A Mobile Digital Synthesizer for the iPad!


The design goal of the M1 was to deliver sound that would satisfy professional needs in two areas: performance and music production. This goal became the new direction for the PCM synthesizers and desktop music sound modules that subsequently appeared, and has been carried on to the present day with KORG’s flagship model the KRONOS. High-capacity sampling and the increase in computer speed have enormously improved overall sound quality from a computer, but generating sound that delivers a real sense of presence demands technology and ideas beyond those that merely improve sound quality. The common element of electronic instruments that have left their name in history is that they had a unique sound that was difficult if not impossible to replicate. Sounds such as the “M1 Piano” and “M1 Organ” are instantly recognizable and have appeared on countless hit records over many years, and yet these are sounds that could only be produced by the M1. And that’s what you can now have on your iPad!

A faithful reproduction and evolution of the original M1 Sound

  • Gives your students a powerful, flexible and professional environment for mobile music
  • The effect parts, originally consisting of only two master effects, have been powered-up to 18 insert effects

A gigantic sound library encompassing 3,300 sounds and 34 cards

  • “Smart Sound Browser” takes advantage of the large screen size of the iPad, making it quick and convenient to find any desired sound
  • Covers the sounds of the M1EX which expanded the internal PCM of the M1

KAOSS pad lets anybody perform

  • Allows your students to perform intuitively just by touching or swiping the screen
  • Lets students who are not accustomed to keyboard instruments or knowledgeable about synthesizers can enjoy performing M1 sounds



System Requirements

OS: iOS 8 or later
Device: iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2, iPad mini, iPad fourth-generation, iPad third-generation, iPad 2
Approximate polyphony: iPad Air 2: 64 notes, iPad Air, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2: 60 notes, iPad fourth generation: 48 notes, iPad mini, iPad third generation, iPad 2: 32 notes


System: ai (advanced integrated)
Number of parts: 8 parts
Number of sounds: Approximately 1,000 sounds (3,300 sounds when all expansion sound cards are purchased)
Effects: 34 types
MIDI: Program change, Virtual MIDI, Bluetooth MIDI
Performance functions: Virtual keyboard, performance via external MIDI keyboard, KAOSSILATOR-style “Touch Scale,” Gadget-style “Smart Keyboard”
Gadget interoperability: Usable as a Darwin gadget within the Gadget app (Programs only)
Sound interchangeability: Compatible with KORG Legacy Collection M1 format (.m1all file type)
Other: Inter-App Audio, Audiobus 2 support, Core MIDI, Bluetooth MIDI

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