The Korg PS-3300 was the ultimate synth in Korg's PS lineup, which began with the PS-3100 in the late 1970s. Even the 3100 was a monster by the standards of the era: It had 12 independent, robust (not paraphonic) voices of polyphony. Its semi-modular design meant that it could be patched, but you didn't need patch cables to get sound out of it.
The PS-3200 essentially was a 3100 times two, doubling polyphony to 24 voices. Then, the 3300 took it was over the top with 48 independent voices, amounting to three full PS-3100 units in one box with an integrated mixing section. Keep in mind this was before 1980, with the last year of the PS-3300's production being 1981, so for most musicians getting five notes at a time out of one's Prophet-5 was a big deal.
The PS-3300 came with a five-figure price tag to match its power, and recent auctions have seen perfectly working specimens approach $50,000. Now, however you can have the experience of crafting sounds on one of the most ambitious analog synthesizers ever made for the attractive price of free.
German developer Full Bucket Music has released a Mac AU and Windows VST soft synth emulation of the PS-3300 and it's yours for the asking. Features include:
- Close emulation of behavior and all controls of the original hardware.
- Three independent polyphonic synthesizer blocks.
- Band-limited oscillators, classic two-pole lowpass filters.
- Resonators section plus two Modulation Generators per bank.
- Additional Sample & Hold and paraphonic Envelope Generator.
- Micro-tuning option.
- Additional tweaks.
- MIDI Learn – all parameters can be controlled by MIDI CC.
- Plug-in supports Windows and macOS (32 bit and 64 bit).
Hit the product page for download information, audio examples, and user manuals.