Korg Triton Synthesiser Review

Korg TritonEver since the release of the M1 Workstation, Korg has been the first stop for anyone looking for an all in one keyboard/sequencing combination. Each time Korg released their new frontline keyboard workstation it was bigger, batter and added some new stuff as well. The release of the Trinity range of synthesizers saw Korg synths appearing regularly in the rigs of gigging muscians. However it was the introduction of their additional boards which really brought the Trinity up to date. While the sound was better (very much so) it was possible to expand your synth into a full hard disc recording & sequencing set-up. In 1999 Korg released their first Triton Keyboard and many Trinity owners wondered if it was worth their while upgrading to Korg's latest and greated workstation or just keep their amazing Trinity. The choice was often difficult but, generally speaking, it made sense to most to keep up with Korg as their sampling technology offered truly realistic acoustic sounds on a keyboard, great for performance and recording situations. Today when many musicians own the latest synths a great many have kept hold of the Tritons and demand has always remained high, sufficient for Korg to merit releasing Triton variants more than a decade after their first Triton.



More About The Korg Triton
The Korg Triton Specifications
Notes About The The Korg Triton
Famous The Korg Triton Users
The Korg Triton Samples


More About The Korg Triton

For the most part we at Defective Nation purchase instruments which create purely synthesised sounds similar to those made by the analogue synths of the 1970's and 1980's, unusual or unique digital sounds and/or sounds created using digital technology to recreate acoustic or electronic instruments such as virtual analogue. However, when it came to the Korg Triton, the question was slightly different because it is a fantastic synth for creating "bread and butter" sounds. The Triton is great at playing better-than-usual General Midi type sounds but it is also a great sampler and, with an MOSS board fitted you can have the sounds of the Korg Z1 at 6 note polyphony and 6 channel midi. Addd to all that the ability to add more base samples you have an instrument capable of creating a vast and diverse range of popular (and often unique) synthesizer tones. We decided to buy the Korg Triton Rack for space saving reasons and for the fact that you can add more expansions to it than any keyboard version (excluding the Triton Extreme I think).

So there you have it, a keyboard/synthesizer/workstation suitable for a diverse range of musicians, the full specifications of which are detailed below.


Korg Triton Specifications

  • Polyphony: From 60 voices (66 with MOSS) on the Triton Rack to 120 Voices on the Triton Extreme
  • Multitimbral: 16 part
  • Oscillators: 2 Osc (1 single x 2) HI synthesis system; 48 kHz sampling frequency, 32 Mbyte PCM ROM, 425 multi-samples + 413 drum samples
  • Filter: 2 Digital multi-mode filter [You can select either a 24 dB/oct low pass filter with resonance, or a 12 dB/oct low pass filter and 12 dB/oct highpass filter connected in series.]
  • LFO: 2 available
  • Effects: Stereo digital multi-effects (2 Master and 5 Insert effects plus 1 Master EQ simultaneously). 102 Insert effects and 89 Master effects to choose from.
  • Control: MIDI
  • Expansions: PCM Expansion boards; EXB-MOSS DSP Synthesizer board; EXB SCSI SCSI Interface board.
  • Manufactured 1999


Korg Triton Notes

While the single sounds of the Triton appear thin and uninteresting to some this is an advantage when it comes to placing a part in the mix, simply put, a Triton is extremely easy to fit into a mix. One rule that seams to fit al,l but a few synths, is that the presets are a basic starting block from which you can easily craft a warm and interesting sound with subtle (or radical) modulations.

Due to the 60+ polyphony the Triton playing in Combi mode is not a problem BUT a great way in which to create amazing synth sounds is to build a Combi with 8 instances of the same program. Set the first one dead center then pan the next six at various positions detuning each of them slightly then, for the last program drop it down an octave. Using the saw wave for every oscillator you can create really powerful supersaw sounds easily but you can create various superwaves, some of which may not have been heard before. For that powerful Trance Supersaw just add as many reverbs as it can handle and at least one delay.

If you are thinking of buying a Triton it is very much worth looking and watching for a bargain, the do come up often but it pays to wait. This is especially true if you want one with the optional boards fitted.

HOWEVER be warned that a certain famous DJ admitted, in a popular music magazine, that most of his best sounds were created using a ,Triton with the MOSS board fitted the price has seriously increased. It may well be that the price will eventually fall back into the reasonable zone BUT the horrible truth is that there are a fixed number out there and most people who have them will be wanting to hold onto them because the only other option would be to buy a complete Korg Z1 (which is twice as powerful in terms of polyphony but very big in size).


Korg Triton Famous Users

The Triton was a versatile and very diverse synth so nearly every recording studio had one in the day and, actually, many pro studios still have at least one Triton in their collection. It is, therefore, virtually impossible to create a fully comprehensive list of Korg Triton Users but the list below is as comprehensive as we could find.

Alobar, Amit Trivedi, Apollo 440, Aqua, Bob Katsionis, BT, Children of Bodom, Craig David, Bradley Joseph, Brian Eno, Bryan Michael Cox, Chris Lowe, Coldplay, Danja, David Bowie, David Paich, Delinquent Habits, Depeche Mode, Derek Sherinian, Devin Townsend, Dopplereffekt, Drumma Boy, Eloy Fritsch, Erna Siikavirta, Greg Phillinganes, Henrik Klingenberg, Jae Deal, Jan Hammer, Janne Wirman, Jeremy Dawson, Jim Gilmour, Joe Zawinul, Jordan Rudess, Jun Senoue, Keith Emerson, Kirmes Musikanten, Lady Gaga, Linkin Park, Lyle Mays, Marta Peterson, Maynard James Keenan, Miguel Mateos, Mike Shinoda, Milk Inc, Ming Freeman, Moby, Mustis, Natural, Orbital, Paul Davis, Paul Oakenfold, Per Wiberg, Peter Gabriel, P!nk, Richard West, Rick Wakeman, Rodney Jerkins, Roger Hodgson, Ronald Jenkees, Royksopp , Ryan Leslie, Ryo Okumoto, Saga, Scooter, Serj Tankian, Spike Edney, Steinar Sverd Johnsen, Swizz Beats, Sylver, Tax-5, The Art Of Sound, The Cooper Temple Clause, The Neptunes, The Orb, Timbaland, Tommy Rogers, Traxamillion, Trent Reznor, Tuomas Holopainen, Tuomas Planman, Utada Hikaru, Vadim Pruzhanov, Vangelis, Vitalij Kuprij, Wesley Willis, Yanni, Yes and Yuki Kajiura.


Korg Triton Samples

Below is our Korg Triton sample collection which is part of our Budget range of sample collections. To discover more about this sample collection visit our page: Korg Triton Sample Collection where you will find comprehensive details including a list of all 99 of the patches we have sampled for this samplepack.




Korg Triton BUDGET SAMPLE PACK 001 - 010

Korg Triton Synthesizer   KONTAKT / EXS24 / WAV


1277 Korg Triton sound patches at 24-Bit resolution

PRICE: £44.99

P&P: £9.99 (UK ONLY)

TOTAL: £54.98