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Korg M1 Music Workstation

Korg M1 Music Workstation

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SKU:
KM1-2
Condition:
Used
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 Korg M1 Music Workstation

Good working order

About This Keyboard

This M1 is in very good shape mechanically with all of the function buttons and joystick working correctly. Cosmetically it is about average for a used M1 with only a few of small scratches here and there and some of the lettering wearing off. The screen is bright and clear, all of the keys play well, a new battery was installed,  the joystick works well and all factory sounds were restored.

The Amazing Korg M1

The Korg M1 is a 16 voice, 8 part multitimbral, music workstation, manufactured by Korg, from 1988 to 1995.[1] The M1 featured a MIDI sequencer and a wide palette of available sounds, which allowed for the production of complete musical arrangements. Outselling the Yamaha DX7 and Roland D-50, the M1 became the top-selling digital synthesizer of its time.

In its six-year production period, an estimated 250,000 KORG M1 synths were sold, making the M1 Korg's most successful synthesizer until the release of the Korg Triton. The volume of M1's sales allowed Korg executives to buy back Yamaha's share of the company, a deal which had originated in the mid-1980s (though Yamaha kept making keyboard assemblies for KORG, the entire keybed is the same in M1, DX7 and several other KORG and Yamaha synths). The M1 was so popular that it was produced until the end of 1995, long after its successor T-series (the more advanced T1/T2/T3 workstations) were discontinued.

The huge success of the M1 lies primarily in the quality of its sounds. Korg expanded on the Sample & Synthesis idea, formally implemented on Korg DSS-1 in 1986: instead of classic analog subtractive synthesis where simple analog waveforms (square, triangle, saw, etc.) are produced by tone generators (oscillators) it uses overtone-rich complex digital samples of actual acoustic instruments and classic synths of the past, and applies full subtractive synthesis processing: filters, LFOs, envelope generators, digital effects, etc. The resulting sounds were rich, colorful and natural. The ability to layer up to 8 different tones (sounds) on top of each other, split them over the keyboard in any combination, and instant realtime access to crucial parameters such as attack, release, filter cutoff, LFO timing, etc., made the M1 easy to use.

  • Specifications
  • Polyphony- 16 voices
  • Oscillators- 4MB PCM waveforms (144 multisampled sounds)
  • Effects- Digital multi-effects: reverb, delay, overdrive, EQ, chorus, rotary speaker, and more.
  • Filter- VDF: Variable Digital Lowpass Filter, velocity sensitive (non-resonant)
  • VCA- VDA: Variable Digital Amplifier; 3 independent 4-stage ADSR envelope generators
  • Keyboard- 61 keys with Velocity, Aftertouch, Multi, Layer, Split modes
  • Memory- 100 patches
  • Control- MIDI (8 parts)
  • Date Produced- 1988-94
  • It is important to remember that when buying a used keyboard it may not operate or look exactly like a new one. Used keyboards develop wear over time that can cause such items as function buttons, knobs, sliders etc. to fail to operate as smoothly or easily as when they were new. Our technician does check these items and if they are deemed unusable they are replaced but some function buttons may require more pressure or manipulation to make the appropriate changes. Cosmetically your used keyboard may have scuffs, scratches, cracks to plastic pieces, discolored keys or other visual impairments that might not show up in the photos. We try to mention any obvious visual imperfections but may not consider them serious enough to post in the listing.