Korg Reissues Rare PS-3300 Semi-Modular Polysynth

Ahead of the 2024 NAMM Show, being held January 25-28, 2024 in Anaheim, California, Korg has announced the PS-3300 FS, a full-scale reissue of the rare Korg PS-3300 from 1977.

“Bringing back to life these legendary machines is not only a process of reproducing circuits and sounds, but also of learning and embracing the essence of the philosophy and development of synthesizers,” notes Yoshihito Yamada, Chief Engineer of Korg Analog Synthesizers. “Through this project I was able to relive the history of Korg and a critical moment in the evolution of our synthesizers. This was an extremely valuable experience that provided an opportunity for Korg’s philosophy and technology to be carried on to future generations.”


  • 49 keys / 49 voice analog polyphony (the original model had 48 keys / voices)
  • 3 Layers: The PS-3300 consists of three synthesizer units (PSU-3301) and a mixer & utility section (PSU-3302)
  • Three independent oscillators, plus multiple filters, envelopes and amplifiers for every note on its keyboard, for a total of 147 synth voices of raw analog power
  • Microtuning knob x12 on each PSU-3301 unit
  • New panel memory function (16 programs per bank and 16 banks = 256 slots)
  • Modernised for contemporary music use with the inclusion of USB / MIDI jacks, and a dedicated librarian app for easy preset management
  • Semi-modular
  • 3-Band Resonator: Three frequency bands can be emphasised, a feature unique to the PS-3300 (original was a Cadmium sulfide circuit, but it was replaced with modern components for safety and to comply with regulations)
  • Keyboard unit (PS-3010) included

Details on pricing and availability are to be announced.

46 thoughts on “Korg Reissues Rare PS-3300 Semi-Modular Polysynth

        1. why are you trying to muzzle discussion on a public forum ?

          your comment is equally as negative and hints at something much more sinister

          a negative reaction to things you don’t agree with should be silenced?

          you know well where we’ve seen that kind of thing before

          you should count yourself lucky you get to live in a world where you can go on the internet and see different opinions from different people – regardless of what those opinions are

  1. I was just thinking a few days ago that there’s nothing unobtantium in the PS3300 and it could be made if they (or someone else) desire. Even the same transistors in the Korg35 and VCO’s, EG’s etc… are available if they wanted to use the same parts – even if not critical. The MN3004 is the only thing I can think of off-hand if the wanted the ‘exact’ circuitry. There’s just a lot of circuitry and I would expect it to be very expensive. Adding voltage control to certain parameters is one area they could potentionally muff it up though.

  2. I wish Roland would do this, but they are a shell of who they used to be…imagine reissues of the Jupiter 4,6, and 8 for example.

    BTW, my car did not even cost 1/5th the price of this….so although I would love to own ot and support Korg in doing something like this, I will meed to win the lottery first.

    1. Calling Roland a shell of who they used to be and at the same time urging them to make reissues of their classic synths makes little sense! Roland and Boss is on a roll releasing great products in most categories and priceclasses.

      1. I makes perfect sense. Reissue your classics, just like Korg do. Very simple concept. They can still make their software based synths with D-Beram if they want. They’re not mutually exclusive. But making tiny software based boutique versions of their classics, whilst refusing to reissue those classics because Roland, apparently, look forward not back, is an oxymoron.

  3. SO! MANY! COMPONENTS! Its a beautiful beast, especially with the sensible upgrades, but you know its going to cost the GDP of Sweden. The surely limited run will go to the usual upscale buyers, not mere street mortals. Frankly, I WANT for them to land in hands that will thoroughly milk them. My advice: go for Cherry Audio’s excellent software version. It’ll be less stressful!

  4. Only thing I see happening with this? Is people will buy it, then turn around a resell it at a higher price. Just like with the KORG ARP 2600 FS reissue. People bought them up, and were sold out. Next thing I see, is the 2600 reissue on Reverb or eBay. With a higher price. Just to make a profit. Just to keep the average consumer from buying one!

    1. Yeah, I worry about that. It seems like the perfect thing to chip away for if you love synths, but by then it’ll be snapped up then put up for resale by gear flippers. Never even had a chance at the 2600 FS.

    2. As it’s made to order, I don’t see this happening. Why would someone buy a more expensive flipped one when they can order one directly for less? Once they stop making it, however far off that is, then they’ll start to go up in price. But until then, the value will be the list price.

    1. I think there’s a separate VCO section, VCF and VCA under each key as well as LFOs. That way you can play all the notes on the keyboard and nothing cuts off. It’s sort of like an organ but instead of divide down circuitry, each note has its own synthesizer voice as opposed to a round robin approach like what you see on standard polysynths. It’s a brute force approach but I’m here for it, at least in spirit if not financially.

    2. Each unit has 48 oscillators (technically 12 oscillators and 36 frequency dividers), 48 low-pass filters, 48 envelope generators, and 48 amplifiers. Combining the 3 units, this makes for a total of 144 oscillators (technically 36 oscillators and 108 frequency dividers), 144 filters, 144 envelope generators, and 144 amplifiers.

  5. I shudder to think of the price! Come on Yamaha – get into the competiion – re-issue the CS-80 – and Roland, do the Jupiter 8 properly!

  6. I would like reissues of the CS80 and Jupiter 8 but not like Korg is doing. I much rather have balls-out-and-front reissues with midi 2.0 and modern patch storage solution, a big ass touch screen, and a bunch of rgb leds in the knobs and faders. Remember that Simpsons episode Homer got to design a car? Same but made by Yamaha/Roland.

  7. ..I don’t think it’s fair to call it a reissue. From the description, they will be using hi-res AD/DA and replacing the gazillion trimmers w/ voltage control and autocalibration. That will not be the same instrument. It’ll be a modern PS3300, an MKII.

    1. It’s a reissue, with some sense applied. Just like the Model D 2016/2022 was a reissue, and the Odyssey, MS20, 700s FS, 2600M/FS were reissues. To say its not a reissue because its been made with modern components is a little pedantic.

  8. I wonder if Aphex Twin will replace the three he has stacked on top of each other. Leaves only 22 others in existence, right? Correct me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t the PS3300 the first true poly where every note could be played at once

  9. I don’t have $13’000 lying around.
    I’ll have to be content with a Full Bucket VST.

    Nevertheless, ‘Go Korg!’
    Keep them releases comin’!


  10. The PS3100 and 3300 are the only subtractive synths I’ve ever loved. I miss my 3100 every single day. The (admittedly well done) VSTs don’t do it. The sound wasn’t the main point. This synth was about playability and performance. Programming-as-playing. I’ve been hoping Korg would do this for so many years. This is fantastic news.

  11. Excellent. It is a statement. An instrument for playing music and not an „all-in-one-box“ for gaming in VR worlds. If i would have the money, i would buy it in the next moment. Trust in music not in silly entertainment.

  12. Super cool! And while the $13,000 price will make it unobtainable for most buyers, consider that the original cost $8,000 in the late 70’s/early 80’s if my memory is correct? Also, consider that the Moog System 15 and System 10 reissues cost $10,00 and a lot of people bought those and that was for basically just one super sweet voice, while the PS-3300 reissue only costs about $265 per voice! ?

  13. The price tag is merely the difference between my old Ford and an entry-level Tesla that some of my gray-haired neighbors drive. Since I’m gray-haired myself and my Ford is convenient and reliable enough, I may consider purchasing that dream synth.

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