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
April 24, 2011 @ 3:07 am
Got one for 50$... never use it except as a midi through to something else from my DAW. I also own an ER1 & ES1 which I find far more useful. Its all about limits not surprises with this thing. I should really unplug it and use its sequencer for another synth but the dodgy portamento instead of slide function is frustrating. Might one day get the EMX instead.
notecontrol inc.
April 1, 2011 @ 12:23 pm
@ uri noir : forget about presets , i'm not actually a huge fan of electribes but i had few of them and if something is cool in those machines, that is the incredible ease on programming them , the sequencer is really simple ( too simple :( and everything is tweakable on the control panel , without menus and submenus , this makes those boxes really user-friendly and perfect for everyone who wants to make some music with hw without getting insane on programming it. .
really funny , but they sound old for me
March 5, 2011 @ 7:36 am
nice 90s vintage analog. i'm not into dance electronica, which this model is particularly meant for but it's still perfect for the kind of electronic soundscapes i do with most of my synths and other electronic gears.
January 4, 2011 @ 10:19 am
There is nothing quite like having 2 electribes, a ER-1 or ER-1 MKII and a EA-1 or EA-1 MKII connected and sync'd together. Playing them "live" is a toal trip for the inexperienced or even a MIDI guru. Electribes have a excellent tone to them, they are made to tweak and although playing the preset factory patterns is a blast, its just beginning to touch on what these bad [beep] little instruments are capable of The EA-1 and EA-1 Mark II were the beginning of excellent boxes designed by Korg. I hate to think of the Electribe line being entirely discontinued one day.
Uri Noir
November 12, 2010 @ 2:02 pm
As said below, I own a MkII version of this synth.

It's quite a nice toy, but too bad it lacks an LFO.
The preset sequencepatterns are not my thing, way too techno-ish and standard dance music-like.
Programming patterns, songs & sequences is quite a tough job, not really easy, not at all, actually.

I mainly use it as a "real action" soundgenerator for improvisational soundscapes and noise music, and I have to say, for this certain purpose, it does fairly well, within it's limits.
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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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