Korg M3 M (No Longer Available)
Workstation/Sampler Module with 1024 Programs
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Third-Generation Korg Workstation with OASYS Innovation!The M3 features a number of innovations distilled from the flagship OASYS including the new EDS (Enhanced Definition Synthesis) sound generator derived from the HD-1 engine design, the advanced second-generation KARMA functionality, and the multi-purpose control surface. Adding innovations such as the new concept of "virtualized hardware" that allows an even closer integration with DAW systems, Drum Tracks which provide a instant groove to play along with, and the new "Korg Komponent System" concept that facilitates more flexible system construction, the M3 music workstation/sampler opens a new and exciting page in music making - it's the workstation that rightfully deserves to wear the "M" that started it all.
Korg M3 Module at a Glance:
Supercharged with 512 NEW Sounds!
Sweetwater has installed an M3 software and soundware upgrade that doubles the number of EDS Program slots from 512 to 1,024. Plus, these new slots are supercharged with 512 additional programs including:
More Electric Pianos and Clavinets
More Brass and Woodwinds
Four models available
The M3 music workstation/sampler is available as a lineup of four models: 61-key, 73-key, and weighted 88-key models, as well as the module-only M3-M. The 61-key and 73-key models use a proprietary new semi-weighted synth action keyboard developed by Korg for great playing feel and expressive aftertouch response. The 88-key model features the RH3 (Real Weighted Hammer Action 3) keyboard that reproduces the playing sensation of a grand piano, in which the low range has a heavier feel, with the touch becoming lighter as you play upward on the keyboard, allowing superb response to fine movements of your fingers.
Enhanced Definition Synthesis: A new horizon of sound-making potential
The M3 features a newly developed "EDS" sound generating system based on a new chip design that was developed in parallel with the HD-1 engine from the flagship OASYS. It takes full advantage of the M3's 256 Mbytes of PCM source material which is a veritable "best of" from the OASYS.
Using Korg's advanced voicing technology, the 1,028 multisamples, 1,606 drum samples, dual oscillators, four-level velocity switching/crossfading/layering, and stereo sampling allow for an enormous range of high-quality, detailed, and expressive sounds. The filter section, a vital part of the sound-creation process, lets you simultaneously use two resonant filters for each oscillator, and can be configured in series or parallel. Four filter types are provided: lowpass, highpass, band-pass, and band-reject.
The amp section features a driver circuit that gives the sound a sense of edge and character, along with low boost to help shake the walls when needed. Integrated 3-band EQ allows tonal sculpting without needing to go to the effects section. Detailed envelope generators, abundant modulation routings, plus the all-new AMS Mixers for advanced processing all combine to provide a level of sound shaping far beyond previous possibilities.
The all-important effect section provides up to five Insert effects, two Master effects, and one Total effect. In addition to great choruses, flangers, phasers, delays and reverbs, the 170 effect types include dynamic processing effects such as compressor and limiter, amp modeling and speaker simulation effects using Korg's proprietary "REMS" modeling technology, and evocative effects like the Grain Shifter and Talking Modulator.
The M3 includes professional features that allow for many cool applications and routings. Dual Common LFOs allow multiple effects to use the same modulation source; an advanced Control Bus provides triggering input from external audio or internal timbres to effects such as compressor/limiters and the vocoder; and the audio inputs can be freely routed to various effect chains and then run to individual outputs allowing the M3 to be used as a 2-in/6-output effects processor.
Expanded Combination Mode
Combination Mode is where multiple Programs can be freely assigned as splits and layers across the keyboard, including velocity switching and cross-fading for complex and expressive sounds. Sounds can be delayed either by time or by tempo, even when you release a key, allowing you to create sophisticated rhythmic soundscapes and performance effects. Monophonic sounds can be forced to be polyphonic, or vice-versa, and you can select only one of the oscillators if desired. For the more adventurous musician, each timbre can even use a different scale or tuning!
The M3 allows for sixteen timbres at the same time, including a Drum Track, up to four KARMA Modules, multiple effects and much more. Each timbre has dedicated 3-band EQ for getting the perfect mix, and a powerful Tone Adjust setup for detailed in-context sound shaping.
In addition to providing more sound elements, this means that Combis can be set up and saved as complete 16-part MIDI sequencing templates for use with an external sequencer and computer DAWs.
In the end it's always about the sounds, and the M3 doesn't disappoint. Korg's acclaimed international voicing team delivers the goods once again: stunningly realistic imitative sounds, fat synth sounds, imaginative textures, evocative sound effects - it's all here. The M3 comes loaded with 512 Programs, and room for a total of 1,664 user sounds (13 Banks plus GM). All sound locations are fully editable (except GM banks), so you are always free to tweak a sound if needed. Adding in the EXB-RADIAS option delivers 128 powerful MMT synthesis sounds. There are 32 drum kits provided, and room for a total of 144. As for the 16-part Combinations, 384 come preloaded, with room for a total of 1,792 (14 Banks).
All sounds (Programs and Combinations) are organized by Categories and Sub-Categories for easy searching and selection, making it easy to find and organize your sounds.
Second Generation KARMA
The second generation KARMA functionality that first appeared on the OASYS and received wide acclaim from artists and users world-wide is fully implemented in the M3. KARMA is the inspiring, real-time music generation system that can help you play everything from natural instrument gestures like intricate finger-picking, strumming and harp glissandos, to complex cascades of notes, dance-riffs, gated and chopping effects and "improvising" drum grooves. KARMA continues to set the standard by which all other arpeggiators, phrase players, and musical effect generators are judged. The inspiration that KARMA offers, coupled with the unheard-of phrase variability is second to none.
The M3's Open Sampling System lets you sample and resample in any mode to produce new remixed combinations of sounds and effects, or to capture full performances "In-Track" within the sequencer. Cutting-edge editing tools include Time Slice, Time Stretch, Crossfade Looping, Rate Change and Normalize.
An easy-to-use Auto-Setup function makes all the right sampling settings for you, with the press of a button. Stock sampling memory is 64 MB, and can be increased to 320 MB by adding the optional EXB-M256 memory expansion board. Samples in Korg native format, AIFF, WAV, Soundfont V2.0 and AKAI (S-1000/3000 with advanced Program parameter conversion) formats can be used, and internal samples can be exported as WAV or AIFF if needed.
Sampling can also be done to attached media, so USB memory sticks and hard drives can be used to extend memory size to resample a complete song as a WAV file to be burned to a USB CD-R/RW as an audio disc, or for moving to a computer for further editing and manipulation. Audio files on the media can even be edited directly to normalize, trim, and perform other essential editing tasks.
Korg Komponent System
The M3 music workstation/sampler introduces the new Korg Komponent System, featuring detachable keyboard and sound generator sections. The 61-key model lets you mount a RADIAS-R analog modeling synthesizer instead of the M3-M sound generator, the 73-key model lets you mount the M3-M together with a RADIAS-R analog modeling synthesizer, and the 88-key model supports the combination of M3-M and RADIAS-R or even mounting two M3-M units simultaneously. Of course you can detach the M3-M sound generator and use it as a sound module, giving you great flexibility for constructing the system you need whenever you want.
Korg M3 Module Features:
Korg M3 Module - Sounds from OASYS in a more affordable package!
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All I hear is music!!
by Timber from Billings, MT USAOkay, I just received my M3 M about 2 days ago. I've already spent about 14 hours playing it. It's INCREDIBLE! I love the touch screen and the pads. The sounds are amazing. It's so easy to use. ... read more [+]There are some detailed functions that take a bit of practice and research, but on the whole, it's incredibly intuitive. This is definitely a must have for anyone who wants to do film-scoring, orchestral pieces or any number of other musical compositions. Heck, this might even replace all my other instruments. close [-]
October 13, 2008
Music Background: Recording/mixing Engineer, Musical Director/Pro Musician
MY FAVORITE SOUND MODULE HANDS DOWN
by TYRONE BEATS from LAS VEGASI WAS MESSING AROUND WITH THIS BAD BOY AT A LOCAL MUSIC STORE. THE SOUNDS THAT THE KORG M3 PRODUCES ARE AMAZING. IT ALSO HAS PADS THAT TRIGGERS DIFFERENT OCTAVES. SO, EVEN IF YOU ARE A ROOKIE AT PRODU... read more [+]CING MUSIC YOU CAN CONSTRUCT BEAUTIFUL MASTERPIECES. close [-]
August 22, 2007
Music Background: PRODUCER / RECORDING ENGINEER
Excellent piece of equipment
by Kent Johnson from Sunnyvale, CAI am going to be using this for gigging in a top 40 cover band (for fun).
March 30, 2012
Music Background: Degree in Music. Jazz Saxophonist and Keyboardist/Programmer
It fits the bill perfectly. I was very surprised at the excellent sound quality. The "Extended" version gives y... read more [+]ou lots (and lots) of great pianos and organs to choose from.
The "Combi" concept is a blessing for us gigging musicians.
I also got the RADIAS card which is a no-brainer. It also sounds great and is very deep. You can even get "Dub Step" sounds out of it with no problem. Very nice Vocoder as well. close [-]
M3M replaces K2500R
by Art Weiss from New York CityMy beloved K2500R finally gave up the ghost. As I require a synth module, and Kurzweil no longer makes one, my choices were Yamaha and Korg. I chose the Korg through recommendations, and because of t... read more [+]he large editing screen (fabulous!). I mostly use acoustic instrument sounds for live shows and don't really require the bells & whistles of KARMA. The M3M sounds are not quite as "ballsy" as the Kurz. but the string sounds have more variety, definition and "rosin". I also easily edited some sounds to create good flutes, brass, organs, Rhodes and accordion. The Xpanded piano sound is excellent. The oboe is not yet right - will need more tweaking (each sound has its' own parametric). Added bonus: the M3M weighs only 22 lbs, is narrow and sits nicely atop my controller; touch screen doubles as an additional controller. Cons: no "instant access bank" like Kurz; selecting "combi" (multi-layered) vs. program (single layer) sounds requires an additional button push to change memory bank; the number keypad is not backlit; number buttons require exact center press (prone to a miss during a fast program change). Many of the sounds are set up to use the joystick/double buttons and require re-programming to access the dedicated effects if M3M is used with a non-Korg controller. close [-]
August 9, 2011
Music Background: Prof. performing pianist, synthesist starting with Oberheim Modular synth in the 70's
Why on earth would you buy an M3 module? Because you already have a controller you can use with it. The M3 is more than just the typical tone generator we have been used to for years. Korg was there to answer the call for those of us who need a workstation that allows us to be more creative than we have ever imagined! The M3 is a next-generation musical performance instrument with every bell and whistle built in to it. Even if you have no piano playing skills you can still play the M3. MIDI this up to your favorite live performance software, start pressing buttons, moving faders, and touching the built in Kaoss pad/color screen, and you're making music.
Bruce, North Canton, OH
Korg M3 M
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