Released in 1988, The Korg M1 was the first "music workstation". A big breakthrough at the time that included a built in sequencer, large selection of acoustic, electronic and world ethnic sounds and the major advance of having several onboard effects. In the six years that it was produced, more than 250,000 M1's were sold, making it Korg's best selling synthesizer and one of the top selling synths of all time. Second only to the Yamaha DX7.
The M1 expanded on the concept of the "combi" that they introduced in the DS-8 the year before - which combines up to eight patches to play at once. This let you assemble fatter sounds by layering two or more programs together on a single key and also creating "splits" where different programs could play on different ranges of the keyboard. Following the M1's success, other manufacturers like Roland and Yamaha offered competing workstations and the three companies eventually became known as "The Big Three". They are still competing today for what is now known as the "workstation market".
Other versions of the M1 soon followed when Korg introduced the M1R, (rackmount version), M1EX keyboard and M1R-EX (another rackmount) which included an additional 4 megs of sample waveforms. Also released was the M3R, which was a scaled down rackmount model without the sequencer. The T-Series, released in 1989 built on the M1's features, offering more keyboards (88, 76 and 61-keys), a floppy drive, more ROM samples, larger sequencer, and a better screen. In 2006 Korg released the Legacy Collection, which includes software versions of the Wavestation and M1.
Korg Legacy Software
The Patch King has created five volumes of sounds for the M1 and T-Series. The complete collection is also compatible with Korg's "Legacy Software". While most of the collection was created in the early 90's, We did take a fresh look at it in 2006 and created Vol #5 (Killer Keyboards) in response to the many requests we have had from M1 and T-Series owners for more keyboard sounds.
Just click on the links above to view the sound lists. We also include free demo programs that you can download along with a link for loading in sounds to the M1 via the midi port. Be sure to check out that link if your M1 battery has died and your looking for a way to get new sounds back in the keyboard. The M1 uses a CR-2032 lithium battery and is pretty easy to change yourself. Just remember that once the battery dies you lose whatever data you have inside your synthesizer and you have to reload sounds in to be able to play the synth again. Once the battery is changed you can load in our sounds to get you going again.
All sounds are available in system exclusive (.syx) or standard midi files (.mid) for Mac or PC computers. Also available in Alesis Data Disk format. Vols 1 through 4 available in T-Series floppy format for all you T-Series owners without a midi interface. Sorry, but we do not offer the sounds on RAM or PCM sound cards. The cards have not been made in many years and we no longer support that format.
If your computer has a midi interface or sound card connected to the USB port, you can use your midi interface to load in the sounds. We provide the software along with your order that will load in the sounds for you. Midi interfaces are an inexpensive alternative to purchasing RAM or PCM cards and we sell them starting at under $100. Our sounds will also get you back in business if your M1 or T-Series battery has died and you lost all the sounds in the memory. If you need any more info please contact us via phone or e-mail.