MESSE10: Two New Korg Electribes

EMX-1 SD and ESX-1 SD offer artist-created patterns and SD card data storage      24/03/10
MESSE10: Two New Korg Electribes

Here's Korg's press release...
Korg's popular Electribe pattern-based music production stations have earned respect among electronic musicians across every genre. Now revitalized with up-to-the-minute patterns and massive SD data storage, these versatile music makers are now better than ever. Introducing the tube-driven ELECTRIBE-MX SD (EMX-1 SD) and ELECTRIBE-SX SD (ESX-1 SD).
As more and more musicians adopted the Electribes as part of their audio arsenal, Korg teamed up with cutting-edge creative artists from around the world to deliver fresh beats, patterns and even Electribe SX (ESX-1) samples. Ninja Tune/Big Dada artists Emika and the Anti-pop Consortium are contributors, as well as U.K. MySpace artist Shrikednb (Tom Thorpe), plus YouTube stars Denkitribe and Scribej.
The addition of convenient SD/SDHC card storage allows up to 32 GB of sound, pattern, song and sample data to be saved on an individual card. This enables an entire live show's worth of data to be saved on a single card.
The Electribe's acclaimed ease-of-use, advanced features, and sonic power are all as strong as ever. Track-making is intuitive; each musical part is created using the same workflow as when producing a song. Vacuum tubes deliver tube saturation and overdrive to taste. The EMX-1 SD uses Korg's MMT (Multiple Modeling Technology) sound engine to offer sixteen types of tone generation. The ESX-1 SD offers powerful editing features to provide the freedom to sample and modify sounds in realtime.

Features common to both models include:
  • Twin vacuum tube VALVE FORCE circuitry, delivering analog warmth or menacing bite
  • Three stereo effects that can be chained together for radical sound warping
  • Crisp filters and speedy-smooth timbral modulation
  • Built-in step sequencer, delivering intuitive song production
  • Motion Sequence function, to capture and replay sound-tweaking knob movements
  • Powerful arpeggiator, ribbon controller and slider, for generating inspired phrases
  • Auto BPM Detection, which sets the tempo based on any external audio source
Pricing and Availability:
The Korg Electribe EMX-1 SD and ESX-1 SD will be available June 2010 with an MSRP of $750.00. More information:

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DC    Said...

So nay other improvements other than the SD card? The gear people are using has moved on a lot since 2004 It would be a shame to see korg stuck there.

24-Mar-10 06:05 AM

rp    Said...

Good lord, what are Korg thinking. MSRP of $750. You could indeed just put the cost towards a time machine and go back to 2004 if that's what you wanted to do. I say all this as a proud owner of many Korg pieces of kit.

24-Mar-10 08:06 AM

Aymeric    Said...

After 6 years of innovative development Korg unveils the sd card for Electribes... I hope for an April 1st joke !

24-Mar-10 01:24 PM

bippy    Said...

i am upset now.

24-Mar-10 02:20 PM

P.P.    Said...

I just don't know what KORG is thinking! Last time they are doing wired things. Small gadget synths like micro sampler and other such stuff.....

And after 6 years of EMX/ESX they just replaced the smart media slot!!!

Who is going to buy this certainly not the owner of a EMX/ESX.

24-Mar-10 06:19 PM

MAD    Said...

I'm Super MAD. i just but the esx1 just last month! rage!

24-Mar-10 07:02 PM

George    Said...

They increased just the storage memory, the flash memory is only 50 mb like the original so this SD is absolutely useless cause you need to loaded again if you want more samples. and limit is the same 100 mono + 50 stereo. SP-404 read samples direct from the memory card for a few years now... Very stupid move Korg!!!!!

25-Mar-10 02:30 PM

P.P.    Said...

Hey, guys just get the OCTATRCK from The price will be 1'200.- and you will have much more possibilities. Just have a look to the OCTATRACK, wow.

25-Mar-10 02:52 PM

Mike    Said...

KORG overstreached the cashcow!!!

Hm, yes the OCTATRACK has much more possibilities than the recycled ELECTRIBE SX.

25-Mar-10 03:18 PM

GioMakyo    Said...

I'm really surprised they didn't do more. The arpeggiator/ribbon controller is a weak point, these could really use the ability to choose from multiple arpeggiator patterns not just the same one every time.

These are good, rugged little units for live use, but people are better off buying the old ones now for very cheap prices and tracking down some Smart Media cards.

25-Mar-10 10:37 PM

Benedict Johnson    Said...

I will be intrigued to see what the new Electribes will be like when Korg eventually release some new ones. So much's happened since - not least of all the rise of the Kaossillator, who's ancestry is in the Electribe.

02-Apr-10 07:23 AM

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