The Korg R3 packs a lot sonic potential into a small package.
I had wanted to test out one of the Korg MMT based synths for awhile and got my chance recently with the R3. For people who have owned the MS2000 or microkorg the learning curve isn’t very steep. There are a lot of areas where the MS2000/MK and R3 overlap sonically but the filters on the R3 have a different character. The added polyphony, dual filter architecture and additional effects give the advantage to the R3 when programming strings and long release pads. As was the case with the ultranova, I had stayed away from the synth for years because of demos that layered in too many effects. Once I had a chance to dig into the synth’s editor my opinion of it changed. Just like the ultranova this synth can be very flexible and cover a lot of territory for those who are willing to put in the time. It is easy to steer the synth into the sharper, metallic, aggressive digital territory but is also surprisingly good at strings and brass. There is enough polyphony for creating useful layered sounds and the mod sequencer opens up a lot more options especially when used like a one shot aux envelope. The list of parameters that can be modified by the mod sequencer is extensive. I created a set of 65 patches that I used to make the video above. The Korg R3 patches can be downloaded here https://sellfy.com/p/bvJ6.