MSC-4S Orchestra 1
Sound Card Set for the Korg M1 series

Korg MSC-4S Orchestra 1

The MSC-4S "Orchestra 1" sound card set consists of the MPC-04 Program card, and the MSC-04 PCM card.  These two cards install in the slots of the Korg M1 series, adding several new waveforms and programs to the machine.

The focus of this card set is orchestral instruments.

New PCM samples include bassoon, clarinet, oboe, french horns, new strings, harp, pipe organ, and even some new digital synthesizer waveforms.

Rounding the offer, there are many new programs that focus on non-orchestral instruments.

Korg MSC-4S Orchestra 1 factory demo song:

Capriccio by Jack Hotop

Korg MSC-4S Orchestra 1 audio demos in mp3:

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Program name with audio demo My comments
00 Bassoon Realistic bassoon patch, especially in the low registers
01 Clarinet Characteristic nasality for this famous orchestral instrument
02 Oboe Expressive
03 FrenchHorn Nice French Horn
04 Strings 2 Gorgeous new string ensemble sample that improves on the stock M1 sounds
05 Strings 3 Intimate, beautiful high string ensemble
06 Bs-Cl-Vl Contrabass on the left, Cello on the middle, Violin on the right of the keyboard
07 Harp Gorgeous harp, with just the right amount of high frequencies
08 PipeOrgan1 Full pipe organ
10 HeavenHarp Paradisiacal patch that crosses the harp sound with the famous M1 choirs
14 Symphony Classy string ensemble
18 Soft Flute Very realistic orchestral flute
19 Cornet Jazzy cornet
20 Men&Women Nice mixed choir
23 Clavicord Nice classical clavichord
26 ChurchBell Yep
29 Echo Mute Warm, jazzy trumpet with Harmon mute
35 Tiny Bells Very realistic bells
39 DWGS Organ Synthesis from earlier Korg synths
40 FlugelHorn Realistic
41 ConcertSax Very good saxophone
44 Celesta Dreamy, beautiful celesta patch
47 SoftString Gorgeous and very 19th century

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Combination name with audio demo My comments
00 NewStrings Phenomenal string ensemble, cinamatic
01 Orchestral Great retro orchestra
02 Fanfare Happy fanfare!
04 Orch&Bells Sweet combo of strings and bells
05 Chamber Yes
11 Orchestra2 Variant on the orchestra
22 Harmony Distinct chords
24 NewPassage Smile, it's an orchestra
30 PadStrings Beautiful, warm analog string pad
41 Orchestra5 Another very nice variation of the orchestra patch
49 Lullaby Good night


Features at a glance
Year of release: 1989
Polyphony: n/a
Presets: 50 Programs & 50 Combi
Rhythms: no
Keyboard: n/a
Responds to velocity: n/a
Responds to aftertouch: n/a
Sound generation method: PCM
MIDI: n/a
Sound expansion capabilities: n/a
Effects: n/a
Controls: n/a
Outputs: n/a
Display: n/a
Misc: n/a


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Korg MSC-4S Orchestra 1 review with audio demo - April 25, 2009