Synth Site: Korg: X3 Synthesizer Workstation: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.0 out of 5
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the musician a professional user from USA writes:
This keyboard was a major gear for live musicians in Asia and England in mid 90's,while in USA it was still O1W , TS 10 or K2000.

Ease of Use: 7 easy to sequence,hard to edit with small LCD.easy to use in general.

Features: 7 build in efx usable.on board sequencer is easy.i wrote 2 songs the day i bought it.

Expressiveness/Sounds: 8 bad ac piano,ok ac gtr,kick ass el gtr for that time -1993(listen to the song "What guitar" from demo disk,good organs,good winds,saxs and so on.since X series doesn't have wave shaping(like O series)and mulifilters(they only have low pass)they seems thin yet compared to the other instruments at that time, they are really warm sounding(that's why Kong continued the same chip and old efx until 2000 to it's I series. some perfomances are usable.good that you can copy efx from perfomance to song.can also use a perfomance in a song(take 8 tracks). bad ac piano means you will always need at least another non Korg piano module.

Reliability: 8 Cons:you can't write trasposition to a song(It can only be transposed on another X3 or Korg gear)even it' a GM song.If you have sequenced a GM song in X3 and tranposed the song to another key ,it will be only recognized by X3,not on other gear.Fatal if you are in a live gig and trying to play songs non-stop you will be using other direct disk play capable gear which will play songs untransposed causing your vocalist to get fired.you have to redo the tranposition on a computer or non korg gear.(here Roland kicked Korg's butt by superior sequencing capabilities even on early Roland gear(like 1991-2 Roland keyboards like JW-50 and so on.) good hard ware.thin keys(unlike O1 w).solid construction but relatively light(10 kg)which is good for travelling musician.

Customer Support: N/A never

Overall Rating: 8 my first pro keyboard is M1 and I thought I wanted a key with disk drive and GM.T3 was old ,O1w was 200 dollars more expensive and non GM.I traded X 3 for M1+1000 US dollars.I3 was all i needed but no performance memory and 800 dollars more.I have been playing as a pro for more than 10 years.I exchanged X3(plus cah) to XP50 (i needed a live gear with direct disk play)and I regret it. Korg gear in general can inspire you to play even they look hard to deal with.They look like they are ultimate tool for your music.well build,reliable,professional and superior looking(work stations only,not arranger KBs)(by the way M1 still looks the best).it still have some sounds as same as a Trinity or Triton.What you may need is another ac piano module.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jul-06-2002 at 06:13
DJ-Abstract a hobbyist user from Canada writes:
The Korg X3 was my first synth i bought back in 1993. It helped me learn alot about sequencing and midi. i felt that the sounds where rather weak. as for what DJ said i agree it is a value synth. I replaced it with a yamaha cs1x i wish i didnt do that that because i missed the combi sounds but now i have a cs1x. korg triton rack. phatboy midi controller abd a yamaha rm1x to make up for it. :)

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Friday-Apr-19-2002 at 09:54
DJ a professional user from Philippines writes:
The greatness of X3 is greatly challenged by time. I bought mine about 8 years ago. common problems are the tack switch; they worn out easily. Piano sounds are obviously outdated. And memory will certainly disappoint those people who are into live lengthy performance, so I suggest you pick anything but this equipment. Great for song sequencing. Great synth sound; what can I say, it's Korg! It's a great value but for a live gig, you might want to think twice. I have a user's manual. :)

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-Apr-04-2002 at 10:25
Tim Kent a part-time user from Winnipeg, Canada writes:
I have been using the X3 as my main board for about 7 years now, It is definitly time for an update as the sounds are very dated.

I never used the sequencer as our drummer refuses to play through a click trak.

The Korg will move to my second board for those sounds I can't replace and the main board will be replaced with an undecided non Korg board

Any suggestions?? I need a board and a sequencer is not a priority

Later all

Tim Kent 96th_Malice Winnipeg Canada

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Sunday-Mar-31-2002 at 12:11
Ian Berridge a hobbyist user from England writes:
The X3 was my first proper Synth, bought nearly 9 years ago - and it has fulfilled all my needs - gigging/composing/playing for enjoyment etc.... without any problems. The Sounds are now obviously a bit dated and Pianos especially sound very poor even compared to the now cheaper modules. The more pad/synth sounds are absoloutely joyous and are Korgs real trademark. The sequencer(I found) is more than adequate and its only in the last few years that I have moved onto PC based sequencing. The synth is now very much a controller keyboard for my TR-Rack/JV1010 as there are much better sounding 'boards out there and is now being replaced by a new shiny Triton!!

If you find this keyboard cheap 2nd hand, then do buy it - it has been a great servant to me, gone round the country, and has been very helpful in the creative process for me. Top Marks!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Mar-01-2002 at 06:42
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