Korg M1
Korg M1

Digital Synth of the M1 series

User Reviews: 3.927

All user reviews for the Korg M1

Average Score: 3.9 ( 3.9/5 based on 27 reviews )
  10 reviews 37 %
  9 reviews 33 %
  4 reviews 15 %
  3 reviews 11 %
Value For Money: Poor
theaudioandvideoguy 03/25/2012

theaudioandvideoguy's review "M1 is powerful for its time"

4
The Korg M1 is a digital synth that has been around for a long time. It has very good on board sounds and some of them I still use to this day. I really don’t pull it out much but when I do get this board out and plug it up and get right to work with these old school type of sounds. Most of them where used in music 10 plus years ago but I still love the way they sound.


UTILIZATION

Its very easy to use and navigate on this board, but I was having some issues with the sequencing on this board. A lot of people don’t like the sequencing on this board at all. Its not very good, reminds me of a sequencer that would have come on a cheap keyboard back in the 90’s. But this is not a cheap keyboard by any means, actually when it first came out it was consider a very high class board and most people couldn’t afford it. But now you can find them on eBay for pretty cheap.


SOUNDS

Sounds are great, not as good as the sounds on the M2 or M3 but still good. The good thing is if you have used all of the M line series you can really see how the keep progressing with the boards. So the Korg M’s will be a brand of boards that I will always use and purchase. With the M1 you really don’t have as much control over you sounds as you do on the M2 or M3. Seems like they just didn’t have the on board technology when they created this board to do what you can do with the next versions of it.


OVERALL OPINION

Overall, great board. Buy one used and you will love it and use it a lot then you will probably put it on ice for a while and not use it because you will run out of sounds or get board with the old school type of presets. But you will still pull it out from time to time and have a heck of a time.
yoTrakkz 09/04/2011

yoTrakkz's review

3
The Korg M1 is a board that has been used all over the world and still is used today even though it’s the old model of the M versions from Korg. The M1 has great control with the pitch bend and modulations not to mention card slots and expansions. You don’t have expansions too much on other boards such as this one.

UTILIZATION

Great board, sequencing isn’t anything spectacular just the basics and you probably wont like it too much like most people. I suggest upgrading to the most recent korg board because it puts this one to shame.

SOUNDS

Sounds pretty good, Korg always keeps good solid soundsets when they come out with a board or module. At first glance with this board you will be blown away by some of the synths and piano’s, but keep in mind that these are very old. Then being very old is probably what will blow you away, that the synths sounded this good back in the day. But if you used this board today, im sorry to say your sounds will be out dated. Most all musicians at a higher level have messed with the M1 to some extent and can probably tell you when they hear a sound off the top of their head if its from the m1 or not.

OVERALL OPINION

Overall a great board, but its very outdated. Today I wouldn’t pay more than 250 for it used. Mine as well save up the money and just get the Korg M3 because it has better sounds that are up to date and it’s a monster all around from the sounds to the parameters and editing options. Plus the Korg M3 isnt too expensive anyways, but if you have the M1 already keep it, or if some one is offering you a great deal on it I would get it because it’s a classic board.
yoTrakkz 09/04/2011

yoTrakkz's review

4
The Korg M1 is a board that has been used all over the world and still is used today even though it’s the old model of the M versions from Korg. The M1 has great control with the pitch bend and modulations not to mention card slots and expansions. You don’t have expansions too much on other boards such as this one.

UTILIZATION

Great board, sequencing isn’t anyting spectacular just the basics and you probably wont like it too much like most people. I suggest upgrading to the most recent korg board because it puts this one to shame.

SOUNDS

Sounds pretty good, Korg always keeps good solid soundsets when they come out with a board or module. At first glance with this board you will be blown away by some of the synths and piano’s, but keep in mind that these are very old. Then being very old is probably what will blow you away, that the synths sounded this good back in the day. But if you used this board today, im sorry to say your sounds will be out dated. Most all musicians at a higher level have messed with the M1 to some extent and can probably tell you when they hear a sound off the top of their head if its from the m1 or not.

OVERALL OPINION

Overall a great board, but its very outdated. Today I wouldn’t pay more than 250 for it used. Mine as well save up the money and just get the Korg M3 because it has better sounds that are up to date and it’s a monster all around from the sounds to the parameters and editing options. Plus the Korg M3 isnt too expensive anyways, but if you have the M1 already keep it, or if some one is offering you a great deal on it I would get it because it’s a classic board.
FP User 10/31/2008

FP User's review

5
The M1 is twenty years old now, and has a basic 16 channel midi implementation only, as well as pitch bend and modulation.It does have four outputs which isn't bad for an old synth and a card slot for extra sounds. The on board effects are probably it's best feature and the keyboard is also very nice to play if you can find one in good condition. I must say I've never really got into the sequencer on this thing as it's not easy to master and the lack of the beloved knobs and sliders is a shame, though the M1 was designed during a period of change in which digital synths took over the world.

price paid: 300.00 GBP

UTILIZATION

As mentioned the sequencer is pretty horrible, but the basic navigation and sound editing is a breeze. The only thing I would change is the sequencer with one that was a little more user friendly.

SOUNDS

Well as you know this by todays standardsth M1 is an old school beast, but it still sounds great. It has been previously argued that korg rely heavily on effects for their sounds. This is true to an extent with the M1 but the effects are really pretty cool, and the overall combination of sample and effect is a good one. By modern standards your not going to be blown away by the presets, though the classic piano still sounds great and the organ still pops up on house and garage records from far and wide, plus in combi mode you can make some pretty monstrous sounds if your willing to persevere a little. For me the reason I have stuck with this synth and would buy another one if it died on me, is that it is so easy to make new sounds with very little effort. I understand that hip hop heavy weights The Neptunes use an old 0/1W as one of the main stays of their set up and I read that they make subtle changes to the presets to make new sounds. They do this by trying different internal effects or taking a standard patch like a piano and scrolling through the different wav forms and samples with the same synth parameters applied. This is what I have done for years with my M1, reason being that I always get results. I have some sounds on my M1 that you would never believe it could produce and the fact is, they were very easy to achieve. In terms of out and out sound 'quality' it's not capable of the lofty realms of sonic perfection you get with modern soft synths but to me that's no bad thing. The analogue outputs take the edge of it and it still sounds top notch, and can hold it's own in a professional environment with ease.

OVERALL OPINION

I have to say this thing is very well made, there are loads of them still around in full working order, mine has been gigged all over the UK, it's been dropped a couple of times and is still in good shape. I've never had it repaired though the internal battery died after about 19 years It cost me about £1.00 for a new one which was a bit of a git to fit, but after a bit of swearing and violence it went in fine.

Oh I love this thing, I just love it, maybe because it's now very familiar to me like an old jumper or pair of slippers, or maybe because it is just such a beast of machine. I love the way it plays, it's so easy to edit the sounds, it still looks pretty cool to me and it's solid as a rock and the effects are superb. Long live the Korg M1.

Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: breakbeat-cafe (January 0-, 2005)
sergio91 03/31/2014

sergio91's review (This content has been automatically translated from English) " Excellent"

Sensory 5 octave keyboard, a sustain pedal, all the connections required.

UTILIZATION

This is not easy because it is a real synth. An enthusiast will find the answers, but editing is not obvious at all for me. I do not have the manual but is found on the internet.

SOUNDS

The sounds are amazing! Brass are incredibly realistic as percussion instruments, marimba etc., as well as organs and electric pianos. Curiously acoustic pianos are synthetic and have no interest, I must say that I use a Yamaha P120 since then the bar is a little high.

OVERALL OPINION

I've had a couple of decades and even if I use it the less I'm still amazed every time I turn it on! I certainly used far below its potential. To make models at home or even Hammond organ on stage, it's great. There are certainly better today but is found for almost nothing then ...!
JaG44000 03/21/2014

JaG44000's review (This content has been automatically translated from English) " Reliable equipment and excellent sound"

4
see description on the internet

UTILIZATION

This material at the end of year 80 is particularly suitable if you're a fan of Depeche Mode's what myself, I was looking at the time of acquisition. Beyond that, it is extremely easy to use and the touch keyboard is excellent. Finally, it may well serve as a midi keyboard.

SOUNDS

KORG sound!
The original sounds for the time.

OVERALL OPINION

Very good material, a collector and brought all now.
Modulator18 01/03/2014

Modulator18's review (This content has been automatically translated from English) " A historic turning"

4
Very well known and already set.
The first Workstastion: Keyboard + sounds + + sequencer effects. Everything is in the final.
Shell scrap, very solid. Keyboard very good and reliable.

UTILIZATION

The creation of sound is very simple, for which uses digital synths. In combined mode, assembling several sounds, we split ..... Complete configs are possible. Only polyphony blocks creativity.
Sequencer, like any hardware synth is an ordeal for user app. In my case, I love, because I only use my pc for load / save sysex (this on all my bikes). I like to spend hours editing footage directly on the machine. Work the old what. But I totally understand that this may deter a good number of musicians.
The manual is clear enough. The chapter sequence editing is big and boring, but no choice.

SOUNDS

Sounds, except the M1 piano world famous programming is very simple: starting with samples, the logical work on any synth filtered, cut with envelopes (ADBSSR), finally.
He has a particular grain, inimitable. One likes or dislikes. on the other hand must obtain sample cards (there is a very substantial library). The filters are very good, but not resonant. The effects section offers very good editable presets, we color the sound as you want. Even facing today's standard, it does not have to fade. Powerful, stable, solid.
Strings, pads, tablecloths: excellent.
Acoustic instruments for it, better to take an arranger keyboard.
Bass synth: not very powerful, but super cozy, did not expect the Stabb Loons.
Finally, it is better to try before you buy, because I love a buddy hated.

OVERALL OPINION

My M1, I have not kept: finance requires, sometimes life leaves us no choice. But as soon as I have a great secondhand, I bought without hesitation.
Regarding the secondhand market, is the way to € 400/450 very often it is too.
€ 250 seems a good price.
Otherwise, the Korg T3 cheaper in secondhand (?), While this is an improved M1.
So I will buy a M1 and T3: when you love ......
ipm 05/28/2013

ipm's review (This content has been automatically translated from English)

4
a keyboard 25 years ago, but still running, six octaves, a hundred sounds, two multi-effects, joystick ... the rest is history

missing knobs, but a slider value is very convenient to edit the parameters in real time (GPA Cutoff FX ...)

UTILIZATION

simple configuration, edition ultra sounds easy, especially a small sequencer, but unknown ultra fishing practice by the number of notes, but really effective!

SOUNDS

and quite frankly, it's easy, the M1 is a few tablecloths, a big organ sound of the 90s (which does not mean realistic, but immediately recognizable in hits such as Jaydee or Luv4Luv ...) and especially for a piano, which toured the dancefloors in the 90 '

the output level is strong enough, claps sec. You will understand, if your style is jazz free jazz, I think it missed. However, if your trip is a bit of electro revival then you have a few presets that will be essential

I put 10 for organ and piano, because I was looking for a long time and I had approached this without having found. the rest is spent rather

OVERALL OPINION

and of the M1, this is a keyboard that marked the spirit of musician who could not afford the full range of professional studio at the time.

First workstation, it also killed some career Wavestation, which far exceeds the level, but not in use.

M1 - Store in the Setup!!
sin 10/16/2012

sin's review (This content has been automatically translated from English) " Legendary M1!"

5
Workstation synth 61 keys velocity sensitive and aftertouch monaural.
Released in 1988.
16 voice polyphony, 8 part multi-timbral.
AI synthesis (2 CSOs, non-resonant two digital filters, 3 envelopes, 1 LFO, 2 digital multi-effects).
8 track sequencer, 10 songs, 100 patterns, 7700 notes.
100 programs and 100 combis editable memory. 100 and 100 combis progs additional card RAM / ROM.
M1 pitch stick: Pitch bend, modulation and modulation + Y-Y.
2 inputs for foot control / switch and one input for sustain pedal.
2 pairs of stereo audio outputs.
MIDI IN, OUT and THRU.
13.5 Kg

UTILIZATION

The use of M1 is really simple. This is also the first real workstation. And it is also the basis of the architecture of all other Korg synths next ... The M1 has 8 soft keys under the screen to access most often at all values ​​of a given page. For example, the default page selection presets (Korg programs), displays a kind of quick edit with the most critical parameters (balance CSOs, filter, envelope, effect level ...). Combi mode, these buttons select the preset to play in each of the eight parts ... Very convenient! It is possible to change the sound quickly without going into publishing (especially useful for cutting effects recording ;) ). Actually edit the sound is really not complicated, you can not get "lost" in M1. I also underlines the high quality of the keyboard (the same as the DX7) which allows him to take pride of place as a master keyboard in your config.

SOUNDS

Almost ALL presets have their original tube ^ ^ From Madonna (Piano PROG I41 8 ") Depeche Mode via The Orb (PROG I00 Universe), everyone used to the sounds of the M1 ... And because , samples and sound serious character (which lacks a bit today on the PCM synthesizers) and effects are fatal for some time to see beautiful (Flanger, Phaser 2, Set ...). It possible to expand the sonic palette via pairs of cards adding PCM multi-samples and presets.
It is possible to accurately mimic acoustic instruments (a reference to the brass and flute ^ ^), but excels especially in mixing sounds of hammers to strings saturated in samples flanger analogs synths or play a little sound good digital multi-diluted ... A feast for the compo!

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for about 93. I've done several albums with and I love more!
It is one of those rare synths have changed how to create instruments with electronics. Just like a Mini Moog, a DX7 or D50 :)
In short, a classic to have!
Seith 09/25/2011

Seith's review (This content has been automatically translated from English) " Not crazy not!"

5
Keyboard 61 keys very tough
checkers

UTILIZATION

nickel

SOUNDS

Pooh disagree with the opinion below, except about the m1 is like the DX7 D50 or a legend.
not for those who spend their time paw on the number of sample per square meter.
The m1 has a very large bank syssex sounds very good and certainly not the piano multisample or the rope hear you pete and the trunk of the Steinway that opens with the squeaky hinge.
apart in the audio bumps (mode prog / combi) have much to do following your pattern, I love the pop eignthies dedious and its fit next to my nickel Wavestation EX, d-50, and when dx7IIfd even more recent of bikes I would change for reasons not his or xf grononos who do everything and anything .....
would do well to listen to albums such as Calling All Stations Genesis (after the departure of Collins, phew!) and also the solo albums collins elsewhere, and I could cite many other sounds or M1, Wavestation, d-50 etc ... recognize.
While it should not be the dominant synth but it has in the bank always the little sound that stands as the Wavestation also

OVERALL OPINION

so expensive 350 euros for an m1 but it was in a near new (remy thank you ...)
I could have paid me more, I love my rack but I wanted the keyboard
It is enthroned in the collective side of my comrades as popular .....