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Korg monotribe Analogue ribbon station  

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        Responsive realtime control brought to analog groove-making with this combination analog synth, rhythm box, and sequencer.

        The amazing Korg monotribe Analog Ribbon Station is a new form of synthesizer that packs an amazing array of features and technology into its compact body. Korg’s 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 sequencing. Complete with a built-in speaker and battery power, monotribe is self-contained and highly portable.

        SyncKontrol (downloadable from Korg's monotribe web page) lets you sync your monotribe to your iPhone/iPod/iPad, offers tap tempo and swing functions, and also features WIST Wireless synch technology, to sync your monotribe to an additional i-device running iElectribe, iMS-20 or iElectribe Gorillaz Edition!

        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, and delivers 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.

        Electribe-Style Groove Creation
        For over a decade, Korg's Electribe Series has served as the standard tools for dance music and DJ work, and has earned outstanding popularity, even appearing as a top-selling iPad app. The fantastic step key interface lives on in monotribe, with a dedicated button for each of the eight steps. This allows realtime, hands-on step editing of not only the drum parts, but also for any synth part sequence played on the ribbon keyboard.

        Active Step and Flux Mode
        Active Step editing lets you remove or re-insert individual steps, creating short loop-like effects or off-beat patterns that weave in and out of complex rhythms. The step buttons provide this Active Step control during playback, and also provide an instant return to the original 8-step sequence if needed. Flux Mode allows the creation of sequenced synth parts that are not rigidly tied to the step grid, providing more musical versatility. The creation and morphing of edgy beats and stuttering rhythms has never been easier.

        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.

        Self-Correcting Pitch Circuitry
        Analog synthesizers of yesteryear were prone to drift in pitch. But no more! The monotribe’s pitch-correction 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, no sensitivity to temperature changes – just the great sound of analog VCO.

        Classic Analog Components – VCO, LFO, VCA
        The VCO offers a choice between sawtooth, triangle and square wave. White noise can mixed in to the oscillator signal in any amount. 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 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 form CD or MP3 and create larger than life filter effects!

        Sync Jacks: A Return to Modular
        The monotribe provides both Sync In and Sync Out jacks, empowering multiple monotribe units to play and work together for a synchronized performance. Not just other monotribes, either. Audio line level pulses can trigger the Sync Input so the monotribe can be synchronized to a DAW system, for example. In addition, the polarity of the pulse waveform can be changed for both the input and output, so you can enjoy synchronized performance with a variety of equipment equipped with Sync connections.

        On-The-Go Groove Making
        Light, compact, and portable, monotribe is great on the go. Equipped with a built-in speaker and powered by six AA batteries, it is completely self-contained and ready to deliver hours of enjoyment wherever you take it.

        Features
        • The powerful sound of true analog synthesis
        • 3-part analog drums, using discrete analog circuitry
        • Popular Electribe-style sequencing
        • Active Step and Flux features for realtime dynamic loop manipulation
        • Advanced multi-function ribbon keyboard; Chromatic, Continuous, & Wide modes
        • Self-tuning circuitry provides stable pitch for accurate chromatic playability
        • Selectable oscillator waveform, noise generator, and versatile LFO
        • Uses the same VCF (filter) circuit as the classic MS-10/MS-20
        • Sync In & Out jacks allows synchronized integration with multiple units
        • Battery operation, built-in speaker and compact size deliver on-the-go groove making

        Don't be a musician without a tribe - unless you want to be a tribe of one, then order a Korg monotribe and let the drums beat.

         

        monotribe Analogue ribbon station Specifications:

        • Keyboard: Ribbon keyboard
        • Sound Generator: Analog synthesis
        • - VCO: Waveshape (Saw, Triangle, Square); Octave Range (64, 32, 16, 8, 4, 2); Noise Generator (Amount); Key Range (Wide, Narrow, Key)
        • - VCF: 12 dB/Oct Low Pass Filter; Cutoff (Frequency); Peak (Resonance)
        • - VCA: Gain knob: EG Select (Decay, Gate, Attack)
        • - LFO: Rate (Speed); Intensity (Depth); Target Switch (VCO, VCF, VCO+VCF); Mode Switch (Fast, Slow, 1-Shot); Shape (Saw, Triangle, Square)
        • Drums: 3 parts, discrete analog
        • Sequencer: 8 steps
        • CONNECTORS:
        • - Audio In: 3.5mm / 1/8” stereo mini-phone jack
        • - Output: 6.3mm / 1/4” stereo phone jack (unbalanced)
        • - Headphones: 3.5mm / 1/8” stereo mini-phone jack
        • - Sync In Jack: 3.5mm / 1/8” stereo mini-phone jack
        • - Maximum input level: 20V
        • - Sync Out Jack: 3.5mm / 1/8” stereo mini-phone jack
        • Output level: 5V
        • Power Supply: AA/LR6 alkaline battery (x6); AA nickel-metal hydride battery (x6); Optional AC adapter DC: 9V (Not included)
        • Battery Life: Approximately 14 hours (when using alkaline batteries)
        • Dimensions (WxDxH): 8-1/8" x 5-11/16" x 2-3/4" (207 x 145 x 70mm)
        • Weight: 1.62lb./735g (without batteries)
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        Korgmonotribe Analogue ribbon station
         
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              5.0

              Fun and easy to use. Classic Analog!

              By Foxglove9

              from Brooklyn, NY

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                    Comments about Korg monotribe Analogue ribbon station:

                    Unbelievable product from Korg. If you already have a Monotron then you know what you are in for. For those that do not, this is a very basic mono synth/drum machine. 4 Drum Parts, 1 Synth part. All analog, with the classic Korg MS-20 Filter.

                    No menus, no presets, no Midi. All the knobs you need are there, it's just a quick pick up and play device. 1 Mono out, headphone jack, Sync in/out for tempo control and audio input for processing external audio into it's filter.

                    It has a built in speaker and runs on batteries or AC. Batteries last a long time, and the speaker isn't bad, but what you would expect from a tiny cheap speaker. The portability makes it great to play anywhere and just mess around with loops.

                    The only thing I wish it had was 2 outputs 1 for the drums and one for the synth. Luckily this is built to be hacked and modded so you can add MIDI ports, CV Control, Extra Drum knobs and multiple outs. If you handy with a soldering iron.

                    So basically if you are looking for something cutting edge with a ton of sounds and features this isn't for you. If you like to experiment with sound and twist knobs then buy this quickly.

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                    5.0

                    Great Product at a Great Price!

                    By lmichaud

                    from Cleveland, OH

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                    • Easy to Use
                    • Flexible
                    • Responsive / Good Action

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                      Comments about Korg monotribe Analogue ribbon station:

                      Right out of the box my son was creating some very complex and unique patterns and rhythms.

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                      5.0

                      Great piece of gear

                      By Albedo '79

                      from Canada

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                      • Easy to Use
                      • Portable
                      • Realistic Sound

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                        Comments about Korg monotribe Analogue ribbon station:

                        This is a geat addition to any electronica /dj setup. The V2 update makes this a 16 step sequencer. Can be used as a sequencer, a monophonic synth (with added aftermarket midi), an old school drum kit or as a filter. Very versitale and tweeking knobs results in a satisfying analogue sound. Well worth the price. Check out the videos on youtube, you'll want to buy two !!

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