A wonderful early digital synthesizer. With eight notes of polyphony, two oscillators per voice, a noise source, two multi-stage envelopes, a resonant filter and auto-bend, the DSS-1 has much in common with Korg's previous flagship DW-8000. But it went much further, boasting twin digital delays, oscillator sync, an improved unison mode, a lush analog VCF switchable between 12 and 24dB, and more. Whereas the DW-8000 got its raw material from 16 stored digital waves, the DSS1's oscillators take their source from sampling, additive synthesis, or even hand-drawn waveforms!
It actually had a warm sound and was great for creating pads and textures, as well as deep basses and drones. The synthesis method is based on altering various waveform samples via 2 data sliders. It can sample and then treat the samples as its waveforms - that includes all filtering and envelopes.
One of the greatest (in my opinion, thee greatest) hybrid samplers of all time. An undisputed, underrated legendary unit. You can get very PPG/Waldorf Microwave 1 like tones (in an 80s unique Korg way), lush pads, strong basses, ;etc. It has 2 on board delay units, an EQ and a sweet kick ass resonating filter (in a very oberheim-y way but still a sound all it's own), you can cycle your bit depth from 12bits all the way to 6bits for some very gritty tones for your samples or it's oscillators! and that's not even the half. Can't believe this unit cost $2600 when it first came out and how many people have overlooked it over the years. Time will definitely solidify this baby into the big league of things and rightfully so.
It was used by Jean Michel Jarre, Joe Zawinul, Michael Cretu of Enigma, Mark Jenkins, Hiro Kawahara, Paul Nagle, Shriekback, and Steve Winwood.
Polyphony: 8 Voices
Oscillators: 16 - 2 oscillators per voice
Memory: 5-sec sampling
Synthesis: 128 Sine waveforms you re-shape using 2 sliders
Keyboard: 61 keys w/ velocity and aftertouch
Filter: Lowpass 2 or 4 pole + envelope