The ELECTRIBE MX represents a new generation of korg's Electribes dance music products that cover from laying down stunning tracks to creating live performances. The EMX-1 comes housed in a sleek, rugged metal chassis. The new backlit LCD provides information during programming or performance.
The step-time/realtime interface has been enhanced with a new Ribbon and Slider control. Effects, Motion Sequencing, and Pattern length have all been expanded. A new filter lets you chose Low Pass, High Pass, Band Pass or Band Pass Plus.
Up to 256 patterns can be created and stored to the internal memory. You can combine patterns, add mute data and knob movements to create up to 64 songs. To get you started, a wide assortment of patterns covering house, hip-hop, R&B, electronica, drum’n’bass, techno, trance and more come preloaded (196 in the ELECTRIBE MX). Using the last step function, you can easily adjust to any meter. Favorite patterns can be assigned to Pattern Sets for instant access. Data can be quickly saved and loaded via SmartMediaTM.
Audio inputs allow you to process external signals through the on-board filter and effects, and an extra pair of assignable outputs has been added as well. The front panel knobs and switches control all the most important sound parameters, allowing you to modify the sound in realtime as you perform, and giving you a hands-on feel like that of an analog synthesizer.
Powered by an advanced synthesizer engines , the ELECTRIBE·MX provides nine drum parts, five synth parts, plus accent parts that let you add dynamic accents to the drum and synth parts (for a total of 16 parts).
The all-new MMT (Multi Modeling Technology) offers sixteen different oscillator algorithms, providing powerful analog synthesis models as well as additive, PCM, chord, unison, combination, wave shaping, formant models and more. The built-in PCM library includes 207 drum PCM sounds and 76 synth PCM sounds ready for immediate use, ranging from kicks and snares through organic sounds. External audio signals can be manipulated using the Comb Filter oscillator algorithm, and then further processed by the internal filter and effects.
A new “Drive” parameter added to the filter produces the distinctive overdrive of analog circuitry, creating analog synth sounds. Each part features extensive LFO and EG modulation.
Each algorithm of the synthesis engine has two realtime adjustable parameters, plus some other menu-based parameters like waveform type, or chord quality.
Valve Force circuitry contains two vacuum tubes that add new power to your sound. The analog tube circuit adds warmth and presence. The tube gain knob adjusts the level of the output signal passing through the vacuum tubes, creating dynamic sounds with the distinctive tonal quality that only tubes deliver.
The Electribe effects have been enhanced to provide three multi-effect units available for simultaneous use. Each part can be independently routed to any of the three effects processors, and you can even use the Chain function to link multiple effects in series, opening up further sonic possibilities. Each processor offers 16 effect types ranging from traditional reverb, delay, flanger and chorus, as well as more modern offerings including tempo-based delay, talking modulator, grain shifter, decimator and more. The edits you make to each of the effects processors are saved with each pattern.
A new ribbon controller and slider have been added, providing a realtime interface for accessing the arpeggiator. Together, they allow you to enter pattern data or perform over a pattern quickly. When playing a synth part, select a scale type or hold down a few notes : the ribbon controller will affect note duration, and the slider can be played in realtime to generate new phrases. For a drum part, touching the ribbon will trigger notes, and sliding your finger up and down will change the note resolution.
Motion Sequencing records your realtime knob tweaks and plays them back as part of the pattern. Two types of motion sequence are provided; one for effects and one for parts, and you can also edit the value of individual steps. Up to 24 motion sequences can be used in a single pattern, allowing you to control virtually every sound parameter. The Step Edit function allows you to adjust the value of individual steps.
The 14 part keys and 16 step keys on the front panel of the ELECTRIBE·MX allow for easy song production. Realtime recording lets you record phrases as you perform, and step recording allows you to input the timing, pitch and duration one note at a time.
Using Auto BPM detection, the ELECTRIBE MX can follow the tempo of an external audio source. You can also use Tap Tempo to input the beat, set the tempo internally, or sync up to an external MIDI clock.
Sound Generation Method: Analog Modeling + PCM
Oscillator type: 16 (Synth Part)
Filter type. 4 (Synth Part)
Drive Circulation: Synth Part
Modulation Function: Assignable, Tempo Synchronization
Number of Waveforms: 207 drum PCM waveforms, 76 Synth PCM waveforms (16bit, 44.1kHz)
Number of Parts: 16 total; 5 synth parts, 9 drum parts, 1 synthesizer accent part, 1 drum accent part
Memory : 256 patterns (192 preload), 64 songs (3 preload)
Effects: 16 types x 3 (Chain)
Pattern: Maximum 128 steps by part, Maximum 24 motion sequence by pattern
Song: Maximum 256 patterns
Arpeggiator: Ribbon + Slider, Scale
Output: L/Mono, R (phone jack: mono x 2), Individual 3, 4 (phone jack: mono x 2), Headphone (phone jack: stereo)
Input: Audio In (phone jack: mono)
MIDI: In, Out, Thru
External Memory: SmartMedia (4128 MB, 3V)
Vacuum tube: 12AX x 2
Power Consumption; 24W
Power Supply; AC IN (AC9V)
14.09"(W) x 10.08"(D) x 2.44"(H)
358(W) x 256(D) x 62(H) mm
Weight: 3.1 kg / 6.83 lbs.
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advanced technologic sound magazine
2004 August issue 128