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
October 10, 2008 @ 11:56 pm
An excellent piece of gear to complement any setup. Currently it adds character to my Korg MicroX and the original Korg Legacy Analog Collection with MS20-controller.

I especially like it for it's rude sounds and the possibility to modulate and deform external sounds as well.

The effects are quite basic, overdrive(depth), delay(time) and chorus(depth).

Paid only 134 euros for it and it still goes very cheap on ebay, so don't hesitate and buy it.
I never regretted it for a moment.
August 28, 2008 @ 4:32 am
i had the sampler version of this on i think.....it was mostly wack. it had some nice ways to manipulate the samples tho..i like the rotary dials for the pitch..real time you get some weird sounds...
August 26, 2008 @ 10:57 am
I used to have an EA-1 and I loved it!

On the upside:
- The range of sounds is amazing:
- 303 like basses
- Sweet stringy sounds
- Hard leads
- Sub-basses
- Blips and blobs
- The step-sequencer is very easy to program and the real-time control is very intuitive.
- It worked like a charm with my MIDI-setup and later with my Logic setup. (It would still work if it had not been stolen ...)

On the downside:
- Build-quality is a little lacking, especially the jacks and pots
- You cannot control both channels in real-time at the same time from the EA-1 itself

If you ever stumble upon one, do not hestitate: Buy it!
For great basslines, it's a charm, I would go as far as calling it a poor man's 303!
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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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