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Korg DSM-1 Digital Sampling Synthesizer

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In early 1988 Korg introduced the DSM-1 Digital Sampling Synthesizer 2 unit rackmount version.

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.

Technical Specifications
Type: Digital
Synthesis: Additive, Sampling
Oscillators: 2
Waveforms: Additive
Oscillator Notes:
Sampling and Additive waves
Sampling: 12 bit, 32 kHz, 48 kHz
Sampling Notes:
Upto 64 seconds of sample time
16,24, 32, &, 48 khz resolutions
Envelopes: 1
Evelope Paramerters: Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release
Filters: 1
Types: 24dB Slope (4-pole), Low Pass
LFO: 1
LFO Parameters: Triangle
Polyphony & Tuning
Polyphony: 16
Timbrality: 4
Tuning: Standard
Modes: Mono, Polyphonic, Split
Patches RAM: 32
Multipatches RAM: 32
Storage: Tape, Internal
Editing: MIDI
Case: Rack
Rack Size: 19", 2U, Full
Controls: Buttons, Knobs
Display Type: LCD, LED, Backlit
Display Count H: 32
Display Count V: 2
Dimensions (WxDxH): 434 x 430 x 134 mm
Weight: 11.5 kg
Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, Mono Out, Stereo Main, Stereo Headphone
Audio Output Count: 20
Inputs: 16 x 1/4" Mono Mic
DAC Bits: 12
DAC Frequency Rate: 48
Year Released: 1988
Year Discontinued: 1989
Used By
Jean Michel Jarre, Joe Zawinul, Michael Crito
Manuals & Documents

Product Links
Company Product Sites:
[+] www.korg.co.jp
MSRP List Price: $2,999 - convert
Retail Street Price: $2,699 - convert
Used Price: $550 - $800 - convert
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