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Korg Triton Studio 88 Workstation/Sampler

Lyle Mays once told me, “I don’t consider each individual synthesizer an instrument. I consider the sonic capabilities of my whole bank of sounds and my sequencer as the instrument. I’ve come to the conclusion that synths are like potatoes: they’re no good raw-you’ve got to cook ’em.” Well then, allow me to introduce you to Iron Chef Korg, because this most modern and fully featured of digital workstation/samplers has the potential to function as an inspirational tool for dedicated (and open-minded) improvisers, because seemingly every multitiered combination patch, individual program voice and fulminating drum groove one alights upon is an expressive paradigm that suggests original ideas for charts and songs.

Over the past year-through a series of long-term loaners and visits to retailers-I’ve explored the vast sonic terrain of the popular Korg Triton series as it has evolved since 1999 (beginning with the classic 61 and 76-key Korg Triton and TritonPro as well as the 88-weighted key TritonProX), culminating in the spring of 2002 with the release of what is essentially a thoughtful consensus of the best features, refinements, improvements and expandability options that would constitute the ultimate idealization of Korg’s initial vision-the Korg Triton Studio 88 Key Workstation/Sampler ($4,200).

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