Korg Trinity

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The Trinity was a major break-through synthesizer for Korg. It is a beautiful, state of the art and superb sounding music workstation which first appeared in 1995. Its most notable new feature to the synthesizer industry is the super-cool 320 x 240 TouchView Graphical User Interface....which is also the heart of the instrument! This workstation seamlessly combines excellent digital sounds, in-depth yet intuitive programming, real-time controllers, upward expandability and elegant design to create the perfect all-around synthesizer.

The Trinity's sounds come out of a 24MB ROM chip with 48kHz multi-samples of about 375 sounds and 258 drums. You can even add an expansion board of Prophecy sounds and Z1 sounds! There's a good digital multi-mode filter with hi/low/band pass, band reject, resonance and more. There's also 110 effects for adding life to your sounds...up to 8 simultaneous insert effects and 2 master effects.

The Trinity has an excellent on-board sequencer allowing it to be the center of your music studio...it's that good! And it's fun to use the touch-screen. It's a 16-track sequencer with an 80,000 note capacity, 100 patterns and 20 songs. With the 32 voices and plenty of drum sounds, you can use the Trinity as your all-in-one music studio! Great in the studio, or live there are plenty of real-time controllers including a Joystick, Ribbon controller and 2 assignable knobs and multiple sound outputs. Expandability includes a SCSI port, Internal Hard Disk Recording, 8Mb Flash Rom Playback-Sampler Option (which reads all Korg and Akai sound libraries), Digital ADAT I/O option and the SOLO-TRI Prophecy expansion board.

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Trinity Plus

And now for the history... The original Trinity was released in 1995 and had a hefty 24 MB sample ROM though it lacked some of the features described above. Then, in 1996 the Prophecy sounds were included in the Trinity Plus model. Following that came the Trinity Pro which is basically the same as the Plus but has a full 76 note keyboard. And if that wasn't enough there's always the Trinity ProX which has 88 keys! And then came the V3 series in 1998 (with its own entourage of Pro and ProX keyboards). The Trinity V3 added all the guts and glory of the Korg Z1 for even more outstanding musical sounds! The benefit of the Prophecy and Z1 features is MOSS, Korg's physical-modeling technique that made the Prophecy famous! The V3 or Z1 MOSS board can be added to the older Trinity models. At last it can be said that the final Trinity is the new Triton, released in 1999.

Korg TR-Rack


A little late to the party, the TR-Rack was a rackmount member of the Trinity family and was released in 1998. It offered the Trinity's ACCESS technology sound engine in a much more affordable and compact package. It also bumped up the sound ROM to 32 Mbytes providing twice as many Programs, Combis and Drumkits as the workstation model.

The Trinity(s) has been used by Juno Reactor, David Holmes, Antiloop, Dream Theater, A-Ha, Depeche Mode, Duran Duran, Mike Oldfield, Kitaro, Rick Wakeman, Yes, Vangelis, Yesterdays, Spocks Beard, Alphaville, and Max Martin.

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44 Visitor comments
w.t. salmela
January 21, 2014 @ 6:23 am
I have already my third Trinity and it's the superb V3 with MOSS board. Had my first one already in the late 90's with SOLO-board which is very nice too.
I got also the TR-Rack because I was curious about the extra sample-rom - not that essential. The rack is also not for editing sounds which makes it basically mere a sound module..

But the Trinity is easy to use and program and has a pleasing tone. I got rid of a Triton Extreme only to get back together with Trinity again. It's a good looking synth too.
Jon B ingram
December 5, 2013 @ 12:21 am
I have a Trinity Pro sitting in a case for around 4 years. I did have the software update installed around the time I put it up and stored it. It still sounds great to me and it is in perfect working order. My questions are these: Is the keyboard worth holding on to if I plan on using it as an instrument to augment the Organist/piano player? It takes the old 3.5" diskettes. I like the sampled "real" life sounds. Can I update it? Keep It? I want to use it to augment the organ and piano with strings, horns percussion etc. I would connect it to our high-end audio system. keep it? Use it? Y?/ N?
December 2, 2013 @ 2:20 am
I just bought a TR-Rack. As soon as I turn it on, it emits a dull beep that's quiet for 4 beeps, loud for 4 beeps, then loops itself at a steady tempo. It only goes away when if I go into the options and go to no.5 - Insert FX Off and set that to YES. Anyone shed some further light on this? Is this normal?
November 27, 2013 @ 4:36 am
Sold the rack and got the keyboard for edit-ability.
The rack was a nightmare to use.
Good luck getting the editor to work and making your computer communicate with the Host interface.
Some global settings can be edited, but even that is tedious.
To get from 0 to 127 you have to press the value button a 127 times.
You can't just press and hold.
The rack contains more samples, but those were trendy at the time.
It also has some classic M1 sounds.
The touch screen makes the keyboard version so much more cooler to use.
Make sure you at least get the Plus version.
Two synths in one.
August 13, 2013 @ 8:03 am
dc 10! Nice to hear! I have just bought TR Rack after long search, I have used Roland XP 80, Korg TR 88 and Roland XV 3080, and now this Korg TR seems to be rather interesting, sounding very good when listeninig demos from Synthmania. Don't wan't to spend too much money, so I get this quite cheap, under 250$.
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 32 voices
  • Tone Generator - ACCESS (Advanced Combined Control Synthesis System): 24 Mbyte PCM ROM, with 375 different PCM multi-samples and 258 drum samples; 128 Z1 sounds in V3 models
  • Sound Source - ACCESS (Advanced Combined Control Synthesis System): 32 voices, 32 oscillators (single mode); 16 voices, 32 oscillators (double mode)
  • Sampler - Optional Add-On: 8MB Sample Playback, reads Akai and Korg sample libraries.
  • Memory - 56 programs/256 combinations for ACCESS, 64 programs for MOSS, additional 256 programs/256 combinations for ACCESS plus 64 programs for MOSS are available when PBS-TRI optional board is installed
  • Sequencer - 20 songs, 100 patterns, 1/192 resolutions, 80,000 notes, 16 tracks, reads and writes Standard MIDI File
  • Arpeggiator - None
  • Keyboard - 61 notes; Pro models: 76 notes; ProX models: 88 notes; All keyboards are sensitive to velocity and aftertouch
  • Effects - Stereo digital multi-effect system - 2 master effects and 8 insert effects simultaneously. 14 effects algorithms for master effect and 100 effects algorithms for insert effect
  • Control - MIDI (16-parts)
  • Date Produced - 1995-1998
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