How to Set Up MIDI on a Korg Triton Le

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The Korg Triton Le is a powerful but cost-effective workstation that allows synthesizer fanatics to enjoy the characteristic Triton interface, but with a simpler and more user-friendly presentation than other Triton models like the Studio and the Extreme. As with all Tritons, the Le allows users to hook up to computers and other digital instruments using Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI). Once you get the hang of it, you can configure the MIDI capabilities of your Triton Le in a matter of seconds.

Things You'll Need

  • External MIDI instrument
  • Computer
  • MIDI cable
  • USB MIDI interface
  • Plug your MIDI cable into the back of your Triton Le, via the "MIDI Out" port. You will find it near the center, containing five small holes for the cable pins.

  • Plug the opposite end of the cable into a second MIDI device, referred to as an external device. This can include a digital instrument like a drum machine or groovebox, a sound module, a hardware sequencer or a personal computer. Plug the cable into the "MIDI In" port. If using a computer as your external device, plug the cable into a MIDI USB interface, and insert the interface cable into your USB port.

  • Turn on your Triton Le and your external MIDI device. If using a computer, open an audio editing program with MIDI compatibility. This includes programs like Logic, FL Studio, Cubase, Pro Tools or GarageBand.

  • Click the "COMBI" button on your Triton Le. You will find it to the left of the monitor, beside the "PROG" button. This places your device in combination mode. Select "MIDI" on the monitor by navigating the screen with the touch wheel. Move the wheel to the right or left to move the cursor, and click the wheel to make your selection.

  • Configure your internal MIDI settings. With your MIDI bank visible on your screen, you will see eight square boxes with different sound settings, or timbres, aligned in a horizontal row. Each box represents a unique tone. You can change the settings of each box by pressing the eight corresponding buttons directly beneath the monitor. Use these buttons to set the boxes to "Gch" mode, which stands for "Global Channel." This optimizes your MIDI settings for transfers and internal MIDI communication.

  • Begin playing the keyboard. Your notes will transfer to your external MIDI device.

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