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.
My new baby!! OK...how can I put this into words... When I sit down with my M3, a minute doesn't go by and I start swaying with the music. The M3 dynamically reacts to my playing like an acoustic instrument but at a much deeper level as literally every button, knob, fader and physical aspect of it is part of the instrument and the music making experience. It feels logically connected to me and my creative spirit. I cannot say this about any other music workstation in this price range. The M3 has captivated me and I'm utterly under its spell. Thank you Korg for bringing another true innovation home.
All I hear is music!!
Okay, 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. 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.
MY FAVORITE SOUND MODULE HANDS DOWN
I 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 PRODUCING MUSIC YOU CAN CONSTRUCT BEAUTIFUL MASTERPIECES.
Excellent piece of equipment
I am going to be using this for gigging in a top 40 cover band (for fun).
It fits the bill perfectly. I was very surprised at the excellent sound quality. The "Extended" version gives you 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.
M3M replaces K2500R
My 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 the 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.