Synth Site: Korg: Trident Mark 1 & 2: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.7 out of 5
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Humbug a part-time user from Norway writes:
I just bought this baby, but it has allready made a significant impact on my musicmaking. It's a very good allround analog synth, capable of satisfying most of my analog needs with its warm, soothing sound.

The pads I get from the Trident are by far the best I've ever heard. With the three separate parts + the flanger you can make some beautiful everevolving soundscapes. Likewise, punchy analog rythmic sounds (ranging from plasmaguns to warp drive failures :) are also a breeze to make, especially when making use of the flanger.

The only setbacks I can think of is the lack of portamento, and for the sequencing fantast the lack of cv/gate, and off course midi, also might be a problem (allthough I dont really care). Also, the patches only save the synth-section, so you'll have to draw you patches on paper to save your string, brass and flanger settings.

However, it's a great synth! It's (for the moment) quite cheap, and makes a wonderful addition to any analog studio/live setup. If you see one, get it! (oh and you better prepare for a suryp attack)

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Nov-01-2002 at 15:23
Fred a hobbyist user from USA writes:
Ok, I'm fairly new to analog synths... and my inclination was to give this a 4. That was BEFORE I heard some other analogs... the Prophet 600, and Oberheim Matrix 6. This is way past the Matrix and Prophet 600. This is not quite a "sound sculpting"'s called a performance keyboard technically, with synth, "string" and "brass" sections. Obviously, they are not good imitations. They are however great sounds in themselves. The brass has filter and resonance knobs so it can back up the synth section... the strings are in some folks' opinions the pinnacle of analog strings. I agree, at least in the fact that they're great: shimmering, warm, syrupy. I think a lot of reviews neglect a great aspect of this synthesizer. Its synth section has 2 VCOs... its brass has 1 VCO... and the String has 1 VCO. SO what? You can have ALL 3 put on at once!! 4 VCO's with 8 polyphony!!! Really immense sound walls, or if you cut off release time, monster sub bass. The tone of the sound is not as "bass" or "deep" as other synths of its calibre -remember this was Korg's answer to the Prophet 5 or Jupiter 8, OBXA etc.- but it is bright, shiny, and very very analog. Blows any virtuals I've owned or played (JP8000, nord lead 2, MS2000) out of the water for pure sound quality. I wouldn't recommend this as your sole piece of gear because it's meant to be played, i think, more than tweaked for sound effects, though you can get good ones from it. But once you have a sound-effects making synth, you really should snatch this one up if you get the chance. Sheer analog power, and a pretty unique sound quality.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Sep-21-2002 at 21:09
Johan a hobbyist user from Sweden writes:
Well I bought mine for just a couple of weeks ago. And this one rocks! The only thing I miss is the portamento. But instead ypo have the flanger wich is very cool. An analouge dream!!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Jan-11-2002 at 04:20
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