Korg DSS-1

The Korg DSS-1 is a digital sampling synthesizer from 1986. It is a full-featured sampler with 12-bit sampling resolution and selectable sample rates of 16kHz, 24kHz, 32kHz, and 48kHz. In addition to the sampling capabilities, the DSS-1 also functions as a digital synthesizer with 128 waveforms which can be reshaped or even drawn in. The unit also features 8 note polyphony, 16 oscillators (2 per voice), voltage controlled filter (8 of Korg's custom NJM-2069 filter chips, also featured in the DW-8000) and VCA modules, and full midi compatibility. It has been used on notable recordings by Howard Jones, Depeche Mode, Pet Shop Boys, New Order, Erasure, Thompson Twins, Tears for Fears, The Human League, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Ultravox, OMD, Eurythmics, Duran Duran, Giorgio Moroder, Jean Michel Jarre, Jan Hammer, Alphaville, A-ha , Spandau Ballet, Wham Steve Winwood and Dire Straits. Watch a demo.

Our DSS-1 is fitted with a Gotek floppy drive emulator with an OLED display, speaker, data knob, and 150 floppy disk images from the Korg library and elsewhere ready to load. If you have DSS-1 or DSM-1 floppy disks we can read the and load them into the sampler.

Gotek floppy emulator installed in a Korg DSS-1 sampling keyboard

This instrument is available for use at our studio in Long Beach, Ca for playing and recording. Contact us to book your time.

Are you outside of LA or OC? No problem! We can record the synthesizer, drum sounds, or effects tracks for you! Send us your MIDI or audio files, we play it through the instrument or effects unit, record it, and send you the audio files. Learn more about our synthesizer and effects recording services.

Custom patch loading is possible for this item. Send us your sysex, midi files containing sysex, tape backup audio, or even Opcode Galaxy Bank or Bundles or Unisyn files for pre-loading for synth rentals or synth recording services.

Delivery is available for this item within select areas in Los Angeles and Orange Counties.

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