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
DivineChemical
August 26, 2008 @ 11:19 pm
I was sorely disappointed by this machine. I got this thinking it would be a much more sonically powerful EA-1/EM-1, but it's not. The tubes are starved plate, so they're pretty useless except as an additional gain control which clips the output in a not-so-pleasant way. The synth engines were nice in that they were so different, but they were kind of thin sounding. Most importantly though, the fun factor of the EA-1 is missing. I sold this and got my EA-1 and ER-1 back.
shaft9000
August 20, 2008 @ 10:26 pm
I prefer the ESX slightly, but there is no denying this is going to be a future classic. This is because it can make sounds in a way that nothing else really can.
Some people say it's a 'poor man's Elektron' but i don't hear it at all - this is quite different.... the arp, the MMT oscillators, the fx and distinctly aggro drums all seperate the EMX from everything else made.
got Character? :D
c-level
August 20, 2008 @ 4:36 pm
great little machine, great for everything, but especially bumpin 303like basslines, and beepy squelchy leads. i just wish it had more/more editable drum sounds, and maybe 4 or so voices polyphony. aquaphers right a tube change will drasticly improve the sound of your machine. otherwise a great machine, mine is usually the master in any chain/loop due to its intuitive 16 step sequencer.
Rob Parker
August 18, 2008 @ 6:25 pm
I -have- to get my hands on one of these things. I've heard so many great tracks made with them
Architecture
August 16, 2008 @ 9:26 pm
I am a long time user of the EMX-1, and I was more than happy to sell my EA-1 and ER-1 for this. I have not missed them one bit! I have a whole studio full of synths, but this is the machine I always go back too. I have written entire peices of music with just this machine, and a few other synths. It is possible of soo many different sounds, especially with its wierd synthesis methods, like VPM, Waveshaping, and Formant synthesis built into the unit. My only dislike is the distortion, the Decimator however is the ULTIMATE distortion fx on this thing, pure brutality. Buy one, you won't regret it.
 
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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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