Korg i3MS - 61-Key Beginner Interactive Workstation - Silver
General product overview (quick Look)
Inspiring, Intuitive, and Instant With the i3 Music Workstation, your musical themes and phrases catch fire and quickly explode into complete ready-to-play productions.
Grouping sounds, beats, and parts together by Sound Set and Style Performance Set streamlines the creative process, providing a shortcut to choosing the right sounds and pulling together the right beats and grooves.
On-board effects and EQ tailor the sound for any performance. The sequencer records, saves, and plays both MIDI and audio files – you can even play along.
Self-contained, simple to use, and fun to play, the i3 is the ideal synth for the budding composer, the energetic performer, or the inspired up-and-coming producer.
Using battery power, the KORG i3 Music Workstation can run wherever you run; a convenient auto-power off function preserves battery life.
Form Follows Function The KORG i3 is a full-featured Workstation featuring 61 full-size, velocity-sensing keys. The keyboard response is adjustable using the three touch-curves; a fourth setting provides a fixed output level.
OCTAVE buttons shift the pitch of the keyboard up or down by two octaves, in octave increments. The professional joystick allows real-time articulation of pitch bend, vibrato, and brilliance during performance; an additional two-band EQ (Low and High) provides a final adjustment to the overall tone.
All front panel buttons and controls are conveniently grouped together by function, and the custom backlit LCD delivers valuable visual feedback regarding the instrument’s current settings.
A rotary data-wheel encoder can quickly edit the value of the onscreen parameters. The black-out finish, rubberized touch surface, and perforated end panels reflect the distinctive upscale design.
- Maximum polyphony: 64 voices
- 790 sounds and 59 drum kits
- Supported playback formats: MP3 and WAV
- Sequencer supportings recording and song playing.
- layering three sounds and splitting feature.
Inspiring Sound Capability
The i3 is packed with over 800 instruments, 200 sound sets, and 270 authentic musical styles, all created by a team of master programmers and musicians. An additional 59 custom drum kits and a complete MIDI GM2 sound set make the i3 a capable instrument. Calling up any of the 200 factory Sound Sets allows up to four sounds to be played at once: three layered across the upper keys, and one split to the lower keys. While Sound Sets are played in real time by the user, the 270 Style Sets contain various pre-programed drum, percussion and accompaniment parts to elevate your performance into a full sounding musical production. In order to achieve this full sound, there are up to eight parts that make up your backing tracks. A high-fidelity PCM sound engine and two stereo effects processors make the i3 capable of creating expressive music with motion and depth. A convenient Grand Piano button located on the main panel means you can instantly recall a beautiful acoustic piano sound at any time.
Weighing in at under 9 pounds (4kgs) and featuring 61 full-size, velocity-sensitive keys the KORG i3 is the most compact and lightweight arranger keyboard KORG has ever made. The keyboard response is adjustable using the three touch-curves designed to fit your playing style. Convenient transpose buttons shift the pitch of the keyboard up or down and a versatile X/Y joystick allows for real-time articulation of pitch bend, vibrato, and brilliance during a performance. The front panel controls are conveniently grouped together by function and a backlit LCD display clearly delivers the most important information regarding the i3’s current settings. The color changing buttons on the i3’s main panel further allow for easy visualization of the music creation process. With two colors to choose from (Black a rubberized touch surface or a clean Silver),, and sleek perforated end panels the i3 has a unique and premium look making it welcome in the home, studio or on any stage. Unlike other arrangers in this price range, i3 is designed to be sleek, slim, and even more portable by going “speaker-less.” This makes i3 the perfect arranger for use as a main synth, and even main controller, on any desktop in a home studio, in addition to being a great go-anywhere instrument.
The KORG i3 inherits an easy-to-use arranger interface distilled from our renowned Pa series keyboards to help you put together ideas quickly and efficiently, making it easy to enhance any performance by adding in additional parts. Drumbeats, bass lines, percussion hits, and any other backing parts can be instantly selected or muted by pressing the convenient illuminated push buttons on the main panel. Style performance settings, sound set settings, tempo, effect settings, can all be saved into a single Set List location for instant recall. There are 10 banks of Set Lists, each with 5 locations to save your favorite configurations. Similar to our Pa Series, each Style includes four rhythmic variations, a count-in, a break, plus an intro and an ending. Active backing parts will follow your chord changes to create a personalized backing track to match your performance. If you need some harmonic inspiration, the eight Chord Buttons can trigger ready-made chords to keep your creative process moving forward. As you get more familiar with the i3, you can swap or substitute backing sounds, grooves and parts from any Style Performance Set, resulting in a truly custom sound. These features mean that each Style can be a complete song-creation environment, with ready-to-play sounds, parts, and chords.
Compose, Record, and Share
The KORG i3 Arranger offers a number of ways to easily capture your musical creations, and with convenient one touch recording, your ideas can be quickly captured when inspiration strikes. A powerful and easy to use sequencer can function as a linear 16-track recorder, allowing any individual track to be edited or replaced as you fine tune a recording. Once recorded, a project can be exported as a MIDI data file or as an audio .WAV (44.1 kHz) file. The onboard sequencer can even play back audio files saved in the .WAV (44.1 kHz) or MP3 format.
The i3 Arranger features plenty of connections to satisfy any musical situation.
When not running on battery power, the i3 can be connected to an AC power source using the included adapter. There are two 1/4" outputs (Left/Mono and Right), and a useful 1/8” stereo headphone output jack that makes it easy to connect your favorite pair of headphones. An 1/8” audio input is also provided for easy play along functionality with your favorite tracks. A 1/4" foot controller jack is provided, with the function of the footswitch or expression pedal being defined in the settings of the i3. A MIDI output jack sends note and timing data from the i3 to other MIDI equipped instruments or audio gear. Two USB ports are provided, one that can save and load user data and songs to and from a USB flash drive, and the other to connect the i3 to a computer.
Music software bundled at no charge
The i3 comes with an entire music software bundle. "Ozone Elements" not only lets you create songs but also features AI-powered mastering, "Skoove" helps you improve your keyboard skills, and "Reason Lite" is a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) so you can immediately jump into recording your own music. Also included are software synths from KORG and other brands.
This means that as soon as you get your hands on this workstation, you'll have access to all the tools you need to begin creating the music you want to create.
Touch control: Soft (light), medium (standard), hard (heavier), fixed
Stereo PCM sound generator
790 sounds, 59 drum kits (including a GM-compatible sound set)
270 styles × 4 set
2 stereo digital multi-effects
2 stereo digital multi-effects
Style control: 2 intros, 4 variations, 2 fills, 1 break, 2 endings, synchro start, tap tempo
Supported formats: MP3 (44.1 kHz, 16-bit), WAV (44.1 kHz, 16-bit)
Supports real-time recording
16 tracks, 999 songs maximum
Data storage capacity: 100,000 notes (999 songs)
Supports song play (playing the keyboard while playing back a song)
Playback: SMF (Standard MIDI File) format 0 or 1
Recording: Original format (a function is available to convert and output to SMF0)
3 (songs + sound introduction)
11 types (including user scale)
FOOT CONTROLLER jack
6.3 mm phone jack (half-damper not supported)
AUDIO IN jack
3.5 mm stereo mini-phone jack
OUTPUT L/MONO, R jacks
6.3 mm TS phone jack (unbalanced)
- 3.5 mm stereo mini-phone jack
USB TO DEVICE port
USB Type A port (for connecting a USB flash drive)
USB TO HOST port
USB Type B port (for connecting to a computer)
MIDI OUT connector
For connecting to MIDI tone generators and other devices
Supports MIDI OUT, USB MIDI
Customizable LCD with backlighting
Power adapter: AC adapter
Batteries: AA batteries (alkaline or nickel-metal hydride) × 6
Approx. 8 hr. (when using alkaline batteries)
Dimensions (W × D × H)
1,037 × 296 × 80 mm/40.83” × 11.65” × 3.15”
4 kg/8.82 lbs. (excluding batteries)
Accessories (sold separately)
PS-1 pedal switch, PS-3 pedal switch, DS-1H damper pedal, EXP-2 foot controller