Released after the Korg M1, the M3R is a stripped-down budget version of Korg's most popular synthesizer at the time. It uses the same AI synthesis data, but the patch structure is different.
It uses a standard 3-volt CR2032 lithium battery for memory backup. To restore factory patches after a battery failure (all performances will be set to "Init Combi"), press EDIT and GLOBAL and use the PAGE+ button to scroll to page 5 for LOAD, then use PROG button to navigate to 5D, PRESET DATA, and then press the YES button twice to confirm and load the presets.
To check the firmware revision, press and hold EDIT and GLOBAL during power-up. The version number will then be displayed. #16 is the most recent revision.
Year Released: 1989
Polyphony: 16 notes
Multitimbral: 8 parts
User Patches: 100
User Performances: 100
ROM: 3MB (134 waveforms)
Screen: 16 x 2 character display
Power Consumption: 11 watts
Dimensions: 430 mm x 405 mm x 88 mm
Weight: 5.9 kg
This is a 1-space rack unit.
KORG M3R SYNTH MODULE ($200)
Korg M3R ($150)
Korg M3-R Rack Synthesizer ($193)