Korg M1 Software Synthesizer
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edited almost 4 years ago
A crazy cheap synth, and not half bad either
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.
Scratches every M1 itch I will ever have
Good: 1. Contains damn-near every M1 expansion card ever released 2. Korg has kept these Legacy Collection plugins updated through decades of OS updates... so commendable. Thank you Korg Engineers!!!!
Bad: 1. UI isn't going to win any UX awards in 2020, but given they haven't changed it much since launch, I've had plenty of time to learn it well through all the quirks. :) Still beats navigating a tiny LCD screen.
A legendary workstation made affordable
(Updated 17/04/2020) The Korg M1 is one of those synths that, like the DX7 and D50 from Yamaha and Roland respectively, went on to become extremely popular. It was used in a LOT of music in the early 90s, a popular example being the Seinfeld slap bass. It's got a lot of cheesy, but still really pleasant tones, like the organs and pianos being iconic for being used a lot in dance music.
This softsynth version basically brings all of that and all the expansions/cards that were made for the M1, at an affordable $100. It's not just a simple preset thingy either -- all sounds are 100% editable, and even add some features not previously seen on the M1, like resonant filters.
Really, it's got all the bells and whistles of the real, hardware unit, with added perks of having all cards and expansions at your fingertips and not having to worry about it failing somewhere along the line.
The one downside I had when I wrote this was the small size of the plugin, but Korg recently put out updates for all these Legacy Collection plugins, giving them a new coat of paint in the form of a vectorised UI that can be resized as big or small as you want. That alone removes ANY problems I have ever had with this plugin, and I am serious about that.
Very good emulation of one of the best selling rompler synth
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).
edited 2 months ago
This is the biggest bargain I've ever encountered, at $40 for what appears to be the best non-analog-modeling synthesizer yet created. The pad presets alone make it worth a lot more than that in my opinion. They will have you fondly recalling late '80s movie soundtracks and pump urgent vitality into your own melodies.
I have this as part of the Korg Legacy package I bought years ago...when I fool around with it I have fun but I do not use it in my tracks often. More likely to play around with the iPad version. Very fun to play around with and expose yourself to a part of synthesizer history, arguably the first "workstation" keyboard though I might argue my multitimbral D-10 was, with its Roland PR-100 sequencer.