Creative Sound Blaster K3+ Overview
The Creative Sound Blaster K3+ is not all that large, it sits as a 6.5-inch x 6.5-inch square device that is about 1.5-inches thick. Being that it is so small you shouldn’t have any problems finding a place for it on your desk.
Talking about sitting on your desk on the bottom of the unit you’ll find two large rubber feet which will keep it in place.
There are quite a lot of buttons and knobs on the K3+. Starting at the top left you have a combo knob button that allows you to select your reverb and sound effect. Pressing it will enable the selected sound effect. There are two indication screens, the first is to tell you which reverb / sound effect you are on. The second will tell you which auto-tune setting you are on. You can switch between those settings using the next knob. Next you’ll find four buttons. The first two will enabled mixing and sound effects. The second two will enable monitoring and sound effects in the monitoring channel (so you can actually hear the effects).
Moving down to the next row of buttons / knobs you start with four knobs. The top two are bass and treble adjustments. The bottom two are volume for the microphone inputs and guitar input.. Then you have three buttons. The first is voice over, which is made to block out external noise (think RTX Voice). Next is Soundboard, you’ll need to enable this to use any of the soundboard effects. Finally you have the +48v button, which is phantom power for XLR microphones. The lone knob here is the line / mobile in volume. On the far right there are three more knobs. These are volume for mobile out and the two monitoring outputs. There is a small sticker towards the bottom of the unit which is a guide for reverb modes and soundboard effects.
On the front edge and back edge of the K3+ you’ll find all of your connections. On the front you have your two XLR input ports, a guitar input port, and two headphone outputs. The guitar input will work with a guitar or even an electric keyboard. The K3+ is capable of driving studio-grade monitoring headphones.
Moving around back there is a grounding knob, red and white line out ports, a 4-pole 3.5mm port for mobile in / out, red and white line in ports, and a microUSB connection for power. The 3.5mm port is great as you can play something from any 3.5mm device into the K3+ which really gives you endless possibilities.