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The M3 heralds the third generation of Korg Workstations. The M1
started it all, first appearing in 1988 to bring the world a new
concept called the "music workstation." It went on to become the
best selling workstation in history, and was further expanded and
enhanced through the T and O1/W series. Trinity defined a new
level of innovations including touch screen technology and
configurable effects, and was the forbearer of the successful
TRITON range of products.
Now Korg is poised to refine the workstation category once again.
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.
Enhanced Definition Synthesis --- a new horizon of sound-making
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: low-pass, high-pass, band-pass, and
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.
A drumkit in the M3 can be created from ROM or RAM samples, mono
or stereo, with up to four-way velocity switching and
cross-fading for incredible realism.
Powerful sound shaping can occur here, with EQ, drive and low
boost plus individual effects routing per key, delivering
The M3 provides a new Drum Track function that adds a groove to
each sound you play. Combined with KARMA it makes a Program a
complete sonic adventure that is sure to inspire. You can select
patterns from over 500 in internal memory and start them with a
dedicated button, from a desired region of the keyboard or by
playing a velocity that's above a specified threshold.
Since the Drum Track uses MIDI data stored in a Pattern, it is
easy for you to create your own in the Sequencer Mode, either
recording them, importing them from SMF data or other user's
songs, or converting recorded KARMA data as MIDI events for
further manipulation. Even sampled loops can be used! This is a
powerful feature with uses ranging from creating music-production
memos to inspirational jamming and realtime performance.
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
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
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 drumkits
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
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.
In Program Mode, one KARMA Generated Effect (GE) can be assigned
to a single drum groove, melodic phrase, comping gated part or
other musical effect. Eight sliders, eight switches, and eight
scenes provide dedicated real-time control and the ability to
store complete snapshots of your settings.
The M3 has incredible control over each KARMA element yet has
been refined to be even easier to use, thanks to 13 "Real-Time
Control Models" (RTC Models). An RTC Model standardizes which
parameters of a KARMA GE are available for real time control, and
how they are assigned to the Control Surface. With multiple GEs
sharing the same exact setup, what you learn while controlling
one GE is consistent and applicable to the thousands of other
included GEs as well.
Finally, the second generation KARMA provides a signature sonic
effect called KARMA Wave-Sequencing that can change a sound's
waveforms rhythmically in realtime, along with everything else
KARMA is doing, allowing each note to access a different waveform
as it is generated. The results can resemble traditional
wave-sequencing, or enter completely new realms of sound design.
Ultimate expressive power
The M3 is remarkable not only for the freshness of its sounds,
but also for its outstanding new control environment. The color
LCD of the M3 music workstation/sampler not only provides a
touch-view GUI that ensures intuitive and easy operation, but it
also operates as an X-Y Pad, allowing sound and effect parameters
to be controlled in real-time by sliding your finger across or
tapping on the screen " much like the innovative Korg KAOSS Pad.
Further control is provided by a Motion function that lets you
capture and play back your finger moves to shape your sound and
performance in unique ways. The screen even changes colors in
response to the movement of your finger for cool visual feedback
to your performance.
The eight dynamic, velocity-sensitive pads give you a great way
to play drum sounds or up to 8-note chords, either live or as
triggers for the powerful KARMA function.
Each note in the chord retains the individual velocity so it can
play back with all the nuance of your original performance, and
can even be scaled across a full velocity range without
"breaking" the dynamic relationship of each note.
You can add an internal RADIAS analog modeling synthesizer sound
generator board (one timbre, up to 24 voices), with on-screen
integration of all its parameters and full integration with the
M3's effects, control surface and KARMA functionality.
This powerful MMT-based (Multiple Modeling Technology) synth
engine features dual oscillators which combine to offer
analog-modeled waves, DWGS (PCM) waves, noise, ring mod and more.
Waveform modulation, Variable Phase Modulation (VPM), Unison
voice thickening, PWM and cross-mod expand the sonic palette.
Dual Filters can run in series, parallel, or side by side
(individual for each oscillator). Filter1 features a resonant
filter design covering 24 dB low pass, 12 dB low pass plus 12 dB
high and band pass, with continuously variable "morphing" between
these states. Filter2 offers 12dB versions of the low, high and
band pass modes, plus a unique comb filter.
Two LFOs and three ADSR envelopes shape the sound and add cyclic
motion to nearly any voice parameter. Three 16-step Modulation
Sequencers provide discrete values to a modulation parameter that
change over time, either in stepped or smooth motion, and can
loop over and over.
Internal or external audio can be run through the EXB-RADIAS to
be gated and filtered using the internal synthesis and effects.
Drive adds analog warmth, Punch brings increased definition to
the attack of a sound, and 12-types of Wave Shaping provides
dramatic timbral shaping " even offering virtual "pick-up"
The EXB-RADIAS offers the same vocoder as the RADIAS, offering 16
bands with individual control over level and panning. Formant
Motion records the formant of a sung or spoken phrase so it can
be recreated anytime.
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
New High-Resolution Sequencer
The sequencer that's at the heart of the M3's song production is
an intuitively-understandable 16-track design that holds up to
128 songs and 210,000 notes.
The new high timing resolution of 480 PPQ captures every nuance
and detail of your performance. Three-band EQ per track provides
detailed sound-shaping, as does the Tone Adjust sound "tweaking"
All the now-classic Korg features are included, such as our
one-touch "Auto Song Setup" feature, which takes you from playing
a Program or Combination to "ready-to-record" status in one easy
step, automatically arming tracks and routing voices behind the
scenes. All KARMA settings are also set up, so you can record
every note and controller as they're generated, and even edit
Song Templates contain pre-assigned effect routings and program
assignments, providing one more shortcut to help you capture your
creative outbursts. The M3 comes with 16 of these Song Templates,
plus another 16 you can custom-tailor to your own needs. Each
Template Song also provides a number of rhythm patterns "
including intro, fills and endings " that you can use to
instantly create a rhythm track.
Individual track looping allows flexible manipulation of repeated
phrases such as drum grooves against longer parts like melodies
In addition to being a highly-developed music workstation, the M3
is also able to closely integrate with your computer. By
connecting the M3 to your computer via USB and using the included
stand-alone "M3 Editor" software, you can edit sounds and
settings from your computer.
A plug-in version of "M3 Editor" is also provided, so you can use
it from within your DAW as a plug-in instrument. The editor runs
as a VST, AU or RTAS plug-in for maximum compatibility. For even
more complete integration, Korg's new "Virtualized Hardware"
concept comes into play. When the optional EXB-FW FireWire board
is installed, a single FireWire cable will convey both the M3's
MIDI and audio signals to the tracks of your DAW in which the
plug-in is running. This means that you can construct a highly
integrated environment that adds the reliability of hardware to
your software music production system, adding additional power to
your virtual world.
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.
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.
A rich array of input/output jacks
The M3 provides two analog and two digital (S/P DIF) inputs as
standard. In addition to the main two-channel output (L/MONO, R),
there are four independent outputs as well as two-channel digital
output (24-bit optical S/P DIF), meeting the needs of