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Korg | S3


The Korg S3 rhythm workstation is not just another drum machine. but a total production workstation that incorporates many key components used by all MIDI systems: Korg Sonic Integrity (SI) sound sources featuring the latest in 16 ­bit PCM sound synthesis technology, two built-in digital effects and a sequencer that functions as a multitrack recorder. 

This recorder may be synchronized with either a clock signal from other MIDI equipment or Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) timing signals from film and video equipment. PCM sound sources: The built-in sound sources use the Korg Sonic Integrity (Sl) sound synthesis system. which combines the latest in 16-bit PCM sampling technology with the same advanced editing capabilities found on samplers and synthesizers. These fully programmable sound sources may be played from a synthesizer, sequencer or other external MIDI device.

Multitrack recording: The built-in sequencer has a total of eight tracks: four for recording basic patterns and four for combining them into songs and adding real-time recording. Song tracks are normally paired with the corresponding pattern tracks, but changing these connections so that the pattern tracks use inter- nal sound sources and the song tracks use external ones permits full 8-track operation. 

Multi-timbre sound module: Assigning different MIDI input channels to tracks 1 ~ 4 turns the 83 into a multi- timbre sound module capable of simultaneously sounding four different percussion kits.
Engine TypeDigital
Voices (max)12
Engine Detailed75 PCM samples
FX2 independent digital stereo multieffectors
Drums10 user kits
Sequencer100 preset patterns
Recording8 track. 4 for own patterns, 4 for external
Key typeButtons
Produced:1991 - 1991
Legend: Obvious Y: Yes, N: No, N/A: Not Applicable
VCO Voltage Controlled Oscillator DCO Digital Controlled Oscillator
LFO Low Frequency Oscillator Sub Sub Oscillator
VCF Voltage Controlled Filter VCA Voltage Controlled Amplifier
Velocity As with a piano, the harder you hit a key, the louder the sound, unlike most organs which always produce the same loudness no matter how hard you hit a key. Aftertouch Pressing a key after you activated it. Channel Aftertouch, no matter which key, it will send a Channel message. Poly Aftertouch, sends the pressure per key instead of the whole channel.
Values for OSC, LFO, Filter, Envelope are per voice unless stated otherwise.

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