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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45 Visitor comments
May 31, 2010 @ 6:35 pm
I used to own this synth. Got it when it just came out, and my first reaction back then was: WOW!! But now when hearing the sounds, I have to admit it sounds totally outdated!
Some of the real "synthesizer" sounds are still pretty cool, but most of the sounds are total whack nowadays.
Also it's a synth that doesn't excell in anything, except maybe the sequencer.
All in all I'm glad to be rid of it!
February 7, 2010 @ 5:13 am
I bought the X5 (it's like the X3 but without the sequencer) back in the 90s to compliment my E-mu Proteus at a time that no software instruments were in existence! Classic rompler with sounds that continue the M1 tradition...best used with an external analog filter...I keep it mainly for live purposes!
Juan Andres
February 1, 2010 @ 8:59 pm
I didn't know it has a Yamaha keyboard!

I bought it when it cames out in 1993 and it is still my main synth due to its seq flexibility. I work with another Korg's family members such us Poly 800, DW8000 and MS2000B (yes I'm fan of Korg), and a Yamaha AN1x, great synth too :)

I work only with real synths, no virtual plugins, even when I play live...
February 1, 2010 @ 9:33 am
I got the X3 a few months ago, already learned now how to fully operate it.
It's an amazing instrument with elite class sounds which can only be found on this kind of devices now days.
Also I own a Korg Karma and Korg X50, which are variations of the Triton.
Well, they sound awesomly perfect as well, but the X3 has a touch about it (soundwise) that can not be found anymore.
I Love it and use it as my main keyboard for strings and Piano.

btw - it has a Yamaha Keyboard.
Not a great fan of Yamaha but the keyboard of the X3 is A Yamaha, and it's absolutly the most fun I've ever played!
Juan Andres
January 19, 2010 @ 1:34 am

Seguramente es la bateria (pila redonda chata de reloj) del sintetizador que se agoto. Asegurate de llevarlo a un service autorizado ya que el montaje del X3 es complicado y la bateria esta oculta entre paneles soldados y placas bastante frágiles.

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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

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