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Korg m3 Operation Manual

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  • Page 2: Important Safety Instructions

    IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS used, use caution when moving the cart/apparatus combination to avoid injury from tip-over. • Read these instructions. • Keep these instructions. • Heed all warnings. • Follow all instructions. • Do not use this apparatus near water. •...

  • Page 3: Handling Of This Product

    • Do not use or store this product in excessively dusty or smoky locations. Regarding the display This M3’s display is a precision device created using extremely high technology, and careful attention has been paid to its product quality. Although you may...

  • Page 4: About This Manual

    Thank you for purchasing the Korg M3 Music Workstation/Sampler. To help you get the most out of your new instrument, please read this manual carefully. About this manual The owner’s manuals and how to use EXB-RADIAS for M3 Manual This explains details of the parameters available when...

  • Page 5: Table Of Contents

    KARMA settings........63 About the M3’s modes ......20 Drum Track settings .

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    Compare ........109 Using the M3 as a data filer..... .144 Sampling and editing in Sampling mode .

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    Using KARMA....163 Available option boards for the M3 ....203 Verifying installation ......203 Overview .

  • Page 8: Quick Start

    This Quick Start is provided for those who just want to Headphones Powered get started trying out the sounds right away. monitors It explains how to set up the M3, how to select INPUT INPUT programs and control the sound, and how to listen to the demo songs.

  • Page 9: Playing Programs And Combinations

    “basic” sounds of the M3 You can press the q switch or u switch to select the – programs.

  • Page 10: Using Controllers To Modify The Sound

    For details on these controllers, please see “Using selection. Controllers” on page 41. 2. At the left side of the M3-M (the M3’s sound module), there is a group of sliders and switches that looks somewhat like a mixer. This is called the “control surface,” and lets you...

  • Page 11

    For example, this is convenient when you want to play 3. X–Y control is a particularly interesting capability the keyboard while listening to the phrases generated of the M3. by KARMA. This lets you modify the volume balance or sound by 4.

  • Page 12: Listening To The Demo Songs

    1. Press the MODE GLOBAL switch (the LED will play a wide variety of Drum Track patterns using the light) to enter Global mode. M3’s high-quality drum programs. Playing a Program 2. Access the Global P0: Basic Setup page. or Combination along with Drum Track patterns is a If another page is displayed, press the EXIT switch.

  • Page 13: Sequencer Mode

    Track Select Category This completes our quick start. Program Select, Of the M3’s wide range of functionality, this operation & Popup guide explains how to use some of the most typical Play/Mute/Rec operations. We highly recommend that you take the Solo time to read it completely.

  • Page 14: Introduction To The M3

    The filter section that’s so vital to creative sound- The M3 provides many new functions that help you making lets you simultaneously use two filters for each turn your ideas into songs quickly and intuitively.

  • Page 15

    Editor” supports VST, Audio Units, and RTAS formats, timbres/tracks, to control the realtime performance allowing you to use the M3 as if it were a plug-in generated by KARMA, or to modify your sounds via instrument in your DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) the Realtime Control or Tone Adjust functions.

  • Page 16: Front And Rear Panels

    This is the KYBD-61/73/88 keyboard assembly. JS–Y Filter LFO (wah) (towards yourself ) Connect it to the M3-M. For details on how to connect this to the M-3M and how to use it, please see “Keyboard assembly Manual.” 3. Ribbon controller You can control the M3-M’s program parameters and...

  • Page 17

    Introduction to the M3 M3-M Front panel 12 14 15 1. VOLUME MAIN slider The LEDs at the right of this switch indicate whether you’ve selected timbres or tracks 1–8 or 9–16, or This adjusts the volume of the (MAIN OUTPUT) L/ INPUTS.

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    Front and rear panels Front panel There will be a slight discrepancy between the LINKED LED value and the controller position when you move a This will light if Link to DT of each KARMA module is controller near the minimum or maximum on.

  • Page 19

    CHORD ASSIGN switch 9. MODE switches Use this switch to assign single notes or chord to the M3 has six different operational modes, each one pads. (See “Assigning notes and chords to pads” on optimized for a specific set of functions.

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    Front and rear panels Front panel • The VALUE dial 12. COMPARE • The numeric keypad COMPARE switch VALUE slider Use this switch to compare the sound of the Program or Combination that you are currently editing with the Use this to edit the selected parameter’s value. This saved, un-edited version of the sound.

  • Page 21

    Program, Combination, and Global modes, as described below. TEMPO knob PAUSE switch This adjusts the tempo for the M3 as a whole, In Sequencer mode, this switch pauses the playback of including: the song. When paused, the switch’s LED will light up.

  • Page 22: Rear Panel/bottom Panel

    You can use a USB hard disk or CD-R/RW drive to further down you press the pedal, the more that the save or load M3 data such as PCG or SNG files, or sound sustains. For details, please see “Half-Damper WAVE files.

  • Page 23

    • Send and receive the M3’s 2-in and 6-out channels computer audio systems, signal processors, or other of digital audio. synthesizers. If the EXB-FW is installed in the M3, it will have the Use the MIC setting only when connecting a following specifications. microphone.

  • Page 24: Objects In The Display

    11. TO KYBD connector If the X–Y MODE switch is on, you won’t be able Use the included cable to connect the M3 to the to select parameters in the display. Turn this keyboard assembly. For details, please see “Keyboard switch off when you want to modify the settings.

  • Page 25

    Introduction to the M3 e: Check box Category button Each time you press a check box, it alternates between When you press this button, a tabbed popup menu the checked (red) and unchecked states. will appear, allowing you to perform the following selections.

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    Front and rear panels Objects in the display * Text edit button When you press this button, the text edit dialog box appears for changing the names of Programs, Combinations, Songs, etc. For details, please see “Editing names” on page 197. j: Radio buttons Press a radio button to select one value from two or more choices.

  • Page 27: Basic Information

    Assign Programs to each of the 16 Timbres, each with separate volume, pan, EQ, and keyboard and The M3 has numerous functions that let you play and velocity zones; make settings for effects, X–Y edit programs or combinations, record and play back control, and KARMA.

  • Page 28

    Global mode lets you make overall settings for the or WAVE formats entire M3, and edit drum kits. For instance, you can: • Export and import sequences to and from SMF • Make settings that affect the entire M3, such as...

  • Page 29: Basic Operations

    1. Selecting modes • In order to use a particular function on the M3, you must first select the appropriate mode. Press one of the front panel mode switches to enter the corresponding mode.

  • Page 30

    ENTER switch + keyboard (note name or velocity input) You can use the M3’s keyboard to specify the value of a parameter when you need to enter a note name or a velocity value. Hold down the ENTER switch, and play the note that you want to enter;...

  • Page 31

    • Saving to media (Media– Save) → p.152 The menu command will appear. Note: On the M3, the action of writing to internal 2. Select a menu command by pressing it with your memory is called “Write,” and the action of saving to finger.

  • Page 32: Setup

    While data is being written, the display will Note: The state of M3 when the power is turned on will indicate “Now writing into internal memory.” depend on the setting of Power On Mode. (See...

  • Page 33: Connections

    Please be aware that careless operation may damage your speaker system or cause malfunctions. You can tilt the M3-M (sound module) upward for use if desired. For the procedure, refer to the included manual. The following illustration is an example of connections.

  • Page 34: Connecting Audio Equipment

    If the signal is going through one or more insert effects, the output is set at the last IFX in the chain, via the Bus Here’s how to connect the M3 to your analog amp or Select parameter on the P8– Insert FX Setup page.

  • Page 35: Digital Audio Output

    48 kHz can be input to the They also include preamps with adjustable gain. M3’s L and R channels, and sampled to the hard disk You can use these for: or routed through the internal effects and sent to the OUTPUT jacks.

  • Page 36: Connecting A Damper Pedal, Foot Switch, Or Foot

    Connecting a damper pedal This pedal can provide a damper effect as you play. This instrument also supports half-damping. Here’s how to connect an optional Korg DS-1H damper pedal to the DAMPER jack and use it to control the half- damper effect.

  • Page 37: Connecting A Computer

    MIDI keyboard following three ways. If you’re using the M3 Plug-In Editor or a DAW, you • Connect the M3’s USB B connector to a USB port of can connect your MIDI keyboard via your computer as your computer. shown in the following illustration, instead of using •...

  • Page 38: Midi Connectors

    For details, please see “Global mode settings on the M3” on page 32. If you want to apply a plug-in effect to the M3’s audio signals, or to control the M3’s audio signals in your host application together with the audio data from the...

  • Page 39

    When using the M3 by itself, leave Local Control You can also apply the M3’s effects to audio signals turned on. (If this is off when M3 is used by itself, playing the keyboard will not produce sound.) such as audio tracks of your host application.

  • Page 40: Connecting Midi Devices

    USB storage device to the M3’s USB A external MIDI device and the M3. connector, and use it to save or load M3 data such as About MIDI PCG or SNG files or WAVE files.

  • Page 41: Installing The Software

    If the total current consumption of the CPU: Pentium 4/ 2.4 GHz or better, Pentium D or connected devices exceeds this limit, the M3 may not Core Duo more is recommended correctly recognize the connected USB devices. If this happens, an error message of “USB Hub Power...

  • Page 42

    Note: The driver must be installed separately for each Windows XP, you must have Administrator privileges. USB port. If you connect the M3 to a USB port other Consult your system administrator for details. than the one for which you installed the KORG USB- MIDI driver, you’ll need to install the KORG USB-...

  • Page 43

    [Hardware] tab. driver and M3 Editor. 3. In “Drivers,” click [Driver Signing]. Note: If you intend to use M3 Editor via the USB port, you’ll need to install the KORG USB-MIDI driver on your computer. 4. When you’ve finished installing the software, exit the installer.

  • Page 44: Playing And Editing Programs

    About the M3’s Programs sequencer or from external computer-based sequencers. Programs are the basic sounds of the M3. This section of the manual takes a quick look at playing You can play them by themselves, layer them together Programs, including tours of the front-panel in Combinations, or play a different Program on each controllers and basic editing techniques.

  • Page 45

    Auditioning the sound To hear the program you selected, play the KYBD-61/ 73/88 or a MIDI-connected keyboard. Alternatively, you can strike the M3-M’s pads to hear the program. Overview: Program Banks With the factory settings, the M3 contains 512 preloaded programs, and 256 programs and 9 drum programs that are GM2 compatible.

  • Page 46

    If you’ve connected the optional PS-1 pedal, choose (–) been selected when you opened the popup menu. KORG Standard. Now, the foot switch will step through the Programs, one by one.

  • Page 47: Performing With Karma And The Drum Track

    Select, you can use these to select any Program from all 14 Banks. If you use the included “M3 Plug-In Editor” as a plug- in inside your DAW software, you’ll be able to easily select M3 programs or combinations from a list within your DAW.

  • Page 48: Using Controllers

    You can use the KYBD-61/73/88’s SW1/SW2 switches 4. Release the joystick, and play the keyboard. or a foot switch connected to the M3-M to lock the The modulation will stay the same as it was when SW2 current position so that the effect will continue even was pressed.

  • Page 49

    Playing and editing Programs Locking the Ribbon Controller The controllers of the M3-M Make sure that the INT-A003: Real Suit E.Piano program is selected. Control Surface sliders, & switches 1. Press the SW2 switch. The control surface consists of eight sliders, eight The LED will light up.

  • Page 50

    Playing Programs Using Controllers The Solo On/Off status is linked for the OSC MIX and Using the display to control the X–Y mode Mixer Input. 1. Press the X–Y MODE switch. REALTIME CONTROL (RT Control): Use the sliders When you turn on the X–Y MODE switch, the switch to modify the sound or effects.

  • Page 51

    Playing and editing Programs Playing back an X–Y motion Press CHORD ASSIGN, and then play notes 1. When you press the MOTION switch once again, This method lets you create a chord out of widely- the old events (up to the point where you began spaced notes, even if you can’t play all of the notes re-recording) and the subsequently recorded simultaneously.

  • Page 52: Foot Switch

    Assignable Foot Switch VALUE slider This lets you use a simple footswitch, such as the Korg PS-1, as an assignable controller. The footswitch can When a program number is selected in Prog perform a wide variety of functions, such as: P0: Play page, or when a combination •...

  • Page 53: Controller Settings For The Program

    Playing and editing Programs Controller settings for the program The Prog P0: Play– Main page lets you view the following information. SW1, SW2: Indicates the functions controlled by the SW1/SW2 switches of the KYBD-61/73/88. C.S.: Indicates the currently selected control assign setting.

  • Page 54: Easy Program Editing

    Reset Controls On the M3, you can use the switches and sliders of the front panel control surface to make very effective edits simply from within the Prog P0: Play page.

  • Page 55

    Playing and editing Programs Alternatively, you can switch between OSC Play/Mute For example: and OSC Solo by holding down the ENTER switch and 1. Select Program INT-A120, “Smooth Operators.” pressing numeric key 1. This is an electric piano sound; let’s see what we can 6.

  • Page 56: Using Compare

    Easy Program editing Using COMPARE Pretty easy, huh? Note - depending on the parameter, Using Tone Adjust you may sometimes hear glitches in the sound as you move the control. The Tone Adjust function lets you use the Control Surface sliders and switches to edit program Changing parameter assignments parameters.

  • Page 57: Saving Your Edits

    Playing and editing Programs For details, please see “Writing a Program or Saving your edits Combination” on page 140. Saving edits to GM Programs Once you’ve tweaked the sound to perfection, you’ll You can edit GM Programs, but you must then save want to save your work.

  • Page 58: Detailed Editing With Programs

    Combination, and Sequencer modes” on page 122. A–INT-E or USER-A–USER-G. For details, please see “Saving your edits” on page 50. Since you can apply the M3’s internal effects to the external audio inputs, a wide range of possibilities are You can also create Programs using RAM available.

  • Page 59

    Filter Effects Oscillator / Pitch Amplifier P1–1, P2–2, etc. indicate the on-screen pages and tabs used when editing on the M3. Program can play different Multisamples, depending Polyphonic/monophonic playing on how hard you play. Each of these zones has separate settings for Level, The Voice Assign Mode selects whether the Program Start Offset, and so on.

  • Page 60

    Detailed Editing with Programs Basic oscillator settings 4. Press the Multisample popup for MS1. Assigning a drum kit What is a drum kit? Drum kits are created or edited in Global mode. To Multisample popup button each note of the keyboard, you can assign up to four drum instrument samples, and use layering, This brings up a list of Multisamples, organized by crossfading, or velocity switching to switch between...

  • Page 61: Using Lfos And Envelopes (egs)

    Playing and editing Programs Notice how the shape of the waveform becomes more Using LFOs and Envelopes curved, and how –99 emphasizes the lower part of the shape, and +99 emphasizes the upper part. (EGs) 6. Select the Phase parameter, and use the VALUE slider to sweep through its range of values.

  • Page 62: Using Alternate Modulation (ams)

    AMS (Alternate Modulation Source) refers to any of For instance, let’s say that you’re using an LFO to the assignable modulation sources in M3, including: modulate Resonance, and then you decide that it would be interesting to scale that parameter with an •...

  • Page 63: Controlling Pitch

    Playing and editing Programs Smoothing Controlling Pitch The Smoothing Mixer Type smooths out the AMS input, creating more gentle transitions between values. You have separate control of the amount of smoothing Pitch bend during the attack (when the signal is increasing) and The JS (+X) and JS(–X) settings specify the amount of decay (when it’s decreasing).

  • Page 64: Using Filters

    Detailed Editing with Programs Using Filters Portamento Using Filters Portamento makes the pitch change smoothly when you play the next note before releasing the previous The filters allows you to diminish or emphasize note. specified frequency areas of the sound. The Time parameter controls how long it take the pitch The tone of the sound will depend significantly on to change.

  • Page 65: Filter Types

    Playing and editing Programs Filter Types and Cutoff Frequency Filter Types This selects the parts of the sound which will be affected by the filter, as described below. With the Low Pass Serial and Parallel routings, you can independently set the types for Filter A and Filter B.

  • Page 66

    Usually, some amount of key tracking is necessary in order to make the timbre consistent across the entire range. The M3 keyboard tracking can also be much more complex, since it allows you to create different rates of change over up to four different parts of the keyboard.

  • Page 67: Using The Amp Section

    Amp2/Driver2 page Pan R127. This will make OSC1 go to the left speaker, and OSC2 go to the right speaker. With a setting of Random, the pan will change randomly each time you play a note on M3, producing an interesting effect.

  • Page 68

    If you set AMS to Note Number, the pan will change will be applied when you move the KYBD-61/73/88’s according to the keyboard position of each note joystick of M3 toward yourself, or when CC#02 is played. With a setting of LFO1 or 2, the sound will received.

  • Page 69: X-y Control Settings

    Playing and editing Programs Low Boost is a special low-frequency EQ which Volume Control and CC Control controls the body character of the sound. The specific The X–Y control does two main things: it can control EQ frequencies affected will change with the Drive the relative volume of the two Oscillators in Program setting.

  • Page 70: Karma Settings

    Drum Track settings For details, please see “Insert effects” on page 155. While you perform using a program, you can use the M3’s rich variety of drum patterns to play high-quality Master Effects drum programs. There are two Master Effects, which are accessed Playing along with Drum Track patterns is often a through Sends 1 and 2.

  • Page 71: Automatically Importing A Program

    The Auto Song Setup feature copies the current Program or Combination into a Song, and then puts the M3 in record-ready mode. If inspiration for a phrase or song strikes you while you’re playing, you can use this function to start recording immediately.

  • Page 72: Playing And Editing Combinations

    Playing and editing Combinations About the M3’s As with Programs, each Combination has five insert combination effects, two master effects, and one total effect, for Combinations, let you split and layer up to 16 shaping and transforming the sounds of the individual Programs at once.

  • Page 73

    Select, you can use these to select any Combination from all 14 Banks. If you use the included “M3 Plug-In Editor” as a plug- in inside your DAW software, you’ll be able to easily select M3 programs or combinations from a list within your DAW.

  • Page 74: Performing With Karma And The Drum Track

    1. If you want to change this setting, see Based on your keyboard playing or on the note data “MIDI-related settings for the entire M3” on page 131. received from MIDI IN, the KARMA function If you want to switch the Program of a timbre via...

  • Page 75: Easy Combination Editing

    You can edit any of the Combinations shipped with • You can transmit MIDI program changes from a M3. You can create your own combinations by editing connected external MIDI device. (See “Selecting a preloaded combination, or by starting from an Combinations from MIDI”...

  • Page 76: Simple Editing Using The Sliders And Switches

    Easy Combination editing Simple editing using the Sliders and Switches Alternatively, you can hold down the ENTER switch Simple editing using the and press numeric key 1 to switch between Timbre Play/Mute and Timbre Solo. Sliders and Switches 6. While the display shows Timbre Solo, switches 1– 8 will turn Solo on/off for timbres 1–8.

  • Page 77: Detailed Editing With Combinations

    Insert Effects Master Effects AUDIO OUTPUT Individual Outputs INDIVIDUAL 1,2,3,4 Timbre4 Parameters AUX Bus Program FX Control Bus 3Band EQ Timbre16 Parameters Program 3Band EQ P1–1, P2–2, etc. indicate the on-screen pages and tabs used when editing on the M3.

  • Page 78: A Suggested Approach For Editing

    COMPARE switch will recall the saved On M3, you can use a different Program for each of up version of the sound, as it was before you started to sixteen Timbres, and combine two or more of the editing.

  • Page 79

    Playing and editing Combinations Next, if you set the Bottom Slope of timbre 1 to 12, and Creating Key Splits and Layers set the Top Slope of timbre 2 to 12, the sound will change gradually instead of changing suddenly. Splits and Layers Creating Velocity Switches Let’s create a Combination which combines both splits...

  • Page 80: Midi Settings

    Instead, the filter just controls whether or not that MIDI message will be transmitted and received. For example, if portamento is on, portamento will be applied to the internal M3 sound even if Enable Portamento SW is unchecked. As another example, let’s say that you’ve selected a bass Program for Timbre 1, and a piano Program for Timbre 2, with the goal of creating a bass/piano split.

  • Page 81: Altering Programs To Fit Within A Combination

    Playing and editing Combinations Timbre Parameters: Pitch Altering Programs to fit within a Combination You can make various changes to Programs within the context of a particular Combination, to make them fit better with other Programs, or to create particular sonic effects.

  • Page 82: Effects

    Detailed Editing with Combinations Effects Delay Effects You can set some Timbres so that they don’t sound Effects are covered in their own section of the manuals, immediately at note-on. This can create cool effects, so we won’t go into too much detail here. and more dramatic layers.

  • Page 83

    Playing and editing Combinations...

  • Page 84: Creating Songs (sequencer Mode)

    RPPR parameters, and 100 user patterns. KARMA function, high-quality effects, and controllers, the M3 is the ideal environment for music production A maximum of 128 such songs can be created on M3. or live performance. MIDI tracks 1–16 each consist of setup parameters...

  • Page 85: Cue List

    The cue list allows you to playback multiple songs in realtime recording and record these changes as MIDI succession. The M3 lets you create twenty cue lists. System Exclusive messages. This means that the Each cue list lets you connect up to 99 songs and settings at the start of playback can change as the song specify the number of times that each song will repeat.

  • Page 86

    Sampling or resampling can be performed in Sequencer mode. For details, please see “Sampling in Program, Combination, and Sequencer modes” on page 122. Since you can apply the M3’s internal effects to the external audio inputs, a wide range of possibilities are available.

  • Page 87: Playing Songs

    Solo functions) switch three times. 2. Use “Song Select” to select the song you want to The M3 provides a Mute function that lets you silence play back. specified MIDI tracks 1–16 or audio input channels (1, You can press the Song Select popup button and 2, S/P DIF L, R), and a Solo function that lets you hear choose from a list.

  • Page 88: Loop Playback

    Initially, this will move to MIDI sequencer. (Normally you’ll use Combination 001:01.000. mode if you want to use the M3 as a master keyboard.) To change the registered location, use the Set Location So that you can change settings as appropriate for menu command.

  • Page 89: Control Using The Sliders And Switches

    Creating songs (Sequencer mode) 2. Access the Seq P0–2: Play/REC– Control Surface Control using the sliders and page. This page displays and reflects the control surface data. switches It’s a convenient place to adjust the sound, since you can view the actual parameter assignments and the You can use the control surface to perform a variety of exact data values.

  • Page 90: Midi Recording

    Tip: You can use the ENTER switch instead of the OK button. • Use Status to specify whether each track will play the internal and/or external sound generator. Normally when using the M3 as a 16-timbre sound module, you will select INT or BTH.

  • Page 91

    Track Select. (The MIDI channel of the external tone generator must be set to match the MIDI Channel of M3 tracks that are set to 8. Make other settings as necessary. EXT, EX2 or BTH.)

  • Page 92: Recording Midi In Real-time

    In the To Track field, select the copy-destination track. onto M3’s sequencer in realtime. In the Measure field, specify the starting measure of the copy-destination.

  • Page 93

    Creating songs (Sequencer mode) 5. When you finish playing, press the SEQUENCER Note: Instead of pressing the SEQUENCER REC/ START/STOP switch. WRITE switch in steps 5 and 6, you can use a foot switch connected to the ASSIGNABLE SWITCH jack. Recording will end, and the location will return to the point at which you begin recording.

  • Page 94

    MIDI recording Recording MIDI in real-time 3. In “M (Loop Start Measure), “M (Loop End 6. Press the SEQUENCER START/STOP switch. Measure)” specify the area that you wish to record. With the default settings for Metronome Setup, the For example if you specify M004–M008, recording will metronome will sound for a two-measure pre-count, occur repeatedly (as a loop) from measure 4 to measure and then recording will begin.

  • Page 95: Step Recording

    Creating songs (Sequencer mode) Input the first C3 note as . (dotted eighth note). Step recording Use the popup button at the left to select . You can choose from the range (whole note)– (32nd Step recording is the recording method in which you note).

  • Page 96: Recording Variation

    9. If you’re not satisfied with the result, press the Setup. COMPARE switch to return to the state prior to The M3 will automatically switch to Sequencer mode, recording, and then re-record from step 4. and the combination’s settings will be applied to a new When you begin step recording, all data in the song.

  • Page 97

    1. Make sure that the MIDI OUT of your external sequencer is connected to the MIDI IN of the M3. If it is not connected, turn off the power, make the connection, and then turn the power on.

  • Page 98: Recording System Exclusive Events

    Global P1: MIDI– MIDI Routing channel of each track. setting Enable Exclusive is checked. Go to Global Set the MIDI channel of each M3 track to match the mode and verify that this is checked. MIDI channel of each external sequencer track. Data of the matching channel will be recorded on each M3 track.

  • Page 99

    Creating songs (Sequencer mode) • In the P8–1: IFX– Routing1 T01–08 page, route the To view these events, go to the P6: Track Edit– Track MIDI Track 01 Bus Select (IFX/Indiv. Out Assign) Edit page, and select the menu command MIDI Event to IFX1.

  • Page 100: Recording Patterns

    MIDI recording Recording patterns Recording patterns Recording and editing patterns You can record patterns in either of two ways; realtime recording or step recording. However, pattern realtime 6. Set the number of measures in the pattern to a recording differs from song realtime recording in that “Length”...

  • Page 101

    Creating songs (Sequencer mode) Controller Reset value EG attack time (CC#73) 64 (center) Low pass filter cutoff (CC#74) 64 (center) EG decay time (CC#75) 64 (center) LFO1 speed (CC#76) 64 (center) LFO1 depth (pitch) (CC#77) 64 (center) LFO1 delay (CC#78) 64 (center) Filter EG intensity (CC#79) 64 (center)

  • Page 102: Song Editing

    Song editing Recording patterns Song editing You can apply a variety of editing operations to a song. measures of musical data to be moved forward. For The available types of editing operation are listed details, please see “Erase Measure” on page 296 of the below.

  • Page 103

    Creating songs (Sequencer mode) Shift/Erase Note: This command shifts (moves) or erases the specified note numbers in a specified MIDI track and range of measures. For details, please see “Shift/Erase Note” on page 301 of the Parameter Guide. Modify Velocity: This command modifies the velocity values of notes in the specified area so that they will change over time according to a selected curve.

  • Page 104: Using Rppr (realtime Pattern Play/record)

    Using RPPR (Realtime Pattern Play/Record) Creating RPPR data Using RPPR (Realtime Pattern Play/Record) This section explains how to assign a pattern to a key, and how to record and play an RPPR based performance. Creating RPPR data 1. Create a new song, and choose a drum program for MIDI track 1.

  • Page 105: Rppr Playback

    Creating songs (Sequencer mode) RPPR playback Recording an RPPR performance Let’s use the RPPR you created to perform in the P0–1: Play/REC– Program T01–08 page. You can record RPPR performances in real-time. 1. Access the P0–1: Play/REC– Program T01–08 page. If you are using only one track (such as MIDI Track 01), RPPR On set Track Select to the desired track, and un-check...

  • Page 106

    Using RPPR (Realtime Pattern Play/Record) Recording an RPPR performance When recording the playback of patterns triggered by RPPR, the timing of the recorded events may be slightly skewed. If this occurs, try setting REC Resolution to a setting other than Hi. 10.When you are finished performing, press the SEQUENCER START/STOP switch.

  • Page 107: Sampling In Sequencer Mode

    Creating songs (Sequencer mode) Sampling in Sequencer mode Sampling is still available in Sequencer mode - which can be very convenient. The main areas of functionality are summarized below. For details, please see “Sampling in Program, Combination, and Sequencer modes” on page 122. •...

  • Page 108: Creating And Playing A Cue List

    Creating and playing a Cue List Creating a cue list Creating and playing a Cue List A cue list allows you to play multiple songs in 3. Set the last step to End. succession. For example you can create a separate song If you set this to Continue to Step01, the cue list will for each portion (introduction, melody A, melody B, play back repeatedly.

  • Page 109: Converting A Cue List Into A Song

    Creating songs (Sequencer mode) program specified for the currently playing song match, it may not be possible to convert the will sound. playback state of the cue list into a song. What to do when playing back a cue list and Using a foot switch to switch the Step the songs do not transition smoothly You can use a foot switch to switch the Step.

  • Page 110: Saving Your Song

    Saving your song Converting a cue list into a song Saving your song Here we will explain how to save your song on a USB Directory storage device (commercially available) connected to The multisamples (.KMP files) and samples (.KSF files) the USB A connector.

  • Page 111: Mode

    429 of the Parameter Guide. Operations for which Compare is M3 Song format available This is the native M3 sequencer format, which is required to ensure that all M3-specific data is saved In general, MIDI track and pattern event data can not correctly.

  • Page 112: Memory Protect

    BTH, operating M3’s keyboard and controllers will sound and control M3’s own tone generator. When Status is set to EXT, EX2 or BTH, operating M3’s keyboard and controllers will sound and control the external tone generator. (The MIDI channel of the external tone generator must match the MIDI Channel of the track that is set to EXT, EX2 or BTH.)

  • Page 113

    Creating songs (Sequencer mode)

  • Page 114: Sampling

    If you sample/resample to a USB storage device (such as a commercially available hard disk) connected to the • Audio signals from an audio CD can be extracted M3’s USB A connector, the sample will be saved as a (ripped) directly in the digital domain. WAVE file.

  • Page 115: How Sampling Mode Is Organized

    M3’s input jacks (see “Sampling mode” 1 and 2, above). Each level is read, and converted into digital data. The At this time, you can mix the M3’s own performance accuracy at this time is determined by the bit with the audio signals from the external source and resolution.

  • Page 116: Compare

    Top Key Top Key Address. Samples can be used in multisamples and drum kits. The M3 can hold a maximum of 4,000 samples in its internal memory. The M3 can share a single waveform among multiple Index 001 Index 002...

  • Page 117: Sampling And Editing In Sampling Mode

    Sampling (Open Sampling System) Sampling and editing in Sampling mode In Sampling mode, you can record samples, and edit Creating multisample indexes sample data that you sampled or loaded from media (including WAVE and AIFF formats). You can also and sampling – P0: Recording assign the edited samples to indexes (zones) to create a multisample.

  • Page 118

    Sampling and editing in Sampling mode Creating multisample indexes and sampling – P0: Recording Index zone (currently selected Index is reversed) Original Key (currently selected Original Key is displayed in red) Index01 Index01 Index02...Index08 C4 key Keyboard range By holding down the ENTER switch and playing a note, you can select the corresponding index, and the specified key will be the base key and will be shown in blue.

  • Page 119: Basic Sampling Procedure

    Sampling (Open Sampling System) 5. Set “Mono-L/Mono-R/Stereo” to Mono-L. With Basic sampling procedure this setting, the input from the INPUT 1 jack will be sent to the internal L-channel and sampled in monaural. Sampling your voice from a mic, and 6.

  • Page 120

    Record few more samples. 1. Press the SAMPLING REC switch. (Example: “Easy,” “To,” “Sample,” “With,” “M3”) The M3 will be in record-ready mode. Listen to the recorded result 2. Speak into the mic, saying the word(s) you want to sample.

  • Page 121

    Sampling (Open Sampling System) Resample: Manual Other settings are the same as step 8 of “Sampling your voice from a mic, and playing it back as a one-shot Recording Level [dB]: as desired sample” on page 112. Mode: Stereo 8. We’ll make some minor changes to the settings. Important: Whenever using the digital inputs and Set the Input 1 Pan to C64.

  • Page 122

    Sampling and editing in Sampling mode Basic sampling procedure Check the sampled content 1. Play the keyboard. Press the “OrigKey” key to hear the sound you sampled. Applying an insert effect to a sample and resampling the result The process of applying an insert effect etc. to a sampled sound and then sampling it once again is called “resampling.”...

  • Page 123: Loop Edit - P2: Loop Edit

    Sampling (Open Sampling System) • P8: IFX– Routing Loop Edit – P2: Loop Edit Bus Select IFX1 Be aware that if you change the Bus Select setting You can edit the playback address at which the sample from Off to L/R or IFX1–5, the volume level sent will be looped.

  • Page 124

    Sampling and editing in Sampling mode Loop Edit – P2: Loop Edit Loop On: Start→End→Loop Start→End→ (Loop (zoom-in) or reduced (zoom-out) view of the Start→End is repeated) waveform. Loop Off: Start→End Use Zero If the Use Zero check box is checked, only those addresses where the waveform data crosses the zero level will be found automatically when searching, and can be set.

  • Page 125: Sample (waveform Data) Editing

    Sampling (Open Sampling System) Sample (waveform data) editing – P1: Sample Edit Editing the waveform data. In the P1: Sample Edit page you can do the following things. 2. In P2: Loop Edit, use “Grid” to specify the tempo. • You can set the Edit Range Start and Edit Range End while watching the waveform.

  • Page 126: Multisample Editing - P3: Multisample Edit

    Sampling and editing in Sampling mode Multisample editing – P3: Multisample Edit Multisample editing – P3: Multisample Edit Editing a multisample is accomplished with a number of operations i.e. creating indexes for the multisample and assigning a sample to each index, editing operations such as deleting, copying, and inserting indexes, and detailed settings such as sample level and pitch for each index.

  • Page 127: Ripping - P5: Audio Cd

    Ripping – P5: Audio CD 2. Choose “Convert MS To Program” to open the dialog box. The M3 allows you to “rip” digital audio data from an audio CD inserted in a USB A connected USB CD-R/ RW drive (commercially available).

  • Page 128: Using A Sample In A Drum Kit

    Save All. Unless you save to media (see page 142), any sample or multisample data you create will be lost when you turn off the power. For details, please see “Media that can be used with the M3” on page 223.

  • Page 129: Sampling In Program, Combination, And Sequencer Modes

    For instance, you can resample a performance that uses the 5. Select the menu command “Auto Sampling M3’s full range of features, including filters, effects, Setup” to access the dialog box. and KARMA. You can even sample a full, multitimbral...

  • Page 130: Sampling Only An External Guitar Sound While

    Here we’ll explain how to sample just an external audio source while you listen to phrases generated by the M3’s KARMA function in Program mode. Sampling can be performed in a similar way in Combination and Sequencer modes as well as in Program mode.

  • Page 131

    Sampling (Open Sampling System) The sound sent to AUX Bus 1/2 will be sampled. The 16.When you’ve finished recording, press the sound of the internal sound generator sent to the L/R SAMPLING START/STOP switch to stop bus will not be sampled. recording.

  • Page 132: Sound

    Refer to steps 11–17 of the procedure above. (See In this example, we will sample a phrase generated by page 124) the M3’s KARMA function in Program mode together with the performance of a guitar connected to the 9. Listen to the sound that was sampled.

  • Page 133: In-track Sampling

    Sampling (Open Sampling System) Pan: L000 In-Track Sampling Level: 127 AUX Bus: 1/2 In-Track Sampling creates note data at the appropriate The input from AUDIO INPUT 1 will be sent to AUX timing when you sample an external audio source bus.

  • Page 134: Resampling A Song To Create A Wave File

    Sampling in Program, Combination, and Sequencer modes Resampling a song to create a WAVE file For details on how the Compare function works for In- Resampling a song to create a Track Sampling, please see “In-Track Sampling” on page 126. WAVE file Here we’ll explain the procedure for resampling a song to create a stereo two-channel WAVE file on a USB...

  • Page 135

    Note: It will take between several seconds to nearly a minute from the moment you press the SAMPLING REC switch until the M3 enters standby mode (i.e., until the SAMPLING REC switch changes from blinking to lit). This time is required in order to allocate sufficient space on the media.

  • Page 136: Settings For The Entire M3 (global Mode)

    In Global mode you can make overall settings that For details on how to access each mode and page, apply to the entire M3, such as master tuning, key please see “Basic operations” on page 22. transpose, effect global switch, global MIDI channel, The edits you perform in Global mode will be and system clock.

  • Page 137: System Preference

    If you want the M3 to be the master, set System Clock to Internal. If you want the M3 to be a slave, set System Linking KARMA to Programs and Clock to S/P DIF.

  • Page 138: Audio Input Settings

    Collection, and other setups that let you control the level and pan of a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) program in realtime. Note: See the “M3 External Setups” (PDF) for details on the control change (CC#) settings assigned by the MIDI Basic/Routing preloaded external control templates and the application settings to which they correspond.

  • Page 139: Pedal And Other Controller Settings

    Changing programs in Program mode or switching to Pedal and other controller Combination mode etc. will not affect the control set. This means you can select another sound on the M3 settings without changing the way you’re controlling an external MIDI device, or conversely you can change In the Global P2: Controllers–...

  • Page 140: Assigning Midi Cc#s To Karma, X-y, And Pad

    Global settings Assigning MIDI CC#s to KARMA, X–Y, and Pad controllers Switch portamento on/off Control the sostenuto effect Turn the soft pedal effect on/off Turn the damper effect on/off Select programs or combinations (up/down) Value Inc/Dec Start/stop the sequencer Punch-in/out on the sequencer Cue list repeat Tap tempo Control of KARMA function...

  • Page 141: Setting Category Names

    Settings for the entire M3 (Global mode) 3. Press the MODE SEQ switch to enter Sequencer mode. 4. Access the Seq P3: Track Param– Other T01–08 or T09–16 page. 5. If you want the Track to use the scale saved with its individual Program, check the track’s “Use...

  • Page 142: Using Drum Kits

    Ram bank, or in an EX * bank. switches or crossfades. • Samples you recorded on the M3 or loaded in If the Oscillator Mode is set to Drums, you’ll be able to Media mode can be selected from the RAM bank.

  • Page 143: Editing Drum Kits

    Settings for the entire M3 (Global mode) Creating a Drum Kit Editing Drum Kits Specifying the key to which you will assign a Before you start editing… drumsample 1. Select the Program that you wish to use while Drum Program selecting editing the Drum Kit.

  • Page 144

    Adjust Drive, Low Boost, and 3 Band EQ Gain [dB] EX * Drumsample banks are EX-USB-PCM expansion for each drumsample. sets created especially for the M3. Each has its own unique number; for instance, the EX, and the EX-USB- For details, please see “5–2: Sample Parameters” on PCM01 is EX1.

  • Page 145: Saving Drum Kits

    Settings for the entire M3 (Global mode) For example, you might send all snare sounds to IFX1, all kick sounds to IFX2, and the remaining sounds to L/ Tip: In most preloaded drumkits, the drum instruments have the same Bus (IFX/Output) Select settings according to their type, as follows.

  • Page 146: Loading & Saving Data, And Creating Cds

    You can save the various types of data in the M3 by writing it to internal memory, by saving it to a USB About preloaded data and preset data storage device (commercially available hard disk, “Preloaded data”...

  • Page 147: Writing To Internal Memory

    Loading & saving data, and creating CDs MIDI data dump You can transmit the M3’s data to an external MIDI data filer device, and save the data on that external device. The following types of data can be transmitted as a MIDI data dump and saved on an external data filer or...

  • Page 148

    When you select a program in Prog P0: Play or a appropriate switch. combination in Combi P0: Play, the program or combination data is called into the M3’s edit buffer. Writing while X–Y MODE is on When you then use the various Program or You can’t perform operations in the display while X–Y...

  • Page 149: Saving To Media (media-save)

    P0–P4: Update Global Setting page 139) P5: Update Drum Kits Song data in the M3’s Sequencer mode, as well as 2. To write the data, press the OK button. If you multisamples and samples cannot be written into decide not to write, press the Cancel button.

  • Page 150

    After you exchange media in your USB device, press the media into sections. the display to make the M3 detect the media. When the To create a new directory, move to the level at which media has been detected, information about the media you want to create the directory, and execute the will appear on the display.

  • Page 151: Using The M3 As A Data Filer

    • If your programs or drum kits use multisamples we recommend that you check all of the boxes. and samples that were created in on M3, we recommend that you use Save All to save the data. When you’ve finished making settings, press the OK button to close the dialog box.

  • Page 152: Loading Data

    You can load the preloaded data and demo songs back into the M3’s internal memory. For the procedure, please see “Loading the preloaded data” on page 201. • Preload data: Programs, Combinations, Drum Kits, Global 4.

  • Page 153

    RAM, and will then load the data in the same configuration as when it was saved. 6. Set “.PCG Contents” to All. Note: When you press the keyboard of the M3, the When you execute the load operation, all data in the selected combination will sound. However, the .PCG file will be loaded.

  • Page 154

    file from the Korg website ( to your computer, and loading it into the M3. For details on the procedure, refer to the Korg website and to “Update System Software” on page 400 of the Parameter Guide.

  • Page 155: Media Utility

    “as is;” you must 7. Specify the file system. format the media before you can use it with the M3. Use FAT16 to format media of 4 GB or less (such as Note: When creating audio CDs, you don’t need to flash media), and use FAT32 to format larger media...

  • Page 156

    Media utility File copying, deleting, and formatting (Media– Utility) 5. Press the OK button. If the calendar backup battery runs low, a message of “The clock battery voltage is low.” will appear on the display. If the calendar backup battery runs down completely, the calendar will be initialized, and the date and time will not be recorded correctly.

  • Page 157: Creating Audio Cds

    After you exchange media in your USB device, press The Insert Track dialog box will appear. the display to make the M3 detect the media. When the media has been detected, information about the media will appear on the display.

  • Page 158

    Creating audio CDs Creating audio CDs Use media select and the Open and Up buttons to Note: Even when the recommended CD-R/RW media access the directory that contains the WAVE file, and is used, some audio CD players may be unable to play select the WAVE file that you want to add to the list.

  • Page 159: Viewing Information About Media - Media Info

    1. Connect the audio output jack (or headphone jack) to mount a device connected via USB A. For details, of your USB CD-R/RW drive to the M3’s AUDIO please see “Scan USB device” on page 439 of the INPUT 1, 2 jacks.

  • Page 160: Using Effects

    Insert effects Specific parameters of these effects can also be Insert Effects (IFX 1–5) are stereo-in/stereo-out. If you controlled in real time from the M3’s controllers or via select Dry (unprocessed) for the Wet/Dry parameter, MIDI messages using Dynamic Modulation (Dmod),...

  • Page 161: Effects In Each Mode

    final adjustments. All of these settings can be and sample them, or use the M3 as a 4-in (AUDIO made independently for each program. INPUT 1, 2, S/P DIF IN L, R) 6-out effect processor.

  • Page 162: Routing Effect Settings

    Routing effect settings Program Effects settings Routing effect settings The insert effects, master effects, and total effect have 5. AUX Bus sends the oscillator 1 and 2 output to the the same structure in all modes, but the routing AUX buses. settings will determine how the oscillators of a In the P0: Play–...

  • Page 163: Master Effects

    12.The input levels to the master effects are set by the page. “Send 1, 2” levels (step 3 or 10). If “Send 1, 2” are P (Effect Preset): Selects an effect preset. The M3’s zero, the master effects will not apply. “Send 1” internal memory contains “effect presets” which are corresponds to MFX1, and “Send 2”...

  • Page 164: Using Effects In Combinations And Songs

    Routing effect settings Using effects in Combinations and Songs The procedure is the same as when selecting an Using effects in Combinations insertion effect (see step 7). Note: You can select a double-size effect only for MFX1. and Songs (See “Double-size effects” on page 156) 15.Press the On/Off button to turn on the master In Combination, and Sequencer modes, you can effect.

  • Page 165: Effect Settings In Sampling Mode

    Using Effects the Sampling Setup Source Bus to a AUX bus, and Effect settings in Sampling sample the signal that is sent to the AUX bus. Use this if you want to sample only the sound of a specific mode timbre.

  • Page 166: Effect Settings For The Audio Inputs

    You can apply insert effects, master effects, and the 1. Access the Sampling P8: IFX– Routing page. total effect while sampling, or you can use the M3 as a four-in (AUDIO INPUT 1, 2, S/P DIF L, R) six-out effect processor. You can also use the M3 as a vocoder effect (156:Vocoder) that uses an external mic input to control the internal sounds.

  • Page 167: Avoiding Extraneous Noise

    If no audio cables are connected to AUDIO INPUTS 1–2, the input signals are forced to zero, preventing any additional noise. If you want to save the edited settings in the M3, you must write them. Use the Global mode menu command Write Global Setting to do this.

  • Page 168: Dynamic Modulation, Midi/tempo Sync, And Common Fx Lfo

    Common FX LFO Dynamic modulation (Dmod) Dynamic modulation (Dmod) lets you use MIDI messages or the M3’s controllers to modulate specific effect parameters in real-time. For details, please see “Dynamic modulation (Dmod) and Tempo Synchronization” on page 442 of the Parameter Guide.

  • Page 169: Common Fx Lfo

    Using Effects 5. When you turn on the KARMA ON/OFF switch, Common FX LFO KARMA will begin playing. Select any desired KARMA GE. When you rotate the Two Common FX LFOs are available for modulation TEMPO knob, the delay time will change in effects, such as choruses, filters, phasers, etc.

  • Page 170: Using Karma

    MIDI control changes and pitch bend data can also be generated in synchronization with the phrase or pattern. As a capability unique to the M3, the KARMA function can generate MIDI exclusive messages to control wave sequencing, which switches between multisamples etc.

  • Page 171

    Using KARMA The M3 provides a large number of GEs that can be controlling the phrase or pattern. These parameters are used for a variety of instruments, performance called the “GE realtime parameters.” techniques, and musical styles. You can control the phrase or pattern by editing these parameters, or by assigning them to the KARMA GE RTP –...

  • Page 172

    KARMA sliders and KARMA switches assignments. Dynamic MIDI Each GE is assigned one of the following RTC Models. Dynamic MIDI is a function that uses the M3’s controllers or MIDI control messages to control specific • DP1 - Drum/Perc functions of the KARMA function.

  • Page 173

    Using KARMA KARMA CONTROLS module, and you can use the MODULE CONTROL switch and the Scene Matrix function to control this. These are front panel controls used to control the For details, please see “7–1–7a: Module Control Scene KARMA function. The settings of these controls can be Matrix”...

  • Page 174: Performing With Karma

    “ =” EXT, generate a phrase or pattern appropriate for the sound and the M3 will be synchronized to an external of the program. MIDI device. In this case, you won’t be able to change the tempo by operating the M3.

  • Page 175

    Using KARMA Using the KARMA controllers 3. Operate the front panel sliders 1–8 and switches 1– Note: The state of the KARMA controllers is saved The pattern or phrase will change accordingly. when you write the program. You can also turn the switches on/off by pressing them KARMA function on/off: ON/OFF switch in the display.

  • Page 176: Performing With The Karma Function In

    When the KARMA function is on, the KARMA module KARMA modules together with the sixteen timbre uses a GE to generate phrases or patterns. The M3 programs in a wide variety of ways, for example by provides a wide range of GEs that you can use for a...

  • Page 177

    Using KARMA Checking note-on/off and key zone Sliders 1–8 and switches 1–8 of the control surface will operate as KARMA sliders and KARMA switches. The screenshot shown below is a realtime display of 3. Use the front panel MODULE CONTROL switch the note data received from the keyboard, pads 1–8, to select the module that you want to control.

  • Page 178

    Performing with KARMA Performing with the KARMA function in Combination mode timbre being controlled by the KARMA sliders 1–8 and KARMA module MIDI I/O channel settings KARMA switches. This tells you the timbre whose The MIDI input/output channel setting for each phrase is being controlled by the KARMA sliders 1–8 KARMA module and the MIDI channel setting of each and KARMA switches.

  • Page 179: Karma Function Settings

    Use Tempo to set the tempo of the pattern or phrase generated by the GE. Program mode The M3 provides numerous preset GEs that can be used for a wide range of instruments, playing In Program mode you can use only one KARMA techniques, and musical styles.

  • Page 180

    KARMA function settings KARMA function settings in Program mode 1. Access the Prog P7–1: KARMA1– GE Setup page. When the KARMA function is on, MIDI control data (See the diagram in step 1 of “Selecting a GE”) received by the KARMA module is sent directly to the tone generator.

  • Page 181

    Using KARMA Note: If you use the Auto RTC Setup function of “Load GE Options,” the standard KARMA sliders and KARMA switches assignments for the RTC Model of that GE will automatically be made when you select a GE. (See “Selecting a GE” on page 172) 1.

  • Page 182

    Perf RTP (Perf Real-Time Parameters) Dynamic MIDI setting Here’s how KARMA parameters such as KARMA key Dynamic MIDI lets you use an M3 controller or a MIDI zone and KARMA module parameters (i.e., KARMA control message to control a specific parameter of the parameters other than GE realtime parameters) can be KARMA function.

  • Page 183: Karma Function Settings In Combination Mode

    Using KARMA Selecting a GE KARMA function settings in Here’s how to select the GE used by each KARMA module. (See “KARMA function settings in Program Combination mode mode” on page 172) 1. Access the Combi P7–1: KARMA1– GE Setup A–D In Combination mode (and Sequencer mode) you can page.

  • Page 184

    KARMA function settings KARMA function settings in Combination mode 2. Set the MIDI channels for the pads as follows. For this example, set timbre 1 to 01, timbre 2 to 02, and timbre 3 to 03. Since each timbre is set to a separate Pad 1: MIDI channel = 2 ch channel, the KARMA module set to the corresponding Pad 2: MIDI channel = 3 ch...

  • Page 185

    Using KARMA If “Thru (Timbre Thru)” is on (checked), you’ll be able 6. Make settings in the same way for Module B, C, to play timbres that differ from the global channel and D. when the KARMA function is off. The “ASSIGN”...

  • Page 186

    KARMA function settings KARMA function settings in Combination mode Perf RTP (Perf Real-Time Parameters) Auto Assign RTC Name (See “Auto Assign RTC Name” on page 118 of the Parameter Guide) In the same way as for a program, KARMA function parameters other than GE realtime parameters (e.g., Specifying the random seeds KARMA module parameters) can also be assigned to...

  • Page 187: Karma Function Settings In Sequencer Mode

    In the following example, we’ll use the KARMA then puts the M3 in record-ready mode. You can then function to record a drum pattern on track 1. begin recording immediately just by pressing the 1.

  • Page 188

    KARMA function settings KARMA function settings in Sequencer mode 2. Access the Seq P7–1: KARMA1– GE Setup A page. 4. If you want the KARMA module to be in synchronization with the sequencer during Make MIDI I/O settings for the KARMA modules so recording, check the Quantize Trigger option.

  • Page 189: Synchronizing The Karma Function

    Using KARMA Synchronizing the KARMA function The “Quantize Trigger” parameter The trigger timing of a KARMA module will depend on the setting of its Quantize Trigger parameter. On (checked): The trigger timing of a KARMA module Select the copy-source combination. Turn IFXs, MFXs, will be quantized to a sixteenth-note interval of the TFX, and Multi REC Standby on (checked).

  • Page 190

    MIDI device. triggered at the timing at which you play the Note: If the M3 is set to MIDI Clock= Auto, it will also keyboard. It will not synchronize to the currently- synchronize to the external MIDI device in the same playing drum track pattern.

  • Page 191

    Synchronization via MIDI realtime com- mands Enable Start/Stop Out in Prog/Combi You can set up M3 so that starting and stopping KARMA in Program and Combination modes will also control start and stop on external MIDI devices, such as sequencers and drum/groove machines (such as the KORG Electribe series).

  • Page 192: Drum Track Function

    “ =” EXT, If lit: The Drum Track pattern will start according to and the M3 will be synchronized to an external the Sync setting. When you turn it off, the pattern will MIDI device. In this case, you won’t be able to stop.

  • Page 193

    Drum Track function Selecting a Drum Track pattern and Drum 4. Turn the DRUM TRACK ON/OFF switch on. Track program If the DRUM TRACK ON/OFF switch lights, KARMA will be triggered simultaneously with the Drum Track 1. Access the Prog P0: Play– Main page. pattern, and will begin operating (while you hold down a key, or if the KARMA LATCH switch is on).

  • Page 194: Combination Mode

    Performing with the Drum Track function Using the Drum Track function in Combination mode If blinking: The Drum Track pattern will be ready to start. It will start when you play the keyboard or when a MIDI note-on is received. (This will occur if Trigger Mode is Wait KBD.) If the front panel KARMA LINKED and KARMA ON/OFF switches are lit, the KARMA performance will start/stop together with the...

  • Page 195

    Drum Track function 4. Select a Drum Track pattern. Use “Pattern Bank” to select the preset or user bank, and use “Pattern No.” to select the pattern number. Note: If you select an empty pattern, you won’t be able to turn the DRUM TRACK ON/OFF switch on. 5.

  • Page 196: Drum Track Function Settings

    Drum Track function settings Drum Track function settings in Program mode Drum Track function settings Trigger settings for the Drum Track pattern Drum Track function settings Here’s how to specify how the Drum Track pattern will be triggered. in Program mode 1.

  • Page 197: Combination Mode

    Drum Track function These settings specify the range of keys and velocities The Drum Track program does not transmit or receive that will trigger the Drum Track pattern when you play program changes. the keyboard (or receive a note-on). Selecting a Drum Track program Drum Track function settings Here’s how to select the Drum Track program.

  • Page 198: Sequencer Mode

    If Trigger Mode is set to Wait KBD Trig, operation will each song. Normally you’ll set this to Tch and use the begin when you play the keyboard (or when a note-on M3’s keyboard to control the triggering. is received). Transmit: The drum track will transmit on the MIDI If you turn the DRUM TRACK ON/OFF switch off channel specified by the Drum Pattern Output setting...

  • Page 199

    Drum Track function Specifying whether the drum track will oper- Settings in Combination and ate for each KARMA scene Sequencer modes Here’s how to specify whether the drum track will operate for each KARMA scene. Linking the KARMA performance with the 1.

  • Page 200: Synchronizing The Drum Track Function

    Drum Track function settings Synchronizing the Drum Track function Synchronizing the Drum Track function The Trigger “Sync” parameter The trigger timing of a drum track will depend on the setting of its Trigger Sync parameter. On (checked): The trigger timing will be quantized to the nearest beat relative to the base tempo.

  • Page 201

    MIDI realtime clock and realtime command messages it receives from the connected MIDI device. Note: If the M3 is set to MIDI Clock= Auto, it will also synchronize to the external MIDI device in the same way if MIDI realtime clock messages are being received from the external device.

  • Page 202: Creating A Drum Track Pattern

    Pattern Drum Track Pattern Convert to Drum Track Pattern Sequencer memory Internal memory (saved inside the M3) (Not saved internally; save on external USB media.) 3. Select the user pattern that you want to convert to a Drum Track pattern.

  • Page 203

    Drum Track function...

  • Page 204: Other Functions Common To All

    Sampling P0…4 menu command: press the Cancel button. the cursor location. of the text. Multisample Rename MS 2. We’ll use “M3 Program01” as an example. Sampling P0…4 menu command: Sample Rename Sample • Press the Clear button. Program category/ Global P4: Program Category •...

  • Page 205: Setting The Functions Of Sw1 And Sw2

    Other functions common to all modes Setting the functions of SW1 Setting the functions of and SW2 Realtime Controls Slider 5–8 SW1 and SW2 are the two switches above the joystick When the Control Surface CONTROL ASSIGN is set and ribbon. to REALTIME CONTROL, the four sliders on the right function as Realtime Sliders 5–8 (User 1–4).

  • Page 206: Using Tap Tempo

    Using tap tempo Using tap tempo Resetting controller values You can set the tempo of the KARMA function or The controllers of the control surface can be reset or Drum Track function in Program, Combination, and switched to stored values. Sequencer modes by lightly pressing the TAP TEMPO If you want to reset a controller individually, hold switch several times in succession.

  • Page 207: Shortcuts

    TROL switch + (control surface) 1+2 Sequencer mode, and then enter record-ready • Initializes the M3, and writes data into internal mode. memory. (A message of “Now writing into internal memory”...

  • Page 208: Appendices

    If you decide not to execute, press the Cancel button. The original preload data is backed up in the M3 and When you press the OK button, a dialog box will can restore any or all of the Programs, Combinations, ask you for confirmation.

  • Page 209: Installing Options

    Doing so could cause malfunction. Korg Inc. takes no responsibility for any malfunctions or damage that may occur from improper use or modification of this product. Nor will Korg Inc. be responsible for any damages resulting from the loss or destruction of data.

  • Page 210: Available Option Boards For The M3

    ● Calendar battery The calendar battery maintains the time and date that are recorded each time you save data. The M3 uses a CR2032 battery. CR2032 batteries that are compatible with the M3 •...

  • Page 211: Installing The Options And Replacing The Calendar

    Appendices 2. Make sure that the EXB-RADIAS is oriented Installing the options and correctly, and use the five screws to fasten it to the back of cover “A.” replacing the calendar battery Before you proceed, please read the preceding “Safety cautions”...

  • Page 212

    Preload PCG, you select RADIAS Formant Motion Data and All. (Alternatively, refer to “Restoring the formant motion data to the factory-set state” (see page 18) in “EXB-RADIAS for M3 Owner’s manual.”) Installing the EXB-FW 5. Tighten the two screws you removed in step (2) to...

  • Page 213

    Be careful not to cut your hand on any metal parts of the sound module or option board. The EXB-M256 can be used only with compatible products manufactured by Korg. It is not compatible with conventional computers. Also, 5. When you’ve finished the entire procedure, turn...

  • Page 214: Battery

    Installing options Installing the options and replacing the calendar battery Replacing the calendar battery 4. Insert the new battery. With the “+” surface of the calendar battery facing Before you proceed, please read the preceding “Safety upward, insert it diagonally into the battery holder. cautions”...

  • Page 215: Troubleshooting

    Audio input and output correctly, for example if the power of the M3 was turned off while a program or other data was being written. If this occurs, use the following procedure to No sound initialize the M3’s internal memory.

  • Page 216

    Alternatively, connect the S/P DIF OUT jack of or the signal after an insert effect, is sent to the FX your USB CD-R/RW drive to the M3’s S/P DIF IN Control bus and that signal is output directly, with this jack.

  • Page 217: Programs And Combinations

    Appendices If the EXB-RADIAS oscillator output is sent through an Is the Memory Protect Program checkbox (Global P0) cleared? → p.130 insert effect, and then sent to both the AUX bus and the FX Control bus, the effect settings described above will produce a feedback loop, possibly producing a loud noise.

  • Page 218: Sampling

    → PG p.353 When the Recording Level is set to 0 dB and the sounds played by the M3 are clipping and distorting, If you’re sampling to external USB storage device, did and you are resampling these signals via an internal you select recordable media? bus, the “CLIP !”...

  • Page 219: Drum Track Function

    Program Change, Enable Bank Change, Enable Control Change, Enable AfterTouch, and Enable Exclusive each checked? → PG p.383 Does the M3 support the types of messages that are being sent to it? → PG p.639 Incorrect response to program change messages...

  • Page 220: Pads Or Damper Pedal Do Not Respond Correctly

    → PG p.434 External USB devices A CD-R/RW that was saved or copied on the M3 using The drive of a connected USB device is not packet writing is not recognized by the TRITON/...

  • Page 221: Wave Files

    Can’t install the driver Can’t load Is the USB cable connected correctly? Is the WAVE file in a format that the M3 can load? Is the CD-ROM inserted in your CD drive? → PG p.424, p.653 • Make sure that the CD-ROM is inserted correctly.

  • Page 222: Error Messages

    Please use the recommended Meaning: Execution of the command ended normally. types of media. (See “Media that can be used with the M3” on page 223) Completed. Please turn the power off, and then Note: If the “Buffer overrun error occurred” error on again message appears.

  • Page 223

    At this time, the maximum number of M3 • Execute the Create New Song command in the programs resulting from this conversion is limited to...

  • Page 224

    • Media that was formatted or written by a device selected in a dialog box for choosing another directory other than the M3 may be impossible for the M3 to level or other media. convert into ISO9660 format. To perform the...

  • Page 225

    • Please input a 48 kHz system clock from your S/P write-protected. DIF Optical format compatible device into the M3’s • Turn off write protect on the other media, and S/P DIF IN jack. Only 48 kHz is supported. After execute the command once again.

  • Page 226

    Error messages Error and confirmation messages No medium To solve either of these problems: • On the USB storage media, create free space that is Meaning: When executing a command in Media larger than the .EXL file. mode, no media was inserted in the drive. To solve this problem: Not enough memory to load •...

  • Page 227

    Appendices Not enough song locations available Pattern exists in destination or source track Open pattern? Meaning: When loading a .SNG file with “Append” specified, you attempted to load more songs than can Meaning: A pattern has been placed in the track that be loaded.

  • Page 228

    Meaning: When you executed the Media mode Utility • Make sure that your external device is correctly menu command Copy, the file management data transmitting a digital signal. The M3 can accept exceeded the size of the management area. sampling frequencies of 48 kHz.

  • Page 229

    Appendices If you are using more than one USB hub, you may be able to solve the problem by reconnecting a device to a different USB hub. After you’ve reconnected your device(s), execute “Scan USB Device.” W (Wave) WAVE file size over limit Meaning: When using the Media mode Edit WAVE command, you exceeded the maximum sample length of 230,400,000 samples (80 minutes at the 48 kHz...

  • Page 230: Media That Can Be Used With The M3

    Media that can be used with the M3 Types of media supported by the M3 Media that can be used with the M3 Types of media supported by Operations that the M3 can the M3 perform on media (as of April 2007)

  • Page 231: Specifications And Options

    ±0 – +40 °C KYBD-61/73/88 keyboard assembly System KKS (KORG Komponent System) 88 key Real Weighted Hammer Action (RH3) * The key weight of the RH3 keyboard differs in four stages across the pitch range (with low notes being heavier, and high notes being lighter), delivering a playing feel similar to that of a grand piano.

  • Page 232

    4,000 Samples/1,000 Multisamples (Max. 128 indexes per Multisample.) multisamples Sample directly from audio CDs (CD-DA) Load AIFF, WAVE, AKAI (S1000/S3000), SoundFont 2.0, KORG Format sample data Time Stretch, Time Slice, Crossfade Loop, and other standard editing features. 5 Insert Effects In-line processing;...

  • Page 233

    Appendices Load, Save, Utility, Make Audio CD, Play Audio CD Data Filer functionality (Save and Load MIDI System Exclusive Data) Media CD-ROM/R/RW (UDF Format read/write), Record & Play audio CDs (CD-DA), ISO9660 Level 1 WAVE file editing functionality CD-ROM/R/RW can be used if a commercially-available USB drive is connected. Velocity-sensitive drum pads and chord triggers.

  • Page 234: Options

    M3XP-M + KYBD73 M3XP-M + KYBD88 Bracket (M3XP-M only), AC cable, Owner’s Manuals (M3 Operation Guide) Accessories CD-ROM (M3 M3 XP<Under>ANDED Parameter Guide (PDF), Voice Name List (PDF), KORG MIDI driver, M3 Editor/Plug-In Editor etc.) Options EXB-RADIAS RADIAS Synthesizer Board...

  • Page 235: Midi Implementation Chart

    *3: RPN (LSB,MSB)=00,00: Pitch bend range, 01,00: Fine tune, 02,00: Coarse tune *4: Valid if assigned as a MIDI control change in Global P1: External 1, 2 *5: In addition to Korg exclusive messages, Inquiry, GM System On, Master Volume, Master Balance, Master Fine Tune, and Master Coarse Tune are supported.

  • Page 236: Index

    Index Index Category/Program Select 39 Drum Kit 53, 135 Create 136 Combination 65 Aftertouch 42 Edit 135 Edit 68, 70 Curve 129 Select 53 Effect 157 Vibrato 56 Select 65 Drum Program 51 Wah 59 Common FX LFO 162 Drum Track 185 Alternate Modulation 55 On/Off 185, 187 Common LFO 54...

  • Page 237

    Low Pass filter 58 Overwrite 85 Index 110 Edit 119 M3 Editor 34 Pad 44 Insert effect 155, 158, 159 M3 Plug-In Editor 34 Assign 44 Assigning sample 111 Intensity 55 M3-M 9 Page Internal memory 139 Mac OS X 36...

  • Page 238

    Index Program 37, 83 Save 24, 139, 142 Edit 47, 51 Drum Kit 138 USB A connector 33 Effect 155 Multisample, Sample 121 EXB-RADIAS 38 Program 50 USB B connector 30 Select 37, 68, 83 Realtime control 48 USB device Type 51 Song 103 Connection 33...

  • Page 241

    Please also retain your receipt as proof of purchase otherwise your product may be disqualified from the manufacturer’s or distributor’s warranty. 4015-2 Yanokuchi, Inagi-city, Tokyo 206-0812 Japan © 2007 KORG INC.

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  • Elly Mshana Sep 19, 2016 07:34:
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  • Elly Mshana Sep 19, 2016 07:35:
    Hi..i have korg m3 but touch screen is not working for all,this problem has started when I stopped using for a months,ple​ase I need your help.thank​s