The next step in workstation evolution, Korg's new TRITON delivers the ultimate sonic arsenal with maximum expressive power and control. The TRITON series comes power-packed with Korg's new HI Synthesis System for the ultimate in sonic creation. Plus, with a full-featured integrated sampler, enhanced performance features, a full-function sequencer, and many optional expansion boards, TRITON will be the most powerful tool ever in your keyboard arsenal. TRITON even comes with six outputs so that you can meet the needs of any situation you come across, from live concerts to the recording studio. TRITON is truly the next-generation music workstation that every musician has been waiting for.
KORG'S NEW HI TONE GENERATOR MEANS GENUINELY ORIGINAL SOUND
The TRITON series features the new HI (Hyper Integrated) synthesis system -- a further advance in the pursuit of expressive PCM sound that captures every nuance of the individual instrument. By filtering and modulating a huge selection of high-quality PCM data and then processing the result in the newly powered-up effect section, TRITON can create everything from the sound of real-world instruments to punchy synth sounds. In addition, TRITON's full-featured sampler lets you record your own samples or load in data from a number of formats to create truly original sounds.
838 DIFFERENT HIGH-QUALITY PCM SOUNDS
TRITON's high-capacity 32 Mbyte PCM ROM contains 425 multisamples including ,organ, guitar and brass -- everything you need for all musical styles -- plus 413 drum samples. From the edgy sounds of dance/techno synth to piano, guitar, brass, strings, and tuned percussion, every type of sound you could ever need is at your fingertips. And TRITON's high-quality 48 kHz sampling rate means that every detail of the character and expressive nuance of each sound is preserved.
SUPERB MONO/STEREO SAMPLING FOR MAKING YOUR OWN ORIGINAL SOUNDS
The TRITON features a 16 bit linear 48 kHz mono/stereo sampling function that allows data that you sample to be programmed and molded using the advanced HI synthesis system.
The TRITON comes with 16 Mbytes of sample memory, allowing approximately 2 minutes 54 seconds of monaural sampling.
By adding 72 pin SIMM modules* you can expand the memory to a maximum of 64 Mbytes (two 32 Mbyte SIMM modules). This lets you record up 11 minutes and 38 seconds of mono sampling. You can record one-shot samples as well as phrase samples, and use the zero-cross automatic detection function to easily create smooth loops. Stereo or mono AIFF files, Windows WAVE files, AKAI S1000/S3000 (Floppy and CD-ROM) and Trinity format data can also be loaded into sample memory, giving you access to an even wider range of materials. (Triton cannot load Trinity format data from TFD-1S, TFD-2S, TFD-3S and TFD-4S , since they use data-compressed data.)
This data can be edited using operations such as Truncate, Cut, Copy, and Reverse. The grid function lets you view the waveform with dotted vertical lines that indicate the beat resolution and tempo. Sample data can be cut on the basis of BPM values or beats, making it easy to edit the desired locations of the waveform. The Rate Convert function converts the sampling frequency --- an easy way to create currently popular lo-fi sounds.
This data can be played from the keyboard immediately after sampling, or you can use it to create a multisample that assigns multiple samples to different pitch ranges. Mono multisamples are easily converted into single-oscillator programs, and stereo multisamples into double-oscillator programs.
* User-installable. Use 16 Mbyte or 32 Mbyte 72 pin SIMM modules that are either Fast Page or EDO -compatible, with an access speed of 60 nsec or faster. For details refer to a TRITON dealer near you.
FILTER AND LFO SECTIONS LET YOU FREELY MODIFY THE SOURCE SOUND. USE ALTERNATE MODULATION TO CREATE A MULTITUDE OF FURTHER POSSIBILITIES.
Internal PCM samples or your own custom samples can be assigned to an oscillator, and processed in various ways by the filter and LFO sections. For each oscillator, the TRITON series provides multiple filter types, including resonant, hi and low-pass , and two LFO's with an amazing 21 types of LFO waveform. You have the flexibility to create everything from realistic simulations to aggressively creative sounds. LFO Frequency can be linked to the sequencer or arpeggiator using MIDI or TempoSync, so that the LFO speed will follow any changes in tempo.
In addition, HI synthesis system lets you use an amazing 55 (29 types) alternate modulation sources. You can create sounds that have unique effects by using one of the 42 alternate modulation sources (AMS) to apply modulation. This lets you use the numerous controllers of the TRITON to control the sound to make it more expressive.
FLEXIBLE ROUTING AND HIGH-QUALITY EFFECTS -- TRITON's EFFECT SECTION TAKES YOU EVEN CLOSER TO PERFECTION.
The effect section of TRITON's HI synthesis system consists of five stereo insertion effects, two master effects, one master EQ (stereo three-band EQ) and a mixer that controls the routing of these effects. 102 newly developed high-quality effects are built-in. Insertion effects can use any of the 102 types, and master effects can select from 89 types. The 102 effects include standard as well as unusual time-variant effects such as stereo random filter and ring modulator. An all-new vocoder effect can control internal sounds via the sampling input for totally cool results.
The TRITON features a new BPM/MIDI SYNC function. When using an effect that has an LFO, such as Stereo Wah/Auto Wah, or a delay-type effect such as L/C/R BPM Delay, this function lets you apply modulation that is synchronized to the tempo. You can specify each delay time as a note value, easily setting up rhythms that will follow any changes that occur in the tempo of the arpeggiator or sequencer (or external MIDI clock). Of course, you can use dynamic modulation to control any effect parameter while you play by using TRITON's joystick, knobs or ribbon controller, or by MIDI messages. This effect system provides an enormous boost in expressive possibilities.
Effect settings can be made independently for each program, combination, and song. In addition to the stereo Master outputs TRITON features four individual outputs, and sounds can be freely assigned to them with any effect routings that you desire. Create complex sounds using just the TRITON by itself or add external audio sources through the sampling input and process them with TRITON's insertion and master effects. So TRITON can function as a 2-in 6-out MIDI controlled effect unit. Of course, you can also apply an insertion effect to an audio source being sampled, and record the result as a stereo sample.
INDISPENSABLE, SUPURB PROGRAMS FROM KORG'S CRITICALLY-ACCLAIMED VOICING TECHNOLOGY
The TRITON contains a huge 512 programs that cover a wide range including piano, guitar, organ, synth and drum sounds, plus 16 preset drum kits and 48 user drum kits. In addition, 256 programs and 9 drum kits are provided for complete compatibility with the latest GM specification, GM Level 2*.
Internal memory also contains 512 Combinations, each consisting of up to eight timbres (programs). From the latest synth sounds and sound-effects for dance music to realistic simulations, Combinations can be used to produce even richer sounds and performances that have more impact by assigning programs to create layers, keyboard splits, or velocity layers, or by assigning them to controllers.
Programs/Combinations/drum kits that you create can be stored in TRITON's re-writable internal memory --- 640 programs, 512 combinations, and 64 drum kits. Floppy disks or an external hard disk can be used to back up this data, or to create your own data library. (The optional EXB-SCSI SCSI interface board is required.)
* GM Level 2 is an expansion of the GM Level 1 format which allows song data that includes musical expression data to be portable between tone generators made by differing manufacturers.
NEW WAYS TO EXPRESS YOURSELF
Dual arpeggiator and RPPR functions enhance your performance. To further expand your realtime performance possibilities, the TRITON series provides dual polyphonic arpeggiators and an RPPR function. Use these features for a live, high-impact performance on this single instrument or to record in realtime into the internal sequencer, and build the results into a song.
A POWERFUL NEW ARPEGGIATOR
The TRITON series features dual polyphonic arpeggiators, each controlling up to 12 tones and 48-steps per pattern. Arpeggio patterns extending as much as four octaves can be running as you play or can be recorded to the internal sequencer. You can apply two different arpeggio patterns each to specific timbres in a Combination or Sequence for different patterns on each part of a split keyboard, use velocity to switch between two arpeggio patterns, and much more. There is even a fixed-note mode to easily create drum rhythms in the arpeggiator!
Approximately 180 arpeggio patterns are provided, and you can create your own patterns with memory for up to a total of 232 patterns. Arpeggio patterns can be changed in realtime while you play, can be synchronized to MIDI clock for connections with external MIDI gear, or programmed to start in synchronization with the internal sequencer.
RPPR (REALTIME PATTERN PLAY/RECORDING) FUNCTION
This function lets you assign sequenced phrases to individual notes of the keyboard, and play the pattern data in realtime simply by pressing various key combinations. This allows you to mix different phrases and grooves "on the fly," or play along while triggering different phrases for exciting live performance possibilities. Each Song in the sequencer can have its own RPPR Set assignment from a total of up to100 user patterns per song and approximately 150 preset patterns.
16-TRACK SEQUENCER WITH NEW, SOPHISTICATED RECORDING FUNCTIONS
The TRITON series provides a 16-track sequencer with a gigantic over 200,000 note capacity so you have all the power you need to create the perfect sequence.
CREATE SONGS EFFECIENTLY USING APPROXIMATELY 150 PRESET RHYTHM PATTERNS AND USER PATTERNS.
In addition to realtime and step recordings, you can create sequenced phrases up to 99 measures long as "patterns," and arrange up to 100 patterns to create a song. You can store 100 of your own user patterns in a song (including phrases that you played using the arpeggiator), and also use the 150 preset rhythm patterns. This makes it easier than ever before to create the rhythm part -- the foundation of your song. These patterns can also be used with the RPPR function.
SIXTEEN PRESET TEMPLATE SONGS
You can speed up the music production process by using previously prepared templates containing program selections and effects appropriate for a given musical style. Frequently-used program settings, track parameter settings, and effect settings can also be stored as one of sixteen user template songs.
TRACK-INDEPENDENT LOOP PLAYBACK
Each track can be individually looped, so it's easy to get a Song going with a 2-bar drum loop, 8-bar bassline, multiple 1-bar arpeggiated riffs, or a 16-bar harmony track. Individual track looping also makes it easier than ever to place Patterns into Sequence tracks.
CUE LIST LETS YOU SUCCESSIVELY PLAYBACK MULTIPLE SONGS
The playback order of up to 100 songs can be specified in a Cue List. Twenty cue lists can be stored in internal memory. By successively playing the desired songs with a specified number of repeats per Song, you can easily and efficiently create a larger composition. To change the structure of the composition, simply modify the cue list. This powerful new feature makes it easy to build up compositions from smaller segments, like verse, chorus, bridge, solo section, etc.
SUPPORT FOR STANDARD MIDI FILE FORMAT
Sequence data you create can be saved in SMF format 0 or 1, making it easy to edit your data on an external computer-based sequencer. A Direct Play capability lets you playback data directly from disk without loading it into internal memory for live performance. A jukebox function lets you edit the order in which songs will be played, for convenient playback of multiple songs.
KORG's OWN TOUCHVIEW GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE FOR HANDS-ON OPERATION
The numerous functions and parameters of the TRITON series are displayed in a large and highly-visible 320 x 240 pixel screen. KORG's original TouchView Graphical User Interface lets you perform operations smoothly just by touching the screen. On the TRITON, not only sounds but also oscillator waveforms and effect algorithms can be selected by category for even greater efficiently. The awesome power of the TRITON is supported by a superbly user-friendly interface.
CONTROLLERS FOR PERFORMANCE POSSIBILITIES
As controllers, the TRITON series provides a joystick, ribbon controller, two assignable switches, four realtime control knobs, and three arpeggiator control knobs. Alternate modulation and effect dynamic modulation can be controlled via these controllers, or they can be set to control functions of external MIDI devices. With the TRITON, your musical intentions can be expressed freely, whether on stage or in the studio.
OPTION BOARDS FURHTER EXPAND THE POTENTIAL OF THE TRITON SERIES
EXB-MOSS DSP SYNTHESIZER BOARD
EXPAND YOUR EXPRESSIVE POTENTIAL WITH THE EXB-MOSS DSP TONE GENERATOR board
The TRITON series can be expanded by the installation of the ultimate DSP tone generator --- the 13 oscillator 6-voice MOSS (Multi-Oscillator Synthesis System) tone generator featured on the Z1. This lets you use all synthesis methods --- PCM, analog, VPM (variable phase modulation), and physical modeling --- on a single instrument. When the MOSS tone generator is installed, 128 MOSS programs are added. You can create combination programs that use multiple MOSS timbres together with HI sounds.
MOSS (MULTO OSCILLATOR SYNTHESIS SYSTEM)
The MOSS sound generator consists of Voice, EG and LFO sections. The voice section contains two powerful oscillator blocks OSC1/OSC2 which let you combine up to two of thirteen types of oscillator algorithm (resonance, organ model, electric piano model, standard, ring modulation, VPM, brass model, reed model and more), a sub oscillator, and a noise generator. The voice section also contains a filter block featuring two multi-mode filters that cover the range from analog synth sounds to complex sounds such as the body resonance of violin or guitar, or even human voice. To this are added five EG units and four LFO units, providing a rich variety of tonal and pitch changes for each voice.
Sound Source: 6 voices, 2oscillators (max.) + sub oscillator + noise generator
Oscillator Types: 13 (Standard, Ring Modulation, Cross Modulation, Oscillator
Sync, VPM (Variable Phase Modulation), Comb filter oscillator, Resonance oscillator, Organ model, Electric piano model, Brass model, Reed model, Plucked string model, Bowed string model)
* Developed under license of physical modeling patents (listed in http://www.sondius-XG.com) owned by Stanford University, USA, and by Yamaha Corporation.
PCM EXPANSION BOARDS
INSTALL A PCM EXPANSION BOARD FOR EVEN MORE PCM DATA.
The internal PCM data and sampling data can be supplemented by adding up to 2 optional 16 Mbyte PCM data boards. Each set consists of a board containing high-quality PCM data and a 3.5" floppy disk containing 128 programs and 128 combinations that use this data.
EXB-PCM01 PCM EXPANSION BOARD - PIANOS/CLASSIC KEYBOARDS
This board provides keyboard sounds such as piano, electric piano, clavinet, and electric organ that will accommodate any style of music. The programs and combinations provided utilize thirty-two new multisamples which provide seven different pianos including a spacious stereo piano, vintage electric piano sounds that range from traditional tones to clav-type sounds, electric organ sounds that lavishly use memory to capture even the modulation of a rotary speaker, and five types of clavinet including two muted variations.
EXB-PCM02 PCM EXPANSION BOARD - STUDIO ESSENTIALS
The thirty-nine new multisamples include seventeen brass/woodwind instruments, eight strings, and nine choirs (including a fantastic gospel choir)--- all indispensable for ensemble sounds. All brass and strings use stereo sampling for enhanced spatial realism. From small ensembles to large, from pop to orchestral, here are the sounds you need for every application.
OTHER EXPANSION BOARDS ARE PLANNED FOR RELEASE.
EXB-SCSI SCSI INTERFACE BOARD
CONNECT EXTERNAL MEDIA VIA A SCSI CONNECTOR
SCSI interface lets you connect TRITON series to an external media (hard disk, removable media such as Jaz and ZIP ) or a CD-ROM drive .
When this option is installed, you can save TRITON series data such as program/combination data, samples, sequence data, and global data to external media. Also you can load AKAI S1000/S3000 format sample & program files, KORG Trinity-format sample files (Triton cannot load Trinity format data from TFD-1S, TFD-2S, TFD-3S and TFD-4S , since they use data-compressed data) , AIFF & WAVE format sample files via CD ROM drive.
Synthesis: ROM, Sampling, Virtual Analog
ROM Size: 64
ROM Resolution: 16 bit, 48 kHz
Osc Modulation: After Touch, Envelope, Keyboard, Knob, LFO, Mod Wheel, Pitch Wheel, Glide / Portamento, Velocity
Sampling: 16 bit, 48 kHz
+ Mono or stereo sampling + 16 - 64 MB of sample RAM + 0 - 11 mins sample time. + 72-pin SIMM memory expansion
Evelope Paramerters: Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release, Monophonic, Polyphonic
Types: 12dB Slope (2-pole), 24dB Slope (4-pole), High Pass, Low Pass, Resonance
Filter Modulation: After Touch, Envelope, LFO, Mod Wheel, Velocity
LFO Parameters: Sample & Hold, Saw Up, Square, Triangle
Polyphony & Tuning
Modes: Mono, Polyphonic, Split, Unison
Patches RAM: 512
Multipatches RAM: 512
Storage: Tape, Internal, ROM Cartridge
+ Dual polyphonic arpeggiators
+ Syncable to MIDI
+ 5 preset-patterns
+ 232 user-patterns.
+5 Insert effects
+ 2 Master effects
+ stereo three-band master EQ.
+ 102 different insert effect algorithms
+ 89 master effects
+ All fully editable in real-time
+ 200,000 event sequencer
+ 200 songs
+ Cue lists
Keyboard: 76 keys, Non-weighted, Plastic
Controls: Aftertouch, Buttons, Joy Stick, Knobs, Pedal - Sustain, Switches, Velocity, Pedal - Volume
Display Type: LCD, LED, Backlit
Display Count H: 320
Display Count V: 240
Dimensions (WxDxH): 1074.4 × 348.5 × 122 mm
Weight: 16.5 kg
Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, Stereo Main, Stereo 2, Stereo 3, Stereo Headphone
Audio Output Count: 8
Inputs: 2 x 1/4" Mono
MIDI Ports: IN, OUT, THRU
General MIDI: GM2 - General MIDI 2
DAC Bits: 16
DAC Frequency Rate: 48
Power: 120 V AC 26 W - IEC Plug
Year Released: 1999
David Bowie, Coldplay, Judy Collins, Phil Collns, Brian Eno, Peter Gabriel, Jan Hammer, Keith Emerson, Lyle Mays, Moby, Ryo Okumoto, Greg Phillinganes, Trent Reznor, Jordan Rudess, Rick Wakeman, Yanni, Joe Zawinul
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