Synth Site: Korg: S3 Drum Module: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 3.8 out of 5
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Haztech a hobbyist user from Remote Outback Australia writes:
The Korg S3 is a versatile drum machine with excellent real-write capabilities. The multi-timbral function is unsurpassed in any drum machine available (that I have seen anyway), allowing very fine control over the sound of a noise. 33000 note memory, which is relatively great compared to many units. Downside - function buttons are fragile and prone to breaking or becoming dysfunctional requiring some innovative home surgery at time (ANYONE KNOW OF ANY SPARE PARTS??? ) Sleek, sexy looking unit, many, many menus buried within it's innocent looking lcd display. Excellent Midi controller for 4 track, very good for 8 track but that is the limit. Hard to find, but definitely good value for money. Worth getting to know - if you can find one for the price I did.. YOU'RE LAUGHING... :0)

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-May-24-2000 at 11:13
Kapcel a hobbyist user from USA writes:
This drum machine is no XOX or XD-5 but you can program your own sounds on it like the XD-5. It has effects and a built in sequencer so it is useful. Check out my web page for more info on the Korg S3: www.vt.edu:10021/D/drmartin/

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:42
GARRY DAVIDSON a professional user from ENGLAND writes:
VERY TIME CONSUMING TO GET THE BEST OUT OF IT- ALMOST SOLD IT 3 TIMES BUT KEEP CHANGING MY MIND AT THE LAST MINUTE. MY JV 1080 HAS MANY MORE EDITING PARAMETERS (INCLUDING THE BADLY MISSED FILTER) BUT LOSES OUT ON SONIC INTEGRITY- PROBABLY DUE TO THE SPLIT HEAD AND SHELL SAMPLES OF THE S3. IF KORG HAD ANY MEASURE OF DECENCY AT ALL THEY WOULD BRING OUT A HARD/SOFTWARE UPGRADE TO BRING IT UP TO SCRATCH. -NOT SUCH A BAD IDEA IN GENERAL FOR ALL THE BIG SYNTH MANUFACTURERS TO THINK ABOUT INSTEAD OF ALWAYS SEARCHING FOR THAT NEW IDEA WHEN THERES REALLY NO PLACE LEFT TO GO. THE ANALOGUE REVIVAL SHOULD PROVE TO THEM THAT THIS IS THE CASE AND THAT IN MANY CASES THE ONLY REASON PEOPLE CHANGE EQUIPMENT IS TO GET MORE NOTES,MORE FEATURES,MORE SOUNDS OR SIMPLY BECAUSE THE NEW PRETENDER PURPORTS TO BE THE ANSWER TO THEIR DREAMS. I,M SURE THAT WITH THE COST OF VLSI CHIPS AND MEMORY AS THEY ARE TODAY AND THE WEALTH OF PROGRAMMING EXPERTISE THERE SHOULD BE NO PROBLEM FOR YAMAHA TO MAKE A TIDY SUM UPGRADING US TO A MULTI-TIMBRAL DX7 WITH TWIN FX AND A STEREO OUT(MAYBE EVEN WITH SOME EXTRA POLYPHONY) FOR £99.99, OR OF COURSE FOR KORG TO MAKE OUR BELOVED S3 THE STAR IT WAS MEANT TO BE- WITH A FILTER,FX ON A SEND AND RETURN BUS,SCSI INTERFACE,A LOGICAL CARD SET UP AND THE FACILITY TO SWITCH TO A GAME OF HORIZONTAL TETRIS ON THE LITTLE SCREEN WHEN WE GET STRESSED. WE LIVE IN HOPE.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:42
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