I’ve had the use of the 88-key Korg Triton LE for almost 2 years. I purchased it to replace an outdated console piano. And though right out of the box it’s been easy to find sounds to fit my band, as well as provide suitable accompaniment for hymns, I am just beginning to grasp some of its more robust features.
Let’s start by looking at the buttons above the keys.
Are you comfortable with all those buttons?
The buttons labeled with letters A through D and GM select the banks of sounds. Each bank of sounds has its own set of programs or combinations.
It’s the programs and combinations that offer the huge variety of sounds that makes the TRITON LE so great.
The numbered buttons help you key in a program or combination number when you opt not to use the wheel (not pictured). If you do use the number buttons make sure you press the enter button to lock in your choice.
Then there are the Sequencer buttons that are patterned very similar to a traditional cassette tape recorder. A little trick to quickly return to the beginning of a song is to press enter and locate at the same time. This is a helpful time saver when sequencing songs. The Rec/Write button and Start/Stop buttons are used for recording and playing bakc your sequence.
A full-fledged 16-track sequencer with a capacity of up to 200,000 notes and 200 songs is built in. You can record in realtime or step time, and a host of powerful editing tools are provided.
Now let’s check out the left side of the keyboard.
The first button is for Combi, short for combination, allowing you to blend or combine sound patches, using what i provided or making your own.
The Korg TRITON Le features both high-quality sounds selected from TRITON’s preload data and an assortment of new Programs and Combinations. In addition to its 448 onboard programs (64 program locations are also available for your own sound creations/edits),128 programs and 9 drum kits (compatible with the GM Level 2 sound map) are included, allowing the TRITON Le to be GM compatible.
The new music workstation also contains 384 Combinations, each consisting of up to eight Programs. These Combis include richly layered sounds, splits, velocity layers and controller-assigned combinations that will give your music guaranteed impact.
You can also customize the Korg TRITON Le Programs, Combinations and drum kits – or create your own – and overwrite them into the 512 programs/384 combinations/24 drum kits in the workstation’s internal memory. All of these can be backed up onto SmartMedia cards, an external hard drive or removable media drive (if the optional EXB-SMPL Sampling Upgrade board is installed) to create enormous libraries of your own, personal sounds.
The Program button allows single patches called programs to be selected. Both can be arpeggiated making use of background arpeggios. This can simplify playing an accompaniment. It is both useful and flexible feature.
The Seq button opens the world of sequencing on the Korg Triton Le. Sequencing is useful when instruments in your band are absent or you are looking to supplement sounds not available. Strings, reeds, brass and auxiliary percussion are some good choices to plug in to your musical color.
The Global button makes it possible to set up pedals, like the damper, configure midi settings, and change intonation, or transpose. It’s even possible to power up the Korg Triton LE keyboard to a specific patch or let it remember the last used sound. Do you want to save your sequence onto a computer as midi data? That is done here under the Global setting.
Media is used for conditioning smart media cards and saving sequences to them. Or if you have the sampling option you can also save onto an SCSI external device.
Compare helps to simplify sequencing by comparing new to old contents before saving your work while sequencing.
Modes for Music
The four small knobs control the 3 modes: A, B and C.
A mode controls Low pass filter, resonance, high pass filter, intensity and release.
B mode is for assigning functions in either the program, combination, sequence or sampling mode.
C mode is for arpeggiator functions like gat, velocity and tempo.