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Introduced back in 1988, the M1’s popularity steadily grew to exceed an amazing 100,000 users. As the first workstation synthesizer, it was a definitive element in the sound of the late ‘80s through early ‘90s. Along with its innovative "workstation" concept, the M1's "AI" (Advanced Integrated) synthesis system used PCM waveforms and digital effects to deliver fully complete program and combination sounds. As a pioneer of PCM tone generation, it was notable not just for the reality of its sound, but also for the distinctive resonance and tonal character that demonstrated the high level of Korg's voicing technology. From the famous "M1 Piano" sound through electric pianos, organs, synth pads, drums, and picked basses, numerous sounds available only from the M1 were taken up by musicians and producers around the world, and are still in use today. Although today's high bit-rate and high sample-rate sound libraries deliver greatly improved audio quality, it is difficult to find sounds with real presence, sounds that can’t be described purely in terms of specifications – sounds that are available only from the M1. The M1 software synthesizer reconstructs the M1's sound engine into an eight-part multi-timbral tone generator featuring up to 256-note polyphony. The M1 software synthesizer is a complete stand alone virtual instrument; and also supports RTAS, Audio Units and VST plug-in formats to fit smoothly into a modern music production environment.


Guess what is Korg M1 Hardware or Software

Can you the the difference between Korg M1 hardware and Korg M1 Legacy Software? Guess! All presets in group (A) is from one source and all presets in group (B) is from the other source: Factory Preset 00 - Universe (A) Factory Preset 00 - Universe (B) Factory Preset 01 - Piano 16'(A) Factory Preset 01 - Piano 16'(B) Factory...

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Your Film Soundtracks with Electronic Music Scores- Let's Hear 'Em!

...bass line and arpeggio (with Eclipse reverb/delay algorithm). Pads were Virus TI. Third part (9:44 investigation) was just two stock Korg M1 Legacy plugin sounds. They just oozed X-Files cheese. Fourth part (13:30 reports and thoughts) was another otherworldly ambience created with Reaktor's Metaphysical Function ensemble with an Absynth pad layered on top. I created the tracks...

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Do you use presets or create your own sounds?

Both. When I use Synth1 I use the sounds I created myself. When I use Dexed, M1 Legacy, or Sound Canvas VA, I use the default presets or slightly edit them. Same with PG8X and SQ8L.

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