Synth Site: Korg: M1 Synthesizer Workstation: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
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John a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I picked up a M1Rex module about 6 months ago. I wish i had gotten one years ago. I like the sound of this module and i still think it sounds better than any of the AI2 variations (O1/W and others). The early generation of 16 bit Korg seems to handle a fuller spectrum of tone. It cuts through better. The bass is punchier.

Anyhow, the M1Rex has double the sample rom of the original M1. Really, it is the same sample set of the T series. And if you get a M1Rex somewhere, make sure it comes with the T program/combi card.

With the M1Rex you will find a passable 909 type kick and snare. Even better if you send them through the individual outs for EQing on a mixer.

This module is best used for Pop, Rock, or your classic House genre. Don't buy it for Techno. The piano sound beats any ROMpler from the early 16 bit generation. The brass is very good. Acoustic sounds are nice.

These units still fetch moderately high dollars on the used market, NOT because of nostalgia, but because they sound good and there is an enormous amount of support for them. I just heard a TV commercal the other day using the M1. Why do people complain about hearing it? Do you complain about hearing a P or J bass? Or a Fender Strat? OK, they have a beefier tone than an M1, but you get my drift.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Nov-07-1999 at 16:52
Curt Saal a hobbyist user from USA writes:
Still a very nice sounding synth...we can hear its patches all over the place even now. Just be careful its getting older and some of the buttons may go. Its digital so the menus can get overburdening..but it can be gotten used to. The sequencer is small by todays standards, but when I used it is qas quite adequate, and had no problems sequencing external parts either. with korgs nice internal effects Ive made some hellishly horrible noises with it..terrible digital screaming, to soft pads..its a very nice workstation. Plus you can use the pitchbender on the drum patches...gotta love that..

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Sep-20-1999 at 13:35
Antonio Grazioli a hobbyist user from Italy writes:
The M1 was my first keyboard. I bought it used in 1990 and I started playing with it. I used it with my former band in many concerts and for a demotape. Then I difn't use it for some time, because I bought a Korg 05R/W and then some other things. In 1997 I put up a little studio and with the help of the Internet I discovered lots of new sound and re-considered the sonic capability of the M1. The only problem I've had with the synth are the buttons...sometimes you have to push them hard to make them work. I opened it and cleaned. The problem is not more or less solved. I think that the M1, after all these years, is still a valuable synth. It's a very good one to start playing and sequencing with. Now I dont' use it really often in my music, but I think I would never sell it. My first love into syhts...

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jun-10-1999 at 06:31
Christopher Lee a professional user from US writes:
Although the keyboard action leaves a lot to be desired (anyone else feel this way), the M1 is still a powerful synth! Pick one up and junk all the factory presets. Get in there and program up your own sounds and you'll find yourself with a great sounding synth. Thick pads, glassy/breathy's all there if you're willing to dig into the synth.

Forget the sequencer though. I treat my M1 as a synth (as opposed to a workstation) and find that it delievers the goods for me in my studio setup.

If you can pick one up used for $600 or so, definitely do it. It's worth it.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-May-03-1999 at 00:52
Ed a part-timer user from Fremont, Ca USA writes:
I have had the M1r since it first came out, and have found it to be very reliable, easy to use and soncially pleasing. Some have called it 'out dated', but the glory of a sample based synth is that any sound can be created with new samples. I have a couple of PCM cards, and everytime I plugged one in, I though I had a new synth! (those cards seem to be hard to come by nowadays). Still I haven't been able to part with it even though I've been repeatedly tempted. the buttons break, the sequencer is just for curiosity, and the battery will die- but the usefulness lives on and on....

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jan-05-1999 at 05:03
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