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KORG - TRITON TAKTILE - review

Postby william » Tue Apr 29, 2014 8:27 am

Just picked one of these up, and I figured that many of you haven't played one yet.
4 versions - 2 with 512 TRITON sounds onboard, and 2 w/o.
(2 keyboard sizes)

I picked up the TRITON version, in a 49 key.

It has something insane like 80 note polyphony!? Who doesn't like that.

There are some very usable sounds in this unit, and It's quite 'friendly' to learn.
Great to have a good assortment of drums and percussion too.
A great little axe to take to a jam or rehearsal, as the sounds will probably be enough to get you through the basics.

A few key problems: you CAN alter the 512 sounds, a LITTLE bit, in real time, (sliders, knobs, and an X/Y pad) but you CAN'T SAVE those (envelope/filter) changes - really a huge pain.

There are some great organ sounds, but I can't find a way to simulate a Leslie speed change - drag (C'mon, even a $4 app will do that these days I think).

The effects are preselected, and the actual amount of effects you can add is very limited, too bad.

The only way to get audio out that I can see, is a 1/8" mini plug - REALLY?

Also, it has a MIDI input jack, you can't get MIDI out unless you use the USB, again - limiting.

The system of stepping through the presets, etc. (ribbon controller) is very frustrating at times - there should be a set of physical '+ & -' buttons.

It also doesn't come with a PSU, so if you're NOT using a computer with it, just playing the internal sounds, you have to buy a USB.2 power supply.

I'm still very pleased with the unit. The key bed is pretty good and, although the display is really, really limited, I think a lot of people will find it useful for all sorts of stuff. It's never going to be anyone's main instrument, but it's a good 'bag of sounds' - to go. REALLY light. All the connections are on the side, works pretty well actually.

And after 40 years of owning hardware, I think it's the first keyboard that doesn't have the manufacturers name on the back - really, not even in small letters.

Sleek.

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Re: KORG - TRITON TAKTILE - review

Postby Aaron2 » Tue Apr 29, 2014 9:46 am

Thanks for the review. I've been intrigued by the Taktile series, although I'd probably get the non-Triton version since I want just an all-purpose MIDI controller. I like the way it looks. Before I buy, I'll have to go to Guitar Center and play one, I guess.
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Re: KORG - TRITON TAKTILE - review

Postby Bitexion » Tue Apr 29, 2014 1:35 pm

Is it esentially a preset box with no editing functionality? Kind of like the Oberheim M1000 but with a keyboard? Never heard of this thing before..I liked the Triton sound.
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Re: KORG - TRITON TAKTILE - review

Postby william » Tue Apr 29, 2014 7:49 pm

Bitexion wrote:Is it esentially a preset box with no editing functionality? Kind of like the Oberheim M1000 but with a keyboard? Never heard of this thing before..I liked the Triton sound.




That's right. I guess it's great for beginners or someone??
Frustrating, because it's SO close to being a really hot little item. Many of the sounds are truly excellent.

I'm sure as a controller for Ableton, etc., it is good enough that people will be buying it primarily as a controller.
I used it as a controller for Logic Pro X last night, and the integration was much better than some of the hardware controllers I've tried.

Basically, cool, but limited IMHPO.
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Re: KORG - TRITON TAKTILE - review

Postby Bitexion » Tue Apr 29, 2014 10:19 pm

OK, so we can say it's a good MIDI keyboard w/ 512 Triton rompler sounds inside then :)
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Re: KORG - TRITON TAKTILE - review

Postby Percivale » Wed Apr 30, 2014 2:21 am

Strictly from physical attributes, I was checking it out at a music store the other day. Feels really plastic-ky and wobbly. Pads felt uninspiring. I did not had the opportunity to sound it though. If that is not a dummy set, I do not think it is good at all :geek:

I should qualify that I tried it weeks before official release.
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Re: KORG - TRITON TAKTILE - review

Postby william » Wed Apr 30, 2014 3:41 am

Percivale wrote:Strictly from physical attributes, I was checking it out at a music store the other day. Feels really plastic-ky and wobbly. Pads felt uninspiring. I did not had the opportunity to sound it though. If that is not a dummy set, I do not think it is good at all :geek:

I should qualify that I tried it weeks before official release.




Agreed - not exactly high end build... but hey, the flip of that is, it's light enough you could almost throw it in a backpack and cycle to the jam session with it.


Like I said, this isn't going to be anyone's prime board - it's a cheap, light, multi-purpose thing for use when your needs are minimal. (OK - yeah, in one way, that makes it more poorly made, unnecessary shite, we think we can use, but is REALLY just a new gadget ...bound for the landfill shortly)

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Re: KORG - TRITON TAKTILE - review

Postby Ashe37 » Wed Apr 30, 2014 5:42 am

My roomate got the non-Triton Taktile 25 because the Triton version wasn't available when he bought it. He much prefers it over the M-Audio Axiom it replaced.
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Re: KORG - TRITON TAKTILE - review

Postby meatballfulton » Wed Apr 30, 2014 11:04 am

Sounds like they are aiming at the Yamaha MX which is a low-cost board with presets based on the Motif XS engine. MX has some controller features but not as versatile in that regard as Taktile.
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Re: KORG - TRITON TAKTILE - UPDATE

Postby william » Mon Jun 02, 2014 5:06 am

OK, had this thing for a month or whatever, so now I can be clearer:



This unit has loads of great features, and is very portable. You could pretty much pop it in a backpack and go to a jam session - it's that light and small.

I'm not going to list the wonderful features here - Korg does that on their site - I'm going to give you my short overview of it's strengths and limitations.

Strengths:
• some of the (Triton) sounds are truly incredible
• the pads feel pretty good
• pads - good colour reference
• the keybed feels quite good
• very portable

Weaknesses:
• the ability to alter the sounds is very limited
• these alterations can NOT be saved to memory - bummer
• the effects are few, subtle and can't really be exaggerated
• the system for selecting patches is a total joke
(you should have seen me at a live gig last night, trying to get from one to another quickly - ribbon controller type access only - pathetic)
• 1/8" headphone jack style audio out, flimsy
• plastic switches and knobs feel cheap
• the display is not very informative


All that said, if you can get one cheap enough, the sounds are so great that someone who is a bit more of a novice, may be blown away and have loads of fun with it. Perhaps a good starter unit, but if you do any live gigs that are the least bit demanding, this thing is going to piss you off, over and over again.

Sold it.
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Re: KORG - TRITON TAKTILE - review

Postby julthep » Sat Jun 07, 2014 4:40 am

Thanks william for your helpful review. I'm considering to buy taktile-49, but not sure which one, with TRITON sound or not.

Just want to ask you a question: specifications page on Korg website states that TRITON taktile has "1 timber only". I'm trying to think that they meant its single-timbre in performance mode without any split/layer. But how about (USB-)MIDI-in tone generator, is it multi-timbre/multi-channel capable?

Thank you very much.
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