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.

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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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49 Visitor comments
Aidan
March 17, 2011 @ 3:08 pm
I had one for quite a while... threw it through a boss turbo overdrive pedal.. was incredible.. the strings are fat and the synh section is great for experimenting with sounds as you can save them! great synth!
Philip
March 10, 2011 @ 7:40 pm
As a owner of both CS80 and Trident synths.Ill tell u they're very close to each other in sounding. cant describe it, It's like they have the same sounding character
AndyPandy
March 7, 2011 @ 10:17 am
Seriously Christiano, nothing on the planet sounds fatter than a Trident. It lacks a lot of advanced modulation possibilities compared to the more expensive competition at the time, but the basic sound is massive. To only make it sound like an accordion is an achievement indeed.
John
March 4, 2011 @ 8:18 am
This is The best sounding analog polysynth.
Cristiano
January 8, 2011 @ 5:39 pm
I have had the Mk I and the Mk II in tn 90's and I thoght then that they both [beep] ed . Maybe it was to close to the 80's and I thought that it was an "old sound". The sounds that you could make was more accordion-like than big fat analog synth.
 
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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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