esoteric wrote:I own both these little guys, so I I'll throw my two cents in:
I don't own either of these any more but did own them both at the same time a while back and I can agree with everything esoteric said. Except the vocoder stuff since I never tried the vocoder on the Micron. Can't agree or disagree on that one!
The uKorg is definitely more 'fun' from a casual standpoint, but the Micron is more rewarding to dig into. i found the Micron editing to be easy as well, maybe because I think in fairly linear way when programming synths. The uKorg's matrix never got as easy for me as, say, a Waldorf MicroQ.
The uKorg is battery powered and the Micron is not, so that's a factor in some cases.
Can't forget the irritating tiny keys on the uKorg which prevented playing it like a 'real' keyboard since i have large hands and fat fingers. I didn't care for the flush wheels, either. Then again, the horizontal wheel on the Micron was kind of disorienting, too.
I've never played or seen an R3, but the specs read like a uKorg on steroids, plus it loses the tiny keys. Definitely worth a look if you're shopping in this class of synth.