Korg has released iM1 – a recreation of the classic Korg M1 workstation for the iPad.
When it was originally released in 1988, the Korg M1 music workstation rapidly became a best-selling keyboard, and many of the iconic sounds of the M1 have been heard on recordings since.
Korg says that iM1 is a ‘faithful reproduction of the M1 sound’, but expands on it, by offering features not available on the original.
- A faithful reproduction of the original M1 Sound – The PCM data provides the library of the original M1. Korg analyzed the circuit diagram of the original design, and replicated it in software. Engineers with an exhaustive knowledge of the M1 made careful adjustments in order to obtain the sound of the original unit, something that cannot be obtained simply by sampling the original sounds.
- A continued evolution of the M1 – the iM1 provides further evolutionary developments. Synth parts now have the Filter Resonance that was requested at the time of the original, as well as VDA modulation. The effect parts, originally consisting of only two effects, have been powered-up to 18 effects. The user interface has also been refreshed with additions such as a KAOSS pad.
- A gigantic library encompassing 3,300 sounds and 34 cards – In addition to all 19 of the ROM cards originally released for the M1, iM1 also covers the sounds of the M1EX which expanded the internal PCM of the M1, as well as the sounds of the KORG T-series which appeared as an evolution of the M1. There’s also “BEST OF M1”, a selection of 100 great M1 programs. The new “Smart Sound Browser” makes it quick to find the desired sound. You can also view the sounds ranked by how often they are selected by iM1 users around the world.
*with all the Expansion Card installed via In-App Purchase
- KAOSS pad – iM1 features a KAOSS pad from the popular KAOSSILATOR, allowing you to perform intuitively just by touching the screen. By using the dual KAOSS pads to play phrases or adjust the sound, even people who are not accustomed to keyboard instruments or knowledgeable about synthesizers can enjoy performing the iM1. There’s also a conventional keyboard, as well as the “Smart Keyboard”, which lets you specify a scale setting and play phrases with a single finger.
- Use with KORG Gadget and GarageBand for song production – iM1 can be used together with Gadget. You can use iM1 as a sound module within Gadget, taking advantage of the program sounds in iM1 for music production. iM1 also supports Audiobus and Inter-App Audio, so it can also be used for GarageBand etc.
- Connect a MIDI keyboard and use as a sound module – In addition to enjoying iM1 on its own, you can connect a USB MIDI keyboard via a Lightning adaptor (sold separately) and play the iM1 as an external sound module.
- Interchangeable with the KORG Legacy Collection and the original M1 – Sounds that you create in iM1 can be sent from your iPad via iTunes to a Mac/PC. If you have the Legacy Collection M1, you can use those sounds in a DAW. Data compatibility is maintained not only with the plug-in but also with the original M1; this means that you can transfer data in system exclusive format from the original M1.
Here’s the official video intro:
Korg iM1 is available now in the App Store at an introductory price of $19.99 (normally $29.99).