Korg Triton Extreme Review

Korg Triton Extreme Review
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The Korg Triton Extreme 88 keyboard is packed with sampling and composing functions, and is definitely not for those looking for a simple piano substitute. It has five times as much 48kHz ROM as the classic Korg Triton, which allows the inclusion of 1334 preset programs.

The Ever Popular Trance Attack

The Triton Extreme features a huge number of sample voices including the popular Trance Attack, Orchestral Collection, Dance Extreme and Studio Essentials. The 16-bit sampler uses the exclusive Korg Open Sampling System and features In Track Sampling which enables you to sample audio directly into the sequencer as it is playing.

128 Notes Polyphony

A full 128 notes of polyphony ensure that you will not have notes dropping out, even in the densest of musical passages, and with 200 songs, and 200,000 notes to choose from, this workstation is a composer’s dream come true.  The Realtime Pattern / Play Recording (RPPR) function has also proved a popular feature.

These come with synth action keyboards, variable velocity and aftertouch response.  However, the 88 key Korg Triton Extreme is worth the extra investment due to the inclusion of the Real Weighted Hammer Action II keyboard, exclusive to Korg keyboards, which gives it the feel of an acoustic piano. There have been a couple of issues reported with this workstation in piano keyboard reviews.

Create Samples with the Onboard RAM

The main one is that the onboard RAM only allows around two minutes of mono sampling and even less stereo sampling. The RAM can be expanded to 96 MB but this is still inadequate for the ambitious type of composition that this workstation has been designed for. Another reported glitch is slight hiccups when switching between programs and combinations, particularly when using IFX and MFX, although the reviewer reported that these are inaudible over the rest of the parts you will be playing.

This Korg Triton keyboard definitely a workstation for those seeking a wide range of sampling and recording functions to create complex compositions.  The cool blue exterior of the workstation looks fantastic in any performance venue or studio, and the 88 key weighted action keyboard is well worth the extra investment.

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