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
Aggrivated
November 24, 2008 @ 2:14 am
First one I bought, the EG Time triggered at all times on random values. After getting rid of it and rebuying one some time later, same thing happens on the part level knob and pitch.. Cheap, cheap pots! If the unit wasn't killer at what it did, I wouldn't have bought it a second time. Nice drums, get boring after a while without a lot of tweaking. 5 monosynths in one unit is worth the price alone. The core effects are good, reverb is nearly unusable. All together worth the buy, fill out that warranty registration card though!
wet lettuce
November 21, 2008 @ 6:43 pm
Drums are weak and need to be layered.
Synth is excellent.
Fx are pritty bad even at this price, and the reverb is seriously rubbish.
I love this box for what it does, but it is seriously over hyped.
However the filter is nice nad not steppy like rolands trash and Korg can be trusted a lot more when it comes to bugs and half finished stuff roland knocks out now days.
If you have little imagination you will knock out the computer game trance rubbish that youtube seems full of with this box. It is caperble of so much more and can sound very analogue.
Monoglobe
November 18, 2008 @ 5:37 am
I changed the tubes to Mullard ECC81, works great. The valves have 60% less output as opposed to ECC83 which I found were to loud from the original signal.
Shane
November 17, 2008 @ 2:01 pm
I bought the Electribe MX only to use it for 3 months and now I have to send It back to Korg for a internal computer error that even the authorised
Korg tech in my area had no clue on how to fix.
max
November 1, 2008 @ 1:39 pm
i picked up the emx and esx after having felt limited by using the er, es, and ea synced up via midi. i am still figuring out new tricks on these two machines after using them extensively for years. my one complaint is that you can't assign a single synth or drum part to the tube preamp because running all the synths and drums through the tubes much at all causes distortion before any noticeable warmth is added in my opinion. i use the tubes when recording by recording sometimes by recording individual parts of songs and that works wonderful. i highly recommend these and love how intuitive the interface is.
 
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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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