MATRIXSYNTH: Korg M1 (1988) battery replacement, Card / MIDI Factory reset, Backing up your data

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Korg M1 (1988) battery replacement, Card / MIDI Factory reset, Backing up your data

Published on Jan 17, 2019 2kB of Fun

"In this video I open the best selling 1988 Korg M1* synthesizer to install a new battery. The factory presets are loaded back onto the machine using ROM cards and through MIDI with a computer.
* The M1 family sold ± 500.000 pieces.

Introduction 0:06
Requirements factory restore cards 0:48
Requirements factory restore MIDI 1:38
Battery needed 2:11
Opening the M1 2:26
Factory reset introduction 5:26
Loading cards 5:52
Loading M1EX presets 7:46
Loading presets over MIDI 8:26
MIDI Backup 12:48

The procedure shown here is pretty much the same for all members in the family, and all can load the M1 presets:
M1, M1R, M1ex, M1Rex, T1,T2,T2ex,T3,T3ex

Note for PC users:
For PC often the program MidiOX is advertised as tool for SysEx dumps, but it is pretty complex. I think the C6 SysEx app by Elektron, which is freeware, is closest in operation to the showcased SysEx Librarian.

Software you need for the procedure

Korg preset files:

SysExLibrarian Mac:

C6 SysEx Manager for Windows or Mac
Or alternatively download the more complex MidiOX

Gear used:
Korg M1 EX with 4MB ROM expansion
Korg MPC-00P, MPC-00S and MPC-0EX ROM cards
Phonic Firefly 302 Firewire Audio/MIDI interface
Apple iMac G4 1.25Mhz PowerPC 17 inch M9168LL/A
Midi and Firewire cable"

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