So I stopped in one of the local music shops here, they had a surprisingly good selection of used cheap keyboards. Ensoniq, Korgs, Moogs, and more. Off in the corner I found a pretty beat up Korg M1R (rack edition for the M1 workstation). Definitely in need for some major TLC. Rack Rash, check. Possible few broken buttons, check. A few inches of sticky strips of who knows what, check. But I managed to walk out with it for a great deal. Couldn’t help myself.
Now for the fun part of exploring this Classic Synth. That’s the funny part about this synth. You either love it, or hate it’s sound. It’s got that ‘early 90s production/pop’ sound written all over it. Not that Roland early 90s ROM/PCM sound, but a bit more distinguished and mystical. The sounds are nostalgia for me.
Korg M1 Resources and Links
Many of the older M1 and korg resource pages are full of deadlinks to geocities pages, or yahoo discussion groups long gone. But here are a few worth browsing:
M1 patches, old sys-ex utilities. Related links, and Dr Evil.
Doctor Evil and the M1 Universe
Indy Korg User Forums, resource links, and downloads.
Korg User Forums
Good resource for instructions on battery replacement, and other tutorials.
Korg M1 Source
Just Bought A Used M1?
On your M1…
- Make M1 MIDI ready: GLOBAL, 5, +, UP, D, UP, F, UP, H, UP.
- Remove memory protects: GLOBAL, 6, DOWN, +, B, DOWN, +, B, DOWN.
- Put M1 in 100/100 memory: GLOBAL, 6, +, +, +, DOWN, G.
- Check M1 is working: PROG, 00. Check volume. Play keyboard with headphones.
- From the software sysex utility or librarian’s File menu look for “New…” or “New Bank…” to open a blank sound bank file.
- Click a “Receive” or “Capture” button to receive the M1’s sound bank through your MIDI interface into the computer.
- The program will wait while you manually send the data dump from M1 to computer: GLOBAL, 7, UP, UP, UP, UP (for “All”), G.
- From the software sysex utility or librarian’s File menu look for “Open…” or “Open Other…” or “Open Any…” to open an existing sysex sound bank file.
- Click a “Send” or “Transmit” button to send the sound bank through your MIDI interface into the M1.
- Click the M1’s “UP” button, then the “DOWN” button. The first 00 sound of the new bank should be visible in the display.
Data dump from M1 to computer…
Send data from computer to M1…
Korg M1 Patches, Banks, Combis, and Downloads24 banks collected from Korg User Forums Collection of 8 COMBI banks! Francois Rossi Collection DrEvil Patches
Even more M1 Downloads here:
Korg M1 RAM Memory Sound Cards
M1 Software Editors and Librarians
Most of the M1 editors are really dated. I may try and make a quick editor within Bidule or Max4Live. Let me know if you have any suggestions on where to start. Thanks for reading. Let me know if you have any other M1 sites I should visit.