First, that would appear to be a decent deal from what I can see people want for them on eBay.
Second, MIDI doesn't send audio. It more than likely has quarter inch audio I/Os for this. From what I read on vintagesynth.com it looks like a full workstation. It may or may not have a third party software editor, but generally speaking...no...you program it from the unit controls/menus.
EDIT: Have a read about it...sounds like a solid workstation and a really nice keyboard to boot. Think about what you don't like about the MKXL and compare that to the features of the M1...also ask the guy if you could work with it for a few hours or at least 15-30 minutes at his place.
I've always been confused by the difference between using a sampled waveform and an oscillator. Is there really a difference in the end?
Okay, here's the deal with me and my personal bias. I have a habit of judging large categories of things by my experience with other things that were similar in nature.
At one point in time I had a Yamaha RS- 7000. The RS-7000 is a ROMpler based groove box. Much like the MC-303 that I also had at one point in time but, I won't even count that now because it's a pile of shit on all fronts. I never got on with the Yamaha. Way too limiting as far as being able to design any sort of sound that was interesting. Everything that came out of it sounded the same.
Like I said the M1 is probably way more capable than either of those boxes. In fact, from reading just right now I can tell that it is, so it might be just fine especially for 250.00.
If given the choice though, I'd always purchase a synth over a ROMpler. That's all I'm saying and what I was really doing back there was mincing words only.
I can also have the chance to purchase the Roland D50 or Yamaha PSR 36.. please help!
You're only going to get one part with the D-50 so if timbrallity is a necessity for you look elsewhere, but I've never played this one either, just pointing out a difference in this synth and the MI which gives you 8.
^I guess depending on the box it might be limiting or not. But with a synth you are (presumably) getting multiple oscillators whose wave forms can be combined in different ways...you can switch between wave forms etc.
I'm just curious, and I'm not asking you RFJ, what the difference would be between a rompler and a synth with identical sound shaping options (filters, FX, envelopes etc). Lets say the only difference is the rompler has sampled saw, triangle, and square and you can use two of these at once or double up on one. The other box has two oscillators same wave forms. What's the difference?
The M1 is a rompler synth From what I have heard, the m1 legacy softsynth is very similar in sound and synth engine as the real deal. It has a very extensive engine to sculpt the sound.
I would say the M1 is def. a synth though. It has oscs with selectable waves, which are sample based. But when I think rompler, I think of a device where each preset is a sample with limited sculpting possibilities. Like a proteus or something.
If the m1 was not a synth, then the tempest would also not be a synth, because it has 2 digital sample based oscs.
But what the heck, it's a cool device, no matter what name you put on it.
I think there was more of a difference between ROMplers and synths back in the early days of digital when those digital keyboards were being compared against old-school analog synthesizers.
But Korg blurred those lines in the '90s with their modeling keyboards, and now with all the VA stuff out there, the lines are further blurred.
However, if you want to get really semantic about it, you can think of a Modular analog system being a synthesizer, and a Casio Tonebank keyboard being a ROMpler. Those would be two examples at the extreme ends of the spectrum.