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
December 7, 2012 @ 7:22 pm
I own a korgx3. I bought it new and have composed full Cds with it. On the demo, the sound that is used at 1:17 is the same one I've used on many occasions. I have a song on youtube called morning sky that uses only that pad. Although I'm looking at that new korg krome or kronos because it's ease of use, I still enjoy my x3.
October 4, 2012 @ 9:53 am
Hi guys,
If you are looking for an Korg X3, there is one fore sale in very good condition on eBay
The seller is chocncinnamon.
Best ;)
March 9, 2012 @ 6:36 am
A worker's synth, with passable organ and EP and some good strings, offered through a very nice feeling keyboard. If that's what you need, but you lack funds, this will satisfy to a point. But at the end of the day, there's nothing about it that's special.
robert bradley
November 21, 2011 @ 8:59 pm
I own a korg n364 its has twice the rom,voicing and a few extras but the same format. To get around the banks are not like most boards like A bank is horns B is strings ect. If you push the hold button, then 1, then value up or yes you'll see as you continue with the up key all patches are acustic ro electric keys. hit 6 then up these are bass patches. 4's are guitars, 9's are drum kits or percussions. once you get to it builting split, layers and even sending patches or receving patches via midi in comb. mode will be easy i love these synth
November 4, 2011 @ 11:57 am
I've been using my X3 in a live setting for years. I overcame the filter issue by buying an alesis air fx and running the board output through it. This let me do sweeps and all kinds of wicked twisted sounds on the x3. I've had it since 1994 and love it for its capabilities. That said, I've since bought a Triton Extreme and recently the Kronos. I'm afraid the X3 becomes ajust in case board, but it has served well.
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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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