Korg DSS-1 Analog-Digital Hybrid Sampler Synthesizer - SD Card Reader Upgrade

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Fully operational vintage analog-digital 12-bit sampler synthesizer. Features fully analog audio path, including resonant analog voltage-controlled filter (12db and 24db), unison oscillator detuning, and velocity sensitive weighted keys. Floppy drive is upgraded to SD card reader, so all programs can be read and written from one SD card. Includes original power cable, paper manual, and SD card loaded with all of the DSS-1 libraries that I could find posted online. A few scrapes and dings but overall great condition.

The Korg DSS-1 is a monster hybrid of analog, digital, and sampling-based synthesis. It has the best Voltage Controlled Filter (VCF) that Korg ever bestowed on a synthesizer (it was also the last VCF-based synth that Korg ever made). It's an eight-voice polysynth with two oscillators per voice, and a unison mode that allows you to stack up all 16 oscillators into one very phatt and powerful monosynth.

It has a fully analog audio path including a lush, resonant VCF switchable between 12 and 24dB, dedicated 6-stage envelopes for both the VCF and VCA, and 2 sine wave LFOs (which Korg calls "MG", for Modulation Generator). But it went much further, boasting oscillator sync, an advanced unison mode, and - quite unique for a synth of the time - twin digital delays! The addition of oscillator sync, so unusual on a sampling instrument, opens the door to vibrant timbres plus the strangest of textural sweeps. The unison mode allows you to detune all 16 oscillators against each other (instead of just 8 against the other 8 as on the earlier DW-8000) for some very phatt lead or bass sounds. But what gives the DSS-1 its very distinctive sound - apart from its wonderful filter, of course - are the built-in twin digital delays, each of which is connected to a separate output for interesting stereo effects. Additionally, the rate of Delay1 can modulate the rate of Delay2 for some rich, swooshy stereo chorus effects that belie the simplicity of the available parameters.

But the DSS-1 is much more than just an analog subtractive synthesizer. It's also a sampler, and an additive synthesizer as well. All methods can be freely mixed within a single patch.

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Product Specs

Listeda year ago
ConditionVery Good (Used)
Very Good items may show a few slight marks or scratches but are fully functional and in overall great shape.learn more
Made In
  • Japan
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