At 29:46 in this video from *Future Music Magazine* Nicky brings up the M1 and says “I use this a lot because the piano sounds different than the [Nexus](http://equipboard.com/items/refx-nexus-2) ones, which many people use already. So I was like I want to use a different piano that nobody else uses.”more
“I love the Korg M1. I’ve got to say it’s the most beautiful-sounding soft synth I’ve ever had – it almost sounds like the real thing! It’s quality, and it doesn’t crash. Other than that I use some of the u-he synths – ACE for example is really good – and I’m trying to get into Xfer Records Cthulhu. It’s an arpeggiator and chord generator, and it’s pretty fun, but it’s still kind of Greek to me!more
"Later, with money from records sold, the studio grew with the Korg M1, Juno-106, Akai S900, a bigger mixing board from Yamaha, Oberheim DPXs for sample playback, a MIDIed Minimoog, an Atari computer using Creator, an Oberheim Matrix 1000, newer guitars and amps, and a Shure mic. This was enough to record demos and to play live. Later the studio got fuller with Akai samplers, Yamaha DMP11 digital mixing desks, and an Akai 12-track linked to the Atari.”more
I was kind of shocked when I found out that the software emulation of (from what I've observed) one of the biggest old-school synths out there was only $25 (at least when I bought it), so I reasoned, "Even if this synth sucks, I'll only have lost 25 bucks." Luckily, the M1 doesn't suck. It's really good for nice, pretty sounds.
It's very affordable and gives you instant access to all the classic (but somewhat dated) sounds of the M1/T1 era. This is not an all round powerful synth but a very good emulation of one of the best selling romper synth (including all the official expansion cards).