Contemplating buying a KP3

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Contemplating buying a KP3

Postby Dj Pound on Wed Sep 23, 2009 2:48 pm

So, I decided I needed a KP3 in my setup just yesterday. I did a bit of research on the net but still i wanted to get some first hand info with people that are familiar with the in's and out's, so I thought I'd chime in with you guys.
My main questions are in regards to anything that I should know before buying it i.e. What O.S. I should be running, any general complaints having to do with the KP3, the PRO's and the CON's etc........
I was also wondering what kind of outputs were on the KP3, standard RCA jacks or 1/4" jacks?


Thanks for the help guys :thumbs:
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Re: Contemplating buying a KP3

Postby EdwardFist on Wed Sep 23, 2009 9:31 pm

yeah it's got RCAs on the back for line in/outs and 1/4 inch mic and headphone sockets on the front.

Generally I'm really pleased with it. Just a couple of things piss me off:

No MIDI thru - the MIDI out doesn't function as a thru as I think it does on the KP2.

Can't follow MIDI clock very well. It's not usually a problem with the way I use it, but if you want to have looped samples running on it that stay in time with your other equipment it will be.

How do you plan to fit it into your setup?
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Re: Contemplating buying a KP3

Postby mish mash on Thu Sep 24, 2009 2:39 am

Got myself 1 a while ago and it is great for transition between patterns of the tribe using... mod, delay or else. Recordable pad motion really had some volume to the part you are FXing. as you can send output 3/4 of the tribes to separate channels of a mixer and fx them individually. Works wonder.

It is also true what said Edward the midi clock is poor and no midi thru.

And there is 1 thing i don't get on it yet... is how to fill the different sound banks. If I start filling bank a.. so 1st sample goes on a1 then bank b...same 1st sample goes on b1... logicaly.... well b1 will overwrite a1 leaving me with b1 sample on both b1 and a1. there may be a solution to it which I haven't tried so it is guess work but maybe u need to fill the 99 sample of 1 bank b4 you can access to the rest....if it is ...it sucks.....

Anyways it kp3 is really cool....get it! :thumbs:
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Re: Contemplating buying a KP3

Postby TrondC on Thu Sep 24, 2009 9:09 am

it's very cool, but I find myself using only two or three of the FX, and I am consiering to let it go as it's just too much $$$ compared to what I use it for.. that's my personla opinion tho. it's a great unit, and like the tribes, they sell easily, so if you don't like it, you won't lose a dime if you re-sell it wisely :)
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Re: Contemplating buying a KP3

Postby Dj Pound on Thu Sep 24, 2009 10:10 am

Awesome! Thanks for the info guys.
I was planning on running my entire setup, primarily the ESX the EMX and the ES-1 through the KP3 and into my mixer/compressor. My idea is too use the KP3 as basically a Master effects processor over all my other gear so I can make more complex parameter changes overall in real time. And of course, just for the effects alone the KP3 would be perfect to use with my MPC, as my MPC doesnt have the effects card. Which brings up the issue which Ive heard before with the MIDI clock not being solid :? Its crucial to have rock solid timing when you're using something like a mod. delay etc....which has me wondering if their is a legimate problem with the KP3's MIDI timing? Is their a bug in the OS or something? Im not quite sure if Im understanding quite right, the problem there :?:

And I was wondering about the sound quality on the kp3. Being that the KP uses standard RCA jacks as opposed to 1/4" jacks, Is line level noise a problem on the main outputs?


Again, thanks guys for all the help.
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Re: Contemplating buying a KP3

Postby hseiken on Thu Sep 24, 2009 3:03 pm

Info I think is useful about the KP3:

You can't sync sample start with external device. What this means is that once you record a loop that starts playing back, if you stop something else that's sync'd to it, it keeps looping forever. You're basically forced to time your sequencer manual start to the KP3. Kind of a pain, but it's workable.

You can't resample from a slot into the same slot like you can on the ESX. On the ESX, if you're using sample 44 and running effects on it then resample, you can save over 44 instantly. On the KP3, if you're playing slot 3 with fx and want to record it, you can't record it back onto slot 3. Kind of a bummer, really. In other words, you have to bounce resampling between 3 channels, not 4.

The data knob is actually a button. I didn't realize this for 2 days as I was scratching my head trying to figure out how to change menus and input data. I'm a dumbass sometimes.

I think both mac and windows have versions of the korg KP3 librarian and programmer. I've loaded it up once, but the drivers didn't install right, so I really don't use it.

If you do multitrack recording with the KP3, you'll fucking love it. It's got tons of fx in it that are just right for recording, including compressors and eq's.

That's about it. Obviously, my favorite live effects on it are the LFO's and Loopers.

Just try not to over do it when you get it, which takes real discipline. It's like salt. A little bit makes your potatoes taste good, too much makes your potatoes taste like crap.
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Re: Contemplating buying a KP3

Postby Dj Pound on Thu Sep 24, 2009 5:39 pm

Awesome....! Thanks for the in depth info hseiken and everybody :thumbs:

And yeah I think you're right with the salt analogy. I'll try to use the KP sparingly.
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Re: Contemplating buying a KP3

Postby Blue Monster 65 on Thu Sep 24, 2009 5:52 pm

You know, I've never even looked at one of these, but after watching a few demos on You Tube, I'm thinking it might be fun to play with a KP. Thanks for all the info, guys. Sounds like a cool little toy.

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Re: Contemplating buying a KP3

Postby mish mash on Fri Sep 25, 2009 3:29 am

For any1 still wandering about the magic of the KP3......this is for me insane

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39n4wow8fWE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vu71lnhv ... re=related

And tell how you felt after watching this...... I felt like a kid in a sweet shop.... possessing a kp3 and now that I know you can do this ........... very exiting nu perspective......just a shame I can't sing to save my life :rolling:
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