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#18759 - 09/26/98 08:47 PM N1
Octopus Offline
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Registered: 09/16/98
Posts: 23
Loc: Cape Elizabeth, ME, USA
Has anyone out there played the N1 and loved it? It seemed to me that the sounds were a little processed, and the organs tended to sound like styrofoam. Also, it was real hard to get around, and assigning effects was a true bitch. Opinions? Post 'em. Oh, and did the key action tend to sound clicky? Thanks!


#18760 - 09/28/98 04:32 AM Re: N1
Judy Offline
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Registered: 09/28/98
Posts: 23
No, I haven't had those problems. But then I made sure before I bought it that it was what I wanted so I wouldn't have to complain about it later.

#18761 - 09/29/98 10:22 AM Re: N1
SampleRate96K Offline
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Registered: 09/27/98
Posts: 7
I think that its a nice set of sounds, and the thing is extremely heavy. i don't know if you plan on gigging with it, if its the best choice, I know the QS8 is a sturdier, non-wood grain side keyboard, with about the same amount of sounds thru expandability.

i have the N1Rack, and an Alesis QS6 as a controller/sampler(thru flash ram), and I love it. The N1 gives me all the sounds I need for composing, and scoring, etc.

#18762 - 10/17/98 12:20 PM Re: N1
HellPope Huey Offline

Registered: 09/27/98
Posts: 118
Loc: Hot Springs, AR, USA
I've tried everything Korgian EXCEPT the N series, but I suspect they're in line w/previous offerings. 1st, all keyboards have
SOME clickiness. My 01/Wfd does clunk a bit, but that's part of the gig. I'm a bit heavy-handed, so I just live with it. The alternative is to buy a specific controller, which can be expensive. I like the Korg feel as compared to most other 'boards, so hey ho.
I've found virtually NO organs that sound good out of the box, unless they were already "combis" to begin with. That's just synths; you have to stack a couple of organs together to get near the weight of a real B-3, for instance. That's the tradeoff, which I'm HAPPY to accept. Try layering 1, then 2, etc. and see how you like it. The N series shouldn't be too different, in that layering patches is fairly simple. Korg makes this easier than most other companies do.
Where ANY kind of "thinness" is concerned, go for the FX 1st. The reviews indicated that N effects were specially set up with ease of use in mind, so I'd say devoting some extra time to cracking them would be rewarding. I run my Proteus through an Alesis FX box and it makes all the diference in the world.
Sound quality is pretty subjective; the one area where Korg "fails" is in the techno/industrial arena. If that's part of your complaint, try these sites for patches:
With a little effort, you can usually assemble a set or 2 that ring your chimes. I had to sweat a little in doing so, but it made the 'board more satisfying in the end.
Good luck!


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