Synth Site: Korg: M1 Synthesizer Workstation: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
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Mark a hobbyist user from UK writes:
Recently brought a second hand M1. My first impressions were that the majority of the factory presets were poor until i found a site where you can download thousands of new sounds. My M1 now has a new lease of life.The Hammond organ sounds are excellent. The machine looks great and is built like a tank. Only one small problem and that is a sticking key.If anyone knows how to fix it or where to get it done cheaply please let me know.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jan-25-2004 at 15:39
Henry a hobbyist user from Sweden writes:
This is a timeless classic and I agree with some reviewers that the M1 is for players, not for tweakers. This is the machine for warm and beautiful new-age, ambient and soundtrack pads. The sax and brass sounds are suprisingly good. Pianos, okay. Drums are bad, strings are so so, synth sounds are great but only if you use the mod effects to the max, The sequencer is not much to use in these days. And of course, some waveforms are a bit dated but at the same time I like those. Part nostalgia.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Dec-21-2003 at 14:32
reggie roberson a professional user from cleveland ohio united states of america writes:
I LOVE MY KORG AND IT WORKS WONDERS DUIRING LIVE PERFORMANCES, HOWEVER, I BOUGHT MY KEYBOARD SECOND HAND, AND HAVE NEVER OWNED A SET OF DISKS THAT COMES WITH THE BOARD. I'M TOLD INFORMATION ABOUT RESETTING THE BOARD IS CONTAINED ON THE DISK. I AM TRYING TO ACQUIRE SOME INFORMATION PERTAINING TO RESETTING MY BOARD. CAN ANYBODY OUT THERE HELP ME???

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Dec-18-2003 at 11:30
Gimber a professional user writes:
Still magic after all these years. Lovely fat sounds which are easy to work with. Built like a hummer and great to gig with. Pads, leads and so on are no problem. Easy to program effects. Full midi and card data. Great keyboard action. All sounds are clear and clean. Great warmth possible. Intuitive programming for a digital. Buy and enjoy. Real owners love them...that's real owners rather than people who say they own one.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Oct-25-2003 at 13:43
Glen Stegner a professional user from USA writes:
I agree with most of the (positive) comments on here - definitely a keyboard player's synth, not a knob-twiddler's toy. Built to last. You probably already know the features and specs, so I won't go into it here. In my setup, this board serves the role of "secondary controller" with my digital piano (Yamaha Clavinova) being the main one. The M1 is what I turn to for organ, string pads (except when I need a really gritty analog one), glassy synth pads, bells, DX piano, and all those crystalline PCM voices you can't get with an analog. In a nutshell, for anything but piano (patch #41 - yuck!) and analog sounds, which I have other keyboards for. Not really great for leads unless you can program a good one, which can probably be done (but lack of portamento and resonant filter rob from that possiblilty a great deal).

Great keyboard feel (Korg finally stopped using that clunky Panasonic keyboard and provided a class-A DX7 feeling keyboard with this one). There are lots of negative comments about the joystick, but I happen to prefer the joystick over mod and pitch wheels, it's just so much easier to use - your pitch bends and modulations are all right there in one control. Korg's AI synthesis engine is a little diffucult to understand at first, but it's a lot easier than FM synthesis since it's based on PCM samples, and except for the unique "variable digital filter" most of the controls are analog-style editing, so it's pretty easy to get the hang of it once you've experimented for a couple days.

Got a great software editor/librarian for it - M1LibEd by October 28 Software - only $25! - I gladly paid the author of the program to get full functionality and get rid of the nag screens. You can get a much better grasp of editing the M1 with this software, no more embedded menus to page through, and graphical editing of envelopes. It also edits and stores combos as well as regular voices, and can request the entire contents of your M1 in one quick system dump. http://www.october28.com/m1libed_home.asp

Anyway, what more can I say about this board, it just looks great, sounds great, and still holds it own alongside today's much more featured romplers. I'm glad it's not GS compatible (yuck!). I've thought about getting a DX5 or DX7II for a second digital board, but with this I have absolultely no need for an FM synth. PCM is just so much more real (and ethereal) sounding, no wonder it was the one board that finally eclipsed the DX7 in the sales department.

My other keyboards are an 88-key Yamaha Clavinova (absolute best piano and weighted keyboard feel ever in a digital instrument), Korg DW8000, and Korg DSS1 - the latter two serving as my source for analog sounds.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Oct-06-2003 at 19:50
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