Korg X3

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The nineties update to the legendary M1. Launched in 1993, it expanded on what made the M1 such a great machine and featured a range of solid, entirely usable sounds. The Strings and Basses are exceptionally good, although truly analog sounding sweeps and pads are not what this machine was about. The X3 (and subsequent X-series models that came after it) was designed as a middle-weight workstation, with the warmer and more powerful 01/W series taking the reins as Korg's premiere ROMpler workstation of the early nineties.

The X3 is based around 6 MB of 16-bit multi-samples, with basses, guitars, strings, drums, pads and much more. You can even add more PCM sounds to the synth, but additional PCM cards are expensive and/or hard to find.

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Korg X3R

Detailed editing and a flexible sequencer make this machine more than capable of running a MIDI rig if you are averse to PC based sequencing. If you can live without large touch sensitive screens or resonant filters, then you will find the X3 packs more punch than you may imagine. A rewarding synth to own, even 10 years down the line. What it lacks in instant hands-on tweak-ability and cutting edge sounds, it makes up for in the ultimately usable range of sounds. It has been used by Vangelis.

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47 Visitor comments
Erick Pastrano
May 12, 2014 @ 10:06 am
To replace the internal battery, take your board to a technician that knows how to solder because the battery is soldered. KEEP IN MIND that once the battery is replaced, you will lose all your programmed patches and sounds, except the General Midi sounds. Like i mentioned before in a previous message, you will need to find/get a similar board like the n264, n364, x5, x2 or another x3 and connect them using MIDI cords and utilize the MIDI Dump feature. FROM the similar board, plug the "OUT" to the "IN" of the board you just replaced the battery. Hit me up on Facebook at Erick Pastrano, PEACE!!
Craig Ross
April 18, 2014 @ 6:53 pm
Is there any info out there on how to change a battery in a Korg X3R? Keep getting message "battery low" recently. Thanks
February 8, 2014 @ 1:19 pm
I bought a Korg X3 brand new back in 1993. It's now 2014 and not only do i still have it but it's still working and hasn't needed a thing doing to it other than it having to have its internal battery replaced. The built in disk drive is still fully operational. Although now slightly dated with its sounds its still an awesome keyboard to use and play. Korg seriously know what they're doing!
October 31, 2013 @ 2:27 am
I still have my X3 after all these years. I have never found strings that I liked as much as Korg's.
October 26, 2013 @ 4:36 pm
I had to work my [beep] off for one year to be able to buy an X3. I wanted an M1 and I also looked at the cool wavestation, but it had no sequencer. So I bought this and it learnt EVERYTHING about making tracks. The sequencer is quite good, and with some smart programing you can get cool sounding tracks. But what really impresses me when I switch it on (rarely nowadays) is the sweet feeling of the keyboard and the MASSIVE pads you can make with this synth. The filter [beep] s, the buttons are all dead, the screen is small and it has just two outputs. But some of the sounds are very inspiring.
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 32 voices (16-part multitimbral)
  • Oscillators - 32 Osc: 6MB PCM waveforms
  • Effects - 47 Digital multi-effects: reverb, delay, overdrive, EQ, chorus, rotary speaker, and more.
  • LFO - None
  • Filter - Digital Lowpass Filter, velocity sensitive (non-resonant)
  • VCA - Digital Amplifier with 4-stage ADSR envelope generators
  • Keyboard - 61 keys with Velocity, Aftertouch, Multi, Layer, Split modes
  • Sequencer - 16-Track, 10,000 Notes, 9 Songs.
  • Memory - 200 user programs, 200 user combis
  • Control - MIDI In / Out / Through (16-parts)
  • Date Produced - 1993
  • Resources & Credits
  • Images from Thomas Kolb and

    Thanks to Phil Young for providing info.

    Reviewed December 2007.

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