Korg Trident

Korg Trident

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Trident, Analog Synth from Korg.

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  • Manufacturer: Korg
  • Model: Trident
  • Category: Analog Synths
  • Added in our database on: 04/08/2004

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Korg Trident user reviews

Average Score:4.5( 4.5/5 based on 4 reviews )
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reazone's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" WOW!"

Korg Trident
All was already said ...


Everything is there, at hand, remembered for the synth part, the fact that ...
I added the kit to the drive in CHD noon, very easy to install for anyone who can solder, and the fact that serious ...


While there, its just HUGE! For groundwater, basses, leads, this is an absolute killing! Even for lines somewhat abstract percussion that's fine. I dream of taking it live, but hey, the thing 25Kg ... It is not easy!
The flanger sounds of hell!


I do never part I think ...
djmidiman x08/17/2005

djmidiman x's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Korg Trident
Analog Synth
3 different sounds (3modules) bass, brass, string


Pure analog, very simple to use ..... everything is on the hood, four out separbr /> 1 for bass, one for brass, 2for the string (stereo)
allows you to save preset ..


Internal effect: flanger
the string are beautiful with the flanger !!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!
j've personally cry by making agreement on this machine ........... veridiction
super bass good round with good filter !!!!!!!
R2D2 and n is not far ... you will understand in the trying


Sold 3 years ago
rather limited given that it is not n noon (old shool)
I one day when the Rasht same !!!!!

VERY VERY HEAVY careful synth !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! close to 40 kilos !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

revega's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Korg Trident
Korg synth in 1982 for the polyphonic concurencer of the time as the Prophet 5 on a niche more or less similar. The synthesizer is divided into 3 parts Brass / String / Synth all playable in unison. 8 voice polyphony
ATTENTION: the synth has neither Midi or CV / Gate and the operation to integrate one of its two control mode seems heavy. So while you are warned is usually with the hands.


Well the config is simple and not difficult to navigate, everything is in a tablet so as 90% of the machines of that time, it's simple. I did not have the manual and I do not need. The synth has memories (16 I believe) and everything is easily editable.


Sound. Well it is a machine 'warm-brass' in all its glory. No need to break you into a short sharp low SCI Moog or his cousin or more expess the Polysix. Forget the FX and other complex modulations, is not he heavy atmospheres and air make it live. You are now confined to his register the strictest namely a heavy sound, very 'progressive' that does not deny Shultz / Tangerine Dream. But this is nothing more, nothing less, too. At the same time it does not go unnoticed and playing on the parties 'tune' of the machine gives a unique sound, very expressive and almost fascinating to live elsewhere. Admittedly, when playing on a Trident we feel that the vehicle runs on a technology from another era.


Used for 3 months and sold after a failure. The machine is very heavy, bulky and not easy to do more to repair (open, you will understand what I mean). Despite its undeniable presence and a powerful (Boards of Canada) is finally a little bored.
The best is to surround a few members of his family of origin (MS20, Monopoly etc ...) to find her qualifications as a synth to complement the presence indisputable.
Now it's a synth heavy (20kg) wide and deep, and its acquisition (not more than € 800) deserves a true reflection.

Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Korg Trident
Analog synth with 61 keys, relatively noisy. A joystick for pitch and modulation (screwed off). There are several outputs on the back, two main outputs (Hi & Low), one for each section (Synthesizer, Brass, Strings) ...
I have the Mk2 version with 32 memories, quickly filled! The backup is very simple. There is an effect that can be activated for each section, a flanger which has the power to enter into resonance. This opens interesting possibilities. Otherwise, for some strings, there is a chorus effect, very simple, non-editable but sounds very good round and analog. Once removed the chorus, sounds of church organ invalid by any feasible with a string section (!)
Polyphony is 8 votes for the party brass and synth. I think the game is based on a Strings octave divider. Therefore must be greater polyphony. But I've never tried.


Everything is on the front of the beast. A button -> a function. And there's too much. So even relatively easy to use for someone who starts in analog subtractive synthesis. There is a downloadable manual on the net, but it's so simple that I never use.


This is the strong point of this synth in my opinion. This is a special synthetic, small (in terms of modulation, filters, options ...) but what happens to it does it very well! He who seeks to make a synth sounds fine, crystalline, or crazy sequences, the sounds of leads with portamento will be very disappointed. He can not do it.
The strength of this synth is that big sound. The strings section of the water comes to fabulous, all sweet and gentle, almost a little like a Solina (see try to plug a pedal Small Stone Strings at the exit, you'll be amazed ...), Brass Section Perhaps the most limited, but with its filters and VCO SSM, it still sounds very nice. As for the synth section, it has 2 VCO, the first with 3 waveforms, the second with only one (saw), but the two put together sounds very big. A low pass filter 24 dB / octave (always based SSM2044 - 4-pin), although effective resonance between easily. Section synth brass sounds excels in such Oberheim, or hot groundwater, but the bass are not ridiculous at all, or sounds solid leads.
Another highlight, the ability to play the 3 sections together. This gives a total of 8 voices with 4 VCO. So hello big big sounds!
He who seeks a synth with a sound as massive as the instrument will be served.
What I miss most, the possibility of all oscilios a note (Unisono mode), a portamento or glide function is sorely lacking for sweet solos, the expression is not his strong point, and It also lacks an arpeggiator.


I use it for almost 6 months, and I like it a lot! What I like most about this synth is his personality, his grain, his potato, a big sound that can be aggressive at will (very fast envelopes), but also very soft, but sweet. What I like is a little less height, weight (24 kg), that he heats easily and thus becomes a bit unstable, especially the lack of expression, the function Unisono, portamento. ..
It's a synth to play, not to make a great musical research. It is limited in its possibilities of modulation, which limits it a lot compared to a JP8, a OB8, a P5 or one CS80. But his big sound has not finished to surprise at concerts, and ease of use above all premium. When compared (in potato and) everything that is done in Virtual Analog, his warmth, his big analog sound knock it all quickly done well.
It is found for a reasonable price (700 Euros), this is correct, more expensive is not justified in my opinion.

If I had to buy one, I would take the mk1 version, which does not yet SSM filters. Mk1 version is equipped with the VCO SSM for 8 oscilliateurs, but all part VCA, VCF, LFO ... is completely made of discrete circuitry, as on the OBX. And there's really big ... But its guaranteed Mk2 is impressive enough ...

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