The Korg Electribe EMX 2 music production station combines powerful dexterity and precision to produce some breathtaking results. Whether you're looking for a live performance partner or an engaging music production tool, then this little beauty should be at the top of your shopping list.
The Electribe EMX 2 is infused with a range of cutting-edge tech that has been inherited from popular Korg products that include the legendary KingKORG, kaossilator, kaoss pad, and taktile. With 200 preset patterns that cover House, Techno, Trap, and EDM, the new Electribe is ready to go as soon as you get your hands on it. Whether you're looking to execute some chunky basslines, single-note driven sweeps or polyphonic chordal progressions, the Electribe is equipped to do it all.
The distinctive 16-pad setup along the front panel allows you to fully immerse yourself in the music making process through both aural and visual aids. You can use real-time recording to capture phrases, or adopt the step-recording feature to build up patterns one note at a time. The "step jump" feature that has been incorporated from the volca series, allows you to alternate phrase forms, whilst tweaking the "last step" setting varies the length of each part, allowing you to adjust the rhythm and feel on the fly, leading to a far more natural performance. The "motion sequence" function records knob and button operations to be used in the pattern you create. Either drums or synths can be assigned to the 16 pads, allowing you to build up a powerful rhythmic track. Using the velocity on/off control, you can input dynamics into your performance with ease.
Raw analog power
The Electribe EMX 2 benefits from a Korg-designed synth engine with 409 oscillator waveforms that include analog modelling and PCM. The analog modelling synth engine is responsible for producing a wide spectrum of tasks from forming basic waveforms to complex combinations such as dual, unison, sync, ring modulation, and cross modulation. The PCM sound engine handles rhythm sounds, as well as multi-samples for keyboard. The powerful KingKORG has kindly shared its filter algorithms with the EMX 2, enabling it to simulate standard synth tones that have featured on many hit records.
The Kaoss pad does exactly what you want it to do, add and manipulate effects in real-time for truly fluid control. As well as spatial effects that affect the acoustics of the patterns, you can also add musical transformations that include: "Vinyl Break" - inherited from the Kaoss pad series, and the newly developed "Seq Reverse" and "Odd Stepper" effects that change the playback order of the sequencer. The "pattern set" function allows you to switch patterns by pressing trigger pads, and an "event recording" function that records that performance.
Playing with others
The Electribe EMX 2 comes with MIDI IN/OUT, and "Sync IN/OUT" to enable synchronized performances with the Volca series controllers, Monotribe, or MS-20 mini - easily slipping into your existing setup with ease. Korg has collaborated with Ableton to offer a smooth workflow that creates a harmonious relationship between hardware and software. The Electribe sampler can internally save and export patterns in Ableton Live format, whilst individual patterns and parts are saved as scenes and clips in an Ableton Live Set. By using Live’s Session and Arrangement workflows you can edit and refine ideas, perform or record new parts, arrange ideas, and mix your song. To get you started Live Lite has been included. Wherever your music may take you, the unit can run on six AA batteries, allowing you to get on with what you do best.
Manufacturer Korg Model Electribe EMX 2 Sampler Music Production Station Dimensions (H x W x D) 45 x 339 x 189 mm Weight 1.6kg Operating Temperature 0- +40 Degrees C (non-condensing) Sound System Maximum Polyphony 24 voices*1 (Pseudo-polyphonic*2) *1: The polyphony of the entire pattern varies depending on the Oscillator, Filter, and Insert Fx type. *2: Independent parameters for each voice have been simplified; four voices share the parameters of one conventional voice. Number of parts 16 Sampling Frequency 48.0 kHz Number of Oscillator Types 409 Number of Filter types 16 Number of Modulation types 72 Memory Capacity 250 patterns Insert effects 38 types Master effects 32 types Sequencer Up to 64 steps for each part Up to 24 modulation sequences for each pattern Last Step can be varied for each part Trigger Pads 16 (Velocity sensitive is supported) Connectors Audio: L/Mono Output (Standard Phone jack) R Output (Standard Phone jack) Headphones (Stereo mini jack) Line Input (Stereo mini jack) MIDI: In; Out (Use an included MIDI adapter cable) USB: Type micro B Sync: In; Out (Stereo mini jack) External storage device SD Card (More than 1GB), SDHC Card (Up to 32GB) Power Supply AC Adaptor or AA battery x 6 - (Alkaline battery or Nickel metal hydride battery) Battery Life: Approximately 5 hours - (POWER SAVING: ON, with Nickel-Metal Hydride battery) Current Consumption is less than 500 mA Included Accessories AC Adaptor (KA-350) MIDI adapter cable x 2 Ableton Live 9 Lite (License card included)
- Good all round all-in-one with one for two drawbacks
I do think the synth engine is a bit lacking in terms of building unique sounds for instance you don't have full ADSR manipulation, only attack and decay and release are bunched together as one function which doesn't really make sense to me personally.
Alongside the lack if depth to the synth engine is a problem with popping/cutting when triggering sounds after a sound with any kind of release longer than 0 which is very prominent when making quick melodies. I have made a video documenting these issues and a number of others I've come across using the machine here: http://youtu.be/nfsPSfuMo3E
The pads on the EMX are quite good. The are very responsive however, I don't feel that the velocity sensitivity is quite right as there isn't much difference between a medium to hard tap, only a noticeable/controllable difference between hard and very light presses which makes getting things like hi-hats to have more movement difficult.
That said, I get sound great sounds and beats out if this machine and despite my initial disappointment at some of the issues if found, I resisted returning it and and enjoying using it as a quick go to beat making machine that is capable of producing some nice sounding stuff without even looking at a computer.
Here is a track I recently made on the device: http://youtu.be/O746jw8vv34
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