The nineties update to the legendary M1. Launched in 1993, it expanded on what made the M1 such a great machine and featured a range of solid, entirely usable sounds. The Strings and Basses are exceptionally good, although truly analog sounding sweeps and pads are not what this machine was about. The X3 (and subsequent X-series models that came after it) was designed as a middle-weight workstation, with the warmer and more powerful 01/W series taking the reins as Korg's premiere ROMpler workstation of the early nineties.
The X3 is 61 key AI2 Synthesis workstation instrument with 6 MB ROM samples with room for expansion via rom and ram cards. It features 200 programs, 200 combinations, and, a 10-song, 16-track multitrack MIDI sequencer. 2 multi-effects processors are also provided for adding effects. It also has the X/Y joystick and a backlit LCD screen
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This is a 90s Beast
I love this keyboard it has so much it can do I run it through some analog gear and through a Tone port UX8 Rack and into my DAW for re-sampling the sound are so thick and full I am very pleased with this 61 key Music work station.
Cheap access to some classic M1/T1 sounds but requires menu diving...
The Korg X3 is cheap to pick up nowadays and gives you a good keybed with instant access to some classic (but somewhat dated) Korg sounds from the M1/T1 era . It does not have a lot of realtime controllers (knobs etc...) so will require some menu diving (luckily it does have an LCD to help you out with that. In that price/sound range you might as well look into an 01/W or Wavestation or the excellent Korg Legacy (VSTs) which have the M1 and Wavestation with all the extra sound cards.