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Korg TR Music Workstation

The 61-key Korg TR workstation

Korg has debuted the TR Music Workstation (available in 61-key and 76-key versions), the latest in the company’s line of music workstations. The TR features Korg’s HI (Hyper Integrated) synthesis technology, the synthesis system used in the Triton family.

The TR comes with 64 MB of PCM ROM containing 470 multisamples and 518 drum samples, including a new stereo, velocity-switched piano. The internal memory offers a total of 512 Programs, 384 Combinations (each consisting of up to eight Programs) and 24 drum kits, plus an additional 128 GM programs and nine drum kits. Two master effects, a stereo 3-band master EQ and one stereo insert effect are available, using 89 different effect types. Effects parameters can be modulated in real-time and can sync to MIDI clock or to the internal sequencer. The TR’s 16-track MIDI sequencer holds up to 200,000 notes and 200 songs. Sequences can be recorded in real-time or via step entry, with powerful editing tools available. The Cue List feature allows the user to assemble a song from individual elements (intro, verse, chorus etc.), then rearrange them and even store up to 20 variations of the same Song. For songwriters, the Template Song function provides 16 Songs containing pre-chosen programs and effects appropriate to various styles of music, with 16 additional user locations for saving setup favorites. Also included are 150 preset drum patterns that match the provided genres. For live performance and songwriting, the TR’s dual polyphonic arpeggiators enable the creation and playback of intricate pitched patterns and drum grooves. Korg’s RPPR (Realtime Pattern Play/Recording) function allows sequenced patterns to be triggered from individual notes on the keyboard.

The TR’s performance capabilities are enhanced by an intuitive Korg interface and real-time controllers including a joystick, two assignable switches and four assignable knobs. High-capacity (up to 1 GB) SD card storage provides storage of user-created programs, Combinations, Drum Kits, sample data and songs. The TR also offers integral USB MIDI functionality, for easy connection to computer-based DAW systems (Windows XP, including x64 Edition) and Mac OS X. Sampling can be added to the TR with the EXB-SMPL sampling option. EXB-SMPL adds two audio inputs with mic/line switching and a variable gain knob, and supports 16-bit/48 kHz linear mono/stereo sampling. Editing functions including graphic waveform display (with a BPM note grid), Crossfade Loop, Truncate, Normalize, Time Slice, Time Stretch, Reverse and Rate Convert. The EXB-SMPL supplies a SCSI interface for connection to external SCSI hard disks and removable-media drives in addition to the large SD card storage capability. The TR supports sample data in .AIFF, .WAV, Akai S1000/3000 (samples and mapped multisamples) and Korg formats.

The Korg TR61 Music Workstation is currently available for an MSRP of $1,599. The TR76 will be available in early December for an MSRP of $1,899.

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