Synth Site: Korg: M1 Synthesizer Workstation: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
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keith a part-time user from England writes:
The M1 is a great machine. That is why it is still used both in studios and live all over the world. The sounds are of a high quality and the programming is comprehensive and easy to master. I cannot agree with the report that the sounds are dated. It is a synthesizer...you create and fashion new sounds don't you? Because this is so easy to do on the M1 will explain why it is still widely used so many years after it was last produced. The keyboard is great and the build quality is top notch. I've owned and played my M1 for about ten years and it has never let me down. I was recently encouraged to sell it. It took me a few minutes playing of the gorgeous pads I've loaded from cards and programmed into to realise that this would be a big mistake. It has a lot more presence than my XP50 and D50. The strings are just plain beautiful, especially when played in fifths.In multi mode you can stack sounds to create highly sonorous and complex timbres. The sequencer is a bit of a waste of time, but at least it's there! This is a classic keyboard that will still be highly used and regarded long after more modern, faddish keyboards have been forgotten. I remember reading an article about the M1 some years after it was diccontinued. It said that Korg were a little upset by the report that the M1 would still out sell just about any synth on the market if they were to reintroduce it. Doesn't that tell you something!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Mar-02-2002 at 15:39
Steve Anderson a part-time user from UK writes:
The M1 is a classic Synth! Some say that the sounds are becoming dated, but that will be the case of any synth in time. It has classic sounds which make it one of the number 1 classics, still being used in many set-ups, including Rick Wakeman. True, it has aged compared to the technology the Trinity and triton offer, such as SCSI, but I would never part with it, I have had it 9 years and still love it!! Used with computer sequences the Combi's can add to the warmth and richness. Happy playing. Steve

posted Monday-Feb-04-2002 at 11:14
Charlie T a part-time user from Sweden writes:
Wonderful pads, good new-age/ambient and techno sounds. Simple synthesizer engine. The effects are really good, special. Drums sucks. Basslines ok, unfortunately the wavesamples was made in the late 80´s so it´s kinda 1988 sounds you get from it. All the time. But it´s a charming synth anyway. Can´t sell it away.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jan-20-2002 at 12:07
Oscar a hobbyist user from Spain writes:
I've just got an M1 from a friend that has lent it to me for a while, and i have to say that this machine rocks!!!! Its very easy to use and very, very solid. I have played on Tritons, Karmas... but, although the sequencing, arpregiators and other sophistications on those are out of this world, the M1 beats them all in the program editing aspect!!! There is absolutely NO sound that you can't make this machine produce!!!! Pitty it hasn't got an arpregiator!!!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Sep-21-2001 at 12:55
Timothy Robinson a hobbyist user from U.S.A. writes:
I purchased a M-1 in 1988. From the first time I played one in music store, I knew I had to buy one which I did 5 months later. The thing I liked best was its ease of use. I had purchased mine in Germany, the instruction booklet was in every language except english. I also liked the sequencer. Yes, for $2500 they could have thrown in something better, but within 2 days I had it figured out.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-09-2001 at 13:19
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