Synth Site: Korg: M1 Synthesizer Workstation: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
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Dave a professional user from New Zealand writes:
I bought my M1 as soon as it came out in 1988 and have been using it 3 or 4 nights every week since in bars,clubs,recordings and for live TV work. My advice,ditch the presets and program it.If you cant program it and you are tired of the presets,sell it to someone who can!. Playing covers and backing up artists for a living,I have NEVER not been able to get a sound that I need for any particular recorded song that Im suppost to cover. If a particular sound I get is close, there will always be an on-board effect or two to apply to bring it that much closer to the original sound.Once mastered, you will be amazed at the sounds you can get.Trust me,my M1 has been with me for 13 years and its not going anywhere!

posted Tuesday-Jul-10-2001 at 08:53
tommyde a professional user from Dallas TX USA writes:
Been gigging with the M1 for 12 years. It became a good friend after I tossed the factory patches (they're mainly sales demos of some of the cool things the board can do) and started programming layers and splits to wrestle the machine into being an instrument.

From there, started making basic programs, stacking them up into combinations. The M1 will really perform if you treat it like a synth instead of a preset box.

My advice to players who stumble into one of these for cheap is too first make sure that you can find the factory orchestra card, and some of the other cards for it. Major useful sounds (killer strings/good piano on the orchestra card) are on those cards, and in the third party patches for it.

Use those as your tutorial, and make your own programs, combinations, splits, layers. Then you'll have some real soundpower that you KNOW how to use, in a dependable, rugged keyboard.

Traded in an O1/W and one of my M1s for the Triton, and love the fact that every quirk that annoyed me about the M1 is fixed on the Triton. But the Triton has the same prob as the factory M1; the preset patches are for demoing the instrument. There's a ton of useful sound there too, but I know that once I get a few hundred original programs and combinations written in, it should be spectacularly useful. Like a mini-synclavier in a 30lb. keyboard. Amazing!

And here's the best part; when you move up the programming chain to the Triton, you don't have to re-learn a completely new interface.

Not just good software design. The M1 is the Triton's great-grandpa.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Feb-16-2001 at 01:45
waveviolator from UK writes:
Not very fond of Korg products. But I still own an M1. Good sounds in its day. Easy programming. The sequencer is pretty useless. I'm afraid I just use it as a master keyboard now.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jan-28-2001 at 05:16
Scott Stachowski a part-time user from US writes:
I have one of the first M1's ever made in production ( #28 actually) From day one there has never been an easier board to use live. I will never sell mine.

Just a thougth no matter what national band you go see if they have a keyboardist, 9 times out of then, they will have atleast one Korg M1. If not more.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jan-04-2001 at 14:09
a part-time user writes:
I have an M1R. I use to work proffesionally but now just part time. I love my M1r, it has NEVER let me down even one time when playing on an island using generator power that was all over the place the M1 kept on going when everything had given up. It's a great synth, I envy some of the newer synths for their polyphony and modulation but I will never sell my M1R - never!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Oct-19-2000 at 04:36
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