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With the introduction of the TRITON Le, Korg broadens the scope of its prestigious line of TRITON Music Workstations. The TRITON Le inherits the main functionality of the "classic" TRITON and delivers it in a streamlined and cost-effective package. Two models are available: the 61-key TRITON Le 61 and the 76-key TRITON Le 76.
Featuring Korg's HI (Hyper Integrated) synthesis technology, TRITON Le provides 62-voice polyphony (31 in double mode). High-quality 48kHz sampling captures every detail of the sound. A robust 32 Mbytes of PCM ROM is present in TRITON Le, containing 425 multisamples and 413 drum samples.
Along with numerous classic TRITON Programs and Combinations, the TRITON Le contains many new sounds geared toward electronic music. The internal memory contains 512 Programs (448 preloaded), 384 Combinations (each consisting of up to eight Programs), and 24 drum kits -- plus 128 GM-compatible programs and nine drum kits.
Two master effects, a stereo 3-band master EQ, and one stereo insert effect are available, as well as a mixer for internal signal routing. The 89 different effect types feature the same algorithms and superior processing found in the classic TRITON. Many feature realtime modulation of effect parameters and the ability to sync to MIDI Clock or to the internal sequencer. Effects can be programmed and saved with each Program, Combination, and Song.
TRITON Le sports the same full-fledged 16-track MIDI sequencer as TRITON, with a capacity of up to 200,000 notes and 200 songs. Sequences can be recorded in real time or via step entry, and a host of powerful editing tools are available. Of particular note, the Cue List feature allows the user to assemble a song from individual elements such as an intro, verse, chorus, and break, then rearrange these different sections and store up to 20 variations of the same Song. A powerful feature for getting started is the Template Song function. Sixteen provided templates contain a palette of programs and effects, appropriate to various styles of music, with 16 additional locations for users to store their own templates. Also included are 150 preset drum patterns that match the provided genres.
Live performance and songwriting can be enhanced using TRITON Le's dual polyphonic arpeggiators, which enable the creation of intricate and expressive pitched patterns and drum grooves. Korg's RPPR (Realtime Pattern Play/Recording) function allows sequenced patterns to be triggered from individual notes on the keyboard. Not only does the RPPR function let the user mix different phrases and grooves "on the fly" and trigger exciting difficult-to-play phrases live, but it also works great for cool DJ-like performances and easy song creation. Arpeggiator memory provides five preset and 232 user patterns (200 preloaded). All patterns can be synchronized to MIDI clock or to the internal sequencer.
Sampling can be added to the TRITON Le's bag of tricks with the user-installable EXB-SMPL Sampling option. This option adds two audio inputs with mic/line switching and a variable gain knob, and supports 16-bit 48kHz linear mono/stereo sampling. Triton Le offers all the sample waveform editing functions found in a sophisticated sampler, including graphic waveform display (with a BPM note grid), Crossfade Loop, Truncate, Normalize, Time Slice, Time Stretch, Reverse, and even Rate Convert.
The EXB-SMPL also supplies a SCSI interface for connection to external SCSI hard disks and removable-media drives. The TRITON Le supports sample data in AIFF, WAV, Akai S1000/3000 (samples and mapped multisamples), and Korg formats. The EXB-SMPL comes standard with 16 Mbytes of SIMM memory. Users can install a maximum of two 72-pin SIMM memory modules and expand the sample memory up to 64Mbytes.
TRITON Le is designed to accommodate compact and high-capacity (up to 128 Mbyte) SmartMediaTM for storing user-created Programs, Combinations, Drum Kits, Sample Data and Songs with almost no load time. Data stored on SmartMediaTM can easily be imported into a computer via adapters commonly used with digital cameras.
TRITON Le's performance capabilities are complemented by a selection of realtime controllers including a joystick, two assignable switches, and four assignable knobs. A dedicated Category key makes finding the desired TRITON Le Programs and Combinations simple and quick. There's also a convenient Audition button, which allows the user to preview Programs using a selection of musically-appropriate riffs.
The Korg TRITON Le Series instruments are available immediately, with suggested retail pricing as follows: