MATRIXSYNTH: Korg DSS-1 Digital Sampling Synthesizer SN 000694

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Korg DSS-1 Digital Sampling Synthesizer SN 000694

via this auction

"A wonderful early digital synthesizer. With eight notes of polyphony, two oscillators per voice, a noise source, two multi-stage envelopes, a resonant filter and auto-bend, the DSS-1 has much in common with Korg's previous flagship DW-8000. But it went much further, boasting twin digital delays, oscillator sync, an improved unison mode, a lush analog VCF switchable between 12 and 24dB, and more. Whereas the DW-8000 got its raw material from 16 stored digital waves, the DSS1's oscillators take their source from sampling, additive synthesis, or even hand-drawn waveforms"

I forget what waveforms are present for the oscillators. Do they include the DW-8000 waveforms or just your standard ones? If you know, feel free to comment. I found this DW-8000 resource site, but didn't see them listed, quickly parsing through the site.


  1. since you can generate into the DSS1 waveforms (realtime, using a slider), it's pretty easy to make same waveforms as the ones found on the DW8000

  2. The wave forms on the DW8000 are actually a bit varied and complex, so something tells me it wouldn't be that easy, unless you have super fast and precise control of your hand movements. :) I'm curious if you can import them. Also, I think you can only have one or two user generated waveforms at a time. Not sure if you can save them per patch though.

  3. i've managed to recreate sophisticated waveforms just by watching their shapes, i should try to recreate these DW waveforms (not that difficult, and you can retry as many times as you wish)
    making them using additive functions would take ages instead (it's possible)
    there are no waveforms built in the DSS1, when you power it, it just has the OS, and it's ready to load or build waveforms
    synth is limited to 2 oscillators at the same time (but, since it's possible to make splits ...)
    also, on official DSS disks, you always had bonus DW type sounds to fill disks



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