Korg Triton overview

This short document provides an overview of the different Korg Triton models; it should assist people interested in a Korg Triton in their buying decision. Since the Korg Karma synthesizer has the Triton sound engine, it is also included in this overview. The document is provided as is; in no way do I take responsibility for the content of this document. If you notice an error in the content of the document, please report it to me.

Please note that this is NOT an official Korg document; in no way am I affiliated with Korg or one of its subsiduaries.

Last updated: 25 july 2003

  Triton ClassicTriton RackTriton LETriton StudioKarma
GeneralDate of birthMay 1999November 2000January 2002April 2002May 2001
 Polyphony (number of voices)62 (62 Oscillators in single mode, 31 in double mode)60 62 (62 Oscillators in single mode, 31 in double mode) 120 (60 for internal ROM programs, or internal sampling RAM, 60 for internal Piano PCM bank) 62 (62 Oscillators in single mode, 31 in double mode)
  Multitimbrality 16 16 16 16 16
  Synthesis system HI (Hyper Integrated) HI (Hyper Integrated) HI (Hyper Integrated) HI (Hyper Integrated) HI (Hyper Integrated)
  Number of Insert Effects 5 5 1 5 5
  Number of Master Effects 2 2 2 2 2
  EQ 1 (3 band stereo) 1 (3 band stereo) 1 (3 band stereo) 1 (3 band stereo) 1 (3 band stereo)
  Effect algorithms 102 for Insert, 89 for Master 102 89 102 102 for Insert, 89 for Master
  ROM size (MB) 32 32 32 48 32
  Internal multisamples 425 425 425 429 425
  Number of drumsamples 413 413 413 413 413
  Number of combinations 512 1664 384 1536 768
  Number of Programs 640 (512 preset, 128 User) 1664 512 (448 preset), 64 User) 1536 640 (384 preset, 256 User)
  Drumkits 64 153 (144 User, 9 GM) 24 153 (144 User, 9 GM) 64
  Audition key (riff) no yes yes no no
Sampler Factory sample RAM (MB) 16 16 None (when EX-SMPL is installed: 16 MB) 16 None
  Sampler RAM upgradable to (MB) 64 96 None (when EX-SMPL is installed: 64 MB) 96 N/A
  Sampling frequency 48kHz 48kHz N/A (when EX-SMPL is installed: 48 kHz) 48kHz N/A
  Resampling no no no yes no
  Other     Sampling is available in sampling/ sequence/ program/ combination mode. 
Sequencer Tracks 16 N/A 16 16 16
  Max. number events 200,000 N/A 200,000 200,000 200,000
  Max. number songs 200 N/A 200 200 200
  Resolution 1/192 N/A 1/192 1/192 1/192
Arpeggiator Type Dual Channel Dual Channel Dual Channel Dual Channel Generated Effect
  Memories 232 (180 Preset) 328 (200 Preset) 221 (5 Preset) 512 (5 Preset) 232 (180 Preset)
I/O MIDI In/Out/Thru In/Out/Thru In/Out/Thru In/Out/Thru In/Out/Thru
  Inputs (analog) 2 2 0 (when EX-SMPL is installed: 2) 2 0
  Inputs (digital S/PDIF) 0 (not optional) 2 0 (not optional) 2 0 (not optional)
  Outputs (analog) 6 (1xStereo, 4xmono) 6 (1xStereo, 4xmono) 4 (1xStereo, 2xmono) 6 (1xStereo, 4xmono) 4 (1xStereo, 2xmono)
  Outputs (digital S/PDIF) 0 (not optional) 2 0 (not optional) 2 0 (not optional)
  Six Channel ADAT optical (2 x In, 6x Out) No (not optional) optional No (not optional) optional no
  mLan No (not optional) yes No (not optional) yes no
  SCSI optional optional No (Only when EXB-SMPL installed) standard no
User Interface/ Controllers Keys 61/76/88 N/A 61/76 61/76/88 61
  Screen size 320x240 240x64 240x64 320x240 240x64
  TouchView screen yes no no yes no
  Controllers Joystick, 2 assignable switches, 4 assignable knobs, 3 arpeggiator control knobs, ribbon controller 4 x Realtime control knobs (with 3-step selector), Arpeggiator ON/OFF key Joystick, 2 assignable switches, 4 assignable knobs, Audition switch, Category switch. Joystick, 2 assignable switches, 4 assignable knobs, 3 arpeggiator control knobs, ribbon controller Joystick, 2 assignable switches, 4 assignable knobs, 3 arpeggiator control knobs
Extras    In track sampling; record audio track while you are playing other tracks; optional creation of CD withing TritonGenerated Effect; complex phrazing/ arpeggiator tool
Storage 1.44MB Floppy yes yes no yes yes
  Smartmedia No (not optional) No (not optional) yes No (not optional) No (not optional)
  CD-RW No (not optional) No (not optional) No (not optional) optional No (not optional)
  Internal hard drive No1 No1 No (not optional) yes (2,5 inch, 5GB) No (not optional)
Expansion PCM Expansion slots 2 8 0 7 2
  MOSS board optional optional not optional optional optional
  EXB-SMPL sampling board N/A N/A optional N/A N/A
Other Dimensions Pro X: 1472 x 437x 137, Pro: 1281 x 349 x 122, Normal 61 keys: 1074 x 349 x 122 482 x 344 x 89 LE 76: 1258 x 302 x 95, LE 61: 1045 x 302 x 95 Pro X: 1475 x 441 x 146, Pro: 1311 x 382 x 129, Normal 61 keys: 1104 x 382 x 129 1100 x 320 x 119
  Weight (in kg) Pro X: 28,6, Pro : 16,5, Normal 61 keys: 14.2 4.8 LE 76: 9.2, LE 61: 7.8 Pro X: 29.7, Pro : 19.6, Normal 61 keys: 17.2 10
 List price261 keys: €2400
76 keys (Pro): € 2700
88 keys (ProX): € 3350
€170061 keys: € 1150
76 keys (Pro): €1350
88 keys (Pro-X):€2400
61 keys: €3400
88 keys (Pro-X): €4300
€1600

1there is an unofficial 5GB 2,5 inch harddrive available from http://www.musitronics.de/info-e/TritionHD_info_e.html
2Prices are lowest found prices as found in some shops in the Netherlands. Prices are meant as an indication. Check your local Korg dealer for actual prices
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