Before You Begin

1.1 Features

The Korg S3 rhythm workstation is not just another drum machine, but a total production workstation that incorporates many key components used by all MIDI systems: Korg Sonic Integrity (SI) sound sources featuring the latest in 16-bit PCM sound synthesis technology, two built-in digital effects and a sequencer that functions as a multitrack recorder. This recorder may be synchronized with either a clock signal from other MIDI equipment or Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) timing signals from film and video equipment.

PCM sound sources: The built-in sound sources use the Korg Sonic Integrity (SI) sound synthesis system, which combines the latest in 16-bit PCM sampling technology with the same advanced editing capabilities found on samplers and synthesizers. These fully programmable sound sources may be played from a synthesizer, sequencer or other external MIDI device.

Multitrack recording: The built-in sequencer has a total of eight tracks: four for recording basic patterns and four for combining them into songs and adding real-time recording. Song tracks are normally paired with the corresponding pattern tracks, but changing these connections so that the pattern tracks use internal sound sources and the song tracks use external ones permits full 8-track operation.

Multi-timbre sound module: Assigning different MIDI input channels to tracks 1 ~ 4 turns the S3 into a multi-timbre sound module capable of simultaneously sounding four different percussion kits.

Sequencer: The sequencer is not just for recording rhythms played on the touchpads and playing them back using the built-in sound sources. The MIDI interface also allows recording of notes from a keyboard or other MIDI instrument as well as playback to external sound sources.

Drum kits: Each track contains a rhythm pattern for a single drum kit, a particular set of percussion instruments. Varying the drum kit assignments for the individual tracks produces a whole new range of sound variations in a basic pattern.

SMPTE timing signals: The S3 generates and understands SMPTE timing signals, so working with material recorded on SMPTE-standard film and video equipment does not require the addition of a synchronizer. The S3 automatically synchronizes—even when you start in the middle of a selection.

Two MIDI outputs: The S3 has two independent MIDI OUT ports instead of the usual one. These give the flexibility to, for example, transmit the MIDI timing clock over one cable and the note data over another.

Digital effects: Two built-in digital stereo effects eliminate the need for external effect devices.

Multichannel output: The S3 simultaneously offers two types of output: two-channel stereo output for speaker systems and four channel output for use with multitrack recording systems and mixers.

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