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GeneralMusic Promega 3

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In 2002 GeneralMusic launched the ambitious and fabulous Promega 3 keyboard. The new era of keyboard technology that GeneralMusic was aiming for using the new DRAKE chip, is a combination of PCM wave rom and physical modelling.

The Sound Generation of Promega 3 consists of a mix of sampled sounds combined with physical modeling sounds. The sounds are divided into 4 sections (Pianos, vintage keys, orchestra / pads, bass / other), and has 15 reverbs and 15 other effects as well as 320 note polyphony.

Many of the piano sound aremade in real time by means of physical models and in particular the "Damper Physical Model" (developed in collaboration with the CSC of ' University of Padua ) that simulates the action of the damper pedal (sustain), the "Natural String Resonance" that reproduces the "resonator" for the open strings. The technology simulates the damping of the vibration of the strings and the reproduction of the complex harmonics and dynamics of the force with which the piano strings are struck.

The sounds of pianos Vintage Rhodes , Wurlitzer , Clavinet are generated entirely by a physical modelling which makes ​​them much more expressive.

The Promega 3 has a vintage look with a nod to the 70s synths. It has a 88-key keyboard with hammer action and aftertouch . The front panel has five motorized faders, 2 normal faders, an 8 band equalizer with status LED and potentiometers and two digital displays. It also has volume controls for the stereo input channel, two for Pitch and Modulation Wheels, 6 potentiometers with LED position.

Software updates can be performed using the built in serial port on the unit's back side.

Technical Specifications
Type: Digital
Synthesis: Physical modelling, ROM
Oscillators: 4
Waveforms: ROM
ROM Size: 128 MB
ROM Resolution: 16 bit, 44.1 kHz
Osc Modulation: After Touch, Keyboard, Knob, Mod Wheel, Pitch Wheel, Velocity
Envelopes: 0
Filters: 0
LFO: 0
Polyphony & Tuning
Polyphony: 320
Timbrality: 4
Tuning: Standard
Modes: Polyphonic
Patches RAM: 64
Patches ROM: 64
Storage: Internal
Editing: MIDI
2 Effects Blocks
Case: Keyboard
Case Details: heavy chassis semi vintage look
Keyboard: 88 keys
Controls: Aftertouch, Modulation - Audio Input, Buttons, Knobs, Mod - Wheel, Pitch -Wheel, Pedal - Sustain, Sliders, Velocity, Pedal - Volume
Display Type: Numeric
Display Notes: There are 2 displays 16x2 and 5x2
Dimensions (WxDxH): 1360mm (length) x 190mm (height) x 420mm (depth)
Weight: 25 kg
Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, Stereo Main, Stereo Headphone
Audio Output Count: 5
Inputs: 1/4" stereo input
Year Released: 2002
Used By
Keith Emerson, Rick wakeman
Used Price: $900-$1,500 - convert

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