Synth Site: Korg: M1 Synthesizer Workstation: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
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gregory a part-timer user from USA writes:
the M1 is as valuable as a synth or workstation as ever. the sounds are all entirely repairable if you just take the time and do it. to be fair it isnt GM so as a desktop multimedia synth it is a bit outdated. but to play and sequence out of, you could do a lot worse. i have 4 albums out, and nobody has complained about the synth sounds, they are mostly the m1ex i have had from the start. if you have a choice between a new casio or psr yamaha, or a used korg m1, go for the m1!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Dec-02-1998 at 18:37
Alex van Vendeloo from The Netherlands writes:
The KORG M1 is a holy instrument. Its keyboard is wonderfull and His sounds are very warm. My M1 resets itself once in a while and that really sucks, but it's a God, so what can I do? Right, love it!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Sep-14-1998 at 16:12
FED a hobbyist user from Orlando, FL (USA) writes:
I've owned my M1 for about 7 years and found it to be extremely expressive. Not being an accomplished keys player I learned to use the sequencer and pattern recorder to make up for my lack of training and am very pleased with my results. I only wish you could effect tracks individually, although you can do that panpot thing to get 2 different f\x on separate tracks.

Recently, I had Cakewalk 6.0 installed on my PC and can not get it to play back on any channel other than 1. I'm hoping this is an easy fix or an oversight on my part since I am fairly new to MIDI but any input is welcome.

I noticed another person writing in has the same problem (drop me a line).

The only other problems I've had are the occasional button not acctivating on the first push (or 2nd or 3rd sometimes) and I had to replace the internal battery but even that was very recent and I imagine this happens over time with heavy use. And yes, the memory fills up real fast.

Overall, I love this keyboard. It has taken me to places I wouldn't have gone with just a piano or non sequencing machine and allowed me to express myself in ways I couldn't before. Any instrument that does this is successful.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:45
Phil Robins a part time user from UK writes:
What can anyone say about the M1 that hasn't already been said? It is still used all over the world. I've read some of the reviews on this site and am amazed that people even mention that they still use the factory sounds. I've had my M1 for about 8 years and I don't even remember the factory sounds except maybe 00 Universe. Its so easy to program and use, coupled with the fact that there are many banks available from everywhere that it seems a waste of time to even use them. I myself have around 120 banks of Prog's which I would be willing to trade for a small fee. Email me if anyone is interested..... P.s. If anyone wants a copy of the video by Julian Colbeck, I have one but its not really much good, except perhaps, for beginners. P.P.s the sequencer...... Never even tried to use it.......

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:45
Brent Haeseker a 0 user from usa writes:
The M1 is a great synth. Sure it's a bit dated if you only play the factory presets (Would somebody please strangle the guy who programmed preset 41, it was a crappy piano sound in 1989, and guess what - it's still crappy! I don't care if people use it because it cuts thru a mix, as far as I'm concerned it should be buried in the mix, or left out altogether. But hey, even I'm guilty of shaking my booty in the local disco, while countless songs featuring M1 preset 41 playing bouncy triad chords over TR808 beats play overhead. I love to contradict myself.). Like most Korg synths, the M1 is simple to use. It may have multiple pages to scroll thru to get to where you want to go, but it is logical and commonsense orientated in it's layout. The only exception would be it's worthless, good for nothing, limited sequencer. THE ONLY THING THE SEQUENCER WAS GOOD FOR WAS RAISING THE PRICE OF THE M1. Hook it up to a real sequencer (Akai MPC or ASQ) and then you will appreciate the M1's easy to use multi-timbral power. And for crying out loud, learn to program new sounds on it, it can do quite a bit. My only regret in buying the M1 is that I traded in some great old synths (including my original mint Jupiter 6) when getting it. By the way, what's with the M&amp;M style buttons. If you break one open, is there just chocolet on the inside or will there be a peanut.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:45
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