Korg BX3 Double Manual Organ
For years, if you wanted the sound of a real tone-wheel organ, there was only one instrument that could deliver – until the CX-3 was introduced in 2000. The CX-3 single manual, Combo Organ so accurately and faithfully re-created the classic sound, demand for a dual-manual grew. The BX-3 is a dual manual version of Korg's acclaimed CX-3.
The original Korg CX-3 first went on sale in 1979 followed by its dual-manual sibling, the BX-3. Both went on to become favorites in their own right, and are still widely used. Now, using advanced DSP technology and painstaking attention to sound, touch and style, they have been reborn and vastly improved upon.
Meticulous re-creation of the tone-wheel system
Korg’s state-of-the-art DSP technology has made it possible to precisely re-create the unique sound that, until now, could only be produced by the real thing. Two different tone-wheel sounds are provided: “VINTAGE” and “CLEAN.” The CX-3 and BX-3’s amazing realism even extends to such details as allowing you to add the “leakage” noise generated by the tone-wheels, and the ability to adjust their overtone levels.
Drawbars – the backbone of the organ sound
Both the CX-3 and BX-3 feature two sets of nine drawbars that duplicate the sonic characteristics of the originals – including the proper foldback settings and harmonic distortion. And you can easily select between the presets and these two sets of “live” drawbars while performing for that real organ-playing experience. The CX-3 and BX-3 also provide an EX mode in which all 18 drawbars can be utilized as one extended palette. The resulting new harmonics and percussion timbres can be used to create organ sounds never before heard.
Percussion / key-click effects add character
One of the unique characteristics of a genuine tone-wheel organ is the percussive effect that adds a readily identifiable sound to a note’s attack. The CX-3 and BX-3 re-creates that beautifully. The volume, decay rate and harmonic pitch (2nd, 3rd) of the percussion can be adjusted – and the percussion has the proper “multi-triggered-yet-monophonic” characteristic for authentic organ performance. You can even control the amount of key-click heard when you press or release a key, simulating the dirty contacts often found on older instruments.
Classic sounds and more
With 128 programs, the CX-3 and BX-3 are ready to cover a wide range of musical styles including pop, hard rock, jazz, gospel, and rhythm and blues. Detailed drawbar and parameter settings are displayed, and can be easily edited and stored. Thanks to the involvement of leading organ players such as Brian Auger, Bill Champlin, Tom Coster, Al Kooper, Greg Phillinganes, Dr. Lonnie Smith and Derek Sherinian, the CX-3 and BX-3 provide a number of these artists’ “signature” sounds plus new voicings that take full advantage of this finely crafted organ.
Realistic rotary speaker and spatial effects
Korg’s proprietary “REMS” modeling technology is applied to create effects that add further authenticity to the organ sound. The rotary speaker effect, so important to the organ experience, is recreated here with total realism. You can even adjust the time required for the rotor and horn to speed up or slow down when switching speeds, or stop the rotation altogether. Three types of amp simulation are provided: a traditional rotary speaker sound, a blend of rotary and tube amp sounds, or a preamp-only signal. The amp simulations are dynamic, so your sound naturally evolves from a warm and fat sound to a natural overdrive as your volume increases. In addition, the classic vibrato and chorus settings are provided along with three types of reverb, featuring adjustable time and depth.
Careful attention has been paid to the long-neglected aspect of keyboard response speed. The key scanning method used on the CX-3 and BX-3 starts the so