MATRIXSYNTH: Korg DSS-1 - The Ultimate Sampling Synthesizer | Tutorial - Demo - Workflow

Friday, October 04, 2019

Korg DSS-1 - The Ultimate Sampling Synthesizer | Tutorial - Demo - Workflow

Published on Oct 4, 2019

Track video embedded further below.

"The track used to demonstrate the DSS-1 in the beginning can be downloaded for free here:

00:00 Intro and demo track
03:38 Demo of sound capability
14:14 Sound, Sampling, Waveforms, Multisound tutorial ++

The Korg DSS-1 sampling synthesizer, released in 1986 is a truly impressive piece of kit.
Sampling, Waveforms you can draw yourself and harmonic waveform synthesis (additive synthesis) can all be used as basis for oscillators.
It has a fully analog audio path, resonant VCF, dedicated 6-stage envelopes for both the VCF and VCA, and 2 sine wave LFOs, oscillator sync, and an advanced unison mode.
On top of that you have two digital delays that can be used for a variety of effects, either in serial or parallel,
For a fraction of the price the DSS-1 rivaled the Fairlight system.

Unfortunatley, the operating system and workflow is arcane and borderline insanity.
I've tried to condens this tutorial down to something usable and understandable so you can use this gem with your own sounds and not just use it as a rompler.
For demonstration and tutorial purposes, the samples and sounds I make to show you how it operates are not meant to sound very good. Just saying.. ;-) "

Online (DSS-1 mix)

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