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Korg TR-61

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    Start with Korg's proven Hyper Integrated sound engine - the synthesis system that has made the TRITON a world-wide standard. Add in a comprehensive 64 MB ROM which includes many new sounds as well as Korg classics. Bring it all up-to-date with totally new features including USB MIDI capabilities and reliable, portable SD card data storage. Package it in a sleek black body housing Korg's classic 16-track sequencer, superb effects engine, and topped off by a clear and user-friendly interface. Introducing the affordable instrument designed to meet all your needs from live performance to song production: the new KORG TR61 Music Workstation.

    Korg TR61 Music Workstation at a Glance:

    The same great sound engine as the TRITON
    New sampled piano, guitars, and more
    Hundreds of fresh Programs and Combinations
    Powerful sound shaping tools
    High-quality effect section
    16-track sequencer with 200-song capacity
    Arpeggiators expand your creative songwriting potential
    USB connector and high-capacity SD card
    Inviting, intuitive interface

    The same great sound engine as the TRITON

    The TR61 Music Workstation is based upon the acclaimed HI (Hyper Integrated) sound that made the TRITON series the choice of professional musicians the world over. It boasts 64 MB of PCM data (twice the size of the original TRITON!), and a 48 kHz sampling frequency that exceeds CD standards to deliver highly expressive and professional quality sound. This expansive amount of high-quality PCM data is enhanced by multi-mode resonant filters, abundant modulation schemes and sophisticated effects to create Korg's distinctively rich and brilliant sound with the warmth and fatness you expect.

    New sampled piano, guitars, and more

    The new sampled waveforms include stereo-sampled piano (taken from the same sampling session as used on the OASYS!), electric piano, nylon-string guitar, acoustic guitar and strings. With multi-level dynamics and natural instrument articulations and vibrato, these waveforms produce expressive and realistic sounds. There's also a full complement of excellent drum sounds and patterns covering a broad range of styles for music production and performance. The TR61 Music Workstation provides 470 high-quality multisamples and 518 outstanding drum samples, giving you a broad selection to work with.

    A multitude of fresh Programs and Combinations

    The TR61 contains a wide range of new high-quality Programs and Combinations created by Korg's renowned international voicing team. The new stereo piano is velocity-switched between two levels, providing realistic response to your playing dynamics. Even more realistic electric pianos, choirs, guitars, strings, woodwinds and drums are also provided. There's also a rich collection of synth and sound-effect programs that are ideal for dance music. In addition to the 512 preloaded Programs, there are 128 GM-compatible programs and nine drum kits (compatible with GM Level 2). Unlike many other keyboards, all Program locations are RAM so you can adjust sounds to your liking, or replace them as you wish.

    You can use up to eight Programs simultaneously in a Combination to create extremely rich and complex sounds. Combinations can contain "layers" that play multiple sounds simultaneously; "splits" that assign different sounds to different regions of the keyboard; and "velocity layers" that dramatically change the sound or switch Programs in response to your playing dynamics. Control assignments can give your sound and performance even greater impact. Up to 512 Programs, 384 Combinations, and 24 drum kits that you create can be stored to internal rewritable memory locations. This data can also be stored or transferred to your computer via an SD card.

    Powerful sound shaping tools

    Modulation is what creates the motion, nuance and articulation that are such an important part of synthesizer artistry. The TR61 Music Workstation's Alternate Modulation provides a total of 42 types of AMS (Alternate Modulation Source) including EG, LFO, keyboard tracking, and joystick (as well as controllers such as knobs and pedals) to create extremely sophisticated sounds. These can be programmed in, or operated in realtime to give your sounds a high degree of expressive life.

    High-quality effect section

    With development borrowed from Korg's acclaimed D-Series digital recorders and TRITON workstations, the TR61 offers a broad palette of 89 types of effects to enrich your sound creations. The effect section consists of two Master effects, one stereo Insert effect, and one Master EQ (stereo three-band) together with a sophisticated mixer section that lets you control the routing of these individual components. Many of the effects offer realtime modulation of parameters and tempo-based synchronization, for total integration with your tracks. Effect settings can be made independently for each Program, Combination, and Song, helping you bring your overall sound to perfect completion. With the optional EXB-SMPL sampling upgrade board installed, you can even sample through the Insert effect for even more sonic possibilities.

    16-track sequencer with 200-song capacity

    The TR's 16-track sequencer provides a capacity of 200,000 notes and up to 200 songs, creating a comprehensive music production system offering superb functionality and excellent operability. You can record in real time or step time, and a host of powerful editing tools are provided. Plus, with the TR61's sequencer you can begin recording immediately, before you lose that flash of musical inspiration. Build songs using 150 preset drum patterns and 100 user patterns, and take advantage of the Track Loop function to loop specified regions of measures within each track.

    Arpeggiators expand your creative songwriting potential

    The TR61 Music Workstation contains powerful polyphonic dual arpeggiators as well as Korg's inspiring Realtime Pattern Play/Recording feature, offering amazing levels of expressive power and high-impact playing. Performances enriched by these unique composition tools can be recorded directly into the internal sequencer in realtime.

    USB connector and high-capacity SD card for efficient data management

    The rear panel provides a USB connector (type B) that lets you make MIDI connections with your computer using a single cable - no MIDI interface needed! It's easy to connect the TR61 to a computer-based DAW for recording, or to use it with notation software, educational courses and much more. Transmission and reception of system exclusive data is also supported, allowing you to manage sounds and other types of data on your computer for smooth and professional song production.

    The TR61 Music Workstation uses compact and high-capacity SD cards to save and load sounds, sequences and sample data. The reading speed is extremely fast, so data management is quick and easy. SD card capacities from 16 MB to 1 GB are supported, and you can easily transfer data to your computer via readily-available card readers.

    Inviting, intuitive interface

    The TR61 Music Workstation is designed to be not only powerful, but also smart and speedy. The 240 x 64 pixel LCD features an adjustable contrast for optimal viewing in any situation. You can quickly and efficiently find the sound you want by using the "category select" function. Category select is available not only for Programs and Combinations, but also for PCM waveforms and effect algorithms, speeding-up your sound editing. When searching for a desired Program, you can use the Audition key to automatically play a phrase that's appropriate for the sound being selected.

    Controllers maximize your performance potential

    The TR61 Music Workstation's 4-way joystick lets you freely vary the pitch and apply modulation effects such as vibrato or wah. There are also four assignable knobs plus two assignable switches and foot pedal jacks that you can use for applying alternate modulation, providing you with a full range of control that is indispensable for burning up the stage or cutting sizzling tracks.

    Upgrade to full sampling

    Add the EXB-SMPL sampling upgrade option board and transform your TR61 into a full-blown sampler. The TR's sampling mode supports 16-bit/48kHz linear mono/stereo sampling, with a full range of high-end waveform editing functions including time slice, time stretch/compress, crossfade loop, and more. The EXB-SMPL is user installable and lets you connect external SCSI devices to the TR61, so you can take advantage of a wide range of storage media as well as CD-ROM sound libraries (ISO9660 and AKAI-format discs are supported). You can load AIFF/WAV files and AKAI S1000/S3000 samples and programs, as well as Korg format data.
    Type: Digital
    Synthesis: ROM, Sampling
    Oscillators: 2
    Waveforms: ROM
    ROM Size: 64
    ROM Resolution: 16 bit, 48 kHz
    Osc Modulation: After Touch, Continuous Controller, Envelope, Knob, LFO, Sequencer, Velocity
    Sampling: 16 bit, 48 kHz
    Sampling Notes:
    Sampling available if EXB-SMPL option is installed.
    Envelopes: 2
    Evelope Paramerters: Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release, Monophonic, Polyphonic
    Filters: 1
    Types: 12dB Slope (2-pole), 24dB Slope (4-pole), High Pass, Low Pass, Resonance
    Filter Modulation: After Touch, Envelope, Keyboard, Knob, LFO, Sequencer, Velocity
    LFO: 2
    LFO Parameters: Sample & Hold, Saw Up, Sine
    Polyphony & Tuning
    Polyphony: 62
    Timbrality: 16
    Tuning: Standard
    Modes: Mono, Polyphonic, Split
    Patches RAM: 512
    Multipatches RAM: 384
    Storage: Internal, SD Card
    Editing: MIDI
    Dual polyphonic arpeggiator
    Use two arpeggiators simultaneously
    (Combination, Sequencer modes)
    5 preset arpeggio patterns
    216 user arpeggio patterns (216 preloads)
    1 insert effect (stereo in/out),
    2 master effects (mono in/stereo out),
    1 master EQ (3-band stereo), all usable simultaneously
    89 effect types (available for insert effects or master
    Effect dynamic modulation function
    16 timbres, 16 tracks + 1 master track
    Maximum capacity: 200,000 notes
    Resolution � /192
    200 songs
    20 cue lists
    150 preset patterns, 100 user patterns (for each song)
    16 preset/16 user template songs
    Supports TR format and SMF (formats 0 and 1)
    RPPR (Realtime Pattern Play/Recording) function
    (One set is available for each one song)
    Case: Keyboard
    Keyboard: 61 keys, Plastic
    Controls: Aftertouch, Buttons, Joy Stick, Knobs, Sequencer, Velocity
    Display Type: LCD, Backlit
    Display Count H: 240
    Display Count V: 60
    Dimensions (WxDxH): 41.1 x 11.9 x 3.7
    Weight: 17.2
    Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, Stereo Main, Stereo 2, Stereo Headphone
    Audio Output Count: 5
    MIDI Ports: IN, OUT, THRU, USB
    General MIDI: GM2 - General MIDI 2
    DAC Bits: 16
    DAC Frequency Rate: 48
    Power: 13 W
    Year Released: 2005
    Manuals & Documents

    Product Links
    Company Product Sites:
    [+] i.korg.com
    Used Price: $375-$1,100 - convert
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