Free Korg M1 Piano Samples


Failed Muso has an interesting story about how sounds get sampled and shared, starting with a famous Korg M1 patch:

Remember that classic piano sound from 90’s house records? The ubiquitous Korg M1 Piano patch was the 90’s equivalent of the DX7’s EP patch or the Fairlight’s Orch5 stab.

A long time ago, a cohort on the KvR forum, a guy from Norwich by the name of Kriminal, sampled his M1 keyboard and made the piano patch available as a soundfont, I believe.

Being an avid Akai user, I asked him if I could convert to the Akai S5/6000 and Z Series formats, to which he agreed.

He goes on to explain how the samples ended up in EXS24 format, via Nick at SonicState.

Who knows where else the samples have landed…….

Download links at the Failed Muso site.


5 thoughts on “Free Korg M1 Piano Samples

  1. A very classy move. Yeah, that's a deeply dated sound, but even so, its still meaty and great for layering. Its also gracious that they'd release an EXS24 version. I love Logic and people like this who enhance it are part of what makes the synth community a great oasis of Cool in a world swamped in BS. Thanks for the file.

  2. Hi guys I have a korg x5d synth. I would like to make or reconstruct the classic m1 electric piano. I have heard it in many of the 80s and 90s tracks. What tones from the x5 can I use to get that deep tone. Thanks

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