Korg M1

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Manufacturer: Korg
Released: 1988
Type: Workstation

The Korg] M1 is a music workstation and is known to be one of the best-selling keyboards of all time, outselling other famous keyboards at the time such as the Yamaha DX7 and Roland D-50. It was used by many video game musicians for their instrument samples.

Later, Korg released the Korg T3, also known as a "Korg M1 on steroids". It functioned the same as the Korg M1 but contained twice the amount of instruments and features. Even with the T3 being a better version, the M1 kept selling up until 1994, after the T3 stopped being made.


The M1 was used by many famous musicians, including video game musicians. For "real" music, bands like Queen used the M1's Ooh/Ahh patch for the song I'm Going Slightly Mad. However, the keyboard is probably best known for its 46th patch, Slap Bass. This was used for the opening theme to the American television sitcom Seinfeld, and the patch has been used in many, many SNES games. Some of these games include Super Off Road (SNES), B.O.B. (SNES), Paperboy 2 (SNES), Pro Sport Hockey (SNES), and Vegas Stakes (SNES).

The A. Bass patch was used in The Simpsons Theme in The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Space Mutants (AMI).

A list of instruments for the Korg M1 and samples of each can be found here: https://www.synthmania.com/m1.htm

Below are a few examples of the famous slap bass patch.

Super Off Road (SNES)
Paperboy 2 (SNES)
Vegas Stakes (SNES)
Pro Sport Hockey (SNES)


The following composers used the Korg M1 to assist in creating video game music: