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— New unit combines Monotron and MS20-style analog synthesis with Electribe-style programming—

MELVILLE, NY, August 30, 2011 — Korg is now shipping their  Monotribe Analogue Ribbon Station.   It builds on the analog synthesis in Korg’s popular Monotron, with   intuitive ease of use and the addition of three-part discrete analog   drums, plus the appeal of Korg’s Electribe-style step sequencing. A   built-in speaker and optional battery power add to its portability.

Adding further music-making possibilities, Korg is also offering their Korg SyncKontrol app on the iTunes store. SyncKontrol lets users sync a Monotribe to an   iPhone/iPod/iPad, and offers tap tempo and swing functions, plus WIST   Wireless sync technology to sync a Monotribe to an additional i-device   running iElectribe, iMS-20, iElectribe Gorillaz Edition, or other   WIST-enabled apps. Click here to download the free Korg SyncKontrol app   from the iTunes store.

About the Monotribe
In addition to the analog synthesizer voice, the  Monotribe provides a  three-part rhythm section (bass drum, snare, and  hi-hat) powered by  discrete analog circuitry. These sounds were key  elements in a  generation of analog beat making, and are still in demand  today. Korg’s  popular Electribe step-key interface lives on in  Monotribe, with a  dedicated button for each of eight steps. This allows  real-time,  hands-on step editing of drum parts, as well as any synth  part sequence  played on the ribbon keyboard.

Active  Step editing lets users remove or re-insert  individual steps, creating  short loop-like effects or off-beat patterns  that weave in and out of  complex rhythms. Flux Mode allows the creation  of sequenced synth parts  that are not rigidly tied to the step grid.

The  ribbon controller keyboard provides three  selectable playing  modes/ranges. The chromatic mode (KEY) is ideal for  playing melodies  and bass lines, with the ribbon keyboard stepping from  note to note.  Users can switch to the continuous mode (NARROW) for  smooth gliding  between notes, just as on the Monotron. Also available is  the wide  continuous mode (WIDE) with a six-fold pitch range for  dramatic  sweeping effects. In addition, pressing the Gate Time button  will allow  the gate time to be sequenced as the ribbon controller  keyboard is  played.

The  Monotribe uses classic analog components,  including the same VCF  (Voltage Controlled Filter) circuit found on  Korg's classic MS-10 and  MS-20 analog semi-patchable synthesizers. Using  the audio input, any  audio source can be enhanced by passing through  the filter section. The  Oscillator (VCO) offers a choice between  sawtooth, triangle and square  wave. White noise can be mixed in to the  oscillator signal in any  amount. The Octave selector covers a broad  range, from deep bass to  piercing lead-lines. The EG (Envelope  Generator) offers three presets  shapes. The LFO (Low Frequency  Oscillator) can be sent to the VCO  and/or the VCF, creating dynamic  effects. The Range switch selects Slow  or Fast modulation ranges.  Switching the LFO Mode to the 1-shot  setting allows the LFO behave as a  second envelope generator.
Unlike  analog synthesizers of yesteryear, which  were prone to drift in pitch,  the Monotribe’s auto-tuning circuitry  provides stable chromatic  playability to keep it in tune. No warm-up  time, no sensitivity to  temperature changes – just the great sound of  analog VCO.

The  Monotribe provides both Sync In and Sync Out  jacks, enabling multiple  Monotribe units to play and work together.  Audio line level pulses can  also trigger the Sync Input, so the  Monotribe can be synchronized to a  DAW system, for example.

Light,  compact and portable, Monotribe is  well-suited for on-the-go use.  Equipped with a built-in speaker and  powered by six AA batteries, it is  completely self-contained.

The Monotribe is now available with U.S. MSRP of $340.00. For more information, please visit  www.korg.com.

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