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Korg Electribe EMX-1

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The Korg Electribe EMX-1 surpasses its siblings with even more extreme sounds and instant usability. Sound parameters can be edited in real-time simply by using the knobs and switches located on the f... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Korg Electribe EMX-1 surpasses its siblings with even more extreme sounds and instant usability. Sound parameters can be edited in real-time simply by using the knobs and switches located on the front panel, letting you create sounds just as you would on an analog synthesizer. The Electribe MX provides 9 drum parts, 5 synth parts, plus accent parts that let you add dynamic accents to the drum and synth parts (for a total of 16 parts). The built-in VALVE FORCE vacuum tube circuitry lets you finesse your tone.

The Electribe MX features KORG's new MMT (Multi Modeling Technology) engine. The Synth Oscillator provides 16 different oscillator algorithms including not only powerful analog synthesis models, but sophisticated additive, PCM, combination, and formant models as well. Other functions include Chord Oscillator, which lets you produce the sound of chords with just a single note; Unison Oscillator, which detunes the pitch of as many as 6 oscillators to generate incredibly fat sounds; and Wave Shape, which mixes 2 oscillators and then applies modulation to create complex waveforms. 207 drum PCM sounds and 76 synth PCM sounds are built-in and ready for immediate use and range from powerful kick and snare beats through amazingly unique organic sounds.

In addition to 4 multimode resonant filters, there's a Drive parameter that produces the distinctive overdrive of analog circuitry, creating powerful analog synth sounds. BPF+ (Band Pass Filter Plus) with adjustable peaking as well as combinations of LFO and EG modulation allow you to create wonderfully bizarre sounds.

Twin Vacuum Tubes

The VALVE FORCE circuitry in the Electribe MX contains 2 vacuum tubes that can be used as a mastering effect to add new power to your sound. The tube gain knob adjusts the level at which the output signal is passed through the vacuum tubes, letting you create dynamic sounds with the distinctive tonal quality that only tubes deliver. This is not simple distortion but rather a natural effect that enhances the tonal changes in your music.

3 Stereo Effects to Process Your Sound

The effects from previous models of the Electribe series have been further enhanced to provide 3 multi-effect units (with 16 types of effect per unit) for simultaneous use. The wide variety of effects includes a cool Talking Modulator and a Grain Shifter that lets you freeze an instant of the sound and adjust the loop interval to the tempo. Sounds can be routed independently to the 3 effects, or you can use the Chain function to link effects together, opening up further sonic possibilities.

Nearly 200 Patterns included

The factory settings include 192 patterns ideal for all genres of today's dance music and beyond. Each pattern can save the sound settings and sequence data (maximum 128 steps) for each part, and 256 patterns can be stored in the internal memory. Pattern chaining is fast and flexible. You can combine patterns and add mute data and knob movements to create up to 64 songs.

Assign your favorite patterns to the 16 step keys, and use switchable Pattern Sets to select patterns while you perform. Chain Play lets you choose a starting pattern and ending pattern and loop the performance. You can also create and save your own original pattern sets.

Built-in Step Sequencer

The 14 part keys and 16 step keys on the panel of the Electribe MX allow for easy, intuitive song production. Realtime recording lets you record phrases as you perform, and step recording lets you use the keys to input timing, pitch, and duration one note at a time. Since you can specify the last step, it's easy to make instant changes to the feel or length of the song.

Record Knob Movements with a Pattern

The Motion Sequence records realtime knob adjustments and plays them back as part of the pattern. You can loop sounds with time-varying changes, creating original effects even in live performance. 2 types of motion sequence are provided; one for effects and one for parts. And each can also be edited for individual steps. You can record up to 24 motion sequences for use in a single pattern, allowing you to control virtually every sound parameter.

Arpeggiator with Ribbon Controller

The arpeggiator can be used for both live performance and song production. Simply touch the Gate Time/Resolution ribbon, and the selected part will begin sounding automatically. For a drum part, touching the ribbon will trigger notes, and sliding your finger up and down will change the note resolution. For a synth part, use the step keys to play the notes you want to arpeggiate - the ribbon controller affects note duration, and the slider can be played in realtime to generate new phrases. The resulting arpeggiator phrases can even be recorded into a Pattern. When playing a synth part, you can also specify what type of musical scale the slider will generate, giving you even wider expressive possibilities.

Process External Audio Sources

By using the stereo inputs, any external audio signal can be used as an oscillator and processed by the internal filter and effects. The Electribe MX provides 2 independent audio outputs in addition to the L/MONO and R main stereo output.

Auto BPM Detection

The Auto BPM function automatically detects the tempo from any rhythmic source connected to the audio-in jacks and applies that tempo to the pattern. Of course you can also use Tap Tempo to set the tempo or sync up to an external MIDI Clock.

SmartMedia Support

Pattern and song data created on the Electribe MX can be saved on SmartMedia cards for quick and easy data management.


MMT (Multi Modeling Technology) engine (16 different oscillator algorithms )
Twin vacuum tubes
3 stereo processing effects
Nearly 200 patterns included
Built-in step sequencer
Record knob movements Arpeggiator with ribbon controller
Process external audio sources
Auto BPM detection
SmartMedia support
Sound Generation Method: Analog Modeling + PCM
Oscillator type: 16 (Synth Part)
Filter type: 4 (Synth Part)
Drive Circulation (Synth Part)
Modulation Function (Assignable, Tempo Synchronization)
Number of Waveforms: 207 drum PCM waveforms, 76 Synth PCM waveforms (16 bit, 44.1kHz)
Number of Parts: 16 total; 5 synth parts, 9 drum parts, 1 synthesizer accent part, 1 drum accent part
Memory: 256 patterns (192 preload), 64 songs (3 preload)  
Effects: 16 types x 3 (Chain)
Sequencer: [pattern] Maximum 128 steps by part, Maximum 24 motion sequence by pattern [song] Maximum 256 patterns
Arpeggiator: Ribbon + Slider, Scale
Output: L/Mono, R (phone jack: mono x 2), Individual 3, 4 (phone jack: mono x 2), Headphone (phone jack: stereo)
Input: Audio In (phone jack: mono)
MIDI: In, Out, Thru
External Memory: SmartMedia(TM) (4-128 MB, 3V)
Vacuum tube: 12AX7 x 2
Power Consumption: 24W 
Power Supply: AC IN (AC9V)
Weight: 3.1 kg / 6.83 lbs.
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USA Warranty Policy

All Korg products purchased from a Korg USA authorized dealer are warranted to be free from defects in material and workmanship to the original consumer purchaser as listed below:

Labor: 1 Year
Parts: 1 Year

Exceptions: Tubes, AC Adapters, Foot Switches: 90 days

Warranty Requirements and Limitations:

-Proof of Warranty - The customer must provide proof of purchase in order to obtain warranty service. The dated sales slip or copy thereof is the only acceptable proof of purchase.

-The product must be purchased from a Korg USA authorized dealer and have a valid serial number.

Damage resulting from the following causes are excluded from the warranty set forth above:
-Misuse, including damage occurring during shipment, damage caused by battery leakage, accident, fire, unauthorized repairs, tampering, cosmetic damage or other types of damage which are the result of improper handling or abuse.
-The cleaning of controls or contacts due to exposure to dirty, dusty, or otherwise contaminated environment.
-Damage resulting from modification.
-Damage to units used for loan or rental.

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(7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)


The Korg Electribe EMX is great!


from Chicago,IL

Comments about Korg Electribe EMX-1:

If you want real "eclectic" sounds from a production studio then this is your machine. i have owed this EMX for 7 months and have NEVER had a problem.It works well with my existing studio,I cant keep away from my EMX, Im always on it creating new sounds. Be a leader not a follower, check this machine out today!

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Nice Piece of the Electribe Family

By Burro79

from Austin, TX

Comments about Korg Electribe EMX-1:

The EMX-1 is one of four electribes that we have in our project. I am always amazed when I hear something new and catchy that I think came from Logic or Reason... and then find out that my programmer punched it out on an electribe. This is an amazingly versatile machine and the tubes do really make a difference. Our main programmer swears by his "kids" - a family of three Electribes and his Triton MX. He uses the EMX as a processor for a number of other pieces of gear. This one is worth the money, though it's hard to go wrong with an electribe.

(3 of 8 customers found this review helpful)



By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Korg Electribe EMX-1:

I was playing two of these, and some DJ in the store was beatmatching for me. A virtual one man show, difficult for beginner to set up, and hard to get the store to demo one or even plug it in, but if you can get one or a pair, you will be amazed.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Can't touch it!

By Ruso

from USA

Comments about Korg Electribe EMX-1:

Coming from a community of many Electribers, with extensive experience from other various music environments, both hardware and software I must say that this machine can not be outdone by any of them. It is loaded with many different synth types each one can be mangled beyond belief. There is not a single piece of hardware or software that I have seen/heard that can produce more powerful basslines. I've heard of many people blowing sound systems during live gigs. Anyways the stock drum sounds are not very good however with some tweaking can be done very well. It's a very intuitive and fast paced production box. You can literally start from a kick and work into a full blown improvised performance once you master all parts of it. It's cheap, it's phat, it will blow everything else away.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


A Must Have

By Metalpotato

from Norwalk, CA

Comments about Korg Electribe EMX-1:

The EMX-1 is my favorite piece of gear. It's pretty much every thing i need to make tracks. I use the EMX-1 with the ES-MK2 and a MicroKORG, which is a complete studio AND live set. I highly recommend this to experts and begginers.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


I Love it!

By Adam Smith

from Corpus Christ, Texas

Comments about Korg Electribe EMX-1:

I got one at the first of the year to write my first album. I love it. It has a lot of great features and is easy to learn on. You can make all kinds of interesting sounds with this machine. The only complaints that I have are that there is not a very diverse collection of drum sounds. When playing the keyboard you can only play one key at a time. Also after using it for about an hour the vacum tubes get hot. I recomend getting a rack for it with fans to avoid overheating for long periods of use. A big plus is that it has a lot of different scales you can choose from. All in all it is a great machine for it's price.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)



By Worm Taco

from Litchfield CT

Comments about Korg Electribe EMX-1:

The Emx is probably the best thing I ever bought. Although it takes some time to learn, once you have it is possibly the most useful piece of music equiptment I have ever owned. 250+ fantastic drum samples, and a great synth (only downside is that you can't play chords on it). BUY IT NOW!!!

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