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M1 Software Synthesizer

M1

M1 (Introduced in 1988)

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.

More than 2,700 preset sounds

The M1 software synthesizer provides all of the PCM, Program, and Combination data found in the original M1 and the M1EX internal PCM expansion, plus the PCM data and Program/Combination data from all nineteen optional ROM cards. In addition, it contains new PCM drum and Program/Combination data that are ideal for contemporary music production. With a total of more than 2,700 preset sounds, this is truly the ultimate M1. Of course, your own M1 series data can also be imported as SysEx (SYX) files.

  • M1 All Cards

    Card Select Window

  • M1 Drum Kit

    Drum Kit Window

User interface designed for easy operation.

Taking advantage of the computer’s display, the M1 software synthesizer features a completely redesigned interface that emphasizes ease of operation. Many parameters can be seen at once, and certain parameters can be displayed graphically. The new browser and search functions group sounds together based on instrument type and tonal character, making it quick and easy to find the right sound for any project. Once a sound has been selected, the Easy Edit page or the Performance page can be used to quickly tweak the sound so that it perfectly matches your needs. Now you'll never be in danger of forgetting a musical idea while hunting through the gigantic sound library for just the right sound, or while waiting for a sound to load.

  • M1 Browser

    Browser Window

  • M1 Easy Edit

    Easy Edit Window

  • M1 Performance

    Performance Window

New features for flexible sound creation.

M1 Inser Fx

Insert Effect Window

The M1 software synthesizer provides numerous new functions that were often requested for the original M1.

At the top of the list was filter resonance, and we’ve also added VDA modulation and compressor effect. While the original M1 had two effect processors, this new software incarnation boasts two insert effects for each of the eight multi-timbral parts, as well as two master effects, for even greater sound processing capabilities. Ease of use has been a primary consideration at every point – for example, the Combination mode and Multi mode have been designed to be completely independent.