Korg M3 is a music workstation synthesizer manufactured by Korg Corporation and introduced at the Winter NAMM show during January, 2007. It hit the streets 4 months later. The M3 is the successor of the famous Triton series. The name is based on the former M1, which was considered a revolutionary synth at the time.
The hardware synthesizer chip was designed around the HD-1, one of the various engines in the Korg OASYS. The M3 was named keyboard of the year at the Musik Messe Awards in Germany early 2007.
- 1 Firmware
- 2 Korg Komponent System
- 3 Korg M50
- 4 Notable Users
- 5 See also
- 6 External links
- 7 Notes
- 8 References
At the end of Q3 2008 Korg released a major update to the M3's operating system, which changes the unit to the 'M3 XPanded'. This update refines many of the functions of the M3, makes minor changes to the graphic user interface, adds four additional PCM sample libraries including a grand piano (EX-USB-PCM03) library, two brass and woodwind libraries (EX-USB-PCM01 & EX-USB-PCM02), a stereo grand piano (EX-USB-PCM04) library, and updates the KARMA to version 2.2 Kay Algorithmic Realtime Music Architecture developed by Stephen Kay (see: Korg KARMA).
Korg Komponent System
Korg Komponent System is a unique modular keyboard system devised by Korg Corporation that allows the keyboardist to configure their M3 in a multitude of ways. With three different keyboard options Korg explains the system like this:
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.
The largest criticisms of the Komponent system are:
- Korg seems to have abandoned the idea as only 2 modules (M3 and Radias) were Komponent compatible.
- Korg will not sell the keybeds separately. If you bought the M3 as a module, you cannot buy a 61, 73, or 88 key keybed except for on the used market. Korg has released keyboards since the M3 and none take advantage of the Komponent system.
In 2008, Korg unveiled a new, stripped-down version of the M3, the Korg M50. It runs on the same EDS sound system as the M3, but it has less polyphony, no support for expansion cards and no sampling capabilities. Korg M50 also lacks Karma engine but it still can be used if bought separately and installed on computer. The 88-key version, which featured the RH3 graded hammer-action piano keys, is the lightest 88-key keyboard Korg has ever made.
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- Karma-Lab Website - M3 page
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- ^ http://www1.mipa-award.de/2007/winner.htm
- ^ http://www.korg.com/Product.aspx?pd=280 M3 XPanded - Update
- ^ http://www.korg.com/uploads/Download/EXUSB_PCM04_633659370260210000.zip Stereo Grand Piano Update
- ^ Korg Webpage, Accessed on: January 4, 2008 <Korg Komponent System>
- ^ http://www.karma-lab.com/karmasoft/m50/m50_main.html Karma M50 software
- ^ http://www.korg.co.uk/artists/anthony_gonzalez.asp
- Korg Corporation, Accessed on 24 December 2008 <http://www.korg.com/GEAR/prod_info.asp?a_prod_no=M3&category_id=1>
- Ried, Gordon, Korg M3. Sound on Sound, July 2007.
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