Korg PS-3300

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The PS-3300 is a megalithic semi-modular two piece synthesizer system from Korg. It was one of the first truly polyphonic analog synthesizers from the mid '70's! Beautiful wood panels, plenty of knobs and patch-points and a bold Korg sound! The system follows the PS-3100 model.

The PS-3300 is like having 3 stacked PS-3100s with a built-in mixer module. The PS-3300 loves the number 48 - 48 voice polyphony, 48 VCOs, 48 VCFs and 48 VCAs! That would make this one of the largest and fattest compact synthesizer systems around! Each note on the keyboard has microtonal tunings. There's also a general envelope generator and sample and hold. In addition to a great Korg sound, it features incredible modulation abilities and is still a very useful and coveted synth even today. This very pricey instrument is used mainly by large acts such as Vangelis, Jean-Michel Jarre and Emmerson, Lake and Palmer.

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13 Visitor comments
anal aerobics AKA HI-NRG
July 24, 2010 @ 2:09 pm
Played on these some months ago at a mates place.
Yeah I'm pretty certain Rich has got at least 1, apparently he has had it refurbished in brown velvet, so that he can be making tracks while talking a dump in his russian submarine in scotland.
fred.the [beep] .withballs
July 8, 2010 @ 11:22 am
afx has got one or more of these. he told me at a gig that his next release will use these heavily
June 9, 2010 @ 8:54 am
Had one of these back in the mid 80s when I picked it up for peanuts from someone who was convinced that analogue synths were dead and the flogged it on in the late 90's for something like 50 time what I paid for it and have been regretting it ever since. The only thing I ever had against it was that the keyboard sometime threw a hissy fit if the cable was too long!

Kraftwerk also used one in their early-mid 80s Kling-Klang portable studio set-up with a modified keyboard and ADSR modification.

I'm still rather surprised that Korg didn't digitally model this for the Legacy collection as it's still probably their best analogue.
Analog Renaissance 1
June 24, 2009 @ 5:48 pm
TO MIXVIXEN: I'm a friend of Matts and he told me they were sold to Aphex a little while ago...
June 22, 2009 @ 3:51 pm
I had 3 of these lovely Korg PS330's all banked together. I used these in my recording studio to prepare orchestration for some major recording studio tracks. Around 1996 I sold all three to MATT Black (DJ) and he had them MIDI'd by Kenton Electronics. There Massive in sound. Where are they now?
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 48 voices
  • Oscillators - 48 VCO's
  • Effects - 3-band EQ
  • Filter - Typical resonant VCF
  • VCA - ADS Envelope generator (no release)
  • Keyboard - PS-3010 48-key remote polyphonic keyboard
  • Arpeg/Seq - None
  • Control - CV/GATE
  • Date Produced - 1977

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