Korg TRTK25 USB MIDI Controller with TRITON Engine
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- All 512 program sounds of the TRITON, the best-selling KORG music workstation
- A compact and lightweight synthesizer with semi-weighted keyboard
- Use the velocity-sensitive backlit trigger pads to enter chords or single notes
- A full array of DAW presets and basic functionality
- X/Y touch pad can also be used as a track pad; ribbon selector offers left and right click
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|Item Dimensions||5.7 x 24.33 x 15.55 in||12.36 x 7.08 x 1.8 in||6.81 x 13.5 x 1.65 in||10.5 x 18.34 x 2.34 in||4.72 x 19.88 x 12.6 in||29.06 x 12.28 x 3.39 in|
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The TRITON taktile is a USB/MIDI controller that includes 512 program sounds from the legendary Korg TRITON workstation. Equipped with a semi-weighted keyboard, taktile is loaded with functions that make it fun to use, like a touch pad, trigger pads and an arpeggiator that includes rhythm patterns.
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There are two versions of the Korg Taktile controllers the one with the green LEDs is the one without the Triton Engine and the one with the Blue LED's have the Triton Engine installed. This one is the better model and it has a ton of features. The most obvious being the KAOSS pad. The pad is capacitive and can double as a touchpad for a mouse although it's not very good at doing that.
The keys are good, they are far from being weighted but that'[s not something you normally get in this price range. The controller has DAW presets that you can access from the built in OLED display. You also have the ability to modify the synth sounds using the faders and buttons if you did not assign them to your DAW.
Overall this keyboard is excellent for the money. It can do so many things. The only problem is that you cant save any settings whatsoever on it. So whenever you power it down you lose everything and have to reconfigure each time. This can get very annoying especially for something that is designed to be mobile. The audio output could be better and they could have tried to make it a little smaller (its huge) but you can't go wrong if you can get this thing for a good price
This product is unusual in that it is a 25 key Midi controler that has 500+ on-board Triton sounds. I am not aware of any similar product, and I was excited when it was released.
First the good stuff. It is a well built, solid instrument, heavier what you would expect from a simple midi controller. To me, that is a good thing - it feels and looks like a professional keyboard. The Triton sounds are great, the keyboard action and touch are about perfect. The touch pads and there responsiveness feel and sound good. The keyboard has numerous features and capabilities allowing the user to make some sophisticated music. Overall, well built, solid, and sounds nice.
Now for the negatives. You will not learn about all of the capabilities from the scant documentation. I would recommend you watch a few You Tube videos on the product before purchase, and realize you are going to have to figure out how to do the cool stuff on your own. The documentation is poor. There is a users manual that comes with the keyboards. After the standard safety warnings there are a grand total of 6 pages. There is a note in the documentation recommending you download the parameter guide, which is 21 pages. The parameter guide is more helpful, but after reading both several times and working through the documentation I still cannot seem to get to some of the commands I need to, particularly with regard to the trigger pads. I am no expert, but I have other keyboards I have been successful with after reviewing their documentation.
There are also apparent mistakes in the documentation that are confusing. There is one Midi port on the device. On the case of the keyboard it is identified as "Midi Out" which makes sense. But in the documentation it is referred to as Midi In in one case, Midi out in another, and simply Midi port in another. In the text describing the Midi Port the reference to the port is sometimes plural, for example "these ports are used for controlling DAW software". This particular section on the Midi port is extremely confusing. I have not tried it yet, but I am assuming it is midi out as labeled on the keyboard.
Another disappointment is the keyboard's audio output. On one diagram it was labeled as a headphone output, in other places it is simply referred to as "Output Jack" I can find no specifications for the audio ouput jack in the documentation. The output jack is a stereo mini-jack, which seems non-standard for this type of device. It works with headphones, although the audio levels on some instruments are a little low for my taste. The use of a stereo mini-jack for this type of keyboard makes it seem more like a lower end consumer keyboard. I would have much preferred traditional left and right quarter inch jacks that can be directly connected to a mixer or audio interface. I am sure this connection can still be made using adapters, but the extra adapters in the signal path are not optimum. I am sure all of this was done to save space. It appeared that the design goal was to have all connections on the back right side. I think it would have been better to have two 1/4 audio outputs on the back, and a traditional 1/4 inch headphone jack on the side.
The majority of the controls on the keyboard have lit lettering when they are engaged. But many of the keys are very difficult to read when not engaged. You will need strong lighting on the board.
The documentation insists that you use the included USB cable, and the trouble shooting guide attributes all sorts of potential problems that will occur when you do not use their cable. But most of us will not, as it is only 2.5 feet long and it is not a very substantial cable. I used a 5 foot cable from one of my other midi controllers and it works well. You should note that it does not come with and AC/USB power supply. I am using the one from my IPad and it works fine.
Finally, I have never seen a keyboard that did not have the brand name displayed on large letters on the back of the device. This one is blank. I kind of like the brand on the back. I wonder why Korg decided to go without it.
I had debated returning the Korg, but the more I played with it the more I like the sounds and the other features I praised about. So I am going to keep it, but cuss whenever I cannot see the buttons or have to fool with adapters to get a decent audio hookup.
Another demo being controlled with my iPad
Overview, first impressions
For the sake of it, I decided to give it a shot, and here's my personal review.
I believe for whoever loves Korg sounds, this is a bargain of a deal with all the software that comes bundled with it. But to me the sound seems like it lacked strength and character, perhaps just a matter of taste, so the Triton sounds, not really my thing.
As a controller, I did have a lot of fun with the XY pad and the chord pads seemed very useful. However I'm giving it three stars because I also found no way to make it work correctly with FL Studio as a MIDI Controller, so if you're on FL, pass on this one. It will not link automatically. Tried a couple workarounds to no avail.
Truly a shame. This seemed to be a very good product.