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The Korg TR61 61-Key Keyboard Workstation helps you turn great ideas into brilliant music. It takes your music from okay to extraordinary. Built around Korg's proven Hyper Integrated sound engine that... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Korg TR61 61-Key Keyboard Workstation helps you turn great ideas into brilliant music. It takes your music from okay to extraordinary. Built around Korg's proven Hyper Integrated sound engine that has powered TRITON into a worldwide standard, the TR includes a deep 64MB ROM soundset with both cutting-edge and Korg classic sounds. The TR61 keyboard features USB MIDI capabilities and dependable, portable SD card data storage. Packed in a sleek black body housing a 16-track sequencer, superb effects engine, and a user-friendly interface.

HI Synth engine

The TR Music Workstation hums and throbs with the acclaimed HI (Hyper Integrated) sound that made the TRITON series the first choice of pro musicians around the planet. 64MB of PCM data doubles the size of the original TRITON ROM and the 48kHz sampling frequency surpasses CD standards to deliver highly expressive, professional-quality sound. This wealth of PCM data is enhanced by multi-mode resonant filters, abundant modulation tools, and sophisticated effects to create the rich and brilliant sound with the warmth and fatness you've come to expect from Korg. The TR maintains compatibility with many TRITON family sounds and songs.

64MB Sample ROM

Sampled waveforms include stereo-sampled piano (from the same sampling session used on the OASYS), electric piano, nylon-string guitar, acoustic guitar, and strings. With wide dynamic ranges and natural instrument articulations and vibrato, these waveforms create expressive, realistic-sounding voices. A full complement of top-quality drum sounds and patterns cover a broad range of styles for studio and live performance use. The TR Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) provides 470 high-quality multisamples and 518 outstanding drum samples for a large cross-section of styles and feels.

Modulation for total expressive control

Various modulation modes create motion, nuance, and articulation give voice to your unique creative signature. The TR61 Music Composition Workstation's Alternate Modulation provides 42 types of AMS (Alternate Modulation Source) including EG, LFO, keyboard tracking, and joystick (as well as controllers such as knobs and pedals) for creation of sophisticated, vibrant sounds. These modulations can be changed and operated in realtime to give your sounds a breathing, alive quality.

Comprehensive effects

Korg took a page from their acclaimed D-Series digital recorders and TRITON workstations to equip the TR with 89 types of effects for sonic enhancement. Two Master effects, one stereo Insert effect, and one Master 3-band synergize with a comprehensive mixer section to control routing. Many effects allow realtime modulation of parameters and tempo-based synchronization, interacting with your songs and sounds to further personalize your musical vision. Parameters can be set independently for each Program, Combination, and Song.

Sampling capability with a simple add-on board

The optional EXB-SMPL sampling upgrade board allows you to sample through the Insert effect for even more possibilities.

Re-imagined Programs and Combinations

Korg's renowned international voicing specialists created an abundance of freshly realized high-quality Programs and Combinations for the TR61. The stereo piano velocity switches between two levels, providing dynamic, realistic response to your touch. Additional realistic electric pianos, choirs, guitars, strings, woodwinds, and drums are also provided. Includes a rich assortment of synth and sound-effect programs that are ideal for trance, techno, and hip-hop music. In addition to the 512 preloaded Programs, 128 GM-compatible programs and 9 drum kits allow General MIDI level 2 compatibility. All Program locations are in RAM so you can adjust sounds to your liking or replace them as you wish, a useful capability that you won't find on most synths.

Up to 8 Programs can be used simultaneously in a Combination to create extremely deep, evolving sounds. Combinations allow layers to play multiple sounds simultaneously, splitting the keyboard into zones with different sounds and velocity layers that dramatically alter the sound. Or you can change Programs according to your playing dynamics. Control assignments allow further sound manipulation.

Up to 512 Programs, 384 Combinations, and 24 drum kits can be stored to the internal memory and may also be stored or transferred to your computer with an SD card. The TR DAW is compatible with many sounds available for the TRITON and Karma keyboards, with many commercial and user/shareware sounds available for the extremely popular TRITON platform.

The Korg TR can load sounds made for the TRITON Classic, Le and Karma music workstations, using only Insert effect 1 while ignoring the other 4 and also disregarding Karma settings. Sounds with TRITON Studio and Extreme can be loaded, with variable reproduction depending on whether those particular Triton patches are found in the TR.

A Complete Music Production System

The TR61's 16-track sequencer provides a capacity of 200,000 notes and up to 200 songs, creating a comprehensive music production system in an easily usable, portable configuration. Realtime or step time recording is supported, and a powerful toolbox of editing utilities is provided.

Set up new songs quickly and easily. Just choose a template song (16 preset, 16 user) that has sounds and effects already set up or use Auto Song Setup to instantly change the Program or Combination you are currently playing into a new record-ready song, with all your current effect and arpeggiator settings intact. Either way, you're ready to start recording immediately before you lose that flash of musical inspiration.

Construct your arrangements in Cue List with up to 99 sections and then convert them into a single song for consecutive playback or to create new song structures. Build songs using 150 preset drum patterns or 100 user patterns as well as using Track Loop function to loop specified regions of measures within each track.

Song data can also be saved on an SD card in SMF (Standard MIDI File) format 0 or 1, letting you exchange data with most MIDI sequencers. Share your ideas with other musicians who are computer users or move your songs into your computer for further editing, notation, or integration with other applications. Once again, Song data can be loaded from the TRITON and Karma line of music workstations* for compatibility with tens of thousand of users around the world.

* Only Insert Effect 1 will be loaded, the other four are ignored. Karma settings will also be ignored, as will Tone Adjust settings from the Studio and Extreme.

Expand your creative songwriting potential

The TR Digital Audio Workstation contains powerful polyphonic dual arpeggiators as well as Korg's inspiring RPPR 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.

Awesome arpeggiators

Expressive dual polyphonic arpeggiators generate powerful performances. In addition to 5 basic preset arpeggio patterns, the TR gives you 200 patterns suitable for use with all different types of sounds, either fixed-note drum patterns or variable pitched parts. Use one arpeggiator in Program Mode, both arpeggiators simultaneously in Combi mode, and even record their output directly into the sequencer.

The are endless creative possibilities to be discovered. You could use 2 different arpeggio patterns to apply 2 separate key-split sounds of a Combination, or use velocity to switch between 2 arpeggio patterns. Along with the original patterns that you create, a total of 216 different patterns can be stored in internal memory. Arpeggios can be synced with MIDI clock, so they stay in time with the internal sequencer, BPM-based effects, and more.

RPPR (Realtime Pattern Play/Recording) Function

RPPR lets you record a simple sequenced phrase or pattern, assign it to a key, and play that pattern back in realtime simply by pressing a key. Offers amazing possibilities for realtime performance, like switching to different patterns with each key, using multiple keys to play different phrases simultaneously, or adding additional patterns by pressing more keys. There are 150 preset drum patterns, with the capability to create and store 100 more for each song.

USB Connector

A rear panel USB connector (type B) lets you make MIDI connections to your computer with a single cable-”no additional MIDI interface needed! Your TR easily connects with a computer-based DAW for recording or notation. Transmission and reception of sys-ex data allows you to manage sounds and other types of data on your computer for efficient song production.

SD Card for easy, portable storage

The TR music composition keyboard uses slim, high-capacity SD cards to save and load sounds, sequences, and sample data. Reads SD card capacities from 16 MB to 1 GB, and easily transfers data to your computer with commonly available card readers.

Friendly, Intuitive Interface

The Korg TR61 is powerful, smart, and speedy. The 240x64 pixel LCD is adjustable contrast for optimal viewing in any lighting. You can quickly find the sound you want by using the category select, a function available not only for Programs and Combinations but also for PCM waveforms and effect algorithms. The Audition key automatically plays a phrase that's appropriate for the sound being selected.

Controllers for maximum performance

The TR Music Composition 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.

Lightweight and Compact

The TR61 Keyboard Workstation is lightweight, with the 61-note model weighing only 17.8 lbs. and the 76-note model weighing only 20 lbs. The rich sound and powerful functionality you expect from Korg are now available anywhere, anytime, any place.

Upgrade to Full Sampling

With the addition of the EXB-SMPL sampling upgrade option board, your TR keyboard turns into a full-blown sampler. The TR's sampling mode supports 48kHz 16-bit linear mono/stereo sampling with powerful waveform editing functions that include time slice, time stretch/compress, crossfade loop, and more. The user-installable EXB-SMPL lets you connect external SCSI devices to the TR for taking advantage of a wide range of storage media as well as CD-ROM sound libraries (ISO9660 and AKAI-format discs are supported). You may load AIFF/WAV files and AKAI S1000/S3000 samples and programs as well as Korg format data. (For AKAI programs, only key-map related parameters are loaded as multisamples.)


  • Acclaimed TRITON sound engine
  • Fresh samples include pianos, guitars, and more
  • 470 multisampled waveforms plus 518 drum samples
  • 512 program sounds (all programmable) with many fresh programs and combinations
  • Potent sound-shaping tools
  • Superb effects section with 89 effects
  • 16-track sequencer
  • 200-song capacity
  • Arpeggiators - 205 patterns, polyphonic
  • USB connector
  • High-capacity SD card
  • Sampling capability with user-installable EXB-SMPL
  • Musician-friendly, intuitive interface
  • Dimensions: 41-7/50"W x 11-9/10"D x 3-7/10"H
  • 17.2 lbs.
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(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)


Diverse and Priced Well

By vampireprince80

from Undisclosed

Comments about Korg TR-61 61-Key Keyboard Workstation:

Extremely well rounded and diverse for its price. Bought it along with a Roland KC 120Watt amplifier which I run it through and it sounds great. Does everything I need it to do and can even go as far as to create and edit combi sounds. Seq works well and is incredibly useful for composing more complex rythems. Has tons of different features for tweaking sounds, arranging them and creating them as well as saving data to an SD card slot. Whole bunch of useful gadgets on the TR and its no doubt a great buy but of course it isn't the best workstation out there so if your willing to pay the extra for a TRITON Extreme or M3 workstation than go ahead, but if your budgets somewhat limited and your looking for a workstation that can do just about anything and still sound great than this is the one.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Amazing Workstation, Unbelievable Price!

By Francisco Diaz

from Berwyn, IL

Comments about Korg TR-61 61-Key Keyboard Workstation:

I bought my Korg TR 61 at the guitar center located in Villa Park Illinois and let me start out by saying, "WOW!" The 16 track sequencer is amazing and with over 600 sounds, I can record almost any style of music I want. The Pianos & Organs sound very nice. I use the TR with my Korg T3 and with these two synths, I can cover almost any variety of sound I want. I use both to play at gigs with my band. The Korg TR is amazing for its low price.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


As my first workstation...

By T_House

from Columbus, OH

Comments about Korg TR-61 61-Key Keyboard Workstation:

I must say it is quite a beast! I'll begin with hardware itself. It is a sturdy steel and plastic casing with a beautiful screen, the knobs feel great and it is all laid out perfectly, and LED's are nice too. As for the sounds, the pianos,drums,synths,and special effects are all very good.The strings are decent, but can sound fairly convincing when layered. The one area in their sound banks I think they failed in was the guitars, most of them sound very flat and plain, even with all the extra EQ and effects they throw on them. You can use the korg's different sounds to create your own patches, though it is a bit unintuitive, you can shape sounds just like you would a synthesizer. It has a filter and all for you to shape your own sounds, but this is hidden in menus so you gotta kinda find your way to it. I love the sequencer, it's a breeze and the step sequencer is intuitive. The few downsides I felt the TR-61 had was the lack of the EXB-SMPL card, come on Korg! I just spend $1000 a thousand dollars on the thing, why should I have spend another $200 more just simply to have audio inputs and the ability to sample! On top of that you would need to buy more memory due to the lack of RAM it comes with (16mb if i'm not mistaken)! My biggest issue was the fact that I could only use one insert effect per track which limits me severely while doing all my work on the TR, but i'm not TOO pressed because I can always import to my DAW and add effects there, or just bounce the tracks into my DAW, but I realize that not everyone has a DAW, and one effect per track can be severely limiting in most cases. Overall though I was very impressed with it, I wouldn't part with it, that's for sure! The sequencer is strong, this thing has more sounds than you'll ever need, and most of the sounds are very good! Not to mention that if do get bored with the patches, you can always make your own. The effects on this thing too, they sound incredible. The compresser is quite simple, but yet very effective! You wouldn't believe how punchy it makes the drums! If you are looking for a whole package with a cheap price tag, then this is most surely the workstation for you! However, if you're looking for something that has it all, i'd look at the TR-61's bigger brothers, most of the bad things about this are due to the fact that this is a budget workstation, so you shouldn't expect to get everything with it, but under $1000, this one reigns supreme!

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


I am ready to buy advanced version of this model with Mp3

By Antony

from Oman

Comments about Korg TR-61 61-Key Keyboard Workstation:

I am using this product and new version of KORG keyboard matching with software not available in market is too much disappointed

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Banging the blocks

By Elll

from San Francisco

Comments about Korg TR-61 61-Key Keyboard Workstation:

This board is up there with Motif and RolandX you must first learn the LFO and OSC to tweak the sounds. I have hit the keys as hard as I can and still good as new. Its no Karma but it can do things a Karma cant. If you take a COMBI change and change the programs and use the LFO you will have a hit that just might be heard in the clubs in your area. Each week I find new ways to change the sounds to the max.If your new please test out everykeyboard before buying,find what matches your style of music. I have a few and the KorgTR61cando things the others cant. Each keyboard is very different find a killer match or find just one to meet your needs.I have

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Pretty darn good for the Price!

By Daniel Jones

from Alabama

Comments about Korg TR-61 61-Key Keyboard Workstation:

I'm a songwriter for a Indie/pop band in Orange Beach. As well as a songwriter for R&B artist such as Bobby Jones and Jay Mathis. I bought the TR61 about 6 months ago. I wanted something with a little more power than my virtual instruments gave me. I have to say that it is extremely user friendly and the dual arpegiators are nice too. Lets put it this way, I do rock, Pop, R&B, and Indie, and this keybord is capable of covering all of my Genres! It's also extremely portable and easy to get started even if your not an amazing keyboardist. You'll be making phat sounds right off the Bat! So as a songwriter and a performer... I highly recommend this product. By the way if the TR61 is a little out of your budget, Check out the Korg X-50, same capabilities but a little lower in price. Enjoy! - Daniel

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Love It!!!

By S. Trulove

from Oklahoma

Comments about Korg TR-61 61-Key Keyboard Workstation:

hey I purchased this keyboard about a year ago and i love it!!! I must say it all its cracked up to be. its smaller than the tritons so travel is more convenient. You can play any style that tickles your fancy. Definently suggest checking it out


great keyboard

By WillyDavidK

from Dallas, TX

Comments about Korg TR-61 61-Key Keyboard Workstation:

I own the earlier triton LE, which is exactly the same cosmetically, only with a silver paint job, no usb, and an SM slot (all the interface is the same). This keyboard packs everything you could ever need, the same exact sequencer as the triton studio/extreme, a huge amount of control over each program (2 multisamples, each with a detailed eg, each paramter of which can be modulated dynamically, etc etc), and 3 banks of combis, each of which with 8 timbres. The lack of a touchscreen really isn't a problem, the buttons around the screen do exactly what you think they will, and the interface is very intuitive. Also the ribbon would have been nice, but it's certainly not the most useful feature, and I doubt it would have been used all that much anyways. The biggest downside to the le/tr as opposed to the 'big brothers' is 1 master and 2 insert fx, where the studio/extreme have 5. This is somewhat crippling if you like to do some detailed programming, but it's easy to work around, and there are a lot of useful chain fx to get more use out of one effect slot. A huge PLUS of the tr/le over the studio/extreme is the category button. I don't know how you would ever find the right patch without it! The audition button is nice when you first get the keyboard, but now I mostly just use it to level myself before the sound check (when the engineer is nowhere to be seen). The reason I didn't give it a perfect score for quality was that the piano sounds could've been better, but it is a synth/workstation afterall, so you can't expect perfection! Overall, Definately reccommend!!



By tHemisTRo

from Cedar Lake, IN

Comments about Korg TR-61 61-Key Keyboard Workstation:

WOW!!! What a great synth. and workstation of the KORG TR. The quality of the sounds are perfect. I can't get enough of it. It has many great features, but my favorite one is that you can split your keys in eight different sections or timbers. You can also expand your memory of your TR. It is really easy to get along with the TR, because its functions are so simple and easy. Anyone that gets the KORG TR will be satisfied with it for its low price.

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