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88-key Workstation with 64MB Sound ROM, 16-track Sequencer, and Built-in Effects
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Korg TR88 88-key Workstation

Start with Korg's proven Hyper Integrated sound engine - the synthesis system that has made the TRITON a world-wide standard. Add in a comprehensive 64 MB ROM which includes many new sounds as well as Korg classics. Bring it all up-to-date with totally new features including USB MIDI capabilities and reliable, portable SD card data storage. Package it in a sleek black body housing Korg's classic 16-track sequencer, superb effects engine, and topped off by a clear and user-friendly interface. Introducing the affordable instrument designed to meet all your needs from live performance to song production: the new KORG TR88 Music Workstation.

Korg TR88 Music Workstation at a Glance:
  • The same great sound engine as the TRITON
  • New sampled piano, guitars, and more
  • Hundreds of fresh Programs and Combinations
  • Powerful sound shaping tools
  • High-quality effect section
  • 16-track sequencer with 200-song capacity
  • Arpeggiators expand your creative songwriting potential
  • USB connector and high-capacity SD card
  • Inviting, intuitive interface

The same great sound engine as the TRITON
The TR88 Music Workstation is based upon the acclaimed HI (Hyper Integrated) sound that made the TRITON series the choice of professional musicians the world over. It boasts 64 MB of PCM data (twice the size of the original TRITON!), and a 48 kHz sampling frequency that exceeds CD standards to deliver highly expressive and professional quality sound. This expansive amount of high-quality PCM data is enhanced by multi-mode resonant filters, abundant modulation schemes and sophisticated effects to create Korg's distinctively rich and brilliant sound with the warmth and fatness you expect.

New sampled piano, guitars, and more
The new sampled waveforms include stereo-sampled piano (taken from the same sampling session as used on the OASYS!), electric piano, nylon-string guitar, acoustic guitar and strings. With multi-level dynamics and natural instrument articulations and vibrato, these waveforms produce expressive and realistic sounds. There's also a full complement of excellent drum sounds and patterns covering a broad range of styles for music production and performance. The TR88 Music Workstation provides 470 high-quality multisamples and 518 outstanding drum samples, giving you a broad selection to work with.

A multitude of fresh Programs and Combinations
The TR88 contains a wide range of new high-quality Programs and Combinations created by Korg's renowned international voicing team. The new stereo piano is velocity-switched between two levels, providing realistic response to your playing dynamics. Even more realistic electric pianos, choirs, guitars, strings, woodwinds and drums are also provided. There's also a rich collection of synth and sound-effect programs that are ideal for dance music. In addition to the 512 preloaded Programs, there are 128 GM-compatible programs and nine drum kits (compatible with GM Level 2). Unlike many other keyboards, all Program locations are RAM so you can adjust sounds to your liking, or replace them as you wish.

You can use up to eight Programs simultaneously in a Combination to create extremely rich and complex sounds. Combinations can contain "layers" that play multiple sounds simultaneously; "splits" that assign different sounds to different regions of the keyboard; and "velocity layers" that dramatically change the sound or switch Programs in response to your playing dynamics. Control assignments can give your sound and performance even greater impact. Up to 512 Programs, 384 Combinations, and 24 drum kits that you create can be stored to internal rewritable memory locations. This data can also be stored or transferred to your computer via an SD card.

Powerful sound shaping tools
Modulation is what creates the motion, nuance and articulation that are such an important part of synthesizer artistry. The TR88 Music Workstation's Alternate Modulation provides a total of 42 types of AMS (Alternate Modulation Source) including EG, LFO, keyboard tracking, and joystick (as well as controllers such as knobs and pedals) to create extremely sophisticated sounds. These can be programmed in, or operated in realtime to give your sounds a high degree of expressive life.

High-quality effect section
With development borrowed from Korg's acclaimed D-Series digital recorders and TRITON workstations, the TR88 offers a broad palette of 89 types of effects to enrich your sound creations. The effect section consists of two Master effects, one stereo Insert effect, and one Master EQ (stereo three-band) together with a sophisticated mixer section that lets you control the routing of these individual components. Many of the effects offer realtime modulation of parameters and tempo-based synchronization, for total integration with your tracks. Effect settings can be made independently for each Program, Combination, and Song, helping you bring your overall sound to perfect completion. With the optional EXB-SMPL sampling upgrade board installed, you can even sample through the Insert effect for even more sonic possibilities.

16-track sequencer with 200-song capacity
The TR's 16-track sequencer provides a capacity of 200,000 notes and up to 200 songs, creating a comprehensive music production system offering superb functionality and excellent operability. You can record in real time or step time, and a host of powerful editing tools are provided. Plus, with the TR88 's sequencer you can begin recording immediately, before you lose that flash of musical inspiration. Build songs using 150 preset drum patterns and 100 user patterns, and take advantage of the Track Loop function to loop specified regions of measures within each track.

Arpeggiators expand your creative songwriting potential
The TR88 Music Workstation contains powerful polyphonic dual arpeggiators as well as Korg's inspiring Realtime Pattern Play/Recording feature, offering amazing levels of expressive power and high-impact playing. Performances enriched by these unique composition tools can be recorded directly into the internal sequencer in realtime.

USB connector and high-capacity SD card for efficient data management
The rear panel provides a USB connector (type B) that lets you make MIDI connections with your computer using a single cable - no MIDI interface needed! It's easy to connect the TR88 to a computer-based DAW for recording, or to use it with notation software, educational courses and much more. Transmission and reception of system exclusive data is also supported, allowing you to manage sounds and other types of data on your computer for smooth and professional song production.

The TR88 Music Workstation uses compact and high-capacity SD cards to save and load sounds, sequences and sample data. The reading speed is extremely fast, so data management is quick and easy. SD card capacities from 16 MB to 1 GB are supported, and you can easily transfer data to your computer via readily-available card readers.

Inviting, intuitive interface
The TR88 Music Workstation is designed to be not only powerful, but also smart and speedy. The 240 x 64 pixel LCD features an adjustable contrast for optimal viewing in any situation. You can quickly and efficiently find the sound you want by using the "category select" function. Category select is available not only for Programs and Combinations, but also for PCM waveforms and effect algorithms, speeding-up your sound editing. When searching for a desired Program, you can use the Audition key to automatically play a phrase that's appropriate for the sound being selected.

Controllers maximize your performance potential
The TR88 Music Workstation's 4-way joystick lets you freely vary the pitch and apply modulation effects such as vibrato or wah. There are also four assignable knobs plus two assignable switches and foot pedal jacks that you can use for applying alternate modulation, providing you with a full range of control that is indispensable for burning up the stage or cutting sizzling tracks.

Upgrade to full sampling
Add the EXB-SMPL sampling upgrade option board and transform your TR88 into a full-blown sampler. The TR's sampling mode supports 16-bit/48kHz linear mono/stereo sampling, with a full range of high-end waveform editing functions including time slice, time stretch/compress, crossfade loop, and more. The EXB-SMPL is user installable and lets you connect external SCSI devices to the TR88 , so you can take advantage of a wide range of storage media as well as CD-ROM sound libraries (ISO9660 and AKAI-format discs are supported). You can load AIFF/WAV files and AKAI S1000/S3000 samples and programs, as well as Korg format data.

Korg TR88 Music Workstation Features:
  • HI (Hyper Integrated) sound engine
  • 48kHz sampling frequency
  • 64MB PCM ROM
  • 470 multisamples + 518 drum samples
  • Polyphony: 62 voices, 62 oscillators (single mode); 31 voices, 62 oscillators (double mode)
  • Keyboard: 88-keys with weighted feel
  • Stereo digital multi-effect system - all usable simultaneously
  • 2 Master effects (mono in, stereo out)
  • 1 Insert effect (stereo in/out)
  • Master EQ (3-band stereo)
  • Number of Effect types: 89 (available for Insert effects or Master effects)
  • 512 Programs (512 preloaded)
  • 384 Combinations (384 preloaded)
  • 24 Drum kits (16 preloaded)
  • GM sound map compatible - 128 programs + 9 drum kits (ROM)
  • 16-track sequencer
  • Maximum capacity: 200,000 notes, 200 songs
  • 150 preset drum patterns/100 user patterns (for each song)
  • Controllers: Joystick, two assignable switches, four assignable knobs
  • Inputs: Assignable switch/pedal; Damper (half damper supported)
  • Outputs: Main - L/Mono, R; Individual-1, 2; Headphones
  • USB-B connector (USB ver.1.1 supported)
  • SD card slot
  • 16 MB-1 GB memory capacities supported
  • MIDI: In/Out/Thru
The Korg TR88 delivers great sounds and plenty of music-making power!

Tech Specs

Manufacturer Part Number TR88

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