Korg R3 synthesizer review and sound demo

I did a quick review of the Korg R3 synthesizer, originally released in 2007. This little killer has DNA from the Korg Radias and MS-2000, so think of it as the MicroKorg’s evil twin brother.

It’s a great little virtual analog subtractive synth with built-in effects, vocoder, mod sequencing, formant synthesis, and wavetable/DWGS tricks.

Hit me up with a comment if you have questions or just want to “um actually . . . ” me lol. Let’s all learn about synthesizers together. 🙂

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indiegofr says:

tbh the R3 gets more enjoyable once you forget all the presets and just dive into it, well, at least for me
this is such a flexible engine with a quite extensive matrix patch bay and a plethora of effects, it can make some really nasty, gritty, weird and complex sound without that much effort. It does sound quite plasticky at times, but once you get past that it’s a really fun fun synth

Robert Syrett says:

I got one of these back in 2008 and I lost it while moving. I honestly can’t say that I miss the sound much, but I did like the interface.

iven simonetti says:

I have the Roland Ds61 and I like the Beat patterns in it which I can add to the synth sounds in there. Does that one has that too?!

Kyle Cramb says:

Would you say the build quality is that much worse than the MicroKorg? Did they really cut corners on this one?

Tymosxior says:

Korg r3 or Microkorg S?

sonicocr says:

excelent synth… its like a reduced version of the Radias engine, not the same but similar.
You must learn to program it, the PRESETS don’t show the real potential of the powerful synth.
You can create dense pads and complex ambient textures.

My RADIAS is safe in the studio and the R3 its the portable option of jams and travel. (be careful its fragile).

the cHroNic nOize co. says:

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gridsleep says:

Do people drop their expensive instruments that often? These aren’t garage tools, and I wouldn’t expect a mechanic to throw around her expensive Snap-On tools.

Tony Parke says:

Love how you shoot it down in the 1st few sentences. Appreciate your honesty. Im sure its quite capable though but one must get in there and design actual patches.

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