Hacktribe is a modified firmware for Korg Electribe 2 firmware that adds new FM synth engines, sampling capabilities, and more.
Grooveboxes are very popular instruments. They often combine Synthesizer voices, sampling, a drum machine, effects and more in a portable instrument. And many of the big manufacturers have at leas one in their portfolio: Novation with the Circuit series, Roland with the MC-707/MC-101/Verselab MV-1, Polyend with the Tracker or Korg with the Electribe series.
Things have gotten very quiet about the Electribe in the last few years. They have not been major updates for it for example. If the developers don’t do anything, the community often has to do it themselves. And now there is the Hacktribe, a modified firmware from bangcorrupt that equips the Electribe 2 with many new features.
Before we look at the Hacktribe firmware it should be said that it is a hack. That means you modify them at your own risk. So be careful.
Hacktribe is a modified version of the firmware 202. It is compatible with both the Electribe 2 synth and sampler version. It adds new VPM/FM oscillator types, all filters from the synth version, sampling, more insert effects, and grooves/scales. It also brings support for import/export insert efffects and grooves as well as custom init patterns.
The firmware works on both versions, but the result is different. The synth version looses its synths and PCM instruments and get sampling, 2synths and effects. Users of the sampler version can benefit from new synth filters and two new synth engines (VPM/FM). Thus the new firmware on the synth version has the biggest impact.
There was a hack from synth to sampler version a few years ago. Korg has closed this with a firmware update. Now the possibility seems to be there again and plus additional features. Nice to see that the Electribe series gets some community love.
Hacktribe is now available as a free download from Github.
More information here: GitHub
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