Synth Site: Korg: M1 Synthesizer Workstation: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
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marco a part-time user from italy writes:
Sometimes I love sometimes i hate this keyboard.I own a Roland d50 and there's a deep difference between the sounds that these machines do.M1 has the classic cold, clear korg sound, Roland has hotter ones.M1 is anyway a great machine, solid as a rock(i've had mine since 1994, and never had a problem gigging;some buttons i have to push now with a not so delicate touch),and though it's old you can play everything with it.Some cards(e.g. organs and piano) may do the difference.A lot of prog-combi are avaiable on the net.The polyphony is its main problem:the synth would work very well with more polyphony(only 16).Sound i like:piano so&so,organ1(with distortion to play Deep Purple, God bless Mr. Jon Lord!), some strings.

posted Friday-Apr-25-2003 at 19:58
Kim a professional user writes:
As with many things in life, new doesn't necessarily mean good. The M1 sounds are fine and can still be heard everywhere. As someone said below, you can have a studio packed full of new kit. Yet the M1 will be the synth you will use the most. I have a Z1, one of the best synths around. However, the M1 is still used all the time. It sounds clear and is a doddle to program. It has two good sound effectors..not one as someone suggested..and a fine keyboard. It is so easy to use when compared to other digital kit. I've also got a JD800 which is easier to program but which doesn't sound as good. The M1 is a great synth. Things came together successfully to make a fine, professional keyboard. It just works well. That's why professionals still them them 15 yrs on.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Mar-13-2003 at 12:03
nav a part-time user from austria writes:
the m1 is awonderfull warm synth from the 80th it is not a tweeking acid funk synth with big bad sounds for pacman rave in your basket. no the m1 is a class of its own in strings piano horns etc.. thats the big goal of the m1. sound like a tuba horn mixed with a warm string pad .incrdible those are the sounds that made him big for me. i produced a lot of aphex twin stylish tracks. mad breakbeats with string and horns. 4 oldskool ponits

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Mar-12-2003 at 09:02
Steve Depraida a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I just picked up an M1 from Ebay part nostalga, and part because I sold one I owned back in 1990. In 1993 I picked up a Yamaha sy85 and have been using it since. The box came today with the M1. It was like getting back by lost child that I gave up years ago. I powered it up. What only 100 sounds and 100 combinations? I am not sure what I saw in it back then. I know, it was the only game in town, that's it.

I am boxing this baby up and saving it as a collectors items. Other then the textures for film scores, and syth pads the sounds suck. For what you could buy a used yamaha sy85 for man I am telling you the sy85 is 10 time more a syth. Better sounds, floppy drive, sample ram, dual processors. Sure you could start to mess around with the programming, but you also can swith with, plus dump in any sampe you want to the SY85. Unless you plan on buying one as a collectors item I am telling you get a used sy85 for $100 less. See the reviews on the SY85 on this site and see for yourself.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Mar-10-2003 at 17:17
Cramar a professional user writes:
Albert, what are you going on about! This a site reviewing the wonderful M1. Not the bloody awful string synth Trident... Was there ever a worse synth? The M1 is so usable as many have said. Also strong and reliable. A musician's instument. USA analogues?? What's that got to do with the M1? Be honest would you use a painfully unreliable Memorymoog in your set more than an M1? The M1 is just great. Let's face it, Korg got it really right. You see them being used every where after all these years...in bars, clubs, theatres and stadiums! Old analoues have there place, I agree. However, we need romplers to really make music and the M1 is one of the most friendly in this respect. In multy mode the M1 is massively powerful and expressive. In normal performance mode it is clean. The M1 will never let you down. I think of my 2 as old friends!! I think of my Prophet5 as an unwelcome guest.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Mar-08-2003 at 05:02
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