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The next step in workstation evolution, Korg's new TRITON delivers
the ultimate sonic arsenal with maximum expressive power and control.
More flexible functions than ever before, with expanded modulation
and effect routing. Korg's ground-breaking HI (Hyper Integrated)
synthesis system broadens your sound-creating possibilities. 32
MB of high-quality 48 kHz PCM samples are featured, and the five
stereo insertion effects, two master effects, and one master EQ
(stereo three-band) provide you with all the tools to create the
perfect sound. Full-featured mono/stereo sampling functionality
with 48 kHz 16 bit linear sampling lets you use up to 64 Mbytes
of memory. Built-in 16 track sequencer with an over 200,000 note
capacity! Triton's new Cue List, Song Templates and RPPR functions
make music production speedier and easier than ever.
An optional six-voice MOSS DSP synth engine can be installed.
A highly quality effect section with flexible routing capabilities
and a BPM/MIDI SYNC function for controlling effects in sync to
The polyphonic dual arpeggiators add new dimension to your Programs,
Combinations and Sequences.
Six outputs with easy sound and effect routing capabilities.
The TouchView Graphical User Interface lets you easily operate
the instrument with a touch of the finger.
Four realtime knobs, two switches, three Arp control knobs and
a ribbon controller add to your expressive control.
User-installable option boards include a MOSS tone generator,
additional PCM , and a SCSI connector that let you easily expand
the functions of your Triton.
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.
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.
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.
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 96 Mbytes (three 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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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 (MULTI 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,
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
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, AIFF & WAVE format sample files via CD ROM
Sound Generation Method: HI (Hyper Integrated) synthesis system
Tone generator: HI synthesis system; 48 kHz sampling frequency,
32 Mbyte PCM ROM, 425 multisamples + 413 drum samples. Sampling;
16 bit, 48 kHz stereo/mono sampling, 16 Mbytes memory standard,
expandable to 64 Mbytes. Maximum of 1,000 multisamples / 4,000
samples. Up to 128 samples can be assigned to a multisample.
AIFF, WAVE, AKAI (S1000/S3000) and Trinity sample data can
Sound Source: 62 voices, 62 oscillators (single mode)/ 31
voices, 31oscillators (double mode)
Keyboard: TRITON proX = 88 notes weighted, TRITON pro = 76
notes, TRITON = 61 notes. All keyboards have velocity and
Effects: Stereo digital multi-effect system - 2 master effects
(mono in, stereo out), 5 insert effects (stereo in / out),
and 1 master EQ (stereo in / out) simultaneously.
Number of effects: 102 (insert effects/ 89 for master effects
Program / Combination:640 programs, 512 combinations, 64 drum
programs, GM Level 2 - 256 programs + 9 drum sets
Sequencer Section: 16 timbres, 16 tracks, 1/192 resolutions,
100 preset / 100 user pattern per a song, 200 songs, 20 cues,
over 300,000 notes, reads and writes Standard MIDI File (Format
0 and 1)
RPPR (Realtime Pattern Play / Recording):1 set with 72 patterns
available per song
Arpeggiator: 5 preset patterns and 232 patterns (approx. 180
Controllers: Joystick, Ribbon controller, 2 x Assignable switches,
4 x Assignable knobs, 3 x Arpeggiator control knobs
Control Inputs: Damper pedal (Responds to half-pedaling),
Assignable (SWITCH, PEDAL), PC interface (TO HOST)
Outputs: Main = L/MONO,R, Individual = 1, 2, 3, 4, Headphones
Inputs: 1, 2, Level switch LINE / MIC, Level volume
Floppy Disk Drive: 3.5 inch 2DD/2HD
MIDI: IN, OUT, THRU
Display: TouchView Graphical User Interface, 320 x 240 dots
Power Consumption: 26 W
TRITONproX=1472(W) x 436.5(D) x 137(H)mm, TRITONpro=1281.4(W)
x 348.5(D) x 122(H)mm, TRITON=1074.4(W) x 348.5(D) x 122(H)mm
TRITONproX=28.6kg, TRITONpro=16.5kg, TRITON=14.2kg
Accessories: AC cord, Preload program disk TNFD-00P, TNFD-01P
*Sound processed with INFINITY
TRITON Series Options
EXB-PCM01 PCM Expansion Board - Pianos/Classic Keyboards
EXB-PCM02 PCM Expansion Board - Studio Essentials
EXB-MOSS DSP Synthesizer Board
EXB-SCSI SCSI Interface Board
XVP-10 EXP / VOL Pedal
EXP-2 Foot Controller
DS-1H Damper Pedal
PS-1 Pedal Switch
*All specifications and features are subject to change without