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
Son of MooG
April 24, 2010 @ 9:56 am
This was my first step away from computer-sequencing. In combination with my Juno-G i'm finally free of software-sequencers and use the computer only for what it can do best: storing information. But the music is created on music instruments, and the EMX-1 is the most musical computer i met. Intuition doesn't fade away while you switch on and so much new ideas come just by playing around. It is easy to use (forget the manual) and invites me to experiment with sounds as well as with sequences. Well done, Korg.
Dj Pound
October 13, 2009 @ 12:50 am
EMX=Synth Workstation

ESX=Sample Workstation
awan gunawan
October 11, 2009 @ 7:13 am
i m still confused, about the different of emx and esx. which the one that ok for me, i am boy in the band that use sampling in reff and melody?
you guys my guru. please email me
SenhorLampada
September 18, 2009 @ 3:21 pm
@Type (and others)

For better sounds... change the tubes! :)
Check on the internet for compatibility... But it's worthwile! :)
Cyberdude Productions
July 8, 2009 @ 7:08 pm
I love my Korg EMX. I've had it for about a year. I learn something new everytime I sit down with it. It's simply amazing. Here's a qick easy tip to creating an interesting and original sequence. Start with one of your favorite patterns, lower the tempo and literally randomly adjust every Synth Oscillator and Effect control. Do this for 15-20s to all 5 synth parts. You will undoubtably come up with some crazy sounds, now tweak to taste. Select the one Synth part that sounds like it would make the most interesting lead. Set the Arp to Reverse and use Penta Minor. Oh, and one more thing. I like setting all 5 of my Synth parts to a slow auto-pan. This creates a cool hyponotic stereo effect. Now start working the ribbon controller like a mad man. You will undoubtably create some cool sequences with this method. Record them and re-record with motion sequence. The possibilities are limitless. I spent at least 1 hr a night with my Korg EMX. Awesome product!
 
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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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