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NAMM 2014: Korg unveils taktile range of controller keyboards and synths

Touchpad-equipped controllers loaded with sounds from Korg's Triton workstations

NAMM 2014: Korg has unveiled its new taktile range of keyboard controllers and synthesizers.

The range will come in two lines: taktile, which comprises straight MIDI controllers, and Triton taktile, which adds a range of built-in sounds taken from Korg's Triton workstations. Both lines will come in 25- and 49-key varieties.

All taktile units feature semi-weighted keyboards, velocity-sensitive pads, faders and a variety of DAW-friendly buttons and transport controls. Each also features a central XY touchpad that can be assigned to control various software parameters, or be used instead of a mouse.

As controllers, the taktile range offers out-of-the-box support for the latest versions of Logic, Live, Cubase, GarageBand and more.

In addition to the controller functionality, the Triton taktile range comes loaded with 512 Triton sounds, which have been "specially tuned" for the unit. The Triton taktiles can also connect to a computer via USB and function as an external sound module.

Check out the press release below for full details. Prices are £199/£279 for the 25-note/49-note taktile controllers and £279/£259 for the 25-note/49-note Triton taktile keyboards.

Korg taktile range press release

Play your way.

A controller bursting with inspiration - the new KORG taktile

TRITON, unbound

A controller with the built-in sounds of the legendary workstation - the new TRITON taktile

Highlights

  • A full array of DAW presets and basic functionality; simply connect and start playing
  • All 512 program sounds of the TRITON, the best-selling KORG music workstation (*1)
  • X/Y touch pad lets you create musical phrases within any plugin instantly – with the touch of a single finger
  • Use the velocity-sensitive backlit trigger pads to easily enter chords or single notes
  • Semi-weighted keyboard with a great playing feel
  • X/Y touch pad can also be used as a track pad; ribbon selector offers left and right click
  • A compact and lightweight synthesizer that you can take anywhere (*1)
  • Stylish and ergonomic design
  • A generous array of bundled software provides amazing value

(*1) TRITON taktile only

taktile and TRITON taktile feature a stylish design that projects a sense of presence, together with the same great-feeling semi-weighted keyboard that's used on synthesizers and music workstations such as the KingKORG and KROME.

It's loaded with functions that make it fun to play and use, such as a touch pad inherited from the Kaossilator that lets you play melodies using just a single finger, trigger pads that let you generate chords in the key and scale of your choice and an arpeggiator that includes rhythm patterns. Of course, the taktile and TRITON taktile also delivers the functionality that you expect from a MIDI controller.

It provides all of the basic controllers such as sliders and switches, and makes setup easy so you can start producing music right away. Convenience is not the only attraction of the taktile and TRITON taktile; it's a MIDI controller that's full of features that will stimulate your creativity.

In addition, the TRITON taktile adds 512 sounds from the TRITON, KORG's best-selling music workstation loved by top-ranking musicians around the world. From your desktop to live stage performances, it's a USB MIDI controller that you can use in any situation.

A full array of DAW presets and basic functionality; simply connect, and start playing

The taktile and TRITON taktile are designed for simplicity; connect it to your computer via a single USB cable and the power turns on. It supports the major DAW/sequencer software (*2), and its easy setup lets you start creating music right away. Controllers can be freely assigned, making the taktile a USB/MIDI controller that will meet all demands, from controlling a mixer to editing your software synthesizers.

Supported software:

Cubase 7, Live 9, Garage Band 10, Logic Pro X, Pro Tools 10, SONAR X2, Digital Performer 8, and any other application that supports MIDI input

The sounds of Korg's best-selling TRITON music workstation (TRITON taktile)

With total sales of more than 300,000 units for the series, KORG's TRITON music workstation is legendary. The 512 program sounds built into the TRITON are included, specially tuned for the taktile (*). You can register 16 of your favorite sounds for immediate recall at the touch of a switch. The sounds range from standards such as electric piano and organ to synth leads for soloing and elegant pads, making this a treasury of sounds that will stimulate your inspiration as a player.

You can also control the TRITON taktile from your computer via USB MIDI as an external sound module to enhance your existing music production setup.

(*) This is a preset sound module with adjusted sounds based on the TRITON's PCM waveforms, and only some parameters can be edited.

Turn your software synthesizer into a Kaossilator, so you can create musical phrases easily!

The touch pad located in the center of the taktile and TRITON taktile feature the Touch Scale function that was so popular on the KORG Kaossilator. Simply stroke the touch pad to generate melodies in the key and scale that you specify; you'll be able to use easy and intuitive gestures to perform musical phrases without needing advanced musical knowledge or keyboard performance skills. There's also an arpeggiator function with fifty different rhythm patterns, so you can play your software synthesizers with a single finger just as though you were using a Kaossilator.

Use the trigger pads to easily enter chords

The trigger pads placed in the right of the panel have two banks, A and B, and are also velocity-sensitive. Since the dynamics of your performance will be faithfully conveyed, your drum and percussion input will have a sense of life. The Chord Scale function automatically generates chords according to the key and scale that you specify. By using this in conjunction with the arpeggiator and the Touch Scale function of the touch pad, you'll find yourself finishing entire songs in no time at all. You can also assign chords that you yourself play, opening up endless possibilities that are limited only by your imagination.

Semi-weighted keyboard with a great playing feel

The semi-weighted keyboard featured on the KROME and KingKORG music workstations and synthesizers that are used by players around the world is also featured on the taktile and TRITON taktile. No compromises have been made in the playing feel for either the 49-key or 25-key model. You can use these keyboards not just to enter notes on your desktop music production setup, but also for real-time performance.

Touch pad that can also be used as a mouse

The touch pad can also be used as a USB track pad, with gestures such as two-fingered vertical scrolling and tapping to click. Your productivity will be boosted since there's no need to interrupt your musical workflow.

A compact and lightweight synthesizer that you can take anywhere (TRITON taktile)

Turn on the power and start playing immediately. Since you can power-on the TRITON taktile and start playing immediately without having to wait through a lengthy start-up. This is a convenient way to hear your ideas using the internal sound module or to do a bit of practicing or playing when the feeling strikes you. Even when the TRITON taktile is not connected to your computer, you can use it stand-alone with an AC adapter or with mobile batteries (separately sold: USB 2.0 compliant DC5V 550 mA or higher). As a single-unit compact and lightweight synthesizer, it doesn't have to stay on your desk; it can be a trusty partner that goes with you everywhere, whether it's the studio or on the stage.

Stylish and usable design

The taktile and TRITON taktile are designed in a stylish matte finish black that you'll never tire of. With a high-contrast OEL (Organic Electroluminescent) full dot-matrix display, it's easy to check the settings on the device itself. There are two different types of LEDs available for the two trigger pad banks, A and B, providing both visual appeal and functionality. Attention has also been paid to fine details, for instance, the connectors are grouped together on the right panel so the rear panel will present a clean appearance.

A generous array of bundled software provides amazing value

The numerous bundled license/discount coupons mean that you'll be enjoying popular music software from the day you bring the taktile and TRITON taktile home. In addition to the Korg M1 Le software, these include titles that you'll enjoy using with the taktile and TRITON taktile, such as EZDrummer Lite, Ultra Analog Session, Strum Acoustic Session, Lounge Lizard Session, and Ableton Live discount coupon, and Reason Limited DAW software.

The licensed software can be downloaded from the dedicated site korg web site http://www.korg.com/ and http://www.korg-license-center.com/


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