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The M1 was and still is a popular and widely used digital synthesizer and music workstation. The M1 features built-in AI Synthesis for full digital generation and processing using 4MB of PCM sampled and synthesized waveforms which can be shaped using analog-style editing. The M1 is capable of creating acoustic instruments with clarity, nice digital sounds and good buzzy techno sounds. The M1 is sort of like a workstation-version of the Roland D-50. In addition to its acclaimed sound, it has a somewhat sophisticated 8-track sequencer. It holds 10 songs and 100 patterns and up to 7,700 notes, and offers full quantizing and editing. Full MIDI implementation suites the M1 ideally for studio production and MIDI system use. Up to 8 parts of multitimbrality with the 8 track sequencer makes for a powerful machine. Add to that a host of digital multi-effects and you've got one of the most widely and professionally used Korg synthesizers around.


Why are nowadays synth fans like that?

Let me guess: you're trying to get a thousand bucks for a Korg M1 covered with drool, missing most of its slider knobs, with cigarette burns on the keys, but no-one wants it?

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Behringer Model D

...good. A new version of something coming out does not make the old version sound worse, unless you're talking Korg M1 pianos versus the ones you find in modern romplers nowadays (and even then the old version doesn't sound worse; you are just confronted with all of its limitations). Arturia's Mini V had the advantage...

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Streets of Rage (early 90s house) sounds – where to find!

...mentioned those keyboards. I went down the YouTube rabbit hole and ended up watching demos of all the DX7 and M1. Holy crap I didn’t realize how influential these things are. The swoosh sound on one of those (partnered with a whip crack) is used on the “Worries In the Dance” jungle track I...

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