The Korg Triton Taktile Midi Keyboard Controller [Review]

For The Live Keyboardist With a DAW

Korg Triton Taktile 25 and 49 Keys SeriesIt’s just another day (or rather another quarter or year), another new MIDI keyboard controller that…

Instrumentalist and audio engineers could ogle at and put in their wishlist.

The practice doesn’t seem to grow tired though; many still clamor for perfection and ideal workflow whether it be performance or studio sessions.

However,

the Korg Triton Taktile, a recreation of the original Korg Triton known for its 512 sound patches that had conquered most genres with keyboardists, comes with a new workflow structure with the sound that we’ve all known to love.

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A professional Design

Korg Taktile 49 From The Side

From The Side

Korg wanted everything nice for their users and they focused their design primarily on:

“hands-on” rather than “hands-on computer keyboard” to adjust sound and patches.

This principle will appeal to many live performers who use their computers and MIDI keyboard controllers.

I’ve heard a great many keyboardists complain about having no stable workflow.

Mainly because they have to move the touchpad/mouse and computer keyboard between switching patches, controls, well, you know how this feels like if you’ve been using keyboards for a long time.

The Taktile comes with a 25 and 49-keybed length. For most musicians who don’t play keyboard as their main instrument, the 25-keys will do.

The design is lightweight and easy to pack with your laptop bag, but it’s also very durable despite being constructed with plastic.

It has a modern design top panel that has a light, textured futuristic bass. You have pitch and modulation wheels on the top left and octave transpose buttons just underneath them.

All the buttons can be illuminated; again a great plus for live users.

Korg Triton Taktile 49 Keys From Above

Korg Taktile 49 From Above

The Korg Triton Taktile has its trigger pads operating in two modes.

  • You have the Note/Control mode that transmits MIDI notes, controller data or program change messages typical for drum playing and programming.
  • And the Chord Scale Mode, which allow you to generate chords according to a key and scale that you could edit via computer.

You could actually use your trigger pads to launch clips straight from your DAW as long as you set them up properly. They are also velocity sensitive, despite having a bit of a shallow travel path.

Korg Triton Taktile 25 Keys From Above

Korg Taktile 25 From Above


Pre-loaded Software mappings

Korg had made sure it’s up to speed with everything that’s happening in the audio world, so it comes pre-loaded with settings for Cubase, Logic Pro, GarageBand, Digital Performer, pro Tools, Ableton Live and Sonar.

They still include that generic MIDI control template you could customize. This is extremely helpful, no doubt, again to the live performer who wants to switch from performing solely with the Korg’s Triton patches or for some modernized electronic performance with DAWs such as Ableton live.

The best value for money? You could download bundles of music software that include soft synths such as the Polysix, MS-20 Mono/Poly, M1Le and Wavestation. You can also download MDE-X multi-effect plugins, UVI Digital Synsations and more.


Some Final Words for the Triton

The Korg Triton Taktile may be limiting if you’re not a fan of the 512 patches that came with the original Korg Triton.

But still, it’s worth a shot because of its intuitive interface that appeals to the live performer. If you’re one to love tinkering and have an affinity for Korg (which honestly, any keyboardist may have), then this is worth a shot!

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