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As a next-generation workstation, TRITON STUDIO combines synthesis, effects, sampling and sequencing into an intuitive package, and with the addition of an internal CD-R/W burner, it even allows the user to create an audio CD of their finished work. The new TRITON STUDIO is the flagship in the line of TRITON Music Workstations and is available in 61 and 76-key synth action versions, as well as an 88-key weighted action model. The 88-key version features the newly developed RH2 (Real Weighted Hammer Action2) keyboard, providing an action that varies in touch as you move up the keyboard, just as on a grand piano. TRITON STUDIO also employs a new lightning-fast processor and Korg's exclusive TouchView graphical interface.

TRITON STUDIO uses Korg's HI (Hyper Integrated) synthesis technology. For each oscillator, there are multiple filter types plus a pair of MIDI-syncable LFOs, each with 21 waveforms. In addition, the modulation routing system gives 42 sources and 55 destinations for controlling parameters in real-time using velocity, key range, four knobs, two switches, value slider, ribbon, and joystick.

In addition to the original "classic" TRITON PCM ROM, TRITON STUDIO also offers 16Mbytes of ROM devoted to a new stereo acoustic grand piano. The resulting 48Mb of PCM ROM offers 429 instrument multisamples, with an additional 417 drum samples. From this data, Korg's award winning voicing team has created 512 pre-loaded Programs and 512 pre-loaded Combinations. TRITON STUDIO's massive user-writable memory provides 1,536 Program locations, plus 1,536 Combination locations (each one can use of up to eight programs simultaneously) and 144 locations for drum kits (20 are preloaded). For GM2 compatibility, TRITON STUDIO also comes equipped with 256 GM2 sounds and nine GM2 drum kits in ROM. An access panel on the front of TRITON STUDIO opens to accommodate up to seven EXB-PCM expansion boards. Each one offers an additional 16Mb of sample ROM, giving a fully-expanded unit 160Mb of waveforms.

TRITON STUDIO is the first TRITON to feature Korg's new Open Sampling System, which allows direct access to sampling functions from the Program, Combination or Sequencing modes, as well as from the Sampling Mode. In Sequencer mode, a unique "In-Track Sampling" function allows external sources (vocals or guitar for example) to be sampled in real-time while a song plays. A "trigger note" will automatically be created to playback the sample at the correct location in the song.

The sampling function provides 16-bit, 48kHz sampling in mono or stereo. The 16Mb Sample memory can be expanded up to a maximum of 96Mb using optional SIMM boards. Samples can also be written directly to the internal five Gigabyte hard drive as WAV files for use in computer systems and for final CD burning. Sample editing functions include commands such as Normalize, Truncate, Loop (including Crossfade), Mix, Copy, and Reverse, and data can be edited graphically in the TouchView display. Samples can be Time Stretched, rate converted and even Time Sliced for independent control over tempo and pitch.

In addition to sampling, TRITON STUDIO also has the ability to "resample". Resampling allows a performance played in real time on TRITON STUDIO (or played back from the internal sequencer) with full effects, arpeggios (and more) to be captured and used to create new performance loops, to expand polyphony, or for new creative sound design possibilities. TRITON STUDIO can also "rip" (sample in the digital domain) data from an audio CD using the optional CDRW-1 internal CD drive or a CD-R/RW drive connected via SCSI. Samples can be loaded in AIFF, WAV or AKAI S1000/3000 (samples and mapped multisamples) as well as Korg format. Sample data can be exported as AIFF or WAV format files.

TRITON STUDIO provides 102 digital effects featuring the same algorithms and superior studio quality processing found in the classic TRITON. Two master effects, a stereo 3-band master EQ, and five stereo insert effects are available, as well as a mixer for internal signal routing. Many effects feature real-time modulation of effect parameters and have the ability to sync to MIDI Clock or to the internal sequencer. Four individual outputs are provided and each timbre can be assigned to any output, with or without effects processing. The insert and master effects can also be applied to external sounds, allowing TRITON STUDIO to be used as a 6-in/6-out MIDI-controlled effect processor.

A 16-track MIDI sequencer (as featured on classic TRITON models) can record in both real time and step entry modes, with a capacity of up to 200,000 notes and 200 songs. A host of powerful sequencer editing tools is built right in. A convenient feature for getting started is the Template Song function. Each of the sixteen preset templates contains a palette of programs and effects appropriate to a particular style of music. Sixteen additional locations are available for users to store their own templates. Also included are 150 preset drum patterns of various musical genres. The Cue List feature allows the user to assemble a song from individual elements such as an intro, verse, chorus, and break, then rearrange those different sections and store up to 20 variations of the same Song. Sequenced data can then be saved as SMF format 0 or 1 for easy exchange of data.

Korg's RPPR (Realtime Pattern Play/Recording) function allows sequenced patterns to be assigned to individual keys on the keyboard (up to 74 keys per set!), enabling the user to mix different phrases and grooves "on the fly" and trigger exciting difficult-to-play phrases live. It also works great for DJ-like performances and easy song creation.

TRITON STUDIO provides powerful dual polyphonic arpeggiators, which enable the creation of intricate and expressive pitched patterns and drum grooves. Arpeggiator memory provides five preset and 507 user patterns (365 user patterns come pre-loaded). The arpeggiator can be synchronized either to MIDI Clock or to the internal sequencer.

TRITON STUDIO provides two analog inputs and a total of six analog outputs. Stereo S/PDIF digital I/O is standard, and supports 48kHz and 96kHz sources, ensuring compatibility with today's digital recording systems. Other digital I/O options can be added to the STUDIO, including six-channel ADAT output (EXB-DI) and six channel mLAN audio and MIDI I/O (EXB-mLAN).

The optional internal CD-R/W drive (CDRW-1x8) can be used to burn final audio files of your sequenced music, which can be played directly on most audio players. The drive can also be used to save data, providing affordable removable storage and the ability to export sample and data files for use on a computer.

To further expand the sonic potential of TRITON STUDIO the user can add a 6-voice DSP MOSS synthesis engine (EXB-MOSS) that provides 13 different form of synthesis including physical modeling, virtual analog, and a number of different forms of digital synthesis. Along with 128 provided Programs, the DSP sounds can be combined with PCM and sampled sounds to create powerful new timbres.

The Korg TRITON STUDIO instruments will be available in late April, with suggested retail pricing as follows:

  • TRITON STUDIO 61 $3,400
  • TRITON STUDIO 76 $3,800
  • TRITON STUDIO 88 $4,200
  • EXB-MOSS $600
  • PCM Expansion Boards (EXB-PCM) $240 each
  • ADAT output connector (EXB-DI) $200
  • mLAN digital audio network (EXB-mLAN) $750
  • CD-R/W drive (CDRW-1x8) $400
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