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
September 17, 2013 @ 11:41 am
supersurrexit must have tried a faulty unit or the Trident doesn't fit in his playing style. Or he is eager to buy one and the price on the used market is too high. Therefore he says something extremely bad about this machine and hopes the price will drop.

Fact is: I have never heard such a rich and lush sounding synthesizer. When I picked up my Trident from the guy who repaired it for me, I had the chance to finally play it and I was completely blown away. What a beautiful sound! The Trident sounds majestic if you arrange the three separate outputs with a stereo system in a clever way!
August 7, 2013 @ 7:39 am
I would never sell my Trident, the best synth in a collection of all the classics....nothing sounds So deep, the ultimate bath music machine! I cant have a bath with any other sounds...
July 24, 2013 @ 2:53 pm
Korg Trident is VERY BAD, absolutely uninteresting machine despite of the grandioso look. It's more or less a string machine with an awful synth-section which is MUCH worse than a Poysix. I've had them both and didn't have to make a juxtaposition to say, Trident is simply a garbage compared to any similar synths. You better off with 2 different string machines and a very basic monosynth. Really. The only good thing is the flanger which I find one of the best ever. It'sd like the Polysix has the phaser/ensemble. But without it it's worthless, and has NO character at all. Highly unrecommended.
July 23, 2013 @ 7:14 am
Used by Siriusmo
February 25, 2013 @ 12:28 am
"I'd much rather use my D550 for pads."

gotta love these guys. those pads.. nah nobody never would use them on anything, like Phoenix, what were they thinking
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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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