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Korg | DSM-1


In early 1988 Korg introduced the DSM-1 Digital Sampling Synthesizer 2 unit rackmount version. It is een expanded Rack version of the DSS-1.

The instrument came with 1 Megaword of memory that allowed the user to sample up to 64 second of audio. Like the DDS-1 it also featured Additive Synthesis and allowed the user to create their own waveforms as well. The unit is 12 bit sampling at 16,24, 32, &, 48 khz resolutions.

Newer features included 16 voices, 16 VCF filters, 16 VCA's, and 16 audio outs. The digital VCF has no resonance which resulted in user frustration for those wanting self oscillation and other more analog filtering features. 

Even newer was the instrument also had 32 programs in memory as well as a new combination mode which allowed the user to have up to 32 combinations as splits and layers for multitimbral operation. 
The unit also featured a full MIDI implementation and a serial interface (HSI). A floppy drive for storing up to 128 programs and combinations on disk.
Engine TypeDigital
EngineSample, Wave
Voices (max)8
Engine DetailedSampling, additive synthesis, or hand-drawn waveforms. 128 Sine waveforms you re-shape using 2 sliders.
Sampler256k, 5 seconds
Filter (VCF)Lowpass 2 or 4 pole + envelope
Envelope (VCA)2 multi-stage envelopes
FXtwin digital delays
Key typeN/A
Produced:1987 - 1987
Legend: Obvious Y: Yes, N: No, N/A: Not Applicable
VCO Voltage Controlled Oscillator DCO Digital Controlled Oscillator
LFO Low Frequency Oscillator Sub Sub Oscillator
VCF Voltage Controlled Filter VCA Voltage Controlled Amplifier
Velocity As with a piano, the harder you hit a key, the louder the sound, unlike most organs which always produce the same loudness no matter how hard you hit a key. Aftertouch Pressing a key after you activated it. Channel Aftertouch, no matter which key, it will send a Channel message. Poly Aftertouch, sends the pressure per key instead of the whole channel.
Values for OSC, LFO, Filter, Envelope are per voice unless stated otherwise.

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