Korg M3 (p)review - part II
- Understanding M3, cont'd
Author: Vedran Dakic
Date: 24 Jan 2007
There are a couple of more projects/products that are quite important for understanding the M3 as it is today. Of course, there's KARMA Workstation, and the OASYS with the latest KARMA version. Then, there's a simple fact of M3's keybed - it's KORG's keybed, so KORG isn't buying keybeds from YAMAHA or Fatar. The keybed is very different to anything I've ever tried before, to say the least. But I'll get back on that later. So, coming back on more technology stuff - TouchView interface - one of those "not-so-small" things that seem like a must-have in a keyboard that wants to be called a "Workstation". It seems rather strange that other companies seem don't use them in WS's. Oh well, it's only been twelve years since the Trinity. RPRR (N-series), KAOSS PAD/Z1-alike X-Y pad (1999, 1997), also made it in the M3, in one way or another.
When playing in the "big league", you sometimes have to make some decisions that you know people won't really like. Some of these decisions in M3 could include the lack of internal hard drive, that could be one of the reasons why audio tracks didn't make it in the M3. But take that as a trade-off for the next big thing - studio integration, and the expansion that's gonna make that possible - FireWire expansion (EXB-FW). With EXB-FW, you can have additional six channels of audio output and MIDI. I already covered that in the Korg M3 (p)review but this is what it's all about.