Korg Electribe EMX2
Manufacturer's ID: DKO ELECTRIBE2
What we say:The Korg Electribe EMX2 is a powerful sequencer/synthesizer with some huge capabilities for its size. The unit is very playable despite being fairly small and is extremely flexible for use in both studio or live production.
Following on from it's predecessor, the EMX2 maintains the character of the 2003 Electribe MX but with a slim, compact metallic chassis. This gives the unit a lovely sleek look and the colourful LED lighting means it's a perfect sequencer for a dark stage or studio room.
The latest in the range is also very portable and battery compatible; which again makes these little guys the perfect companion for a live setup. If you're planning on utilising this, you may also be interested in the fact that the EMX2 has the capability to re-trigger already finished patterns, meaning you can switch up your groove on the fly.
A huge variety of sounds can be created from lush pads to sharp punchy stabs and everything in between. But if you're struggling for inspiration, not to worry - Korg have been nice enough to design 200 factory patterns which can be downloaded from their website and imported onto the unit. These sound great and we'd thoroughly recommend checking them out as they're also really useful when it comes to understanding the sound and functionality of the unit.
Overall, this is a particularly adaptable and road ready synth that gives the user loads of options. It's support for a pattern chain function and undo function alone should put it straight to the top of the list for anyone who is planning on running the unit live.
Korg have offered a really impressive upgrade that instantly catches your eye and begs to be played with. The stylish design gives it a really modern look but it still has that classic feel that won't leave users of the rest of the series disappointed.
SpecificationThe new electribe, now covering even more genres of music
The electribe has been reborn including KORG's latest technology distilled from popular products such as the KingKORG, kaossilator, kaoss pad, and taktile. The 200 preset patterns cover House and Techno as well as cutting-edge dance music genres such as Trap and EDM. Another major evolution of the new electribe is support for polyphonic playback, which is indispensable for musical styles that involve complex chord progressions such as House music.
An evolved step sequencer
Using the 16 pads placed on the front of the unit, you can create patterns intuitively while actually hearing and seeing the sounds. You can use the pads as a keyboard to realtime-record phrases, and also perform step recording by entering the pitch and rhythmic value one note at a time. The patterns you create can be used in alternate forms as you perform by taking advantage of the "step jump" feature inherited from the volca series, or by changing the "last step" to vary the length of each part.
There's also a "motion sequence" function that lets you record knob and button operations and use them in the pattern that you create. Either drums or synths can now be assigned to each of the 16 parts (i.e., the 16 pads). For example you could create complex rhythms by assigning drums to all of the 16 parts.
Intuitive beat making with the Trigger pads and Touch pad
Familiar from the kaossilator is the "touch scale" function that lets anyone perform without wrong notes, just by moving a finger across the touch pad. The trigger pads that were popular on the taktile are also provided, making it easy for anyone to create phrases intuitively. The trigger pads can also be used for drum input. Settings allow you to switch velocity on/off.
A synth engine that allows the fastest sound production
For the electribe, KORG designed a synth engine that gives you the maximum sound-creating freedom and the fastest sound production. The 409 oscillator waveforms include analog modeling and PCM. The analog modeling synth engine provides a broad variety ranging from simple basic waveforms to complex combinations such as dual, unison, sync, ring modulation, and cross modulation. The PCM sound engine provides mainly rhythm sounds, but also covers multisamples for keyboard. (collaborations with Sample Magic, Loopmasters, Prime Loops are included)
The filters at the heart of the sound-shaping capabilities are inherited directly from the KingKORG, and they use filter algorithms that simulate standard synthesizers so that you can get "the sound" which was used in famous songs, just by selecting the appropriate filter type.
You can also apply filters to drums to create rhythm tracks that are rich in tonal variation. Modulation can make sound-creation more complicated, but we've made it easy by condensing it down to three parameters: simply select a template that specifies an effect and its target, and then adjust the speed and depth of the effect to suit your taste.
Even deeper creative potential: Effects and Groove templates
The new electribe provides effects such as compression and overdrive for each part, giving you uncompromising control over the nuances of individual sounds that differ subtly between genres. The groove function can be specified for each part, letting you apply a groove to your phrase simply by selecting a template.
New functions for live performance: Master effects, Pattern sets, Sync in/out
The master effects can be controlled from the touch pad just like on the kaoss pad, and they include not only spatial-type effects that shape the overall acoustics but they also include effects that apply aggressively musical transformations such as the "Vinyl Break" effect inherited from the Kaoss pad series, and the newly developed "Seq Reverse" and "Odd Stepper" that change the playback order of the sequencer. These are also extremely effective for live performance. Insert effects can be assigned for individual parts, opening up even more complex sound-design possibilities.
There's also a "pattern set" function which lets you switch patterns by pressing trigger pads, and an "event recording" function that records that performance. In addition to MIDI IN/OUT, "Sync IN/OUT" is also provided, allowing synchronized performances with the volca series, monotribe, or MS-20 mini. The unit can run on six AA batteries, so you can easily take it along with you and perform anywhere, providing on-the-go inspiration your musical ideas.
A new workflow with Ableton Live
Transform inspiration into a creative production. KORG has collaborated with Ableton to offer a new music production workflow that combines the best of hardware and software. The electribe can internally save and export patterns in Ableton Live format. Individual patterns and parts are saved as scenes and clips in an Ableton Live Set. Use Live’s powerful Session and Arrangement workflows to edit and and refine your ideas, perform or record new parts, arrange your ideas, and mix your song. The Korg electribe includes Live Lite.
- Sound System
- Maximum Polyphony: 24 voices*1 (Pseudo-polyphonic*2)
- Number of parts: 16
- Sampling Frequency: 48.0 kHz
- Number of Oscillator Types: 409
- Number of Filter types: 16
- Number of Modulation types: 72
- Memory Capacity: 250 patterns
- Insert effects: 38 types
- Master effects: 32 types
- Up to 64 steps for each part
- Up to 24 modulation sequences for each pattern
- Last Step can be varied for each part
- Trigger Pads: 16 (Velocity sensitive is supported)
- L/Mono Output (Standard Phone jack)
- R Output (Standard Phone jack)
- Headphones (Stereo mini jack)
- Line Input (Stereo mini jack)
- MIDI: In, Out (Use an included MIDI adapter cable)
- USB: Type micro B
- Sync: In, Out (Stereo mini jack)
- External storage device: SD Card (More than 1GB), SDHC Card (Up to 32GB)
- Power Supply
- AC Adaptor or AA battery x 6
- (Alkaline battery or Nickel metal hydride battery)
- Battery Life: Approximately 5 hours
- (POWER SAVING: ON, with Nickel-Metal Hydride battery)
- Current Consumption is less than 500 mA
- Chassis: Zinc die cast
- (W x D x H): 339 mm x 189 mm x 45 mm / 13.35” x 7.44” x 1.77”
- Weight: 1.6 kg / 3.53 lbs
- Operating temperature: 0- +40? (non-condensing)
- Accessories: AC Adaptor (KA-350) , MIDI adapter cable x 2, Ableton Live 9 Lite (License card included)
*2: Independent parameters for each voice have been simplified; four voices share the parameters of one conventional voice.
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