Korg M3-M - Music Workstation/Sampler Module

Korg M3-M - Music Workstation/Sampler Module

Korg M3-M - Music Workstation/Sampler Module

Korg M3-M - Music Workstation/Sampler Module

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The M3-M 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-M 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.

Many musicians have too many keyboards already, or want to use a favorite controller, but still want access to the sounds and functionality of the M3 keyboards. Understanding this, Korg provides all of the functionality of the keyboard workstations, minus the keys, modulation wheel and ribbon controller, in module form.


Module only section of M3 keyboard workstations
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


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


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


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


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


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
In the Box
Korg M3-M - Music Workstation/Sampler Module
  • Power Cable
  • Bracket
  • CD-ROM
  • Owner's Manual
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    Keyboard Not applicable
    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 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) 26.5 x 7.95 x 3.2" (673 x 202 x 82mm)
    Weight 10.6 lbs (4.8kg)
    System Requirements For use with USB-MIDI Driver:

    OS X 10.3.9 or later
    Available USB port on computer
    XP Home Edition/Professional SP 2/Vista
    Available USB port on computer

    For use with M3 Editor/Plug-In Editor:

    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
    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:

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

    Specialties Can burn CD directly to a USB based CD burner
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 32.0 x 12.0 x 7.2"

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