Korg M3: List of OS upgrades and other Korg downloads
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This article lists the most-current OS version, Korg-produced sound sets for download, and other useful downloadable files (from Korg) for the Korg M3.

Operating Systems

Version 2.00 "XPanded" operating system

  • V2.00 XPanded OS for M3
  • Includes new sample ROM data; reorganized sounds; lots of improvements
    • No prerequisites—can be installed over any previous OS version.
    • Do not try to downgrade to an earlier OS after installing V2.00!*
    • Includes the 512 new Korg-produced programs from the previous update, which are loaded into banks U-A, U-B, U-C, and U-D when you install this OS upgrade..
    • Changes/updates the sample ROM, especially with some new Piano samples.
    • Contains modified Programs and Combis using the new samples.
    • Contains additional Program and Combis using the accompanied EX-USB-PCM 01 & 02 (Brass and Woodwinds) and 03 (Pianos) sample sets.
    • Programs and Combis have been reorganized (now grouped by category/type).
    • A lot of improvements, e.g. in the GUI and sequencer.
    • Compatible with the EXB-RADIAS Version 2.0 Update.
    • You can add back the original stereo piano samples and programs later (see below)

Version 2.0.4 "Xpanded" update (bug fixes)

Note: This OS update includes a fix for the recent USB timing problems introduced by the Mac OSX 10.5.7 software update.

OS Disaster Recovery for those with frozen systems

  • If you inadvertently downgraded you M3 from v2.0 to 1.2, and it is now frozen, a file containing the data and instructions to fix it can be downloaded from [HERE].
    • This is only for use where an M3 has been frozen. Casual restoring back to V1.2 just for the sake of it is not recommended !!

EXB-RADIAS software for the M3

  • V2.0 EXB-Radias driver
    • The M3 OS must be at XPanded version 2.0 or higher before you can apply this update.
    • This update is needed only if you have an EXB-RADIAS installed in your M3.
    • Note that 128 programs that come with the EXB-RADIAS are loaded into bank I-F.

Korg-produced sound sets

Original M3 v1 Stereo Piano Programs

  • Original M3 v1 Stereo Piano Programs
    • These are the older Piano sounds from the pre-OS 2.0x days, which had a distinctly different character than the new 2.0x piano sounds.
    • By default, the programs are loaded into program bank U-G by the PCG file.
    • The sound set contains an EXPCM04.KEP file which must be loaded into the M3 memory for the programs in the PCG file to work. If you have an EXB-M256 memory expansion card, it's easy to make the KEP file auto-load every time the M3 is turned on.
    • The programs in this sound set are also included in the Pro Vintage Keys sound set described below.

Pro Vintage Keys Programs

  • Pro Vintage Keys Programs
    • 32 new EDS programs, all fully KARMA-fied
    • These are some very well-crafted vintage keyboard sounds created by Jack Hotop.
    • By default, the programs are loaded into program bank U-G by the PCG file
    • There are two versions of the PCG file:
      • One that contains only the Pro Vintage programs (M3_KEYS.PCG)
      • One that also contains all of the V1 Piano sounds too (PCM04_KS.PCG)

EXB-RADIAS "XPanded" Programs and Combis

  • Radias V2 Programs and Combis
    • 56 new RADIAS combis and 128 new RADIAS programs from Korg (but almost none of them are KARMA-fied)
    • You need an EXB-RADIUS card with latest driver software to make use of these combis and programs.
    • Recreates the RADIAS Version 2 artist sounds for use in the M3. All sounds have been converted from the RADIAS, assigned new effects, given Drum Track assignments and had the sliders set up for useful functions. A small group of sounds were even given basic KARMA assignments.
    • By default, the combis are loaded into combi bank U-F by the PCG file.
    • By default, the programs are loaded into program bank U-F by the PCG file.
  • 128 Free RADIAS Infused Combis
    • 128 new RADIAS combis from Korg.
    • You need an EXB-RADIUS card with latest driver software to make use of these combis and programs.
    • Some of the Combis are based on existing XPanded preload Combis, swapping out some EDS parts for RADIAS timbres. You can compare the difference!

Karma-Lab-produced sound sets

Catalyst Volume 1

  • Catalyst Volume 1
    • 32 fully KARMA-fied Combinations including grooves and sonic textures in a wide variety of styles, ranging from a mixture of Hip-Hop, Dance, Trance & Techno categories to Ambient, Jazz, Classical, New-Age & World/Ethnic categories.
    • Each of the 32 Combis is composed of a full 4 GEs and 8 fully-voiced Scenes for maximum variability.
    • Features extensive real-time control via the KARMA Realtime Controls (8 sliders, 8 switches) and the other controllers (joystick, ribbon, XY Pad, 8 RT sliders and 2 switches over joystick).
    • Programmed by Eric J. Sawyer and KARMA Developer Stephen Kay.

Reincarnated

  • Reincarnated
    • 32 fully KARMA-fied Combinations including grooves and sonic textures in a wide variety of styles, ranging from a mixture of Hip-Hop, Dance, Trance & Techno categories to Ambient, Jazz, Classical, New-Age & World/Ethnic categories.
    • Each of the 32 Combis is composed of a full 4 GEs and 8 fully-voiced Scenes for maximum variability.
    • Features extensive real-time control via the KARMA Realtime Controls (8 sliders, 8 switches) and the other controllers (joystick, ribbon, XY Pad, 8 RT sliders and 2 switches over joystick).
    • Programmed by Scott Raposa and KARMA Developer Stephen Kay.

Drivers and Utility Software for Windows Computers

  • Supported under Windows XP-32 and Vista-32 operating systems.
  • Not supported under XP-64, Vista-64 or Windows 7 at the moment.

EXB-FW Device Driver

M3 Editor Software

  • M3 Editor v 2.2.0 released 26th Mar 09 for Windows XP and Vista
    • Provides a standalone editor and a plug-in editor (compatible with VST, Audio Units, and RTAS plug-in formats) that enables you to edit pretty much anything on the M3 that you can do from the M3 itself, including the aspects of KARMA that are exposed on the M3 itself.
    • This version is for use with M3 OS version 2.00 or later
    • The Windows PC must meet various system requirements detailed on the linked page.

USB MIDI driver

  • USB MIDI Driver v1.11 for Windows
    • Enables your computer to interface with the M3 as a MIDI device via a USB cable connection.
    • Supports multiple USB-MIDI interfaces e.g. M3 and Pa2x can be supported simultaneously.

External Mode Setup

  • External MIDI Setup for Windows XP and Vista
    • This download provides MIDI scene information for control over third-party applications from: Ableton, Arturia, Fruity Loops, Native Instruments, Spectrasonics, Garage Band, Reason, Steinberg and more. This download will also contain PDF descriptions of all the Scenes, a Read Me file, as well as some native support files for the applications.

Drivers and Utility Software for Mac Computers

  • Do not upgrade to MAC OS 10.5.7 unless you have installed the M3 V2.0.4 OS patch - OSX 10.5.7 changed their USB drivers in a way that does not communicate with the M3 unless it is running V2.0.4
  • All software works with MAC OS versions up to OS 10.5.6

EXB-FW Device Driver

  • Mac users do not need a new device driver to use the EXB-FW with their system. The built in MAC OS firewire software works fine.

M3 Editor Software

  • M3 Editor v 2.2.0 released 26th Mar 09 for Macintosh
    • Provides a standalone editor and a plug-in editor (compatible with VST, Audio Units, and RTAS plug-in formats) that enables you to edit pretty much anything on the M3 that you can do from the M3 itself, including the aspects of KARMA that are exposed on the M3 itself.
    • This version is for use with M3 OS version 2.00 or later
    • The Macintosh computer must meet various system requirements detailed on the linked page.

USB MIDI driver

  • USB MIDI Driver v1.0.8 for Mac
    • Enables your computer to interface with the M3 as a MIDI device via a USB cable connection.
    • Supports multiple USB-MIDI interfaces e.g. M3 and Pa2x can be supported simultaneously.

External Mode Setup

  • External MIDI Setup for Mac
    • This download provides MIDI scene information for control over third-party applications from: Ableton, Arturia, Fruity Loops, Native Instruments, Spectrasonics, Garage Band, Reason, Steinberg and more. This download will also contain PDF descriptions of all the Scenes, a Read Me file, as well as some native support files for the applications.
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