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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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
alex
March 28, 2011 @ 2:32 am
i need a korg 01
somebody has 1 for sale?
K-PAZ DE LA SIERRA
February 3, 2011 @ 9:16 am
THE KORG X3 IS A PERFECT INSTRUMENT SYNTH WE USE THIS KEYBOARD FOR TRUMPETS AND SAX HARMONICS STRING IT HAS EVERYTHING THAT YOU CAN FIND OUT IN THE KORG N364 AND IS EVEN BETTER THAN THE KORG N364 I FOUNF OUT THE DIFFRENCE BETWEEN THEM I HAVE 2 KORG X3 ONE WITH THE FACTORY SOUNDS AND THE OTHER WITH THE KORG O1W/FD FACTORY SOUNDS IN IT AND IT REALLY SOUNDS GOOD AND IS BETTER TO HAVE THIS SYNTHS THAN ROLAND KEYBOARDS.AND ALSO WHEN YOU WORK WITH IT AND WITH A KORG M1 IS EVEN MORE BETTER WORKING TWO DIFFERENT SYNTHS
customcomp
January 22, 2011 @ 7:47 am
EB - Did you find the info to fix your synth?
Erick Pastrano
January 17, 2011 @ 10:54 am
This is in response to "EB" from 11-1-2010: I too had that problem with my Korg X3. The problem is the battery which is low or has no more juice to carry the memory. If you have not done so, you will need to replace or have someone replace the battery inside of the unit. Once that has been replaced, you will need another similiar or better korg unit to copy sound patches using midi plugins. This is where you will need to utilize the midi dump feature from the borrowing unit to your Korg X3. Ying King San Antonio, Tx
Shawn G.
January 8, 2011 @ 12:33 am
This was my first workstation and I made my first masterpeice of a song on this thing.I gave it away last year too another young and upcoming producer. I have other workstatons and synths but this thig was my heart and soul from 1994 too 2002.
 
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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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