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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Lynn
October 17, 2011 @ 4:28 pm
I have a mint condition Korg X3 with floppy discs, Alesis 100 amp, and 2 Alesis speakers with a soft case for the keyboard. All aspects of it work, as it was stored , and played infrequently. It was too much for me to handle! Anyone interested? Contact me at lkys135@sbcglobal.net Thanks...
Bruce Chapman
October 4, 2011 @ 3:38 pm
Just picked one up for $80 to use as a rehearsal keyboard to save me carting something around. Disc function doesn't work, but blown away by the sounds.Immediately carried home from rehearsal- not the plan - and down loaded the manual. Hoping I can reorganize the banks as the organization of the sounds seems to be quite random. Also hoping to access some of the plug ins on my Mac, as the keyboard is a wonderful keyboard to play- better than any controller I have seen.
Rodolfo Alegria
August 12, 2011 @ 12:04 am
Hello...I have a magnificent Korg X3 I have a friend, electronic engineer who restores it like a new. For those guys who need the original factory settings send me a mail and I will send you the program.......I have the same feelings about this excellent synth.....Regards...RA My e-mail....rodolfoalegria20002yahoo.com
Rodolfo Alegria
August 12, 2011 @ 12:01 am
Hello...I have a magnificent Korg X3 I have a friend, electronic engineer who restores it like a new. For those guys who need the original factory settings send me a mail and I will send you the program.......I have the same feelings about this excellent synth.....Regards...RA
Jun Labajo
July 19, 2011 @ 8:03 pm
hi guys! i have my korg x3, i got a problem on it, because, after cleaning inside the keyboard, the original program has been missing, instead, it has a small tone or turned into midi. Please help me how to recover it again into the original program... that's my only dream, to recover it again... for this keyboard (korg x3) is my life. There's nothing can compare about it. please!
 
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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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