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The Korg01w-list Yahoo! Group is a discussion group for Korg 0-series synthesizers and related instruments (01/W, 03R/W, X-series synths, etc). The current home of the group is at Yahoo! Groups. The current group moderators are Ed Edwards and Chinh Do.

The group started life back in 1991 as Erno Tuomainen (moonlite@sci.fi)’s Korget mailing list (korget@sonata.fipnet.fi). Chinh Do inherited the list from Erno and migrated it to a UNIX majordomo mailing list (majordomo@mapeaston.com, 1993), a pair.com mailing list (korg01w-list@vienxu.com, 1996-1999), eGroups, and finally, Yahoo! Groups in 2000.

If you are new to discussion groups or mailing lists, be sure to read the Guide to Mailing Lists Etiquette.

About Korg 0-Series Synthesizers

The Korg 01/W synthesizer/workstation series was introduced in 1991. The 01-series was meant to replace Korg’s legendary M1 and T series synths. The Korg 01/W was equipped with (Advanced Integrated) sound engine, 47 effects, 6 MB of samples ROM, WaveShaping, built-in sequencer, and 32-note polyphony. Many musicians still prefer the sounds of the 01/W over Korg’s newer synths such as the Triton.

The 0-series synths were composed of the following models:

  • 01/W – Basic 61-key model.
  • 01/Wfd – Same as the basic model, plus internal 3 1/4-inch floppy drive.
  • 01/Wpro – Same as 01/Wfd, but with 76 keys and extra sampled Acoustic Piano.
  • 01/WproX – Same as 01/Wpro but with 88 weighted keys.
  • 01R/W – Rackmount version (no keys).
  • 03R/W – Stripped down version of 01R/W. Smaller screen and smaller set of ROM samples. No WaveShaping, sequencer.

Korg 01R/W Synth: Korg 01R/W Synthesizer

Korg 03R/W Synth: Korg 03R/W Synthesizer

10 Comments
  • Comment by Scott Forman | May 3, 2008 @ 3:34 pm

    Getting the low battery sign on my 01R/W after at least 43 14 years and wondered how to go about getting a new
    battery with the assumption that I can do it myself.

    Also wondered if anyone knows if all the factory presets
    will still be on the machine when I put a new batter in.

    And if now, where would I get the presets? Korg?

    Thanks in advance for your advise.

    Scott Forman

  • Comment by chinhdo | May 27, 2008 @ 11:13 pm

    Scott: Sorry for taking so long to reply… if you are still looking for an answer, yes, there is a way to reset the synth back to factory presets. If you have additional questions, please post your question to the Yahoo! Group.

    The instructions to reset to factory presets are in this message: http://launch.groups.yahoo.com/group/korg01w-list/message/6074

    Excerpt:How to Re-Load All Combi/Prog/Kit Factory Settings
    (from page 126 of the Percussion Manual
    <http://net.indra.com/~cliffcan/korg.htm> )
    The steps below will re-install the factory settings. Note you can
    re-load these settings at any time without re-initializing the entire
    01/W <http://net.indra.com/~cliffcan/01faq.htm#How to Re-initialize Your
    01/W> .
    How to Re-Load All Combi/Prog/Kit Factory Settings 1 Press GLOBAL
    to enter Global Mode. 2 Press “7” to go to Page 7. 3 Select “Load
    Combi/Prog” (on the top line). 4 Press G or H to execute the “LOAD”
    command.
    If you see the message “ERROR: Memory Protected”:
    a. Press “4” to go to Page 4.
    b. Go to the bottom line (“Protect”).
    c. Change the settings to show “Prog:OFF” and “Combi:OFF”.
    To turn Prog OFF: Press button “A”, “B”, “C”, or “D”. Press VALUE
    DOWN once.
    To turn Combi OFF: Press button “E” or “F”. Press VALUE DOWN once.
    d. Go to Step 2 above. 5 The 01 will ask “Are You Sure? Yes No”.
    Notice that “yes” is positioned over buttons E and F. Pushing either
    E or F means “yes”.
    Notice that “no” is positioned over buttons G and H. Pushing either
    G or H means “no”. 6 Push E or F. The message “Completed” should
    appear.
    Your 01 should now be as it came from the factory.

    NOTE: This process disables the 01 from receiving System Exclusive MIDI
    messages. To receive SysEx messages, go to GLOBAL Mode, Page 0, Line 6,
    button F or G, and press VALUE UP one or more times to change EXCL from
    DIS to ENA.
    How to Re-Load a Factory Setting
    Follow the steps below to re-install a single Combi, Prog, or Drum Kit
    factory setting.
    How to Re-Load a Factory Setting 1 Press GLOBAL to enter Global
    Mode 2 Press “7” to go to Page 7 3 Select the setting you want to
    load. You can load a single Combi, Prog, or Drum Kit.
    You can re-load everything, including Drum Kits, by selecting “Load
    Combi/Prog” 4 For loading a single Combi/Prog/Kit:
    Press A, B, or C to highlight the “source” side of the arrow.
    Use the VALUE Slider/Buttons or Direct Entry to select the number of
    the Combi/Prog/Kit you want to load from ROM. (for a list of ROM
    contents, click here for Progs
    <http://net.indra.com/~cliffcan/progs.htm> or here for Combis
    <http://net.indra.com/~cliffcan/combis.htm> ).
    Press D, E, or F to highlight the “destination” side of the arrow.
    Use the VALUE Slider/Buttons or Direct Entry to select the location
    where you want to store the item in Active Memory. 5 Press G or H to
    execute the “LOAD” command
    If you see the message “ERROR: Memory Protected”:
    a. Press “4” to go to Page 4.
    b. Go to the bottom line (“Protect”).
    c. Change the setting to “Prog:OFF” or “Combi:OFF”, depending on which
    you are trying to load.
    To turn Prog OFF: Press button “A”, “B”, “C”, or “D”. Press VALUE
    DOWN once.
    To turn Combi OFF: Press button “E” or “F”. Press VALUE DOWN once.
    d. Press “7” to return to Page 7. Go to Step 3 above. 6 Your 01 will
    ask “Are You Sure? Yes No”
    You’ll notice that “yes” is positioned over buttons E and F. Pushing
    either E or F means “yes”
    You’ll notice that “no” is positioned over buttons G and H. Pushing
    either G or H means “no” 7 Push E or F
    Your 01 setting should now be in the destination you selected.

  • Comment by Bob Jarzbek | May 1, 2009 @ 8:42 am

    I’m looking for a working O1R/W. Anyone out there have one for sale?

  • Comment by Erika Jones | May 3, 2009 @ 10:53 pm

    After 17 years, the display has disappeared, along with all sounds. I presume the battery needs changing – which is brilliant after all this time!!
    I’ve bought a new Sony mercury battery (plus a smaller battry for my back-up RAM, just incase I need it). There are no instructions in the manual about how to change the bettery and reset the factory presets. THe battery sits in a grey plastic circular holder set onto the circuit board. Do I just pull it off to replace the battery within it, or is there another way. Please help–I am desperate to use my 01R/W again. It had such amazing sounds. They were definitely an upgrade on my M1 and helped me to create some big 80’s sounds.
    The accordian sound was great treble -racked and detuned for the Intro to Phil Collins’ big song at the time—‘We wait and we Wonder’. Please can you guide me through replacing the battery safely. Thanks.

  • Comment by DAVID AKI | May 12, 2009 @ 12:42 am

    I have found that using a digital piano’s midi output to the O1/W really helps with expanding the key range to 88, and having weighted actions..It’s Awesome. I recently fixed, and worked with a Technics PIANO. It was great. Wish I had the money, and the space to keep it….I would strongly recommend a digital piano with STAND for this type of setup..

  • Comment by Michele | May 31, 2009 @ 5:51 pm

    Would you provide me with step-by-step directions in how to get the diskette to play in the 01/WFD KORG? I just got thrown in to playing for a grp after the person left.

    Thanks so much

  • Comment by Feer | June 9, 2009 @ 2:27 pm

    Hallo,
    I am looking for Korg cards
    Best of M&T :XSC-1S

    Do they have these cards?

    Best Regards

    Andreas Feer
    Germany

  • Comment by chinhdo | July 24, 2009 @ 5:02 pm

    Hi guys, please post your questions to the Korg01w-list Yahoo! group. See instructions on the right side bar of this web site on how to join the group.

    This web site is just a support web site for the discussion group.

  • Comment by cristhian | August 12, 2009 @ 4:40 pm

    I am looking for a korg 01w proX, if someone wants to sell or know of someone who wants to sell please contact me please: emmanuelrecords@gmail.com. Thank you

  • Comment by phil lafontaine | September 16, 2009 @ 12:29 am

    my korg won’t take a disk. Won’t download midi or the korg preset disk. Keeps telling me write protected, Changed the protect to off but still won’t download keeps sending me same msg.

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