Korg PS-3200

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The PS-3200 is a semi-modular synth from Korg, last in the PS series. Basically two PS-3100 synths in one enclosure and featuring 16 addressable and recallable memory locations for patch settings. In its time this synth was, to say the least, amazing. It has two oscillators for each key and 48 notes of full polyphony! Each VCO module has its own VCF and LFO too!

Although this synth was a polyphonic beast it was still pretty limited in terms of patching and signal routing relative to other modular systems. There was also a limited envelope generator design. But for its time this synth was one of the fattest things around and the included 16 patches of memory were a God-send! The memory system takes a snapshot of all your settings, and they can be recalled at anytime. The memory even lasts after the synth is turned off. Its sound is classic analog Korg. It has been used by Hans Zimmer, J.M. Jarre and Emmerson Lake & Palmer.

Pictured on top of the PS-3200 is the PS-3060 Programmer Remote Controller, for remote control of the PS-3200. It allowed users to remotely select any of the 16 memory patches. The PS-3010 48-key polyphonic remote keyboard and PS-3060 both used Korg's propietary model PS-3001 60P (60 pin) connection cable.

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8 Visitor comments
March 23, 2013 @ 8:41 am
In the Korg museum page listed below, the 60-pin connector cable is referred to with the catalogue number PS-3050. In addition to the cable, the PS-3010 keyboard and the PS-3060 remote control, they also produced the PS-3040 dual foot control pedals. The article states that the PS-3020 junction box and the PS-3030 dual polyphonic sequencer were listed in a catalogue, but this was a mistake. Those two items were only prototypes for the PS-3200 and PS-3300 and were never sold. More info (in Japanese) at the link.

December 26, 2012 @ 11:32 am
Hi people!!! Here a little improv demo of this synth... it was recorded direct to the pc... no ambient sound.

June 5, 2011 @ 11:10 am
This synth is not really like 2 PS3100s.. it is a dual oscillator version of the 3100 with patch memory and an EQ rather than the classic PS series Resonator. There are only (ha) 48 VCFs, VCAs and an Envelope per key as well as a "general" envelope for controlling parameters just like the 3100, the 3300 is 3 stacked 3100s with 3 VCFs, VCA and Envelopes for each of the 48 keys. They are all great sounding classic synthesizers but there is a misconception about what exactly the 3200 is.
January 3, 2011 @ 12:15 pm
To correct a mistake: this synth was released in the second half of 1978, not in '77.
Rich Vega Norat
December 9, 2009 @ 9:39 pm
also used by Kerry Livgren of Kansas....get well soon Kerry!

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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 48 voices
  • Oscillators - 2 VCOs per voice
  • Misc. - Built In 7-Band EQ
  • Filter - Typical filter w/ resonance and envelope
  • VCA - ADSR envelope generator
  • Keyboard - PS-3010 48-key remote polyphonic keyboard
  • Memory - 16 patches
  • Control - CV/GATE
  • Date Produced - 1978

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