Loading... Please wait...

Our Newsletter

Korg M3 61-Key Synthesizer Xpanded

  • Image 1
28.00 LBS
Calculated at checkout
Bookmark and Share

Product Description

Korg M3 features a newly developed EDS sound generating system based on a chip design developed in parallel with the HD-1 engine from the flagship OASYS. It takes full advantage of the M3's 256MB of PCM source material.

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 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 band-reject.

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, and the all-new AMS Mixers give you advanced processing possibilities for an intense level of sound shaping.


Xpanded version available NOW!
The Korg M3 has been "Internally Xpanded". New sounds include electric pianos and classic keyboards, tape-emulating flutes and strings, and Brass & Woodwinds and Concert Grand expansion cards. DAW-style sequencing features include piano roll editing and a track view screen. KARMA v 2.2 M3 XPanded also adds an additional 149 new and realistic drum grooves. Throw in 700 effects presets and enhanced TouchView screen capabilities and the M3 Xpanded is a monster workstation!

61-key semi-weighted synth action (Korg's new keyboard design)
Controllers: Joystick, Ribbon Controller, [SW1], [SW2]
Interface: TO MODULE (for connection to M3-M tone generator module); TO MODULE (second) (available on 73-key and 88-key)
Display: 5.7 inch color TouchView GUI, 320 x 240 dot, X Y control function
Control Inputs: Damper Pedal (half damper pedaling supported), Assignable Switch, Assignable Pedal
Frequency response: 20 Hz 20 kHz, +/-1.0 dB, 10 k Ohms load
THD+N: 20 Hz 20 kHz, 0.08 % 10 k Ohms load (typical)
Included Accessories: AC cord; Owner's Manual (M3 Operation Guide); CD-ROM (M3 Parameter Guide (PDF), Voice Name List (PDF), KORG MIDI driver,M3 Editor stand alone and plug-in versions); Bracket (M3-M only)
Dimensions: 40"(W) x 14.65"(D) x 4.76"(H)(with M3-M folded down), 40"(W) x 14.65"(D) x 6.73"(H) (with M3-M tilted up)
Weight: 31.08 lbs
Current Consumption: 35W
Synthesis Technology

EDS (Enhanced Definition Synthesis)
MMT (Multi Modeling Technology) sound generator can be added by installing the optional EXB-RADIAS

Program Structure (EDS)
Tone Generator: 256 Mbyte (when converted to 16-bit linear format); 1,032 Multisamples; 1,606 Drum Samples
Maximum Polyphony: 120 voices, 120 oscillators max, single mode; 60 voices, 120 oscillators max, double mode (actual maximum polyphony will vary depending on oscillator settings such as stereo multisamples and velocity crossfading)
Oscillator: OSC1 (Single), OSC1+2 (Double); Stereo multisamples are supported; 4 velocity zones per oscillator, with switching, crossfades and layers
Filters: Four types of filter routing (single, serial, parallel, 24 dB); Two multi-mode filters per voice (low pass, high pass, band pass, band reject)
EQ: Three bands, with sweepable mid
Modulation: For each voice: two envelope generators (Filter & Amp); Two LFOs; Two key tracking generators (Filter & Amp); Two AMS mixers; Pitch EG; Common LFO; Two common key tracking generators

Combination Structure
Up to sixteen timbres
For each Timbre: keyboard and velocity split/layer/crossfade
INT, OFF, EXT and EX2 MIDI status settings
3-band EQ with sweepable mid
Use OSC1, 2 or Both
Force Osc Mode (PRG, MONO, LEGATO, POLY)
Portamento and Bend range settings
Controller filters
Modifications to the program settings via the Tone Adjust function

Drum Kit Structure
Stereo and mono drum samples
4-way velocity switches with crossfades and adjustable crossfade shapes (Linear, Power, Layer)
Exclusive keygroups
Per key 3-band EQ, Drive, Lo Boost, filter and level offsets

16-bit, linear, 48 kHz mono/stereo sampling
Resampling available (Open Sampling System)
64 Mbyte memory standard (expandable up to 320 Mbyte with EXB-M256 option)

Sampling time
RAM1 (64 Mbytes standard) allows up to approximately 11 minutes 39 seconds of mono sampling or approximately 5 minutes 49 seconds of stereo sampling. 512 bytes are used by the system.
RAM2 (256 Mbytes when the EXB-M256 is installed) allows up to approximately 46 minutes 36 seconds of mono sampling or approximately 23 minutes 18 seconds of stereo sampling.
RAM1+RAM2 (Total 320 Mbytes) allows up to approximately 58 minutes 15 seconds of mono sampling or approximately 29 minutes 7 seconds of stereo sampling. (Continuous sampling across RAM1 and RAM2 is not possible.)
Maximum sampling time to a USB storage device is a maximum of approximately 80 minutes for one sample file, for either mono or stereo. This occupies approximately 440 Mbytes for mono, or 879 Mbytes for stereo.
1,000 Multisamples, 4,000 Samples, 128 indexes per sample
Supports Korg format, AIFF, WAV, AKAI S1000/S3000 (with advanced Program conversion), SoundFont 2.0 reading
Sample directly from audio CDs (CD-DA)
Time Stretch, Time Slice, Crossfade Loop, and other editing features

5 Insert Effects (stereo in/out), 2 Master Effects (stereo in/out), 1 Total Effect (stereo in/out) are available simultaneously
2 effect control busses, 2 effect common LFOs
170 types (can be used for Insert/Master/Total.) Note: double-size effects cannot be used as a Total effect.
Effects Presets: Up to 32 per Effect
AUX bus: Two internal buses for sampling and routing audio to the EXB-RADIAS
3-band Track EQ (High, low, and sweepable mid band) Per Program in Program Mode, per Timbre in Combination mode (16 total), and per Track in Sequencer mode (16 total)

X-Y control
X-Y MODE: The TouchView display can be used as an X-Y controller. Hold function provided
X Y MOTION function: X Y Control finger movements can be recorded in realtime, and memorized for each Program, Combination, or Song
Program mode: Oscillator volume, synth parameters, and effect parameters can be controlled
Combination, Sequencer modes: Timbre/track volume, synth parameters, and effect parameters can be controlled

Programs: 1,664 user locations, 640 preloaded (512 EDS+128 RADIAS) (with EXB-RADIAS option installed)
Combinations: 1,792 user locations, 384 preloaded
Drumkits: 144 user locations, 32 preloaded
GM: 256 GM2 programs, 9 GM2 drum kits

16-track MIDI sequencer with 480 ppq resolution
128 Songs, 20 Cue Lists, 210,000 notes (max)
Tempo: 40.00 300.00 BPM (1/100 resolution)
16 preset/16 user Template Songs
522 preset patterns, 100 user patterns (per Song)
Cue List function: 20 cue lists, Songs can be arranged consecutively or repeatedly in up to 99 steps, A cue list can be converted back into a song
Standard MIDI File (SMF) format 0 and 1 available
In-Track Sampling function
Auto Song Setup function (One Touch Record) for easily going from a Program or Combination into "record-ready" status

RPPR (Realtime Pattern Play/Recording)
A set of 100 patterns are available per Song

Drum Track
522 preset patterns/1,000 user patterns
Patterns created in Sequencer mode can be converted to drum track user patterns
Trigger Mode (Immediate, Wait for Keyboard), Sync (On, Off) and Zone (Key and Velocity) settings can be specified
Program selection, 3-band EQ and effect bussing available

One KARMA module available in Program Mode, four KARMA modules available in Combination and Sequencer Modes, plus Master Control module
2,093 preset GEs (Generated Effect)
KARMA Wave Sequence, Freeze Randomize, Time Signature Control, Auto RTC (Realtime Control) Setup

8 Sliders:
MIXER= Volume
REALTIME CONTROL= Realtime modulation
EXTERNAL= External MIDI control (In External mode, the eight sliders, eight switches, and eight pads can be used as MIDI controllers, allowing you to control software synthesizers or DAW software via CC settings. 128 setups can be stored (102 are preloaded)
TONE ADJUST=Control the Tone Adjust functions
KARMA= KARMA control
8 velocity-sensitive drum pads and chord triggers:
[PAD MODE] - selects velocity-sensitive or fixed-velocity operation
X-Y Control (Display), Hold, Motion

Control Assign
Control Surface (8 sliders, 8 switches)
8 Switches:
EXTERNAL= External MIDI control (In External mode, the eight sliders, eight switches, and eight pads can be used as MIDI controllers, allowing you to control software synthesizers or DAW software via CC settings. 128 setups can be stored (102 are preloaded)
TONE ADJUST= Control the Tone Adjust functions
KARMA= KARMA control

Load, Save, Utility, Make Audio CD, Play Audio CD
Data Filer functionality (Save and Load MIDI System Exclusive Data)
CD-ROM/R/RW (UDF Format read/write), Record & Play audio CDs (CD-DA), ISO9660 Level 1
WAVE file editing functionality
CD-ROM/R/RW can be used when a commercially-available USB drive is connected.


Audio Outputs
L/MONO, R - 1/4" TS (Mono), unbalanced
INDIVIDUAL-1, 2, 3, 4 - 1/4" TS (Mono), unbalanced
Output Impedance: 1.1k Ohm stereo; 550 Ohms mono (L/Mono only), Nominal Level: +4.0 dBu, Maximum Level: +16.0 dBu, Load Impedance: 10 k Ohms or greater, Signal to noise ratio: 90 dBu (typical), Dynamic range: 91 dBu (typical)
S/P DIF (optical 24-bit, 48 kHz), S/P DIF IEC60958 EIAJCP-1201, provides igital output of the same signals as AUDIO OUTPUT (MAIN) L/Mono, R
(Optional) EXB-FW - 6 channels, 24-bit, 48 kHz Sample rate, provides digital output of the same signals as AUDIO OUTPUT (MAIN) L/Mono, R and AUDIO OUTPUT (INDIVIDUAL) 1 4
Headphones - 1/4" TRS (Stereo), Output Impedance: 33 Ohms, Maximum Level: 32+ 32 mW @33 Ohms

Audio Input
1, 2 - 1/4" TS (Mono), unbalanced
(level switch (MIC/LINE), level knob) - Input Impedance: 10 k Ohms, Headroom:12 dB, Input level range LINE: 29 dBu +4 dBu or greater (typical),
Input level range MIC: 54 dBu 17 dBu or greater (typical), Source Impedance: 600 Ohms
S/P DIF (optical 24-bit, 48 kHz) IEC60958 EIAJCP-1201
(Optional) EXB-FW - 2 channels, 24-bit, 48 kHz Sample rate

Computer: 2 USB type A hi-speed connectors, supporting 480 Mbps (for storage devices);USB type B connector (for MIDI interface, USB 2.0 supported); 2 FireWire ports (when EXB-FW (separately sold option) installed)
Keyboard: TO KYBD (for connection to keyboard assembly unit)

Computer requirements with the KORG USB-MIDI Driver
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition/Professional Service Pack 2 or later (MIDI Driver for the 64-bit editions is a Beta version), all editions of Microsoft Windows Vista (MIDI Driver for the 64-bit editions is a Beta version), computer supports Windows XP/Vista with USB port (Intel USB Host Controller recommended).
Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later, Apple Macintosh with USB ports supports Mac OS X 10.3.9 (PowerPC/Intel-based supported).

M3 Editor/Plug-In Editor requirements
Windows XP Home Edition / Professional Service Pack 2 or later, Intel Pentium III/1 GHz or faster, 512 Mbyte or larger memory (1 Gbyte or larger recommended)
Mac OS X 10.4 or later, G4/800 MHz or faster (Intel-based Mac supported, G5 and/or Core Duo recommended), 512 Mbyte or larger memory (1 Gbyte or larger recommended)

Computer requirements with the EXB-FW
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition / Professional Service Pack 2, computer supports Windows XP with Firewire port.
Mac OS X 10.4 or later, Apple Macintosh with Firewire ports supports Mac OS X 10.4 (PowerPC/Intel-based supported).

Trademark Notes
*Mac, Mac logo and FireWire, FireWire logo are trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.
*Windows XP and Windows VISTA are registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and other countries.
*VST and ASIO are trademarks of Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH.
*The Audio Units logo and the Audio Units symbol are trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc.
*RTAS is a trademark or registered trademark of Avid Technology, Inc., or its subsidiaries or divisions.
*KARMA (Kay Algorithmic Realtime Music Architecture) is a trademark representing patented technology licensed from Stephen Kay, Karma Lab LLC, www.karma-lab.com
*Sounds processed with INFINITY software.

Find Similar Products by Category

Write your own product review

Product Reviews

This product hasn't received any reviews yet. Be the first to review this product!

Add to Wish List

Click the button below to add the Korg M3 61-Key Synthesizer Xpanded to your wish list.

You Recently Viewed...