Synth Site: Korg: M1 Synthesizer Workstation: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
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Celestrium72 a part-time user from USA writes:
The Korg M1 is what I call a "lukewarm" workstation. It has it's own set of rules and capabilities. It can actually produce some swell sounds. If you're looking to get one-minute glistening pads, with filters and choruses sweeping in all directions, forget it, go get a Kawai K5000W. This synth doesn't work that way. It has a nice array of meaty and pad sounds, and the sequencer is fairly impressive. If you're a hobbyist and like Korg, buy an M1 and start melting.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Feb-29-2004 at 03:24
Armen Dumalagan a professional user from P hilippines writes:
Having the Korg M1 as my 1st. and only synth for 13 years is great. i like the sounds the M1 packs. it can emitate Van Halens Jump Brass. This is a very powerfull synth once you learn to edit it. Up to now it still looks new. I used it to make minus one songs, sometimes for gigs, i also use it in church. The M1 never lets me down. Very user friendly. The M1 looks simple but very powerfull. The down side is it's too heavy for me to carry since i don't own a car.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Feb-22-2004 at 09:38
No stupid partiales or annoying, pointless parameters. Youcan get to grips with programming in an hour. A lovely, powerful item with bags of potential and character.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Jan-26-2004 at 12:46
Glen Stegner a professional user from USA writes:
There have been some comments about the sequencer being completely useless. I disagree. While I would never employ the main song/step editing facility (you'd naturally be better off using a PC based sequencer), the M1's sequencer contains a real-time looping section that I find quite useful. This is actually separate from the regular song-based sequencer, but it's located somewhere within the sequencer menus area.

This is a very cool feature for creating quick loops, and while it's playing in record mode, you can then build on those loops by playing another passage over it, and it retains and plays back everything you play up to the available polyphony. I have no other synth that can do this!

It beats the hell out of the 1-track sequencer on my Roland JX10, where it is very difficult to get a perfectly-timed loop because there's no metronome to follow. On the M1, you can either have an audible metronome, or turn it off and follow the blinking light. Erasing what you just did is a little bit of a pain - you have to hold down the Erase button for the length of the sequence, and it will go away so you can start over again if you make a mistake.

I find the M1's real-time sequencer very useful for getting quick and dirty loops going without having to fire up my laptop. And even then, my laptop based sequencer can't do these quick loops without going thru a bunch of menu commands, which is not good for gigging. The M1's real-time sequencer is great for gigs! You can create your loops right on the spot and not cheat by having to create them in advance. I think Joe Zawinul still uses the M1 just for this unique feature. Great work, Korg!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jan-25-2004 at 17:39
nick from uk writes:
I LOVE korgs...japanese technology at its best...where is german or american technology in comparison?

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jan-25-2004 at 17:31
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