Korg's AI Synthesis on the Cheap
In the early 90s Korg wanted a synth that supported general MIDI and that could provide a cost effective intro into the same synthesis engine (or at least similar in this case) as their flagship 01/W synth. The Korg 03R/W synth module filled that void.
The AI squared synth engine in the 03R/W was not exactly the same as the 01/W and the two cannot share synth patches or sysex data. The 03R/W lacked the wave shaping functionality of the higher end 01/W line of synths.
While not too many people get very excited about the 03R/W it did serve its purpose well and still has a place in many synth racks to this day playing backup bits and so on.
Korg 03R/W Tech Specs
|Synth Type / Synthesis Branding||ai² Advanced Integrated Square (a.k.a fancy PCM playback)|
|Waveform Data||5 Mb|
|Waveform ROM||255 waveforms plus 114 drum waveforms|
|Stock Patches||129 in ROM, 100 for user patches in RAM, 100 combinations|
|Polyphony||32 Notes with single oscillator patches, 16 with double oscillator patches|
|Filter||Yes (non-resonant however)|
|Built-In Effects||Yes, two internal effects systems, 47 effects to choose from, can produce up to four different effects simultaneously|
|Floppy||No floppy but the 03W/R does have two cards slots, one for PCM wave data and another for user program storage|
|LCD Screen||16x2 LCD with back light|
|Production Years||1992 to UNKNOWN|
How to Reset the Korg 03R/W to Factory Default Settings
Power the 03R/W off completely and then turn it back on while holding down theand buttons.
Korg 03R/W Documentation
If you need the user manuals or even the factory service manual for the 03R/W please feel free to visit our Korg 03R/W manuals page.
Korg 03R/W FYI
- The 03R/W can be edited with the Korg RE1 hardware external editor (Korg's fader and button box).
- If you are interested in further info on the Korg 03R/W then you need to visit Sayer's KORG 03R/W Site. His is one of the very few places on the net dedicated to the 03R/W synth module.