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Midi News (1)

This month we'll test the KORG M1 music workstation (A friend of mine bought one). Obviously, I went to him with my Amiga and some MIDI proggies. But first of all, some infos about the KORG M1:

This synthesizer uses the new AI synthesis sound system.

-Keyboards: 61 keys (with dynamic pressure function)
-Waveform memory : PCM, 4Mbytes.
-16bits sounds
-100 programms memory, 100 combinations
-Sequencer:10 parts, 100 rythms, 7700 scores, multitimbral function
-MIDI : IN,OUT,THRU (of course!)

Also there is 4 differents kind of sounds:

1) Multi-sounds data (62 pre-recorded sounds)
2) Waveform datas for numeric synthetising (22 pre-recorded sounds)
3) Independent waveform datas (14 pre-recorded sounds)
4) Drums datas (45 pre-recorded sounds)

Of course, you can create your own instruments, and it's more easy with a computer.. Well, we connected the AMIGA to the KORG with an own made MIDI interface (without THRU...). We used TRACK 24, because we couldn't buy any other software. TRACK24 is not so great to use compared to PRO24. Nevertheless, we could record track, read track. Also tracking (with mute and various tempo), untracking, copy, merge and delete track, edit, modify a track and so on... The MIDI DUMP is very easy to do. But an hard-drive seems to become necessary when you reach a high-level! We can regret that TRACK24 (an hybrid version of STUDIO24) don't allow POLYPHONIC sequence recording.We were forced to edit voice by voice a tracks.

It seems that TRACK 24 and KCS 1.6 are the only correct MIDI software on AMIGA.But they are still deficient compared to pro24. Cquin from AEGIS is not available in France. We heard about a Sound Editor for the KORG. But no importations in Europe are planned at this time.. Last but not least, I sampled 2 disks of sound from the KORG M1 in order to use it with Soundtracker or Noisetracker. Of course you can imagine how originals, pure and...really great are these sounds! The disks are named ST-88 and ST-89.If you are interested in them, just let me know.


PS: Did you know that the all music from Shadow of the Beast were composed with KORG M1 instruments ? David Withaker always take the best from each synthesizer..

This article originally appeared in the Amiga diskmagazine "Zine #3" by Brainstorm 1990.

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