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Korg Electribe EM-1 Owner's Manual

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Thank you purchasing the Korg
ELECTRIBE·M EM-1. In order to
enjoy long and trouble-free use,
please read this manual carefully
and use the instrument correctly.
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    Thank you purchasing the Korg ELECTRIBE·M EM-1. In order to enjoy long and trouble-free use, please read this manual carefully and use the instrument correctly.

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    • Be careful not to let metal objects get into the equipment. If something does slip into the equipment, unplug the AC adaptor from the wall outlet. Then contact your nearest Korg dealer or the store where the equipment was purchased.

  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Contents 1. Introduction ... 6 Main features ... 6 The data you create on the EM-1 ... 6 Make connections and play! ...7 Example connections ... 7 Preparing to play ... 7 2. Front and rear panel ... 8 Common section ...8 Effect/Delay section ...9 Part common section ...9 Synth filter section ...

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    Playing a pattern (Pattern Play) ... 25 The timing at which patterns will change ... 25 Playing from the beginning of a pattern (Reset & Play) ... 25 About the tempo when you switch patterns (Tempo Lock) ... 26 Selecting a part ... 26 Drum parts ...

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    5. Song mode ...42 Selecting a song ... 42 Setting the playback tempo ... 42 • Using the dial to set the tempo ... 42 • Using the tap tempo key to set the tempo ... 42 • Using the Tempo Lock key to fix the song tempo ... 42 Playing a song (Song Play) ...

  • Page 6: Introduction

    1. Introduction 1. Introduction Thank you for purchasing the ELECTRIBE•M(subsequently referred to as the EM-1). The EM-1 is a production station designed for dance music that makes it easy for anyone from beginner to enthusiast to create original music. You can edit sounds intuitively by using the front panel knobs and keys, and easily create complete rhythms and phrase patterns without requiring any additional equipment.

  • Page 7: Make Connections And Play

    Make connections and play! Example connections Preparing to play Be sure to turn off the power before making connections. Careless operation may damage your speaker system or cause malfunctions. As shown in the above diagram, hook the AC adapter cable around the adapter cable holder. When removing the cable from the holder, do not use excessive force.

  • Page 8: Front And Rear Panel

    2.Front and rear panel 2. Front and rear panel The controls and other parts of the EM-1 can be broadly grouped as shown in the diagram. Common section 1. MASTER VOLUME This knob adjusts the volume that is output from the line out jacks and the headphone jacks.

  • Page 9: Effect/delay Section

    Effect/Delay section 1. Type Selects the effect type. 2. Original V alue (LED) This will light when the knob etc. that you are currently moving arrives at the same position as originally programmed in the pattern. 3. Delay Edit key Each time you press this key, Delay Edit will be turned on (lit) or off (dark).

  • Page 10: Synth Filter Section

    2.Front and rear panel Synth filter section These controls let you adjust the brightness of the sound or add a distinctive tonal character. 1. Cutoff Adjust the cutoff frequency of the filter. 3. Resonance Adjust the resonance of the filter. 2.

  • Page 11: Step Key Section

    Step Key section 1. Select keys By pressing these keys to turn the Select LEDs on or off, you can use the sixteen step keys below as up to 64 step keys. When the Keyboard function is on, these keys are used to switch the octave. In Song mode, these keys function as rewind and fast-forward keys.

  • Page 12: Connector Section

    2.Parts Connector section 1. Power switch This switch turns the power on/off. Each time you press it, the power will alternate on or off. 2. DC 9V Connect the included AC adapter here. 3. Adapter cable holder Hook the adapter cable around this so that it will not be disconnected accidentally. 4.

  • Page 13: Basic Operation (quick Start)

    3. Basic operation (Quick Start) Conceptual diagram of the EM-1 On the EM-1 , a song contains both Patterns (which consist of Parts, and effect and delay settings) and event data (refer to p.45 "Recording knob movements or your per- formance in a song (Event Recording)").

  • Page 14: Listening To Patterns

    3. Basic operation (Quick Start) Listening to Patterns 1.Press the Pattern mode key to enter Pattern mode (the key will light). 2.Use the cursor [ ][ ] keys to select Pattern (the corresponding LED will light). 3.Rotate the dial to select the desired pattern (A.01...A.64, b.01...b.64, C .

  • Page 15: Pressing Keys To Play The Sound Of A Part

    Pressing keys to play the sound of a Part When you strike the drum part keys, or select a synth part, turn on the keyboard func- tion and press the step keys, the sound of the corresponding part will be heard. The sound of a part will differ depending on the pattern.

  • Page 16: Modifying (editing) The Sound Of A Part

    3. Basic operation (Quick Start) Modifying (editing) the sound of a part For a drum part you can select the wave of the drum sound, and for a synth part you can select the wave of the synth sound. Use the Level and Pan knobs and the Effect and Amp EG keys to edit the sound of each part.

  • Page 17: Editing The Effect Or Delay

    Editing the effect or delay 1.Press a drum part key to select a part for which it will be easy to hear the changes you make to the effect. 2.To use a synth part while editing the effect, turn on the Keyboard key, and press the step keys to play the sound.

  • Page 18: Editing The Sound Of A Part, Effect, Or Delay While Hearing A Song Or Pattern

    3. Basic operation (Quick Start) Editing the sound of a part, effect, or delay while hearing a song or pattern 1.In either Song mode or Pattern mode, press the Play/Pause key to begin playback. 2.Press a part key (the key will light) to select the part that you wish to edit.

  • Page 19: Realtime Recording

    Realtime recording This method allows you to record while listening to the performance. To record a rhythm pattern, press the rhythm part keys at the desired timing. To record a phrase pattern, use the keyboard function and press the step keys at the desired tim- ing.

  • Page 20: Step Recording

    3. Basic operation (Quick Start) Step Recording The method will differ, depending on whether you are creating a synth part phrase or a drum part rhythm. When you press a drum part key, the keyboard function of the step keys will be defeated, but will return to the previous setting when you once again select a synth part.

  • Page 21: Saving A Pattern That You Create

    In the case of a pattern with a length of 2 measures or greater, you can use the Select keys to move the select LED in the lower line (red) in order to change the step location that is shown by the step keys. If you wish to save the completed pattern, press the WRITE key.

  • Page 22: Using A Motion Sequence

    3. Basic operation (Quick Start) Using a Motion Sequence What is a Motion Sequence? The EM-1 has three types of motion sequence that let you record and loop tonal changes created by the knobs and keys. (See p.35 “Recording a motion sequence”) The knobs and keys that are valid for each of the three types of motion sequence (effect, delay, part) will differ depending on the type of part.

  • Page 23: Playing With Pattern Set

    Playing with Pattern Set What is Pattern Set? Pattern Set is a function that lets you assign favorite patterns to the 16 step keys, and switch between them as desired. While playing, you can successively select favorite patterns, or play combinations of patterns as a loop (see p.40 "Chain playing pattern sets").

  • Page 24: Synchronizing The Playback With Other Electribe Models

    3. Basic operation (Quick Start) Synchronizing the playback with other ELECTRIBE models For an even broader range of possibilities, the playback of the EM-1 nized with other models of the series: the ELECTRIBE•S 1 ). Here's how you can make the ES-1 the EM-1 .

  • Page 25: Pattern Mode

    4. Pattern mode In this mode you can play patterns, edit patterns, or create new patterns. To edit individual steps of a pattern, use the Pattern mode Step Edit function. Press the PATTERN mode key to enter Pattern mode. Although you can also enter Pat- tern mode by pressing the STEP EDIT key, you should press the PATTERN mode key if you wish to edit the Pattern, Tempo, and Wave parameters.

  • Page 26: About The Tempo When You Switch Patterns (tempo Lock)

    4.Pattern mode About the tempo when you switch patterns (Tempo Lock) When the Tempo Lock key is off (key unlit), switching pat- terns even during playback will cause the tempo to change to the tempo of the newly selected pattern. If you want to keep the same tempo, turn the Tempo Lock key on (key lit).

  • Page 27: Creating A Pattern

    Creating a pattern There are two ways to create a pattern. You can start with a pattern that is similar to the desired result and then edit it, or you can create a sound and rhythm-, phrase pattern for each part from scratch.

  • Page 28: Synth Part

    4.Pattern mode Roll This turns the Roll (successive strike) effect on (lit) or off (dark) for each part. The roll interval is determined by the tempo of the pattern and by the roll type (see p.32 “Set- ting the roll type”). If you press and hold a part key when Roll is on, roll playback will continue as long as you con- tinue holding the part key.

  • Page 29: Editing The Effect Or Delay

    Editing the effect or delay EFFECT On the EM-1, you can select and use one of eleven types of effect for each pattern. The effect can be turned on/off for each part by using the Effect key in the Part Edit section. Use the two knobs (Edit 1, Edit 2) to adjust the parameters, which will differ depending on the selected effect.

  • Page 30: Delay

    4.Pattern mode Decimator This effect lowers the sampling frequency and the num- ber of sampling bits, producing a grainy sound character- istic of cheap samplers. Edit 1 _ Sampling frequency Rotating the knob toward the right produces a more lo-fi sound, and rotating it toward the left produces a more hi- fi sound.

  • Page 31: Length, Scale/beat Settings

    Length, Scale/Beat settings You can set the length (the length of the entire pattern) and the basic beat (time signature). The Length and Scale/Beat you specify here will affect the cor- respondence between step keys and note values, and the maxi- mum number of steps as shown in the following diagram.

  • Page 32: Swing Settings

    4.Pattern mode Swing settings By adjusting the Swing settings you can offset the note timing of the steps. For example, you can change a straight 16-beat by adding a slight "bounce" or shuffle. The Swing value can be adjusted from 50 to 75 (%), and will affect the note timing of even-numbered steps.

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    Selecting the step (Target Step) Step Rec When the Pattern mode STEP EDIT key is on (key lit) and the parameter select LEDs indicate Step Rec, the value shown in the display is called the “target step.” The value in the display indicates the location of the step within the phrase pattern.

  • Page 34: Adding Accents To The Pattern (accent)

    4.Pattern mode Adding accents to the pattern (Accent) Accents (volume emphasis) can be added individually to the drum part and synth part. When the accent is on, notes at the same location (step) of each part will be emphasized. 1. When you press the part key for the desired accent, the step keys will indicate the accent pattern.

  • Page 35: Recording A Motion Sequence

    Recording a motion sequence Knob and key movements (motion sequences) for each part, effect, and delay can be recorded. To record a motion sequence for a part, select the part, and then turn on the Motion Sequence key of the Part Common section.

  • Page 36: Moving Data Within A Part (move Data)

    4.Pattern mode Moving data within a part (Move Data) By executing the Move Data operation you can move the loca- tion of the pattern and motion sequence data for the selected part (Shift Data), or transpose the notes of the entire part (Shift Note).

  • Page 37: Copying A Part (copy Part)

    Copying a part (Copy Part) You can copy the sound settings and pattern data (including motion sequence) from a selected part to another part. 1. If the pattern is playing, press the Stop/Cancel key to stop playback. 2. Press the Part key to select the copy destination part (the LED will light).

  • Page 38: Erasing Motion Sequence Data From The Part, Effect, Or Delay (clear Motion)

    4.Pattern mode Erasing motion sequence data from the part, effect, or delay (Clear Motion) This operation simultaneously erases the part, effect, or delay motion sequence data. 1. If the pattern is playing, press the Stop/Cancel key to stop playback. 2. Hold down the Shift key and press step key 8 (Clear Mo- tion).

  • Page 39: Exchanging Data Between Parts (swap Part)

    Exchanging data between parts (Swap Part) All data of the selected part can be exchanged with a part of same pattern. 1. If the pattern is playing, press the Stop/Cancel key to stop playback. 2. Press a part key to select the parts that you wish to swap (the key will light).

  • Page 40: Editing The Parameter Values Of A Motion Sequence

    4.Pattern mode Editing the parameter values of a motion sequence Motion Value EGt (EG time) PCh/GLd (Pitch/Glide*) LEU (Level) Pan (Pan) Cut (Cutoff) rES (Resonance*) EGi (EG Int*) P (EG Int*) EFF (Effect) roL (Roll) rEU (Reverse) Ed1 (Edit 1) Ed2 (Edit 2) (Time) dPt (Depth)

  • Page 41: Assigning A Pattern To A Pattern Set

    1. Press the group 1 (select LED1 is lit) step key 1. 2. Continue holding down step key 1, and press step key 5. The indicators from step key 1 through step key 5 (chosen for chain play) will light. You can also use the Select key to create chain play that ex- tends across groups.

  • Page 42: Song Mode

    5.Song mode 5. Song mode A song consists of patterns arranged in the desired order of playback. You can create and save up to sixteen songs in the internal memory of the EM-1. In addition to pattern playback, songs can also record overdubbed phrases and knob movements. Press the Song mode key to enter Song mode.

  • Page 43: Creating A Song

    Creating a song Creating a song from scratch Here's how to create a song by placing patterns in the desired order. If you switch to a different song while editing a song, your edited data will be lost. If you wish to keep the ed- ited song, you must perform the Write operation to save the song data.

  • Page 44: Editing A Song

    5.Song mode Editing a song You can insert a new pattern into a song, or delete an existing pattern. You can also add knob movements or your own per- formance to a song. If you wish to keep the edited song, you must perform the Write operation.

  • Page 45: Recording Knob Movements Or Your Performance In A Song (event Recording)

    Recording knob movements or your performance in a song (Event Recording) In Song mode you can create a performance not only by com- bining patterns, but also recording a realtime performance that you play on the drum part keys and step keys (using the key- board function), and by turning the knobs.

  • Page 46: Global Mode

    6.Global mode 6. Global mode In Global mode you can set parameters such as Metronome or Protect. Press the Global mode key to enter Global mode. To exit Global mode, press a different mode key. The settings you make in Global mode will be cancelled if you turn off the power without Writing.

  • Page 47: Setting The Midi Channel Of Each Part (midi Ch)

    Setting the MIDI channel of each part (MIDI ch) MIDI ch You can set the MIDI channel of synth part 1, synth part 2, and the drum part. The same MIDI channel will be used for trans- mission and reception. The factory settings are listed below. Part Channel Synth part 1 (global)

  • Page 48: Transmit/receive Dump Data

    4. Transmit the data dump from the external MIDI device. Details on data dumps are provided in the MIDI implementa- tion chart of the EM-1. Consult your local Korg distributor for more information on MIDI implementation Do not touch the keys of the EM-1 while a data dump is in progress.

  • Page 49: Appendices

    7. Appendices About MIDI 1. MIDI channels Similarly to a television, data can be received when the chan- nel of the receiving device matches the channel on which the data is being transmitted. On the EM-1, the transmit/receive channels for synth part 1, synth part 2, and all drum parts are set by the MIDI ch pa- rameter of Global mode.

  • Page 50: Troubleshooting

    • When an Inquiry Message Request [F0, 7E, nn, 06, 01, F7] is received, the EM-1 will transmit an Inquiry Message [F0, 7E, nn, 06, 02, (9 bytes), F7] that means “I am a Korg EM-1, my system version is ...”...

  • Page 51: Error Messages

    Error messages Er.1 Data could not be written. Er.2 When writing a song to a song of a different number, the maximum number of recordable events was exceeded. Please erase event data to free up memory (p.45). Protect was turned "on" for the memory into Er.9 which you attempted to write data.

  • Page 52: Index

    7.Data Index Accent ----------------------------- 34 Accent key ------------------------ 10 Accent part ------------------ 15, 26 AMP EG --------------------------- 27 Amp EG ----------------------- 9, 28 Assign Pattern Set ------------------------ 41 Wave ------------------------------- 27 Bank Select message --------- 49 Beat -------------------------------- 31 Beat LED --------------------------- 8 Bend Range---------------------- 47 Check Motion sequence data --------- 35...

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    Pan ------------------------ 9, 27, 28 Part --------------------------------- 15 Accent ----------------------- 15, 26 Clear ------------------------------- 38 Copy -------------------------------- 37 Drum ------------------------- 15, 26 Edit --------------------------------- 16 Swap ------------------------------- 39 Synth ------------------------- 15, 26 Part common section ------------ 9 Part Mute ------------------------- 26 Part Mute Key ------------------- 10 Part Select section ------------- 10 Pattern...

  • Page 54: Pattern Name List

    Cyber/Tech Step 9 b.64 Cyber/Tech Step 10 S.03: Nu Skool Breaks Demo S.04: 2 Step/UK Garage Demo All Patterns and All Songs - ©2001 KORG Inc. All rights reserved. C.39~C.56 : Nu Skool Breaks/Big Beat C.57~C.64 : Other C Bank Tempo No.

  • Page 55: Midi Implementation Chart

    *1: Sent but not received when Global mode Clock is "Int."When set to "Ext," received but not sent. *2: In addition to Korg exclusive messages, also responds to Inquiry messages. Mode 2: OMNI ON, MONO Mode 4: OMNI OFF, MONO 2001.2.3...

  • Page 56: Wave Name List

    These products are warranted by the KORG distributor only in each country. Any KORG product not sold with a warranty card or carrying a serial number disqualifies the product sold from the manufacturer’s/distributor’s warranty and liability. This requirement is for your own protection and safety.

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