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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50 Visitor comments
JordanP
October 24, 2011 @ 5:25 pm
Don't think of this as Korg's Jupiter 8 because it is not a Jupiter 8 in any way at all. It just looks similar. It is more like a really nice string machine with a limited polysynth section tacked on.
900gti
September 10, 2011 @ 10:16 pm
Think of this as Korg's Jupiter 8
Connor
September 5, 2011 @ 4:57 pm
This is one of those unique and amazing synths that I wish was emulated and emulated well because they are hard to come by and so expensive. I WISH I HAD ONE!!!
ZL
August 16, 2011 @ 11:21 pm
Siriusmo uses one, his trident has also been used on tracks for Modeselektor and remixes for others.
Johannes
June 6, 2011 @ 3:46 am
If you are into vintage string synths they don't get any better than the Korg Tridents!
Agree too with the last comment... Indeed, the Tridents strength is in blending, swirling, combining creamy analog sounds and circuitry. Great keybed! Solidly built through and through! I had a problem with mine that the String section would sometimes come and go...It wasn't the capacitors fading or anything, just a loose connection that was hard to trace. When I rocked it, it would miraculously come back to life. Heavenly good synth in my opinion, slotting right up there with the best of them!
 
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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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