Korg ElecTribe MX (EMX-1)

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The ELECTRIBE MX is a major step up in power and quality from the original ElecTribe series of dance music sequencer/synthesizers from Korg. The EMX-1 comes in a sturdy metal chassis with larger back-lit LCD display, expanded memory, voices & multitimbrality, more real-time controllers and vacuum tubes! Effects, Motion Sequencing, and Pattern length have also been expanded. And a new ribbon controller and slider have been added, providing a remarkable realtime interface for accessing the powerful arpeggiator.

Starting with its synth engine, the EMX-1 uses MMT synthesis (Multi Modeling Technology) which offers sixteen different oscillator algorithms, providing powerful analog synthesis models as well as sophisticated 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 powerful kicks and snares through amazingly unique organic sounds. External audio signals can be manipulated using the Comb Filter oscillator algorithm, and then further processed by the internal filter and effects. The EMX-1 allows you to create up to 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). 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. The brand-new filter lets you chose Low Pass, High Pass, Band Pass or Band Pass Plus.

The two Vacuum tubes (Valve Force Circuitry) create an analog tube circuit to add warmth and presence to your sounds. 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. Three stereo effect processors are 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. Each processor offers 16 effect types including reverb, delay, flanger and chorus, tempo-based delay, talking modulator, grain shifter, decimator and more. The edits you make to each of the effects processors can be saved with each pattern.

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As for the sequencing capabilities, up to 256 patterns can be created and stored to the internal memory. The EMX-1 ships with 196 assorted patterns covering house, hip-hop, R&B, electronica, drum n bass, techno, trance and more. You can combine patterns, add mute data and knob movements to create up to 64 songs, the EMX-1 ships with 3 demo songs. Favorite patterns can be assigned to Pattern Sets for instant access. Data can be quickly saved and loaded via SmartMedia cards. 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. 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. And, using Auto BPM detection, the EMX-1 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.

The EMX-1 is a fantastic dance production machine best suited for live performances. The sounds of the synth and drum parts are excellent, and totally contemporary with your favorite electronica artists (because they use it too). Easy and intuitive to use, flexible, fun and inspiring. Click on the YouTube link above to see and hear it in action!

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68 Visitor comments
tkLo
April 10, 2014 @ 1:47 am
Whats the best way to use this in combination with a DAW like Ableton? Can I do 1/4 inch to RCA into my audio interface which is connected to USB into Ableton? Will sound quality be ok? Or what about the SD card or midi directly into the computer? What data is given and in what format on the SD card?

I have a Allen and Heath DB4 Mixer and Audio Interface. It only has RCA inputs and XLR and a record out RCA outs but is completely digital and connects via USB.
Sean Alexander
January 21, 2014 @ 5:04 pm
Mine developed the "jittery encoder thing." Open her up and put parchment paper between the circuit boards and, suddenly it works like it's supposed to. I'd credit where I read this from on the Korg Forums and the guy who came up with it, but I don't remember and am not sure I'd find that post again.
djpowertrip
November 7, 2013 @ 5:27 am
ESX & EMX are great and fully underestimated machines....for those who knows how to do it:-) Only change stock tubes with some better and start to play anything you want. If you need pair of excellent groove boxes for live playing, go for it...It's very easy to get desired sound and as a owner of mahy analogue and VA synths i can tell that Tribes rocks...I use my pair and plan to buy another pair for full live performance without any computer , controllers etc. Chord possibility on synth part rules:-) Unfortunately , many owners don't know how to use this...Just play with it, great toy:-))
artik
October 8, 2013 @ 6:12 am
It's a great machine, underestimated, in my opinion.
The Drums and Bass sounds are very powerful!
The only drawback is that is monophonic, so you cannot record pads.
If you are a trance/techno/house music producer you have to get it one.
Akex
August 28, 2013 @ 11:06 am
I owned one of these and shortly after sold it. It was a lot of fun while I had it, whenever I had a mess around with it I'd almost always create a cool little jam. But something about the thing just feels like it's a toy. The drum samples feel tacky, the synths feel plastic etc. If you're just starting out in this whole world of electronic music production though, this is definitely a cool device for getting the concept into your head and having fun. But if you're serious about production then just step over this and use the money to invest in more serious gear. PS the arp thing is [beep] in.
 
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 16 voices
  • Multitimbral - 16 total; 5 synth parts, 9 drum parts, 1 synthesizer accent part, 1 drum accent part
  • Oscillators - Analog Modeling + PCM: 207 drum PCM waveforms, 76 Synth PCM waveforms (16bit, 44.1kHz)
  • Memory - Internal + External Memory: SmartMedia (4-128 MB, 3V)
  • Patterns - 256 patterns (192 preload), Maximum 128 steps by part, Maximum 24 motion sequence by pattern
  • Songs - 64 songs (3 preload), Maximum 256 patterns
  • Filter - 4 types (synth part): Low Pass, High Pass, Band Pass or Band Pass Plus
  • Keyboard - 16 soft pads
  • Effects - 16 types x 3 (Chain)
  • Control - MIDI (In, Out, Thru)
  • Date Produced - 2003
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    Reviewed August 2008.

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