Korg Strikes Another Hit – This Time It’s the Korg iM1!

Korg iM1 LargeIt’s 1988 and keyboards are an amazing trip into the musical genius minds of people like Robert Moog, Raymond Kurzweil, and the  creative minds behind Roland, Korg, Ensoniq and Yamaha. The Korg M1 was released that year and it was a synth that became one of the top selling of its time. 16 voices and 8 part multitimbral changed my world, I know that!

Today, May 24, 2015 it is now available for the iPad. This is going to be a whole lot easier to carry around and a whole lot cheaper this time around! 33% of until June 30th it is $19.99. This is not the only Korg app on sale to celebrate the new release so if you are looking at buying any of the Korg collection, now may be the time to act – IF you have more than $20!

Korg iM1 – $19.99 until June 30

For anyone using iPads to create and perform music with this new app is going to become one of the standards. You can use it alongside Korg Gadget and Garageband as well hooking up an external keyboard to your iPad and using that to drive the app!

As this is just out, I will continue to keep you updated on the capabilities as I find out! I do have to say that I am very happy that Korg has gone beyond simply a re-creation of the original by adding additional capabilities into the app that just simply was not possible given the technology of the late 80’s.

Korg iM1 Screen1Here are a few of the highlights from the iTunes page:

● Audiobus compatable

● A faithful reproduction of the original M1 Sound
The PCM data provides the library of the original M1. For the hardware, we analyzed the circuit diagram of the original design, and completely replicated it in software down to the last detailed parameters. 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
Not content with simply reproducing the original, 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. iM1 is the ultimate version of the KORG M1.

● 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


4 thoughts on “Korg Strikes Another Hit – This Time It’s the Korg iM1!

  1. Paul,

    Can I link up my ipad to my controller keyboard and play all the sounds on this Korg iM1



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  2. Hello, I got the iM1 on my iPad Air; I linked the iPad with a Roland xp50 and also to a Roland D50, through a MIDI/USB adapter, matched the MIDI channels (I think!)but I can’t make it work. These keyboards work perfectly with other MIDI devices I have, so they’re not the problem. Does anyone here know of any tutorial video or article explaining exactly what to do to use the iM1 as a sound module controlled by an external keyboard like the ones I have? I tried different kinds of adapters, but no luck.
    Thanks for any help.

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