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Average rating: 4.1 out of 5
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Roman Mondryk a professional user from United Kingdom writes:
I'm 36 and I've been a pro for 15 years. This keyboard has really extended my mind as regards different 'types' of music. The arrangements are superb for creating instantly the feel and sound of so many 'covers'. Also,for programing, you can include segments of these arrngements in your sequences to copy almost identically the original records. The optional fitting of the upgrade also enables you to save any 'backing sequence' (or songs) as midi files. Then load them up, save them as 'songs' and use the power of the 16 track section to alter volumes, panning etc etc. I have created over 300 superb original sounding tracks with this facility. (Email me for lists) I have a 'Trinity' as well yet I take only my i3 to all my gigs and use it for all my programing. It is an absolutely SUPERB piece of kit and since I've had mine for just over 2 and a half years, at least 4 of my colleagues have bought one after coming round and listening to what it can do. Obviously it's not what the thing can do but what you make it do after all and like all other electrical devices, once you've sussed out what all the different sections are for and how to use them to your advantage, this keyboard is a MUST for any keyboard player. The sheer playability factor is immense. Turn it on, select an arrangement, hit the start button and within seconds you'll have a huge grin on your face at the instantly superb professional results. Use the backing sequence section to produce superb REAL sounding sequences (or 16 track SNG mode for limitless possibilities) Forget your Technics KN's, Yamahas, Roland E's, TRY THIS BABY OUT and you'll part with your money and be the proud owner of a machine that I can guarantee you will NEVER part with. BRILLIANT!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:43
Peter a hobbyist user from Australia writes:
I have had several "interactive" keyboards (Yamahas, Rolands) but the i3 is still the best on the market although I am looking forward to hearing the NEW Korg i30 - the specs are superb and it seems that Korg have really listened to us "i3" users. The i30 has been announced and demonstrated. My local dealer has seen one overseas and thought it was outstanding. I can't wait to get my hands on one! Come on Korg, get it out in the retailers - quick!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:43
Kevin Steele a hobbyist user from Glasgow, Scotland writes:
It's still the best auto-accompaniment keyboard on the market in terms of features, but its credibility as a performance machine is at times lacking. The fact that it locks-up whenever the disk drive is active, and the fact that you have to go through several pages of menus to acess some relatively basic functions is plain irritating. The piano sounds are not much cop either. The Music Styles themselves are just plain terrific, and the most imaginative ever concieved. The organ, accordion, and string sounds are fabulous -- in Korg tradition. The i3's main problem is that its enormous potential for customisation is both it's biggest asset, yet its biggest liability -- the fact that everthing can be changed gets in the way at times of actually playing the damn thing. As a live performance machine for using auto-accompaniment, the i3 comes a poor second in the wake of the Roland E-series intelligent synths, and the G-800 / 600 arranger worstations.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:43
Ed a part time user from USA writes:
The i3 has been a great asset to my part time music business. Where else can you get the sound and power of a live band within one compact unit? Although the loading is pretty slow internally, I use an external 486 with cakewalk and unisyn K, and it's just excellent! Together with the built in arranger, I could switch between playing midi files and playing live &quot;on the fly&quot;. Mixing the live performance with an Ensoniq SD-1 for sounds and other sequences, and a compact DJ system, my entertainment group has not been matched by any other!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:43
Vinod Kumar a hobbyist user from Bahrain writes:
I bought an i3 around September '97 and I think its great ! only wish I had more time to work on it. The disk drive needs a little more sturdy casing though. Lot of dust gathering potential. I had major problrms with this. Otherwise fine. (did not like the 'sitar' strings though - nowhere near real !! I love the synth though.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:43
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