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 8, 2010 @ 12:00 am
I've been seeing some negative comments about the ea-1, and I don't think "A few good bass sounds" can sum up it's only use.
I have made a few short demos with the korg ea-1 and let it speak for itself.


Uri Noir
September 18, 2010 @ 8:29 pm
I own one of these, the mkII version, that is.

Somewhere in 2002 I borrowed a mkI from a friend, and although it's not really realistic analogue, it still has some sort of feel of it...
Perhaps the 2-voice polyphony reminds me of old analogue monosynths and, the tweaking to get "The Sound You Want"-feel... But that's about it.

I use it with a cheap MIDI-keyboard, along with a Monotron, to get some "old school MS-20 filter" feel with it, and some guitar effects pedals (mainly a pitchshifter/harmonizer and lots of delay), and I can make some wacky 7 weird sounds with it, the way I like.

Only point of criticism is, in comparison to a real MS-10 or MS-20, it sounds too clean, too digital, I miss the "rough" edge of dusty oscillators and filters...

But, well, okay, in the set-up I explained above, it's just a poor man's MS-10/MS-20...
Works for me, although, the minute I could lay my hands on one of the real vintage classics, I'd buy them, without hesitation.
Harlem Nights
July 28, 2010 @ 7:49 am
The worst presets for me on any synth, hysterical techno-ish, but quite nice bass is you trim it a bit. The hands-onness, portability and Electribe sequencer make it work. Most of the sounds in this Gino Soccio - style track came from the EA1:

June 18, 2010 @ 5:58 pm
I must say I was actually pretty disappointed with this one. I thought the ES-1 was cool enough to go ahead and buy the EM-1 (due to all the real time tweaking available). This, however, just seems too limited as far as versatility. You can squeeze out some decent bass sounds, but other than that, it just comes off as a weak (dual) monosynth. Boring.
April 11, 2010 @ 8:12 am
Had this for a few months now, it sounds great!
It has a really raw and rough analogish sound, but if you tweak it right it can also have a really nice soft sound as well.

The build quality isn't as bad as i was expecting based on a few of the reviews around the web. It's what you would expect from a budget machine. Plastic exterior, soft plastic buttons, wiggly knobs.

If you need some good thick sounds I would totally go for it, I bought mine for $177 (Thats including shipping).
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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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