As far as my keyboard of choice, this entire record was down with a Korg Electribe MX. It's a tiny little box, the size of a laptop computer. It's got a little sort of keyboard thing on it. It's more of a sequencer. But it's got a 12AX7 preamp tube in it and you can control the tube saturation. It's got all these different effects. It's a really cool little box.more
He used the Korg Electribe EMX on his Hansome Furs project. From the linekd interview: **CZB**: What kind of drum machine is this? **Dan Boeckner (Handsome Furs)**: It's a Korg Electribe MX and it is not very well liked in the electronic music community. It's kind of looked down upon. Basically, Korg made this machine to compete with the Roland Groovebox, which was a more professional sequencer that combined all of their previous drum machines, like the 808, the 909 ... so Korg came up with this idea that they would make this machine that was really not for live performances. It was for kids in the UK to make drum'n'bass in their homes, pretty close to the mid-nineties. It was never really meant for live performance and all the sounds on it are very specific to this era. In the successive years in them making the new models of the machine, they never updated any of the sounds. The great thing about it is you can go through it and de-program it completely. You can take the sounds and tear them apart and put them back together again – and the work flow is very simple, because it's made for amateur electronic musicians, which I think is why the electronic community looks down on it – but it's great....Yeah, I think we're one of the only bands that makes albums using this machine, so that kind of makes me happy.more
Great drum sounds for dance, this is a dance box, and it is very easy to start dance songs on this, i don't use the internal seq, but for bips and bleeps, and 303 and 101 like acid distorted lines it works great, also has those de tuned lead sounds for trance. not bad, but i prefer my other synths for synth sounds.. I got this thing for instant gratification trance and dance drums. pretty good. decent fx too. warm sounding and punchy as hell. cool gear..more
This is an amazing groove box with 5 synthesizer tracks and a drum machine. The drums sound legit - it has really powerful kicks - and the synthesizer(s) are really good, also. The E-MX is super easy to use and still a lot of fun after years. The synths fall short in therms of polyphony and legit Acid, but this is acceptable. If you want to play polyphonic pads, you may add a different Synth, like the JP-8000, to it. If you want legit Acid, you need to add a TB-303 or clone. I replaced the E-MX's stock tubes to JJ Electronics. A huge difference! So, if you get an E-MX or an E-SX, take a tube upgrade in consideration.
Love this little thing. They're cheap and very capable for what they offer. Multiple synthesis types and very straightforward effects system. Would definitely recommend as a first groovebox to any musician.