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Average rating: 4.1 out of 5
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Joseph Miller a professional user from Los Angeles, CA writes:
Have used my I3 since mid 90's and have had pretty good luck with it... Am a Songwriter and have found it to be quite useful in getting those ideas down quickly but haven't found anyone else working with it quite like I do... I found the onboard sequencer to be much to DOS like and tedious plus the little funky display that they offered made you blind in no time... so I started playing it straight into a lap top Mac with an old program called Master Tracks... It was straightforward... reliable and would always work even with a little midi interface Macman... but getting the sounds to match up and to play from Master Tracks required some tweaking from the I3 itself and I usually relied upon using the basic 6 tracks provided by the I3 Arrangement setup and hit the Arrangement buttons on the I3 before hitting play on Mastertracks... thereby overriding all that tedious programming of sounds by way of the Sequencing program which only gave you General Midi Choices... I know this is all back asswards but most of the time it worked... and all I'd have to do was to remember the Arrangement Number for each song... Now it's 10 years later and I'm looking to upgrade to an LE or later Korg and I still don't see one that provides a Band in a Box like approach with cool sounds... As a Songwriter you basically want a reliable Intro, Verse, Chorus, Bridge and Finale withouth all the Note by note fiddling around as with most of the Synths I see out there... I'm basically a Sax player who knows how to play changes on keyboard and the i3 was great for doing that... Now I'm working with DP3 and Cubase VST 32 and Cubase seems more reliable and always fires up with the Midi whereas DP3 is better with recording the Finished sound... Have bought a Motu 828 which promised to put all these together on my G4 but its another serious learning curve and I miss my little 4 track just to get things down quickly... and with as little fuss a possible.. What are the hot setups out there now? And ooops almost forgot why I got on this website in the first place... has anyone found a workaround for that little dinky display on the i3 and do those lights burn out? Is there a replacement... and most of all is there a computer based driver that could control all those sounds, arrangements and choices so that you can do control the I3 from your computer monitor? Thanks, Joe

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Feb-21-2004 at 11:47
Harry a hobbyist user from USA writes:
i bought my i-3 in 1996 and although it does not have the audio dynamics of the the M1, O1/W or the like of the new Trinity, the i-3 is a very useful and versatile instrument. many of the arrangements can be used out of the box by simply turning off the 3rd auto accompany (which makes it sound canned) other than that its pretty decent. its not quite as easy or convenient creating quick songs on the fly as say using a Yamaha QY-series, but the Korg i-3 does have one feature i was very glad to get the ROM upgrade for. save backing sequences to standard MIDI files AND "transpose" Gawwd i love this feature. i am so used to the transpose button i can't even perform using a standard acoustic piano anymore. as for multi-timbral sound quality, at today's prices it's easy to pick up an EMU or other box to MIDI up and have great piano's and other pads you don't have in the i-3 to make up for it's shortcomings. still, i love jamming to progressive rock on the i-3 and there are a handful of pad built-in which have made it to my 24-bit studio recordings without any effects or EQ enhancements other than compression or bolstering the input gain. which was replaced by better I/O's to begin with. now I am looking forward to using my i-3, Sonar and Gigastudio to record soundtracks and orchestrations. who needs a Trinity? (btw, check out a Yamaha Tyros sometime.)

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jan-10-2004 at 21:17
Freddie Chavez a professional user from usa writes:
I bought my i3 six years ago. Recorded my last CD using this seqencer. I also agree that the piano sounds leave somewhat to be desired. My biggest problem is the program switches. Does anyone know if they are easy to replace or are they just dirty? When I'm performing live, and changing programs on the fly, I have to press extra hard to change them.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Dec-18-2001 at 21:01
Clive Raymond a professional user from Wales writes:
I've had this machine for 7 years now. We have a few arguments about little niggly things, like the drive!! Overall though it's one of the best boards I've ever played. The action is great, not too light like the X5. I mainly use it now for covering the brass, organs and any solo lines live on stage. Downsides?? The piano is truly awful... my PC Soundcard has a better sound, but I don't care 'coz I've got an SG Rack here too!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Dec-16-2001 at 07:15
Ian a part-time user from Uk writes:
I really like my i3, you can use the backing for helping with the song writing process or just having fun and the sequencer is good for getting your ideas down. It does lake some strong lead sounds (I end up using a Distored Guitar patch I editied). Have a listen to my tracks made with the i3, your comments would be appricated http://iandixon.tripod.com go to the downloads section

Ian

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-May-11-2001 at 04:14
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