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Korg monotribe Analog Ribbon Station

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Analog Synth + Analog Rhythm + Step Sequencer = Analog Electribe

In a world seemingly ruled by digital, Korg created an analog sensation with the palm-sized monotron Analogue Ribbon Synthesizer. Today, Korg’s next analog innovation came in the form of the monotribe Analog Ribbon Station; a new form of synthesizer that packs an amazing array of features and technology. -monotribe shares the monotron’s analog DNA, yet quickly delves deeper into the rich, organic, and often chaotic world of analog synthesis. In addition to analog synthesis, monotribe brings together intuitive ease of use and a three-part discrete analog rhythm section, plus the proven appeal of Electribe-style step sequencing. Complete with built-in speakers and battery power, monotribe is self-contained and highly portable, able to deliver your ideas with style and personality.

True Analog Synthesis

The monotribe’s sound engine uses technology old and new, merging the powerful sound of analog synthesis with the dexterity and playability required in today’s groove making environments. Analog technology is essential for fast and responsive control, delivering the full sonic spectrum from warm and easy going to full-throttle rampage.
Three-Part Analog Drums

The monotribe provides a three-part rhythm section powered by discrete analog circuitry; bass drum, snare, and hi-hat. These three sounds were the key elements in a generation of analog beat making, and are still in demand today. Use these powerful drum sounds to generate distinctive beats attainable only from the monotribe.

Multi-Mode Ribbon Keyboard

The ribbon controller keyboard provides three selectable playing modes/ranges. The chromatic mode (KEY) is ideal for playing melodies and bass lines, and stepping smoothly from note to note. Switch to the continuous mode (NARROW) for glides and bends - just as on the monotron. Also available is the wide continuous mode (WIDE) with a six-fold pitch range for dramatic synth zaps and screams. In addition, pressing the Gate Time button will allow the gate time to be sequenced as the ribbon controller keyboard is played.
The Gate Time Hold function lets you use the ribbon controller keyboard to play and record new pitch information while retaining the gate times that are recorded in the sequencer.

Self-Tuning Analog

Analog synthesizers of yesteryear were prone to drift in pitch. But no more! The monotribe’s self-tuning circuitry provides stable chromatic playability, and will not go out of tune. This self-tuning technology also means no warm-up time, no servicing for pitch calibration, and no sensitivity to temperature changes – just the great sound of an analog VCO.

Sync In Jack supports CV/Gate Input

The Sync In jack allows the monotribe to be controlled via the keyboard of a KORG KingKORG, or other analog devices that have a CV/Gate Output jack.

Classic Analog Components – VCO, LFO, VCA

The VCO offers a choice between sawtooth, triangle and square waves. White noise can be mixed into the oscillator signal in any amount desired. The Octave selector covers a broad range, from deep bass to piercing lead-lines.
Three EG (Envelope Generator) presets provide the VCA with impressive versatility and dexterity. The LFO can be patched to the VCO and/or the VCF, creating impressive dynamic effects. The Range switch allows the LFO to deliver stirring cyclic changes over tens of seconds (SLOW) or superfast (FAST) audio-range FM ringing. Switching the LFO Mode to the 1-shot setting allows the LFO behave as a second envelope generator – a truly powerful addition!

Vintage MS-10/MS-20 Filter

The monotribe features the same VCF circuit that can be found on Korg's classic MS-10 and MS-20 analog semi-patchable synthesizers. Distinctively analog, this sharp and powerful filter adds dramatic change to the sound, imparting the uniquely memorable character of Korg’s early analog synthesizers. Using the audio input, any audio source can be enhanced by passing through the filter section. Process an instrument, a voice, or a complete mix from CD or MP3 and create larger than life filter effects!

16-Step Synth parts

As with drum parts, the synth part now provides timing information in between the steps of a sequence, allowing a pattern to achieve a total of 16 steps.
Synth Part Volume Automation

Volume Automation allows the synth volume to be recorded during playback to create more detailed sequences. The left side of the ribbon controller keyboard decreases the volume, and the right side increases it. This Volume Automation can even be controlled if Flux mode is on.
Set individual Active Steps for each Part.

The Active Step function lets you specify which steps are played or jumped when the step sequencer is playing back. Now, the Active Step can be set individually for each of the SYNTH, BD, SD, and HH parts. By specifying a different number of steps for each part, you can create complex polyrhythms.
Sample & Hold (S & H) added to the LFO

The S&H function is indispensable for creating mysterious analog synth sound effects. The RATE knob adjusts the frequency of change, and the INT. knob adjusts the depth of change.

“What is Sample & Hold?”

Unlike traditional LFO waveshapes that provide a constantly changing signal, the Sample & Hold feature takes a “sample” of the LFO signal and holds that level for a specific duration of time. The results are the highly popular and slightly random stepped-filter effects so famously used in analog synthesizers. By using noise as the input signal, the monotribe version 2 lets you create effects that change in a distinctively random manner.

Drum Roll capability

A roll can now be added to the desired drum part. The speed of the roll can be controlled using the ribbon controller keyboard; moving toward the right will increase the number of strikes. You can also record the drum roll by using the sequencer to intuitively create subtle and dynamic drum patterns.

Linked Sequences play multiple monotribes in rotation

The Link Sequence feature is a sync method that vastly expands the scope of the monotribe, to deliver even more fun. When sequence playback reaches step 8, the sequence will automatically stop and the next monotribe unit will start playing. By loop-connecting the SYNC jacks, the playback can keep cycling through multiple units – in true modular fashion!

Various new functions

The Gate Time Hold function lets you use the ribbon controller keyboard to play and record new pitch information while retaining the gate times that are recorded in the sequencer. The Half Tempo function cuts the tempo in half when synchronizing to an external input from the SYNC IN jack. In addition, there are now four shortcut keys that instantly initialize various types of sequence data or active step settings.

Technical Specifications
Type: Analog
Synthesis: Subtractive
Oscillators: 1
Waveforms: Saw Up, Square, Triangle, White Noise
Osc Modulation: LFO, Oscillator, Ribbon
Envelopes: 1
Evelope Paramerters: Attack, Decay, Triggered
Envelope Notes::
+ MS-20 filter
Filters: 1
Types: 12dB Slope (2-pole), Low Pass, Resonance
Filter Modulation: Knob, LFO, Ribbon
LFO: 1
LFO Parameters: Sample & Hold, Saw Up, Square, Triangle, Key Sync
Polyphony & Tuning
Polyphony: 1
Timbrality: 1
Tuning: Standard
Modes: Mono
Patches RAM: 1
+ Three-part rhythm section
+ Bass drum, snare, and hi-hat sounds
+ 16 step sequencer
+ Gate time control
Chips and Operating System
2.1 Revision
Case: Desktop
Keyboard: 25 keys, Touch Plates, Plastic
Controls: Buttons, Knobs, Mod - Ribbon, Switches
Display Type: LED
Dimensions (WxDxH): 207 x 145 x 70mm/8.15 x 5.71 x 2.76 inches
Weight: 735g/1.62 lbs.
Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, Stereo Main
Audio Output Count: 1
Inputs: 1 x 1/8" stereo
CV Ports: CV IN, Gate In
Control Features: Sync with other monotribes and korg sync product
Power: 9V DC, Positive Tip / 6 x AA batteries
Year Released: 2011
Manuals & Documents

Product Links
Company Product Sites:
[+] www.korg.com
MSRP List Price: $340 - convert
Retail Street Price: $300 - convert
Used Price: $125 - $180 - convert

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