Los Angeles Winter NAMM 2002

With a new CPU system that boasts several times the processing speed of the TRITON 'Classic'.
Available in three sizes: 61 and 76-key synth action versions, and an 88-key weighted action model.

The TRITON STUDIO features Korg's HI (Hyper Integrated) synthesis system, best PCM sounds, high-capacity 48 Mbyte PCM ROM, with 429 multisamples and 417 drum samples. And, in addition to the 'classic' TRITON's complete ROM, the TRITON STUDIO also includes a new 16 Mbyte stereo acoustic piano with two levels of velocity switching. With room for up to seven PCM expansion boards and up to 96 Mbytes of sample RAM, you can expand the TRITON STUDIO up to 256 Mbytes of waveform data.
The TRITON STUDIO delivers an assortment of high-quality programs created by Korg's acclaimed voicing 'team'. Programs range from piano, guitar, organ, synth and drums to the latest synth and sound effects. 1536 Program locations are provided in user-writable memory (512 preloaded), as well as 256 sounds and 9 drum kits in ROM for GM2 compatibility. For drum Programs you can choose from 144 user drum kits (20 preloaded) and 9 ROM drum kits for GM2. User-writable memory also provides 1,536 Combination locations (512 preloaded), each of which allows you to use up to 8 timbres (8 sound programs) simultaneously. Open memory locations can be used for sounds that you edit/create, load from expansion board packages or get from other sources.

Three models
The TRITON STUDIO is available in three sizes: 61 and 76-key synth action versions, and an 88-key weighted action model. The 88-key version features the newly developed RH2 (Real Weighted Hammer Action2) keyboard.

The TRITON STUDIO provides a joystick, ribbon controller, two assignable switches, a value slider, four realtime control knobs and three arpeggiator control knobs. Along with optional foot switches and pedals, they can be used to control a broad range of synthesis and effect parameters.

TouchView interface
The 320 x 240 pixel screen of the TRITON STUDIO features Korg's exclusive TouchView graphical user interface, letting you operate the instrument by directly touching the screen. This large display provides visual waveform editing for samples, a clean mixing layout for sequencing and a logical, category-based system for finding sounds, effects and waveform data. 

The TRITON STUDIO provides mono/stereo 16-bit sampling at 48 kHz sampling frequency. It comes with 16 Mbytes of sample memory (RAM) and you can add 72-pin SIMM boards (user installable: 16 Mbyte or 32 Mbyte 72-pin SIMM boards that support Fast Page or EDO, with 11-bit addressing and have an access speed of 60 ns -nanoseconds- or faster) to expand the sampling memory to a maximum of 96 Mbytes (three 32-Mbyte SIMMs). Samples in RAM can be used in Programs or in drumkits. You can sample directly to the internal hard disk to create a mono or stereo .WAV file. Samples you record to hard disk can be loaded into sample memory for editing and use in Programs and drumkits (hard disk samples up to 16 Mbytes -mono- or 32 Mbyte -stereo- can be loaded into sample memory -if sample memory has been expanded to 32 Mbytes or more-).  
The TRITON STUDIO supports both analog and digital input sampling. AIFF, .WAV, AKAI (S1000/S3000 samples and mapped multisamples), and Korg format data can be loaded into sample memory. Your sample data can be exported as AIFF or .WAV format sample files. When using the CDRW-1 option (internal ATAPI connection) you can sample any audio CD played on the drive with no other cables needed.
The sample editing functions include essential commands such as Normalize, Truncate, Cut, Copy, and Reverse. The graphic waveform display provides a grid function that displays vertical lines to indicate resolution and tempo. There's even a Rate Convert function that changes the sampling frequency to create lo-fi sounds. Sophisticated editing capabilities such as Time Slice, Time Stretch, Crossfade, and Link are provided.

Open sampling system
The TRITON STUDIO allows you to sample in Program, Combination and Sequencer modes as well as in Sampling Mode. In Sampling mode, you can apply insert effects to one or more samples and internally resample the result to create more complex sounds. In Program, Combination, and Sequence modes, a performance using the full functionality of each mode (filters, effects, arpeggiator, sequencer, etc.) can be resampled, as well as sampling external audio sources from the input jacks. This enables you to make new performance loops using the TRITON STUDIO itself, and to expand your polyphony by resampling polyphonic sections as stereo or mono voices. In Sequencer mode you can use the 'In-Track Sampling' function to sample external audio (like vocals or guitar) while the song plays, and the system will automatically create the appropriate note trigger in the track. You can edit the samples and Time Slice them if you want complete control over tempo and pitch at a later date.

Synergy of sampling and synthesis
The PCM samples from internal memory (or your own samples) can be assigned to an oscillator and sent through the filter, LFO and amp sections to process the sound in a variety of ways. For each oscillator, the TRITON STUDIO provides two types of filters (Resonant Low pass or Low Pass + High Pass), powerful multi-stage envelope generators, and two MIDI-syncable LFOs (with a choice of 21 different LFO waveforms). In addition, its modulation routing system gives you 42 sources and 55 destinations for controlling parameters in realtime using velocity, key range, the various knobs and switches and more.

The TRITON STUDIO delivers 102 effects. Its effect section provides five insert effects, two master effects, a three-band master EQ and a mixer section that controls the routing between them. Many of the effects can be synced to MIDI or the internal sequencer, and Dynamic Modulation allows you to control effects parameters in realtime. The TRITON STUDIO provides four individual outputs and you can assign any oscillator to any individual output, with or without effects processing. The insert or master effects can even be applied to external sounds, allowing you to use the TRITON STUDIO as a 6-in / 6-out MIDI-controlled effect processor. 

Six channels of audio I/O
The TRITON STUDIO comes with two channel analog and digital (S/PDIF) audio inputs. The S/PDIF inputs supports both 48 kHz and 96 kHz audio sources, ensuring compatibility with digital recording systems. The optional EXB-mLAN interface adds two more input channels, for a total of six. The six channels of audio output consist of the main stereo audio outputs, plus four individual outs. You can also use stereo S/PDIF output, and add both six channel ADAT optical (EXB-DI) and six channel mLAN (EXB-mLAN) digital outputs. Oscillators, drums, timbres/tracks, and the sound from the insert effects can all be easily routed to any output.

Polyphonic arpeggiators
The TRITON STUDIO provides dual arpeggiators that can develop polyphonic phrases based on the notes you play. In addition to five basic presets, internal memory contains hundreds of different arpeggio patterns. The arpeggiator even provides a Fixed Note mode that is ideal for drum and percussion sounds. Arpeggios can be synchronized to MIDI Clock, or to the internal sequencer. You can apply two different arpeggio patterns to selected sounds in a Combination or Song, or use velocity to switch between them. You can record their output into the sequencer. 

RPPR, Realtime Pattern Play / Recording
Phrases (patterns) can be played in realtime simply by pressing keys on the keyboard. You can play a different pattern from each key (up to 74 keys per set), and press multiple keys to play different phrases simultaneously. You can set up the TRITON STUDIO to play patterns from one key range while using another area of the keyboard to play conventionally realtime performances.

The 16-track sequencer is powerful yet easy to use, has a capacity of 200 Songs/200,000 notes, and features the 'In-Track Sampling' function for seamless integration of samples into sequences.
There are 16 Template songs preset (along with 150 associated preset rhythm patterns), which include programs, track settings and effects suitably voiced for a specific musical style. You can also create and store 16 of your own templates.
Patterns make it easy for you create music. Sequenced phrases of up to 99 measures can be joined to quickly build a track. Each song can store 100 patterns that you create (including arpeggiated riffs), and can also use the preset rhythm patterns. You can extract parts from your own sequences and SMF files and convert them into patterns.
In addition to realtime and step recording, the TRITON STUDIO offers overdub and looped recording, and extensive track editing features. Independent track looping is perfect when repetitive phrases are called for. Combinations can easily be copied and recorded in the sequencer including their arpeggiator-generated data. Realtime knob and other controllers can be recorded and a Master Track can be used to control tempo changes.
Cue Lists are useful for smaller sections (verse, chorus, bridge etc.). Up to 99 song steps (each containing 16 tracks) can be arranged in any order you want. Each Song step can be repeated as needed, and you can audition different arrangements by modifying or creating a new Cue List. Up to 20 Cue Lists can be stored in internal memory and can be converted back into a single linear song if further track editing or additional recording is needed. 
SMF (Standard MIDI File) formats 0 and 1 are supported for both loading and saving. A Direct Play function can play song data directly from disk, and the Jukebox function lets you specify a setlist of songs to playback automatically.

Creating audio CDs
The TRITON STUDIO let you to create original audio CDs or data backup CDs without using any external equipment. After the song is finished, just sample the output to the internal hard drive and the resulting .WAV files can be written to the optional CDRW-1 (or a SCSI-connected CD-R/RW) to create an audio CD.

A wide range of user-installable options is available for the TRITON STUDIO. You can install a 6-voice DSP MOSS synthesis engine (EXB-MOSS, adding 128 more Programs), up to 7 PCM expansion boards (16 Mbytes each), add a 6-channel ADAT output connector (EXB-DI), add 6-channel support for the new mLAN digital audio/MIDI network (EXB-mLAN), increase the sample memory, and install an internal 8x CD-RW drive (CDRW-1).


Tone Generator:

HI synthesis system:

48kHz Sampling frequency
48Mbyte PCM ROM
429 multisamples + 417 drum samples


16 bit 
48 kHz stereo/mono sampling
16 Mbytes memory standard, expandable to 96 Mbytes 
Maximum of 1,000multisamples/4,000samples. 
Up to 128 indices can be assigned to a multisample. 
AIFF, WAVE, AKAI (S1000/S3000 samples and mapped multisamples) and Korg format sample data can be loaded. 
Note: TFD-1S ? 4S not supported

Sound Source:

Single mode:

60 voices (60 oscillators) / Max 120 voices (120 oscillators)*

Double Mode:

30 voices (60 oscillators) / Max 60 voices (120 oscillators)**


60 Oscillators to play PCM samples from the internal ROM bank or RAM (user sampling), and 60 oscillators to play PCM samples from the internal Piano bank or an EXB-PCM expansion board


61Keys/76Keys/88Keys (Real Weighted Hammer Action2)
Velocity and aftertouch sensitive


Stereo digital multi-effect system:

2 master effects (mono in, stereo out), 
5 insert effects (stereo in/out),and 
1 master EQ (3 band stereo) simultaneously

Number of effects:

102 (insert effects/89 for master effects)



1,536 user programs (512 preload),
128 programs for Korg's MOSS tone generator can be added
(After installing the separately sold EXB-MOSS option), 
144 user drum kits (20 preload), 
GM Level 2 ? 256 programs + 9drum kits


1,536 user combinations (512 preload)


Capacity and Functionality:

16 timbres, 16 tracks, 1/192 resolution, 
150 preset/100 user patterns per song, 
200 songs, 20 cue lists, 200,000 notes maximum,
Reads and writes Standard MIDI File (Format 0 and 1)


Realtime Pattern Play / Recording,
One set per song, 
74 patterns per 


5 preset patterns
507 user patterns (3 X preload) 


Ribbon controller, 
(2) Assignable switches, 
(4) Realtime knobs , 
(3) Arpeggiator control knobs 

Control Inputs:

Damper pedal (responds to half-pedaling), Assignable (SWITCH/PEDAL) 


Main = L/MONO, R, 
Individual = 1, 2, 3, 4, 
S/PDIF (optical 24 bits, 48/96 kHz), 


1, 2, 
Level Switch LINE/MIC, 
Level volume, 
S/PDIF (optical 24 bits, 48/96 kHz) 

Disk Drive:

3.5 inch 2HD/2DD, 
HDD (2.5 inch 6 Gbyte) 






TouchView Graphical User Interface, 
320 x 240 dots 

Power Consumption:

26 Watts


88Keys=1472.0(W) x 436.5(D) x 137(H)mm, 76Keys=1281.4(W) x 348.5(D) x 122(H)mm, 
61Keys =1074.4(W) x 348.5(D) x 122(H)mm 




AC cord, 
Preload data disks TSFD-00P 


CDRW-1x8 CD-R/RW Rewritable CD Drive, 
XVP-10 Expression/Volume Pedal, 
DS-1H damper pedal, 
PS-1 pedal switch

Korg contacts
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E-mail tel.(+39) 0717391914
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advanced technologic sound magazine
2002 issue 101

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