Korg R3 Synth/Vocoder

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Korg R3 Synth/Vocoder

Post by impaler42 » Tue Nov 17, 2009 8:41 pm

This isn't a comprehensive review of the R3, rather just a heads up to people looking for a great sounding vocoder for the price. The R3 comes with a stock mic, but you can take it off and plug in a much nicer condenser mic into the XLR input on the front panel of the synth. Its got all sorts of advanced vocoding features such as formant motion. You can pan the different bands left and right, and create some really futuristic patches, as well as old school vocoded sounds. The MMT synthesis is straight from the Oasys and Radias. Also, you can use the appregiator on vocoder patches for some really cool sounds.

When I bought it, I was looking for the best hardware vocoder that I could get for the money. I think its deffinetly a huge step up from the microkorg. Although there are plenty of vocoder plugins, the R3's vocoder section sounds much better and has much more functionality. Its a great deal for the price.
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Re: Korg R3 Synth/Vocoder

Post by CuBulo » Tue Nov 17, 2009 10:47 pm

I love the vocoder, but the rest of the synth is c**p. Horrible filters. The effects are OK. I cant wait to switch mine for something else.
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Re: Korg R3 Synth/Vocoder

Post by impaler42 » Wed Nov 18, 2009 4:33 am

yeah the vocoder is the primary reason I bought it. I dont think the synth is that bad. Its got some decent sounds.
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Re: Korg R3 Synth/Vocoder

Post by Ashe37 » Wed Nov 18, 2009 4:43 am

We have one here, its basically two timbres (and 8 voices) from a Radias; same engine as the MicroKorg XL, and an improvement from the original MicroKorg.... with full size keys.

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Re: Korg R3 Synth/Vocoder

Post by Stab Frenzy » Thu Nov 19, 2009 4:18 am

The R3 doesn't sound like an analogue synth, but it does sound great IMO.

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Re: Korg R3 Synth/Vocoder

Post by TRANSISTOR FACE » Fri Nov 20, 2009 12:44 am

oops!

I just posted up a thread about good sounding vocoders...

http://www.vintagesynth.com/forum/viewt ... 19&t=52616

so yeeeah. do you think the R3 would satisfy my needs?

thanks!

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Re: Korg R3 Synth/Vocoder

Post by impaler42 » Sun Nov 22, 2009 2:18 am

TransistorFace, I would say the R3 would deffinetly satisfy your needs. The vocoder is a big step up from the microkorg's vocoder. Its actually the same one that the Korg Radias has. Its great for old school sounds and completely new and original vocoded sounds. Id say check out some of the demos on youtube.
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Re: Korg R3 Synth/Vocoder

Post by megamanx » Sun Nov 22, 2009 4:37 am

the vocoder is the reason I decided to keep mine...

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