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Korg Electribe EM1 Music Production Station

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    The Korg Electribe EM-1 is a digital synthesizer first produced by Korg in 1999, alongside the EA-1 and ER-1. Korg discontinued production of the EM-1 in 2002 and replaced the model with the Electribe EMX.

    The EM-1 combines a drum machine and two-part synthesizer with a sequencer. Its design combined elements of the Korg Electribe EA-1 and ER-1 to offer an "all-in-one" groovebox. The Electribe series was noted for its compact size, weighing 1.25 kg and measuring only 300mm x 222mm x 55mm.

    The synth's sound engine consists of 50 FM waveforms, both pitch and rhythmic in nature. Waveform editing capabilities include: volume, panning, envelope, filtering, roll-effect, internal effects processing, pitch, and glide (portamento). The filter is a 12 dB/oct low-pass with cutoff and resonance controls.

    The onboard sequencer can hold 256 patterns which can be chained together to form a "song". Up to 16 "songs" can be stored in the EM-1's internal memory.

    The EM-1 was targeted at semi-professional DJs and musicians, but it was also adopted by professional musicians and bands, including British techno group The Prodigy, who used it on a number of recordings and live performances.

    Although the EM-1 was not supplied with an editing interface for PC or Mac, an aftermarket editor for PC was developed by H.J. Stulgies of German company Midiweb with assistance from Korg and released as shareware. The editor significantly expanded the speed at which the EM-1 could be programmed.

    You can edit sounds intuitively by using the front panel knobs and keys, and easily create complete rhythms and phrase patterns without requiring any additional equipment. The EM-1 is the ideal tool for any musician, DJ, sound creator, or DTM user who wants an easy way to add originality to their music.

    • The EM-1 has eight drum parts and two synth parts, and you can assign sounds to each part and edit them.

    • By combining rhythm patterns created for each drum part together with phrase patterns created for each synth part, you can easily create a song using no additional equipment.

    • Internal memory contains numerous drum waves (144 types) and synth waves (50 types), giving you access to a wide range of sonic expression.

    • Up to 256 patterns (maximum of 64 steps each) can be created using the Sample data and stored in internal memory.
    • The EM-1 provides a Motion Sequence function that can record and loop knob movements, and can be recorded for each part of each pattern.

    • By combining multiple patterns and adding event data such as knob movements, you can create and save up to sixteen songs.

    • You can choose from realtime recording, step recording, and note editing.

    • Since sounds and rhythm or phrase patterns can be modified instantly, you can use these changes as part of your live performance expression.

    • Eleven types of effect plus tempo delay are provided, and an Effect/Delay Motion Sequence function allows knob movements to be recorded.

    • A Keyboard function lets you use the sixteen step keys as a keyboard on which to perform.

    • The Pattern Set play function lets you assign 64 different patterns to the 16 step keys, and successively select and play them.

    • Tap Tempo and MIDI Clock can be used to synchronize the performance with an external sequencer, turntable, etc.

    • The EM-1 can be controlled from an external sequencer or keyboard as a MIDI sound module.

    • The MIDI Dump function lets you save data on a computer or external sequencer etc
    Type: Digital
    Synthesis: ROM, Sampling, Subtractive
    Oscillators: 2
    Waveforms: ROM
    ROM Resolution: 16 bit
    Oscillator Notes:
    50 waveform samples
    1 synth accent part
    144 drum/percussion waveforms
    1 drum accent part
    Envelopes: 1
    Evelope Paramerters: Attack, Decay
    Filters: 1
    Types: 24dB Slope (4-pole), Low Pass, Resonance
    Polyphony & Tuning
    Polyphony: 12
    Timbrality: 12
    Tuning: Standard
    Modes: Mono, Polyphonic
    Patches RAM: 256
    Storage: Internal
    Editing: MIDI
    11 Type
    Reverb, Flanger/Chorus,Phaser, Ring
    Modulator, Pitch Shifter, Compressor, Distortion,
    Decimator, Resonator, Filter,
    Modulation Delay
    Sequencer: Pattern
    Maximum 64 steps for each part,
    Motion sequence,
    Synth part: 3 parameters,
    Drum part: 2 parameters,
    Accent part: 1 parameter,
    64 events
    Maximum 256 patterns per song
    Maximum approximately 35,700 events
    for event recording
    Case: Desktop
    Controls: Buttons, Pads, Knobs, Sequencer, Tempo Knob
    Display Type: LED, Numeric, Backlit
    Display Count H: 3
    Display Count V: 1
    Dimensions (WxDxH): 300 (W) x 222.5 (D) x 55.4 (H) mm (with rubber feet)
    Weight: 1.25kg
    Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, Stereo Main, Stereo Headphone
    Audio Output Count: 4
    Inputs: 1 mono audio in
    MIDI Ports: IN, OUT
    Power: 5w
    Year Released: 1999
    Year Discontinued: 2002
    Used By
    The Prodigy
    Manuals & Documents

    Product Links
    Company Product Sites:
    [+] i.korg.com
    MSRP List Price: $299 - convert
    Retail Street Price: $249 - convert
    Used Price: $75 - $250 - convert
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