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Korg 03RW

infoCountry: JAPAN
Weight: 3,5 Kg
Dimensions: 435 (w) x 262 (h) x 45 (d) mm
audio demo price trend: 100€
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Korg 03R/W
Ai2 Synthesis Module (1992)

 

The 03W is a Korg 01 budget spinoff module with less synthesis features but compliant to GS/GM Midi protocol.


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info EXPANDER MODULE one single unit.
Main panel features a 16 x 2 backlit lines display, a volume knob, 10 buttons and a led monitor for Midi channel activity.

Back panel terminal connectors:
- main signal output
- Midi interface
- headphones
- 2 AUX outs
- 8-pin DIN input for external controler model RE-1.
Front panel terminal connectors:
- headphones out
- 2 slot for DATA and PCM cards.

 


edit TECH main CPU based on a NEC V25 (uP D70325L) manages 32 voices (or digital oscillators) polyphony - relative DAC is a 16 bits Burr-Brown PCM55HP.

STRUCTURE a patch is composed by 1 or 2 PCM (single OSC /double 2 OSC) samples with individual settings:
- volume mix
- delay start
- pitch detune (in double mode)
- interval at +/- 1 OCT. (in double mode).



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PCM WAVETABLE Rompler module, internal ROM contains 256 PCM samples recorded at 16 bits resolution.

The 03RW wavetable is roughly organized into 4 sound familes:
- 138 acoustic samples
- 95 drum / percussion shots
- 12 DWGS (from classic hybrid synth Korg DW8000)
- 10 digital samples from analog basic waveforms (e.g: sawtooth, square).


pcm

 


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EXPANSION Wavetable can be expanded using special PCM cards.
(PIC from ebay auctions)


data cards

NAME n cards set name PCM name Data name PIC
Best of M1 and T 2 USC-1S XSC-801 UPC-01 USC-1S
Dance 2 USC-4S XSC-804 UPC-04 USC-4S
Ethnic 2 USC-6S XSC-806 UPC-06  
House/Funk 1 UPC-12 / UPC-12 UPC-12
Orchestral 2 USC-2S XSC-802 UPC-02 USC-2S
Piano Keyboard 2 USC-3S XSC-803 UPC-03  
Pop Performance
(by Voice crystals)
1 UPC-03 / UPC-13 UPC-03
Sound Alternatives 1 UPC-11 / UPC-11 UPC-11
Synth Design 2 USC-5S XSC-805 UPC-05  



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PERFORMANCE the COMBINATION mode handles p to 8 parts (16 in GM mode) each with individual functions:
- Midi Channel assignment
- semitone transpose
- stereo panning
- volume mix gain
- keyboard zone
- 8 preset velocity curves
- 5 standard tuning scales
- aftertouch is assignable to: pitch, filter cutoff, amplitude or filter LFO amount
- external bender / modulation wheel can be assigned to OSC1/2 pan, filter cutoff (sweep) and modulation to pitch (both OSC1/2) or filter.


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ENVELOPE up to 4 EGS with same 4 segments + 3 times + keytracking structure:
- 1 EG amplitude (VDA) for osc1
- 1 EG amplitude (VDA) for osc2
- 1 EG filter (VDF) for osc1
- 1 EG filter (VDF) for osc2
Also 1 EG pitch: 3 segments + 3 times.


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edit LFO up to 3 delayed modulators (the MG) sharing same shapes (triangle, up-sawtooth, down-sawtooh, square and random).


lfo
- LFO VDF: can be applied to OSC1/OSC2/BOTH with variable intensity
- LFO pitch OSC1: with variable intensity, fade IN and retrig at note
- LFO pitch OSC2: same as LFO pitch OSC1.

 

 

edit FILTER simple non-resonant digital lowpass filter (VDF) with no special control.
The VDF can be controlled by aftertouch signal or assigned to modulation LFO (MG).


vdf

 

edit EFFECTS up to 2 processors can be chained in serial or 3 parallel modes.
Inlcuded effects are: reverb (hall, plate, spring ...) delay, chorus, flanger, distortion, overdrive, phaser, autopanning, rotary leslie, EQ and combination of effects (e.g: delay+rotary).




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MIDI full sysex control, a few Midi Control Change for basic controls.
Sounds and library can be saved to standard Midi dump.




edit MEMORY:
- 128 ROM presets
- 100 RAM slots
- 100 COMBINATIONS.
RAM can be doubled using memory card model Korg SRC-512 also used by other Korg synthesizer including V.A Prophecy synth.

Korg 03R/W motherboard
Battery replacement: just open the rack, replace the CR-2016 (3V) into dedicated holder - click above to magnify -

 

 

edit MAINTENANCE & MODDING module 03rw is very reliable, never had any troubles: maybe tact switches can be replaced after some time.


Korg 03R/W motherboard
- UPPER - No special modding but a CIRCUIT BENDING demo 03rw bent audio HEAR

 

 

edit RELATED FAMILY:

korg Re1 editor

RE-1 Remote Editor - an external optional editor for quicker edit (if features preset templates for M3R, effect A1 and of course 03rw). it is quite rare VIDEO

Korg 01W

01W bigger brother with more waveforms and waveshaping process. The 01 series is not compliant to GS/GM protocol.
03rw and 01 series are NOT compatible even if they share a similar wavetable

Korg 05rw

05rw another module with similar name but it is not compatible with 01 / 03 series VIDEO


 

demoVST PLUGIN / SAMPLED VERSION free and commercial samples set:

  name price link demo
[NONE] -No official VST plugin

- no known samples librarymanual

X

X X


 

demo AUDIO DEMO

demo factory demo1
demo factory demo2
demo factory demo3
demo GM GM playback "blade R"
demo GM GM playback "EXXOS DUNE"
demo lush filter pad
demo Tines DX7
demo space organ
demo Strings
demo PPG like
demo digital phaser pad
demo evolving sound
demo metal percussion
demo lounge organ
demo click hammond b3
demo bach organ
demo m1 lore
demo o3rw choir
demo Space fx
demo strings pad
demo gamelan atmo
demo suspence strings
demo movie pad
demo FX flanger
demo bass "spaceman"
demo seventies sound
demo industrial hits
demo Classic orchestra kit
demo Circuit bending TEST1: drum1
demo Circuit bending TEST2: drum2
demo Circuit bending TEST3: pad
demo Circuit bending TEST4: bells


 

video VIDEO SELECTION

video 1 dynopiano audio demo
video demo sounds demo another demo


Company: Korg
Model: 03R/W
Class: Synth Module
Dates: 1992
Price: 100€
Display: 16 x 2 lines LCD
Synthesis: PCM rompler
Resolution: 16 bits
N.waves: 256 PCM
Polyphony: 32 voices
Multitimbric: 8 parts
Oscillator: 2 osc
Filter: Digital Low pass
LFO: 3 modulators
Envelope: 4 EGs
Memory: 100 RAM slots
CPU: D70325L
DAC: BB PCM55HP
Demo: 30

 

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manual
MANUAL


manual
Korg 03R/W PRESET SOUNDS
(FACTORY)

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SERVICE MANUAL


data cards
500 Sysex Free patches
for 03rw!

 

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Korg 03R/W RESET PROCEDURE

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Cheap as Hell! edit interface boredome

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REVIEW " Quite reliable but misses many features from classic 01w. "


manual manual
- 01 technology - poor edit interface
-cheap
- stripped WAVESHAPING


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Korg 03R/W 2.5 out of 5 based on 3 ratings. price €100