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Version 2.1 information

Version 2.1 offers all of the great features from 2.0 PLUS the ability to play your monotribe from KORG or any keyboard with CV/Gate capabilities. Take even more control of your analog groove creation by using your favorite CV-enabled keyboard to play in lines with super accuracy!
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Please read owners' manual of the system for details.

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Updating Procedure

Thinking of the monotribe as an analog synthesizer, the procedure of for updating the Operating System is also a very old-school, analog-style method, reminiscent of loading data via the playback of analog cassette tape.。
Simply download the system data which Korg has encoded as an audio (WAV) file.hen, play back the file using a WAV file player like a Smartphone or using PC application software, that’s connected directly in to the monotribe's SYNC IN jack. When the audio (WAV) file finishes play back, your monotribe has been successfully updated. It’s a traditional procedure revived for a new generation!

Do not playback the system update file on any speaker or headphone system as this could lead to damage to the equipment and/or hearing loss. The system update file doesn’t contain audio that’s intended to be listened to. Neither Korg nor any of its affiliates will accept responsibility for any damages, personal loss or injury that may result from playback of the file.

Part.1 Updating Procedure

Part.2 16-Step Synth Parts

Part.3 Synth Part Volume Automation

Part.4 Sample & Hold/ Drum Roll

Part.5 Linked Sequences Play

16-Step Synth parts

As with drum parts, the synth part now provides timing information in between the steps of a sequence, allowing a pattern to achieve a total of 16 steps.

Synth Part Volume Automation

Volume Automation allows the synth volume to be recorded during playback to create more detailed sequences. The left side of the ribbon controller keyboard decreases the volume, and the right side increases it. This Volume Automation can even be controlled if Flux mode is on.

Set individual Active Steps for each Part.

The Active Step function lets you specify which steps are played or jumped when the step sequencer is playing back. Now, the Active Step can be set individually for each of the SYNTH, BD, SD, and HH parts. By specifying a different number of steps for each part, you can create complex polyrhythms.

Sample & Hold (S & H) added to the LFO

The S&H function is indispensable for creating mysterious analog synth sound effects. The RATE knob adjusts the frequency of change, and the INT. knob adjusts the depth of change.

“What is Sample & Hold?”
Unlike traditional LFO waveshapes that provide a constantly changing signal, the Sample & Hold feature takes a “sample” of the LFO signal and holds that level for a specific duration of time. The results are the highly popular and slightly random stepped-filter effects so famously used in analog synthesizers. By using noise as the input signal, the monotribe version 2 lets you create effects that change in a distinctively random manner.

Drum Roll capability

A roll can now be added to the desired drum part. The speed of the roll can be controlled using the ribbon controller keyboard; moving toward the right will increase the number of strikes. You can also record the drum roll by using the sequencer to intuitively create subtle and dynamic drum patterns.

Linked Sequences play multiple monotribes in rotation

The Link Sequence feature is a sync method that vastly expands the scope of the monotribe, to deliver even more fun. When sequence playback reaches step 8, the sequence will automatically stop and the next monotribe unit will start playing. By loop-connecting the SYNC jacks, the playback can keep cycling through multiple units – in true modular fashion!

Various new functions

The Gate Time Hold function lets you use the ribbon controller keyboard to play and record new pitch information while retaining the gate times that are recorded in the sequencer. The Half Tempo function 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.


monotribe overlay

This download contains a printable overlay that maps out the new features found in the V2 upgrade for Monotribe. Simply print, cut, and lay it on top of your monotribe for instant reference of the new features.

monotribe overlay

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This download contains a printable overlay that maps out the new features found in the V2 upgrade for monotribe. Simply print, cut, and lay it on top of your monotribe for instant reference of the new features.

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