Korg ElecTribe M (EM-1)

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The ElecTribe EM-1 Music Production System is another great ElecTribe series instrument with two synth-parts and eight drum-parts. Sort of combining the elements of the original ElecTribe EA-1 and ER-1, the new EM-1 is an all-in-one groove and dance music machine for DJs and musicians alike!

The EM-1 has loads of drum sounds, all of which are excellent for dance music. There are 144 different sounds, and patterns can have up to eight drum parts. Parts can be muted and individually processed, live and in realtime. The synth sounds consist of 50 waveforms and a pattern can hold up to two synth parts. Waveform editing includes volume, panning, envelope, filtering, roll-effect, internal effects processing, pitch, and glide (portamento). The filter is only a 12 dB/oct low-pass with cutoff and resonance controls which is a little thin, but it still gets the point across.

Naturally, the EM-1 features an advanced built-in sequencer with multi-effects for complete Music Production features. The sequencer holds up to 256 patterns and 16 songs. It ships with 192 of them full of cool dance programs to get you going. Sequencing is done in step or real time using the 16 pads which represent 16th notes of a 1-bar pattern. Patterns can be up to 64-steps (4-bars) long. Built-in effects consist of two processors, a Master (global) Delay and one of 11 Insert Effects. The insert effects include Reverb, Flanger/Chorus, Phaser, Ring modulator, Pitch shifter, Compressor, Distortion, Decimator, Resonator, and Modulation Delay. The Motion Sequencer functions can record movements of the EM-1's knobs in realtime and store them with your Patterns to add rhythmic effects, filter sweeps, and evolving synth or effect changes.

The EM-1 is certainly a cool dance music production system! On the Professional level, its two-voices of synth parts is very slim pickings. On the other hand, it can offer Pro-DJ's incredible performance potential! For example, you can store up to 64 patterns to the step keys for realtime pattern recall. Combine that with realtime part muting/soloing, and realtime filtering, tweaking and effecting, tap-tempo or MIDI clock sync for an excellent groove machine! Although there are far fewer hands-on knobs than on the Yamaha AN-200 and DX-200, the EM-1 is less expensive and offers a great nag for its buck! It has been used by The Prodigy.

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26 Visitor comments
Mur
January 25, 2014 @ 9:25 pm
The video demo is just WOW! this man is pure genius
anaman
June 8, 2013 @ 2:55 pm
filter is not a VCF as stated in the specs on this page, it is digital.
Analogman80
March 25, 2013 @ 3:30 pm
Hands down the most under rated of them all! Best drum samples outta the bunch, And even after buying the ea-1 and rm-1 your still short a synth channel that this box gives you! Awesome machine, If you can find one for 350 bux or under its a steal!!! Do not let the youtube videos of people who cannot use this thing fool you....very very good box for the money.
Beatboxbonanza
February 8, 2013 @ 7:31 am
Well I picked one up on a whim having owned the ESX, EMX, ER-1 and ES-1. This is by far the most useful and underrated. Hands down beats the EMX for sound quality. EMX sounds plastic and processed - this has a clean, true sound.

There are not too many samples in this box, which is possibly whey they all sound so great - like they have been meticulously chosen. No EQ, but you don't need it as all samples already sound processed. Has a very 'full' sound and good benchmark to mix other gear to - no fiction! Drums have amp envs only, but synth parts have filter and amp. Filter is great!
Sclr
January 30, 2013 @ 4:58 pm
If you can get one of these for cheap they are really handy. Great for sequencing/controlling analog synths that have midi. The step sequencer is great for mono synths. the drum sounds are pretty good/usable. Every time i see one pop up for sale i'm tempted to ditch my esx, get a cheap sampler, hook em up with my synth and get back to basics. This and a couple modules are all you need to get started. Get out from behind the damn screen! Get some analog synths track one of these down and you are in heaven.
 
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 2 voices (synth), 8 voices (drums)
  • Waveforms - 50 synthesizer waveforms, 144 drum waveforms
  • Memory - 256 patterns, 16 songs
  • Filter - 1 VCF resonant low pass with external inputs
  • Effects - Master Effect: Tempo Delay; Insert Effects: 11 Types (Reverb, Flanger/Chorus, Phaser, Ring modulator, Pitch shifter, Compressor, Distortion, Decimator, Resonator, Modulation delay)
  • Keyboard - None (16 touch pads)
  • Arpeg/Seq - Pattern: 64 steps, motion sequence (drum parts = 2 systems, synthesizer parts = 3 systems); Song: 256 patterns per song, 35,700 events; Motion Sequences: 2 per drum part, 3 per synth part, 1 per Insert effect and 1 per Master Delay.
  • Control - MIDI IN/OUT/THRU (2 synth parts, 8 drum parts)
  • Date Produced - 2001

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