In 1980, KORG released an original 61-key machine with evocative string and brass sounds and a 2 VCO synth including a fabulous flanger. It is possible to mix sounds and split with a left hand bass.
Easy to handle, big immediate sound. Imposing in size and weight, beautiful wooden body. It ideally complements a VST setup or other synthesizers, it will be difficult to remove the flanger effect that can resonate. A unique sound. Separate outputs are possible per synth section/string/brass.
The sound is not due to chance: when reading the online Service Manual, we notice the use of the 24db low-pass bandpass filter based on the famous component SSM2044 used on PPG Wave 2.2 and 2.3 or Siel Opera 6 or Siel DK600 for example, but also on Korg Polysix, Korg Mono/Poly, Fairlight II, Emu SP-1200. This electronic component is used on some modular synthesizers such as DOEPFER.
The first American "Prophet" synthesizers used its predecessor with a very similar sound: the SSM2040.
Written by Sébastien Burlet
Source: test drive of a Korg Trident, operating instructions, and online manual service with reading of the electronic diagram.
- 61 keys C to C
- 8 voices
- 23,5 kg
- Dimensions: 101,2x54,2x17,3 cm : a little bit more than 1 meter
- 41 watts