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Korg M3 Resources
By TweakHeadz Lab
The Korg M3 is a workstation of the first class. There are 3 major workstations on the market as of this writing. The Fantom G, Motif XS and the Korg M3. At the bottom you can read some of the posts I've made in the forums as we debated which of these are the "best". Here is he conclusion: The Fantom G has the best sequencer/multi-track recorder and sampling thanks to its large screen and MPC style pads. The Motif is a great "idea machine" that can help your compositions get some authenticity. So what is the M3? It has its strengths in breaking barriers, thanks to the Karma engine, and as one mighty performance instrument. being able to to all the parts of a band right from the keyboard.
I think the M3 can shine in an computer DAW environment. Its not out to replace your DAW like the Fantom G is; its out to enhance it. Add the Radias expansion card to add virtual analog synthesis. You just leapfrogged over the Motif XS, which is strictly sample playback. Since Korg Expanded the M3 with version 2, there are a lot more sounds in the box. When you add the Expanded PCM sample material, you've got quite an arsenal. Yet to access these, you need to add the sample ram upgrade, which boosts the onboard ram from 64MB to 320MB. Still a tight fit if you want to add your own samples AND have the expanded banks active but more than enough to customize your M3 to your songwriting preferences.
You can also add a Radias hardware rack to an M3-73 and an M3-88. If you are out to make a "Technostation" this is one valid way to go. (See pics in the links section). The addition of either Radias upgrade is going to give you more of a classic electronica orientation, ahead of the Motif and the Fantom G. I thought Roland would have put out a virtual analog ARX expansion for the G, but it has not happened yet.
Those wanting a low cost synth like the M3 should look at the Korg M50. No Karma, but you do get the same 256 MB rom and the touchview screen.
Audio Demos and Manuals
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 an 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.
EXB 256 ram expansion is available at Korg's website
Korg Radias-R Virtual Analog Synthesizer Rack for expanding the M3-73 and M3-88