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Korg R3 Owner's Manual: Introduction; Main Features

Synthesizer / vocoder.
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1. MMT (Multi Modeling Technology) synthesis engine
In addition to traditional analog synthesizer waveforms, the R3 also
provides a wide range of oscillator algorithms, including formant waves,
noise, and 64 DWGS (Digital Waveform Generator System) waves. With
this rich assortment of oscillator algorithms, your R3 can produce a vast
array of sonic variations.
2. Advanced Formant Motion vocoding
The R3 includes a sixteen band vocoder. In addition to simulating the
classic "talking instrument" vocoder sounds of yester-year, you can shift
the filter frequencies and adjust the level and panning of each band to
create highly original vocoder sounds. There's also a Formant Motion
feature that lets you capture the changing formants - even words -from
your voice and reproduce them later as you play the keyboard, without a
microphone present!
3. 128 easily editable programs
When shipped from the factory, the R3 contains 128 preloaded programs.
Banks A–N are loaded with 112 synth programs, while banks O and P
contain sixteen vocoder programs. By selecting a page and turning any of
the four knobs, you can quickly and intuitively edit these sounds. In
addition to detailed editing, these same knobs can be used as Perfor-
mance Edit controllers to modify the sound as you play.
4. External sound processing
Any external audio source can be connected to the R3 via the AUDIO
INPUT 1 and 2 jacks, and processed in the same way as the internal
5. Virtual Patches
Modulators and controllers such as the filter EG, amp EG, LFO 1/2,
keyboard tracking, and the modulation wheel can be routed to control
parameters such as pitch, cutoff, and amp. This virtual patching mimics
the patching versatility of modular analog synthesizers (without using
actual patch cables) to provide more creative flexibility.

Main Features

6. Modulation Sequencers
Just as step sequencers provide new pitch data to an oscillator over time,
the Modulation Sequencers can provide changes in modulation data over
time, in a way similar to a classic analog sequencer. Each modulation
sequence can be set to provide a new discreet value at each step, or to
send out a continuously changing value using the values assigned to
each step as a "map". Modulation Sequences can be recorded in step time
or in real time.
7. Built-in EQ and effects to add polish to your sound
Each timbre is equipped with two insert effects and a two-band equal-
izer. Each two-timbre program provides a master effect that lets you add
a final touch to your overall sound. Thirty different effect algorithms are
8. Arpeggiator
You can set the R3's arpeggiator to produce an arpeggiated pattern of
notes by simply holding down a chord. There are six arpeggio types, and
you can adjust the gate time, swing amount, and note value of the
arpeggiated notes. You can also create rhythmic variations by turning off
specific steps of the arpeggio pattern.
9. Editor/Librarian software
By connecting the R3 to your computer, you can use the Editor/Librarian
software (included free) to edit all of the R3's parameters from your
computer. The R3 is also equipped with USB/MIDI, eliminating the need
for a MIDI interface.


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