist user from UK writes:
This box is just crammed full of sounds (over 1000 patches, 400 multis). I think its best at the big, fat, pads with apparently thousands of things going on. However it does reasonable 'real' instrument simulations (strings, horns, etc). Because of the nice 64 note polyphony you can actually use the multi-patch sounds in performances without running out of voices. Effects are good and varied, though a bugger to program (as is the machine as a whole, I find).

Good selection of drum and percussion sounds (including some very odd human voice sounds).

Resonant filters are a major omission - it means that many dancy/trancy and 'real synth' sounds are just not obtainable.

Still, match this with an analogue synth or a VA and you're sorted...

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-Sep-27-2001 at 11:20
ddpianoman a professional user from USA writes:
Bought one of the N1R's when they 1st came out and although it is not one of my favorite synths/modules of all time, it does have quite a few usuable patches.Pianos sound weak and a bit thin to me and some sounds just dont seem to cut through enough, but I like the strings (especially heavy bows after I chnaged em abit)and the horns are decent..

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-May-11-2000 at 23:02
dck a part-time user from USA writes:
Love the sounds. Nice to have GM/GS/XG mappings. Haven't tried using outs 3/4 yet. Found out how to assign patches to 3/4 (kill the effects for the sound, and do a couple of other tricks). Manual is difficult to read/follow at times for operations that should be simple.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Tuesday-May-09-2000 at 00:43
sPider a professional user from US writes:
Love the sounds and especially the electronic-sounding drums, since I record electro/industrial music. Good grief! What it had killed Korg to have included a knob for resonance?! Having a parameter for cutoff and none for resonance, is like having peanut butter and no jelly; or ketchup and no mustard; or ham and no burger! HA HA!! (I can laugh about it now, but you should have seen the sh*tty look on my face after I realized the "state-of-things" after I got it home and played around with it). Also, I never could get a drum sound to come out of outputs 3 & 4 without the drum sound coming out of 1 & 2. Rats! Minus one for no resonance and minus one for "difficult to program auxillary output allocation."

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jan-23-2000 at 00:05
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