Korg Updates Monotribe

Version 2 adds enhanced sequencer and synthesizer features      05/12/11

Korg Updates Monotribe


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Korg has released System Version 2 for the Monotribe Analogue Ribbon Station. They tell us that this major update greatly augments the sequencer functions of Monotribe, in addition to other new features. The update is available as a free download from Korg.com.
Highlights of Monotron Version 2 include:
Sequencer Functions:
  • Synth part resolution has been doubled to 16 Steps
  • Volume Automation has been added to the synth part
  • The number of active sequencer steps can be specified for each part
  • Drum Roll capability has been added
  • Gate Time Hold function has been added
Synthesizer Parameters:
  • Sample and Hold (S&H) function added to the LFO
Sync Modes:
  • Connected sequences allow multiple Monotribe units to play in rotation
  • Half Tempo function has been added
Short Cut Keys:
  • Four convenient shortcuts for creating patterns quickly
Here's more details in Korg's own words:
Using classic analog components (VCO, VCF, EG, LFO), the Monotribe brings back the vintage sound of the analog synthesizer. 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. Monotribe incorporates the popular Electribe step-key interface, 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.
As with drum parts, the synth part now provides timing information in between the steps in a sequence, allowing a pattern to achieve a total of 16 steps. Volume Automation allows the synth volume to be recorded during playback to create more detailed sequences. The Active Step function can specify which steps are played or jumped for each instrument when playing back the step sequencer. By specifying a different number of steps for each part, complex polyrhythms can be quickly created. In addition, a roll can now be added to any drum part. The speed of the roll can be controlled using the ribbon controller keyboard. For creating those slightly random stepped-filter effects so famously used in analog synthesizers, a new Sample & Hold waveform has been added to the LFO.
The Link Sequence feature is a completely new sync method for using multiple Monotribes. When sequence playback reaches the designated step, the first Monotribe automatically stops and the next Monotribe will start playing. By loop-connecting the SYNC jacks, the playback can keep cycling through multiple units – in true modular fashion.
The Gate Time Hold function allows the ribbon controller keyboard to play and record new pitch information while retaining the gate times recorded in the sequencer. Also new is the Half Tempo function, which 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.
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