Korg Trident

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The Trident is a polyphonic and programmable instrument with three independent sections - Synthesizer, Brass, and Strings, released in 1980. It features 8 voices of polyphony and two of the instrument sections can be played simultaneously while in Split Keyboard mode.

Each section has its own unique VCO voice architecture, VCF (filter) types, and LFO capabilities. The Brass section's VCF and Envelope Generators are virtually the same as the Synthesizer section, allowing the Brass section to be used for generating additional synthy sounds as well as faux-brass sounds. The String section has some unique features as well such as a "Bowing" effect. Another unique effect included is a global flanger that can self-oscillate! Flanger controls include Speed, Feedback, Intensity and Manual.

Korg Trident Image

The Trident featured 16 user memory patches. In addition there were three preset memory patches for Piano 1, Piano 2 and Clavi. There is no way of externally playing the Trident with MIDI or CV/Gate without modifications (CV/Gate only controls expression and filter parameters). But the CV/Gate inputs are discrete for each of the three sections. There are also discrete mono outputs for each section and a mix output.

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The Trident mkII version released in 1982 had doubled the memory (32 patches), an independent envelope generator for the VCF (filter) section and more. The specifications listed are for the mkII since it is the more popular and common of the two. The Tridents sound very nice, warm and analog and have been used by Rick Wakeman, Joe Zawinul and Phoenix.

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Pepe
December 28, 2009 @ 5:22 pm
Hello, Art Cool! If your "distortion" occurs when the filter is closed and disappears the more you open it, you may have the same problem with your Trident like me a year ago! The problem was a broken IC that controls the filter section.
Art Cool
December 11, 2009 @ 5:18 pm
I own one mkI too, which by the way have one problem in the poly synth section, some heavy distortion etc... i took it to repair by i friend of me..lets see...here it goes the trident mkI serv. manual :http://www.synthfool.com/docs/Korg/Korg_Trident_Service_manual/
aidan
December 10, 2009 @ 5:01 pm
Hey there... i own a trident Mk1 and have just had the psu refurbished... worked like a dream until i moved it from studio to home. it now has a weird problem that one of the synth section voices is mute... can anyone give me advice with a) a solution, b) where to get a workshop manual - I am in cape town South Africa

cheers

aidan
El Bandus
August 12, 2009 @ 4:57 pm
Keith Emerson used a Trident and a Polysix in early 80's. He was an official Promoter of Korg-products.
knobexploit
March 5, 2009 @ 11:23 am
This one is just TO big...it is just huge....build in an age of "plywood galore' and cheap airfare from japan...

Size counts....but this one counts for 2...
 
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 8 voice
  • Oscillators - Synth - 2 VCOs, Strings - 1 VCO, Brass - 1 VCO. VCO1: square, saw, pulse, pwm; VCO2: saw only
  • LFO - Sine or Square with speed, delay, depth
  • Filter - 24dB LowPass self-oscillating filter with cutoff, resonance, env intensity, key tracking
  • VCA - 2 ADSR envelopes or ON/OFF Gate
  • Memory - 3 Presets (Piano1, Piano2, Clavi). 16 User (mkI) or 32 User (mkII)
  • Keyboard - 61 keys
  • Arpeg/Seq - None
  • Control - CV for filter cutoff, trigger in, 3 expression ins control volume of each section and a total expression for overall volume control
  • Date Produced - 1980 (mkI), 1982 (mkII)

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