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Rating and Reviews: Korg R3 37-Key Vocoder

No mini-keys here! With 37 full-size velocity-sensitive keys, the R3 is a powerful little synth with the guts of the Korg Midas, plus a mic for vocoder fun.

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"Good Synthesizer for the price" submitted November 2, 2011

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Musical Background: Hobby Musician/DJ
Music Style: Electronic, House, Techno, Rock
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Sound: Has great sound presets. Controls are easy to manipulate and are very responsive. Vocoder has low latency. Feature: Oscillators, Filter, Envelopes, Vocoder, Arpeggiator, Weighted Keys. It has all the desired features and even has formant motion that can be applied to all presets. Ease of Use: For a beginner, it will take some time to get a hang of the controls, but for someone with experience using synthesizers, it shouldn't present any problems. Quality: Sturdy construction. Knobs do not wobble. Value: A mid range price point. Seems to keep value pretty well. Manufacturer Support: Have not experienced compatibility issues as of yet. The Wow Factor: A good layout for easy use. However, some of the text printed on the layouts can be hard to read. Overall: I will probably be using this for a while. May get another keyboard from the same manufacturer at some point.
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"This product is" submitted January 15, 2008

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Musical Background: Active Musician
Music Style: Electronica
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Sound: Simply superb sound quality! Sounds smoother than the radias and has so much depth and clarity. Expansiveness of sound is better than an Access Virus. This will go well for electronic music. The sky is your limit! Feature: A lot of great features. Polyphony and multitimbrality can be limiting for people spoilt by today's hardware. But if you do like they did in the 80's and 90's: multitrack recording (one by one), this will be great. Mod sequencing is the best feature. The vocoder sounds awesome as well. Being able to record is a great plus. The Sound editor/librarian is a must in my opinion, it makes editing a piece of cake compared to the front panel (Use the panel only for live situation). Ease of Use: Pretty straight forward. I read the manual only a couple of times. Quality: Made in Japan: That says it all. Lexus, Sony, Roland, Nakamichi, Infiniti, Panasonic...anything worthwhile with superb quality and reliability generally comes from this little country (the other being Germany). Value: Its amazing for the value. In the past, you had to spend 10 grant to get a synth this powerful. Wow, times have changed! Manufacturer Support: Dealt with korg once. They are ok. The Wow Factor: Amazingly sexy with the circular led knobs and black color, orange LCDs...makes the M3 look like a cheesy toy. Overall: This guy will follow me to the grave (might have to change a battery and service a thing or two on the way though).
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"Way beyond underrated" submitted August 30, 2008

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Musical Background: hobbyist/active musician
Music Style: Electro/New Wave/Electronica
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Sound: Everyone is so obsessed with the retro sounds of the microKorg. The R3 is all things to all people. It has that retro flavor that is the craze right now as well as neo - electronica and stomping hardhouse and trance sounds. For cheap money you get a REAL synth. People say it sounds too digital. I say it sounds like a synth instead of a toy. The R3 is great for the shear fact that the sounds you don't hear yet. The microKorg sound (that the R3 has too people) is all over the place. This is way more versatile. I actually owned both. Feature: It comes with some software that people rave about that I haven't gotten around to using yet. The vocoder mic is sexy. Ease of Use: People say that it is hard to navigate through the menues. I whole heatedly disagree. It's a little different but if you get the concept of synthesis (even just a little) you will work your way around it. Quality: Sturdy, small, and sounds like a giant. Value: I wish it was $100 cheaper but it is worth the money. Manufacturer Support: Korg? Support? You'll never need it. Overall: It's a good synth not being overused. Korg is one of those companies that makes great synths and "meh" workstations. They also cornered the market and the baby synths like this one. The micron is good, novation one is good, but Korg rules the world at least until Yamaha and Roland make baby synths.
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"it is the R3al thing" submitted October 30, 2007

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Musical Background: active muician
Music Style: experimental
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Sound: sound-wise..it is nice,very warm and the sky is your limit for sounds you can create. Feature: software was in-depth Ease of Use: easy as mary Quality: better in built than the microkorg Value: value for money,no matter how many synth you have you can always have room for another Manufacturer Support: still new so not much support The Wow Factor: i saw it on monday morning and i bought it in the evening Overall: it should have batteries like the microkorg and a case like the micro-x
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"Decent entry level digital synth." submitted December 6, 2008

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Musical Background: producer, dj, musician
Music Style: synthpop
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Sound: The sounds are ok, you get the standards youd expect but nothing mind-blowing or truely analogue sounding warmness. The vocoder sounds are really not very clear and isnt really usable in a recording or live enviorment, more a gimmick, they really shouda put more into it. Feature: It has standard features of a cheap synth, menu-editing means it aint great for quickly changing, controlling or editing sounds. Ease of Use: Like I said, the lack of knobs is really annoying, its a good sized synth though, perfect for gigging. Quality: The quality is quite good, ok its suprising light, I wouldnt want to drop it cos Im pretty sure it would be over! Value: A bit overpriced for what u get. Manufacturer Support: N/A The Wow Factor: It looks good! Overall: Iv already sold mine after discovering the vocoder is so poor, i replaced it with a second hand jx3p that was half the price and about 100 times better and real analogue!
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