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Korg Unveils M3 Music Workstation, Sampler

Korg’s new M3 Music Workstation/Sampler (price TBA) inherits elements from the company’s flagship OASYS workstation and offers a new tone generator, design enhancements and new sounds. Korg anticipates that it will begin shipping its M3 Series instruments in June 2007.

The M3’s new chip-based synthesis system, EDS (Enhanced Definition Synthesis) includes low-aliasing oscillators, new filter topology and detailed envelope generators, plus a Drive parameter and AMS Mixers. All second-generation KARMA functions from the OASYS are included.

The M3’s 256 MB of ROM incorporates sounds from the OASYS. The M3 offers 512 onboard Programs and 384 Combinations, with space for 1,664 Programs and 1,792 Combinations. The EXB-RADIAS expansion board adds a 24-voice, single-timbre version of the MMT synthesizer used by the RADIAS and R3 synths.

The M3’s color TouchView display doubles as an X/Y pad for controlling synthesis and effects parameters, while changing colors in response to movements. The M3’s control surface has eight sliders and switches for tweaking internal sounds, mixing tracks, interacting with KARMA, controlling external hardware and more. Eight velocity-sensitive pads can trigger notes, chords and controller messages for a variety of applications.

A Drum Track feature offers more than 500 patterns and allows user-programmable drum grooves. A new sequencer offers 480 ppqn resolution, plus Korg’s One-Touch Record, Song Templates, RPPR, Cue List and Tone Adjust. The Open Sampling System allows sampling and resampling in every mode; 64 MB of sample memory are included standard and are expandable to 320 MB.

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