House 101 DVD
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Now available on DVD!

House 101: Combi Creation Series for the Korg M3

This fantastic video tutorial series is the easiest way to learn about the many features of your M3! Within the "real-world" context of developing and editing a combi, you'll be introduced to nearly all facets of the M3, from selecting and zoning programs, adding and configuring effects, assigning KARMA features to configuring all the sliders and left-hand controllers.

Using Korg's M3 Editor software, KARMA Sound Set Programmer Scott Raposa and KARMA Developer Stephen Kay start with a blank slate (an initialized combi) and take you step-by-step through the process of completing "House 101" - a completely finished KARMAfied Combi. With an easy to understand, step-by-step presentation format, they then teach you how to edit it to your liking, record it in the sequencer, and create a stereo WAVE file from it.

  • 45 self-contained chapters/lessons - work at your own speed
  • 7 hours of information-packed in-depth video instruction
  • 2 disc set (requires dual-layer capable DVD player)
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DVD-menu1 DVD-menu2 Extensive Navigation System

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The extensive navigation system allows any chapter to be easily and instantly located - pick up where you left off, or jump back to any chapter to refresh your memory.

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Full Chapter List/Free Samples

Click on the linked chapter titles to watch 5 free sample chapters. (Note: some of the material in these free samples will make the most sense when viewing the entire series in the proper order.)

Even if your main interest is not in creating fully developed combis from scratch, you'll learn all about:

  • Finding your way around the M3 Editor
  • Saving and loading M3 Editor files; transmitting and receiving data
  • Selecting a different GE for a KARMA module to replace an existing GE
  • Changing Programs on Timbres
  • Changing Key Zones, setting up splits, layering timbres
  • Using Timbre parameters, such as EQ, Transpose, Portamento
  • Using Tone Adjust to modify the sound of individual programs in a combi
  • Assigning Effects, chaining them and routing them
  • Assigning KARMA Parameters to the Master Layer
  • Understanding esoteric KARMA features such as Melodic Repeat and Auto-Bending
  • Modifying Scenes more to your personal taste
  • Copying Scenes from one to another
  • Putting the 8 Scenes into a completely different order
  • Assigning chords to the pads and keeping the parts from transposing up or down too far
  • Setting up the Drum Track in a combi, and having it play in only certain KARMA scenes
  • Setting up the X-Y Mode to mix the KARMA Modules in and out with your fingers
  • Configuring the LH controllers such as joystick, ribbon, SW1 and SW2
  • Configuring the eight Real-Time Sound Control Sliders to modify sounds and effects
  • Having only certain timbres respond to various controllers
  • The easiest way to record a song with your completed combi and turn it into a WAVE file - and a lot more!

Chapter 1: Quick Setup
Chapter 2: Module A - Drums
Chapter 3: Module B - Bass
Chapter 4: Module C - Synth Line [watch...]
Chapter 5: Module D - Gated Synth
Chapter 6: Splitting The Keyboard [watch...]
Chapter 7: Fun With KARMA
Chapter 8: Timbre Parameters
Chapter 9: Tone Adjust
Chapter 10: EQ - Equalization
Chapter 11: Intro To MFX
Chapter 12: Intro To IFX
Chapter 13: IFX Chaining
Chapter 14: Drum Kit IFX
Chapter 15: More IFX
Chapter 16: MFX Delay & TFX
Chapter 17: Master Layer SW 1-4 [watch...]
Chapter 18: Master Layer SW 6-8
Chapter 19: Alternate Drum Maps
Chapter 20: Slider 1 - Swing
Chapter 21: Slider 2 - Rhythm
Chapter 22: Slider 3 - Duration
Chapter 23: Slider 4 - Velocity
Chapter 24: Sliders 6 & 8 - Time Signature
Chapter 25: SW 5 & Slider 7 - Final Assignments
Chapter 26: Preparing For Scenes
Chapter 27: Melodic Repeat Part 1 - Melodic
Chapter 28: Melodic Repeat Part 2 - Drums
Chapter 29: Pitch Bending - Part 1
Chapter 30: Pitch Bending - Part 2 (Drums)
Chapter 31: Building Scenes - Part 1
Chapter 32: Building Scenes - Part 2
Chapter 33: Building Scenes - Part 3 [watch...]
Chapter 34: Building Scenes - Part 4
Chapter 35: Building Scenes - Part 5
Chapter 36: Reordering Scenes
Chapter 37: LH Pad & Damper
Chapter 38: Pads, Chords & More
Chapter 39: Drum Track
Chapter 40: X-Y Mode
Chapter 41: LH Controllers - Part 1
Chapter 42: LH Controllers - Part 2
Chapter 43: Real-Time Sound Control - Part 1
Chapter 44: Real-Time Sound Control - Part 2
Chapter 45: Simple Sequencing and WAVE [watch...]

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Actual User Comments

I started last night and this is the best $$ I have spent this year. I got through the first 5 tutorial videos last night and all I can say is, you have opened up new worlds to me! These videos are fabulous. I have always been intimidated with using KARMA and the M3 editor, but I had it up and running in less than 30 minutes and was creating new KARMA combis within an hour. Excellent stuff man! If anyone reading this is debating on joining; trust me, it is worth it. -- Cowtothesky
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The videos are great so far! It's actually an excellent blueprint for anyone who wants to develop their own combis. I look forward for the next chapters. Keep up the good work! -- orpheus2006
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I just watched the entire first 13 chapters. Definitely helps overall understanding of the M3. This is a great series in general. -- Synth_Gear
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I'm really loving these chapters on setting up the RTC Master layer. The drum maps were previously hard to wrap my brain around but between this chapter 19 video and the corresponding wiki article, it's all crystal clear now. Folks: if you own an M3 this content is worth every penny. -- shannong
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Great presentations and so well organised, exactly what I need to understand what I'm doing and why. These videos make it much easier to do and I remember the info because it is well sequenced. I was previously learning in bits and pieces all over the place, making understanding and remember harder. These certainly do give me confidence in Real Time Control and encourage me to make my own combis and change others with better results than before. -- ozatau
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Thanks for doing this - it's great to see more tutorial videos. KARMA is really amazing, but sometimes seems too complex for the average person. A video is much easier to learn from than a manual. -- rkarlberg
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You watch it one time and you got it - clear and easy, brilliant, thank you. Now I feel a little like a KARMA expert - now the KARMA things and the context are getting clearer to me. -- Cruiser
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I didn't realize you could assign 16 parameters and adjust them for each of the 16 voices in the combi mode... (Chapter 9 Tone Adjust) WOW.. I had been going to trouble of making modified copies of patches and calling them up.. Missed this when going thru the manuals... This one insight is more than worth the price of admission for me... Keep up the good work. -- angelonyc
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I can honestly say the House 101 video tutorials are the best way I've found to learn the M3 quickly. I've also purchased the [other company] DVD's but for some reason everytime I try and watch them I fall asleep - could be just the time of day I'm viewing them but I've never fallen aslep watching Scott's stuff - it's much more hands on and practical. I just hope they continue to produce these excellent video tutorials, they are well worth the small price to pay for the PCA. -- stkeys
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I would like to say the videos that are already here are a god send.. so helpful, clear, to the point. nice! -- flight
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Great job guys. Keep 'em coming. -- AtlantaM3User
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I just watched the first 3 videos in the Premium Content Area, and I feel like I am going to be able to understand this beast. The videos are very helpful and well worth the small price of admission. -- wvought