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Korg M3-61 - 61-Key Music Workstation/Sampler Keyboard

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Product Highlights
  • DAW Integration Ability
  • Touch Screen
  • Full Featured Sampler
  • Draws on KARMA & OASYS Technology

The M3-61 from Korg is an advanced music workstation and sampler designed for professional applications. The outstanding sound quality, intuitive control interface, DAW integration ability, and a plethora of other features make this unit a pro musician's dream.

Korg's experience of producing music workstation began with the ubiquitous M1, and the M3 is a logical outcome of twenty years of research and development. It draws on several high-end technologies, namely the KARMA and OASYS systems, and includes comprehensive control, luscious sounds, a full featured sampler and touch screen technology.

General

61-key workstation/sampling keyboard
Featuring the "EDS" sound generating system, derived from Korg's OASYS system and the advanced second-generation KARMA
The second generation KARMA functionality is fully implemented and allows the user to perform 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
The hardware can be "virtualized" in the form of a VST, RTAS or Audio Units plug-in, for tight integration with a larger computer system

Sounds

Includes 1,028 multi-samples, 1,606 drum samples, dual oscillators, four-level velocity switching/crossfading/layering, and stereo sampling
A drum kit can be created from ROM or RAM samples, mono or stereo, with up to four-way velocity switching and cross-fading for incredible realism

Effects

The filter section allows for the use of two resonant filters for each oscillator, simultaneously. Four filter types are provided - low-, high-, band-pass and band-reject
Effect section provides up to five insert effects, two master effects, and one total effect
170 effect types include dynamic processing, amp modeling and speaker simulation, choruses, flangers, phasers, delays and reverbs

Control

A color LCD not only provides a touch-view GUI, but also operates as an X-Y pad
Eight, dynamic and velocity-sensitive pads provide a great way to play drum sounds, or up to eight-note chords, either live or as triggers for the KARMA function
Eight slider/switch control surface can be used as a mixer, a set of sound controls, an editing interface, a real-time KARMA performance interface, or to control external software and hardware synthesizers and effects

Sampling

Open Sampling System allows the user to sample and re-sample in any mode to produce new remixed combinations of sounds and effects, or to capture full performances "In-Track" within the sequencer
Tools include time slice, time stretch, crossfade looping, rate change and normalize
64MB is stock sampling memory (can be increased to 320MB 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
Sampling can also be done to attached media, so USB memory sticks and hard drives can be used to extend memory size

Sequencer

High-resolution sequencer delivers 16-tracks that can hold up to 128 songs and 210,000 notes
Timing resolution of 480 PPQ captures every nuance and detail of a performance
Cue List function allows for creating songs in sections, or to play back completed songs as a medley
Keyboard 61 semi-weighted synth action keys
Polyphony 120 voices
Multitimbral 16
Synthesis Method EDS (Enhanced Definition Synthesis)
Presets 1,664 user locations (512 preloaded)
Sequencer Notes: 210,000
Tracks: 16
Songs: 128
Resolution: 448 PPQ
Cue Lists: 20
Record and Playback 16-bit/48kHz stereo/mono sampling
Record to internal memory, USB storage, or CD
User Memory 1,664
Effects 5 x Insert
2 x Master
1 x Total

170 Types with up to 32-presets per effect
3-band EQ (high, low and sweepable mid)

Controllers 1 x Pitch/Modulation Joystick
1 x Ribbon Controller
8 x Trigger Pads
8 x Slider/Switch Control Surface
TouchView Display Functions as an X-Y Controller
Sample RAM 64MB standard (expandable to 320MB with optional EXB-M256 expansion module)
Expansion Slots Optional RADIAS Board
Optional Sampling RAM Expansion
Optional FireWire Interface
Outputs 2 x 1/4" TS phone - Left/Mono, Right Main Output
4 x 1/4" TS phone - Individual 1, 2, 3 and 4
1 x 1/4" TRS phone - Headphone
1 x TOSlink S/PDIF optical - Mirrors L/R Main Output (24-bit/48kHz)
1 x MIDI Out
1 x MIDI Thru
Inputs 2 x 1/4" TS phone
1 x TOSlink S/PDIF optical (24-bit/48kHz)
1 x MIDI In
Storage External USB storage
Software editor
Amplifier No
Speakers No
Display 5.7" color TouchView GUI, 320 x 240 dot with X-Y control function
Dimensions (WxDxH) 40 x 14.65 x 6.73" (1016 x 372 x 170mm) - module up
40 x 14.65 x 4.76" (1016 x 372 x 120.9mm) - module down
Weight 31.08 lbs (14.1kg)
System Requirements For use with USB-MIDI Driver:

Mac:
PowerPC/Intel
OS X 10.3.9 or later
Available USB port on computer
Windows
XP Home Edition/Professional SP 2/Vista
Available USB port on computer

For use with M3 Editor/Plug-In Editor:

Mac:
G4/800MHz or faster (Intel-based Mac supported, G5 and/or Core Duo recommended)
OS X 10.4 or later
512MB or larger memory (1GB or more recommended)
Software host that supports VST, RTAS and Audio Units plug-in formats for use as a plug-in
Windows
Intel Pentium III/1 GHz or faster
XP Home Edition/Professional SP 2 or later
512MB or larger memory (1GB or more recommended)
Software host that supports VST and RTAS plug-in formats for use as a plug-in

For use with optional FireWire Port:

Mac:
PowerPC/Intel with FireWire ports
Mac OS X 10.4 or later
Windows
Computer with FireWire ports
XP Home Edition/Professional SP 2

Specialties Can burn CD directly to a USB based CD burner
Korg M3-61 - 61-Key Music Workstation/Sampler Keyboard
  • Power Cable
  • CD-ROM
  • Owner's Manual
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    KorgM3-61 - 61-Key Music Workstation/Sampler Keyboard
     
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    5.0

    The Complete Workstation

    By Larry

    from Peabody, MA

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Sound
    • Touch Sensitive Keys
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Accompaniment
      • Concerts

      Comments about Korg M3-61 - 61-Key Music Workstation/Sampler Keyboard:

      As a 4th generation Korg workstation user, I must say that Korg has another winner. I use my M3(as I did with my O1/Wfd, Triton Classic and Triton Extreme)as the nerve center of the duo 2 MUCH! ([@]). The color touch screen makes it easier and quicker to navigate under stage lights than the Triton's monochrome display. The upgrade from USB/CF to Twin USB 2.0 has made storage not only faster, but much cheaper($15 for a 2 gig thumb drive). The sounds are excellent and immediately useful. Beware, If you have sequences in Triton format that you want to reuse, make sure you save them in GM Format as the M3 will not read Triton sequences. I have the 61 key version and the keyboard feels great. In my opinion, it's one of the best non-weighted that I've ever played. Each program comes mated with a drum pattern. Highly inspirational. By pressing the record button, it puts you right into sequence mode so you can record your ideas while they're happening. This is just the tip of the iceberg. Get your hands on one and see for yourself.

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