Korg ElecTribe A (EA-1)

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"When you're laying down your next big groove, you need the phattest, most aggressive analog synth sounds possible. You need to call on the 'Tribe. Korg's new ELECTRIBE series uses the ultimate in analog modeling to give you the richest, most versatile analog-style sounds out there. And with unlimited real-time control of every sound parameter, you know your sound will be just that -- yours."

"The ELECTRIBE A is a compact analog modeling synth box that lets you create analog synthesizer, bass, and sound effect sounds simply - just tweak the knob that controls each element of the sound as on an analog synthesizer. Operation is easy and intuitive because the results of moving the knobs are reflected immediately in the sound. The sounds you create on this compact synthesizer can be input to the internal sequencer to create phrases."

"Volume dynamics and filter frequencies of the sounds or patterns you create can be modified using the knobs. You can record these changes into the sequencer precisely as you make them. Use this capability to create continuous shifts in the sounds or to gradually apply an effect, creating phrases that include tonal changes. Phrases you create can be stored as a pattern that includes a chosen knob movement, and up to 256 1 to 4-bar patterns can be stored in internal memory."

"The ELECTRIBE A can also be controlled from an external sequencer, keyboard, or sampler to function as an analog sound tone generator, or set up to control or be controlled by other hardware or computer-based sequencers." - Korg-USA The ElecTribes are used by Orbital, Crystal Distortion and Cirrus.

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33 Visitor comments
June 19, 2014 @ 7:47 am
I own it and use it for 3years. I found out that this synth does not have ADSR.
It will make all shot tail note. well you can recorrect some by control EG on real time knobs. but is that to do? no.

they sound ok. and not to bad on the track. well comparing to its price range
Meaty Beats
March 7, 2013 @ 4:47 am
Sold it. WISH I had it back right now. Trying to recreate some things that were so easy to do with the EA1 and it is taking forever.
March 5, 2013 @ 7:20 pm
Nice simulated analog. It can make some serious noise. You can get some great squelchy chirpy granular sounds out of it if you motion sequence parts in the filter section really fast. Try it a few times to get some useful results.
December 25, 2012 @ 7:40 am
had one,and it was a cheap fun lil unit.
but after you get over the initial surge of cuteness and hands on tweekability you will quickly realize that it's a toy and cannot provide real [beep] shaking bass.
it's ok for leads and such but anyone who owns a "real" synth will notice that it is a bit thin and light in all of it's aspects-especially when it's in a track.
i found the bass unusable and just wimpy.
your mileage may vary.
i upgraded from this to an octave plateau kitten and a novation nova and the difference was obvious.
July 11, 2012 @ 3:58 am
Great sequencer but truly average sounds. It's fun to use with the ER1.
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 2 voices
  • Waveforms - Sawtooth, square, tri, external audio-in
  • Memory - 256 patterns, 16 songs
  • Filter - 1 VCF resonant low pass with external inputs
  • Effects - Distortion, Tempo delay, chorus/flanger
  • Keyboard - None (16 touch pads)
  • Arpeg/Seq - Pattern: 64 steps, motion sequence, 1 parameter per part, 64 events; Song: 256 patterns per song, 65,500 events
  • Control - MIDI (2 parts)
  • Date Produced - 1999

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