Co-designed by Sequential Circuits founder Dave Smith. The series was the first Korg workstation to employ their new Ai2 Synthesis engine. The series also started model naming system that lasted till the end of Triton line production, with standard model key , Pro key and ProX key with piano-style weighted keyboard. The i3 also included a multitrack MIDI sequencer in addition to the auto-accompaniment styles and arrangements, large graphical display, improved chord recognition, and the new Backing Sequence feature, which facilitated creation of new songs based on styles. Rack version of the X5. An i3-type keyboard with a slightly reduced feature set, but with built-in speakers.

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When first introduced back in the s, the Music Workstation caused a revolution. For thefirst time, it was possible to sketch, compose and perform a complete song, with all of the parts, on a single instrument. The Music Workstation opened the door to thousands of people who wanted to develop their musical ideas without investing in multiple instruments and recording equipment.

Over the next 15 years or so, the Music Workstation improved with better sounds,more memory enhanced control and greater user interfaces. What now? How about making the process of composing and constructing a song simpler? Seems like a good idea, but where do you start? This is supposed to be one of the fun and easy parts,right? Then you have to develop the rest of the song, finding the parts that will work in the chorus, solo, and on and on What if this process could be made easier?

Well, it can. The function of the Pattern has been around longer than the Music Workstation. The Real-time Pattern Play and Record tool starts with an old idea and expands it into to a new and creative device in your song writing arsenal. This library is independent of any song and canbe loaded and saved to disk as its own file. Using the RPPR function in the sequencer you can select up to patterns and assign them to keys for playback. Press a key and the pattern starts.

Release the key and the pattern stops. Now comes the fun part. Pick a basic tempo and press any of the keys that are assigned to patterns.

Play with different pattern types. Or juggle the order. Once your ideas have taken shape, put the sequencer in record, and just play your patterns by pressing the corresponding keys in real-time into the sequencer. Gone are the individual drum hits, and the stubborn battle with timing and feel. Gone are the multiple passes for different drums and cymbals.

Now you have a wide selection of patterns to choose from. And the ability to concentrate on the structure of the song. The library of patterns is great for many situations, but sometimes you might need something a bit different.

Remember, you can save a pattern library to disk so you can create as many as you like or need. Save them in the library and use the Real-time Playback to finish off your tracks. As you will see, RPPR adds a considerable amount of flexibility to live application settings. First of all, a Pattern is not limited to drums and rhythms.

Any program in the N-Series can be used in a Pattern. Each Pattern has its own tempo parameter, as well as a selection for the type of trigger mode. You can set the trigger mode to play a Pattern once, play continuously, or play as long as the key is pressed.

Link to diagram of RPPR Play Mode So with up to Patterns assigned to the keyboard, there can be drum, bass, and backing parts with different tempos and notes for different sections of a song. RPPR in a live situation lets you use the power of a Music Workstation, the sounds and effects, but removes the performance constraints that you get when using a fixed sequence. Many times, instruments that incorporate new technology or tools can actually take away from the creative process-not so with RPPR.

For both writing and performance situations, Real-time Pattern Play and Record removes limitations, brings new options, and streamlines the entire process. Specifications subject to change without notice.


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