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Patrick Fridh a hobbyist user from Sweden writes:
I checked the reviews here and I wasn't very happy with them. Perhaps due to the language usage - not to offend you guys, but if you write your opinions down, you really should be using the thorough mixture of Big Letters (when needed) and proper line breaks, like this.

OK. So there - my language teaching needs are satisfyed. Cocky, huh? Here's a little guy from Sweden up in friggin' Europe trying to tell us guys how to write. Ain't that a shame.

Probably is. Sorry for that.

Now then, do I have something to say? Yeah, I do. I'm currently in the state of having written an e-mail to one of our local music stores here in Stockholm. Reason why? I'm considering trading my entire MIDI rig for a Triton LE with the sampling option. Why? That must be crazy.

Probably is. But I have decided like this: Nowadays, I mainly work with Reason. I also traded my G4 Mac to a PowerBook G4 recently, to be able to work wherever I want, whenever I want. Creation is certainly easier if it's possible for you to create when the mood is right. If you're out on the countryside or so, it can be easier to see those tidbits of inspiration coming than just sittin' in your average flat, surrounded by four, probably decorated, but sometimes plain dull walls.

Now I'm making the same transition with the MIDI gear. Being a hardcore "midiholic", I've had so much gear I could compete with many small music stores out there in terms of gear having passed my hands. I also thought today about my synth programming, which is a bit funny - almost every item I've had have left my hands with a couple of unique (for better or for worse) patches. To speak Korg lingo, that feels like pure Karma. To give one's patches to the other average Joe. And this will be the truth with the stack of gear I'm getting rid of now.

Ready for the list? Ok - roll the tape. This will be a long chunk of text, I'm warning you. Midiman USB Keystation 61. Might as well trade it in since I've got a MacOS X compatible Steinberg Midex III anyway, and the LE will be fine as a controller. Roland R8 with the Electronic and the Dance expansion cards. Used to be a very sought-after piece - and still is a rather fantastic drum machine, but it's 2002 - I've got to move on. Roland JV-1080 with the Session, Vintage and Techno expansion cards. A true workhorse I've had since 1995. I used to make loads of tracks with it using my Atari. Same thing, though. I've got to move on. I work in Reason. The 1080 is starting to get dusty. Ensoniq EPS 16 Plus Rack. Very nice, very deep (physically too). Practically exists here only to eat valuable space today. Will be enclosing 25.398.298 floppy disks with it, or so. Ninetyfive percent of those are samples I made myself. Seriously hard work. But I can't stand it anymore. It was great in 1994, nice in 1996, classic in 1998, and now... I've got to move on. I've used most of those sounds anyway. Time to leave. Waldorf Micro Q. Blue and all. Very nice, extremely nice. Brand new and all. But I never got started, so what can I do? Use it like a nice thing to rest my eyes on? Nah. I've got to wake up - the software has me. The Matrix has me. On top of that, a brand new Behringer UB1204FX PRO. A neat little mixer with quite decent effects. But what's a mixer good for these days? Time to lose some weight.

So, why the LE then? It can't replace all of that, can it? I'd have to say no. And yes. Simultaneously. Because when you're in my position, you'll find yourself working a LOT with Reason. So much, I could actually keep the USB Keystation and sell all of the gear, just keeping the laptop and a pair of headphones.

But I've been mockin' around with synthesizers since 1984 or so, when I got my Casio CZ-101. Ever since then, I've loved synthesizers. What they can do, what they feel like, what they can give you in terms of instant... satisfaction, happiness, creativity. Can Reason do all of that? Yes, for sure. But why settle with it? It's still very nice to just use a synthesizer, taking you away from your computer for a while, saving your eyes and improving your keyboard skills. That's what I'm aiming at. Not trying to fool myself into believing that I can replace my cool MIDI gear with just one synth for $1600 (yup, they cost a bit more here). But the added value of shrinking it all down to just one synth gives you so much I think I will make it. I will be able to replace all those instruments with the LE. It will take some hardcore LE synth programming but then it'll be fit for fight. Easy to carry around, light and neat.

You say the Triton "Classic" sound better - think again. WHAT is it that makes the Triton sound better? So simple it's embarrasing to tell you: it's the LE's effects. It doesn't have the same number of simultaneous FX as the Triton does. For me, that's not a problem. I need to shrink my needs there, too. My music used to be drowned in reverbs, washed into luxurious panning delays and choruses all over. If I want that, I can do it in Reason. But the current state? Well, I'd like to investigate the power of an airy, open, quite dry mix. A bit like the sound of Steely Dan perhaps, or the sound of some Prince stuff - notably, "Kiss", of course, which is so dry it makes you want to pour water on your speakers. That's cool - every sound is needed - that DX Marimba he uses actually put things to a very comfortable level. That's skilled. And all of today's trance music - my ears can't stand it anymore. Fat VCO layers (or JP8000 / Novation Super Saws if you like), fat reverbs, lots of echo's. Why would I want that? The sound of 10,000+ of other synth guys out there? Nah.

So, I'm off to an experiment. It'll be nice. My living room will be seriously PLEASING with the added space of trading all gear, getting rid of those miles of cables, adaptors, connectors, you name it. Just a Powerbook and a Triton LE. Not even the 76- or 88 key versions even though I was trained on the piano from the beginning. The 61 can be carried around. No good piano sounds? Who cares. I'll fill mine with Vince Clarke sounds. Not possible? You're kidding. The Triton series are fully blown, really entertaining synthesizers. Shapeable, well made synthesizers, just as synthethic as your SHs, your Jupiters and your Mini's.

Oh, I'm keeping my Roland SH-101, because it's a cool gadget and it makes me happy to have it.

My Triton history: I was attempting to do this a year ago, traded a JD800, a SH09, a Yamaha A3000 and more into a Triton "Classic". Added cash as well, it was expensive as hell. The problem was that I kept some gear, like the 1080 and like the MS2000 that I had by then too - even though I'd added the MOSS expansion to the Triton. So, what happened? Again, I had too much gear and I only worked in Reason. I made two or three tracks using the Triton, then sold it. I thought it felt like a waste of money to have it, and I was offered a good amount of cash for it, and I still had the other gear which could do what the Triton did. That wasn't a good surrounding for a Triton. I mean, it's rather stupid to have a JV/XP _and_ a Triton. If that's your choice, it's just something which tells me you're not really into synthesizers - you're playing factory patches. That's like replacing women with plastic dolls if you ask me.

Synthesizers are meant to be bent, pushed, explored. That's my view. So now, I'm finally giving up on the old gear, the awful stress on my hands when programming rack gear and the occasional layer of dust from not having been inspired enough to work with the hardware.

I'm adding a Triton LE - where a Virus KC is much cooler in many areas and where something new probably is around the corner, waiting for our jaws to collectively drop (as if - hasn't really happened with me since the day I saw Roland's D-50 back in 1987). But I'll settle with that. It's about making a desicion and then following it.

End of story? No way! :) I'll tell you when everything is "shipped" to the store and when I sit here with just a laptop and a LE. The LE will be used as a controller to a large degree, but that won't be a problem.

If you're entertained - check my music out, it's telling you these stories in sounds. "Making Me Look Like An Alien" is a true story by the way.

Thanks for listening, or skipping - all up to you! ;-)

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Nov-15-2002 at 01:05
Rob Allen a part-time user from England writes:
Having opened my Le76 I was impressed by how light and slim it was. As soon as I plugged in and played it I was hooked, especially the arpreggio function. The sequencer is a doddle to use, mind you, so are the rest of the functions. I`m slightly dissapointed with the piano samples that are on it but am over the moon with the strings and hip-hop sounds. One thing which greatly dissapoints me is playing in a live band situation. Changing between sounds quickly is difficult. What I do on my N364 is choose all my sounds I need for a set and put them all onto tracks 1-16 in the sequencer then with one touch of a button I`ve got my next instrument set up. I`ll have to try that on my Le. Overall, a very nice piece of kit.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Nov-13-2002 at 12:23
Rob Allen a part-time user from England writes:
Oh well, went for the Le76, pick it up in 4-5 days. I`ll write a review when I`ve tested it fully. Oh, by the way, (to the writer below), there`s a Triton pro for sale in Sound on Sound for £1050, and last week there was a Triton pro with full sampling upgrade for £1300 at Aaron sounds?

posted Thursday-Oct-31-2002 at 18:00
Terence Monton a hobbyist user from ChiCaGo, IL writes:
I just got my 61 key Triton Le and I like the sounds and features that I got for the money. It's worth everything I paid for. It's not a classic but what can you expect with the price. I'll be getting the Sampling option next. I make Hip-Hop so you know that I have to sample. Also, I still got to figure how to get my MPC2000xl to sequence my Triton Le. Overall, the Le is a great piece for the beginner musician especially for the price.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Sep-23-2002 at 16:28
money a hobbyist user from l-town ky. writes:
This is money and I have got my le in. When I first got it I was pleased but as I got into setting it up it seemed hard but I stuck in there for a week are two are three instead of sending it right back like I have done so many times with other gear and I am glad I kept it around. It is very powerful, what it says on paper is exactly what it is a very powerful workstation. Sequencing is unmatched the cue list function is a absolute must if you make any type of music the sampler (even though I am just getting involved in that aspect) has most everthing you need and I read a review on the rs7000 (which I have not used) that said it doesnt have the zero crosspoint feature which is very important I thought about getting the rs thats why I made that point, the les sampler is very easy to use and has a wave form display like a computer so you see exactly were your at in the sample trucate,slice,strech its all there. The beats, drums, percussions what ever you want to call them are fully loaded bass drums can go as deep and as long as you wont them so its right there with the mc-505 (because I would asume if you were getting a 505 you work with alot of beat machine type gear) the korg sounds, as far as the keyboard it self goes is korg, dominant, effects are good 4 assignable knobs for all types of uses, seems like that will take a while to master. Smartmedia is very good (up to 128mb) for sampling they hit the nail on the head with that because if they had put a floppy in there oh no. The setup it self is very easy if you dont no what your doing and just look at it you could figure out some of the features all in all it is a good beat machine,sampler,sequencer,and synth if your have the money and want a good workstation the le is it.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Aug-10-2002 at 11:09
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