Several readers let us know about an update to the firmware for the Korg Monotribe that adds CV/Gate control:
Korg Japan have released a new system firmware, version 2.11, for the Korg Monotribe that adds a mode to control the Monotribe with analog control voltage and gate signals.
In CV/Gate mode, the Monotribe receives the CV/Gate signals from a 3.5mm four-connector TRRS plug inserted into the Sync In jack. A Monotribe with the update applied supports both exponential V/Oct and linear Hz/V control voltages, as well as positive and inverted gate signals.
Turning the octave select switch while in CV/Gate mode will transpose any incoming pitch signals up and down by octaves.
Here are some videos that demonstrate the new CV/Gate mode for the Korg Monotribe:
The first video demonstrate controlling a Monotribe with the Analog Four.
The second video comes via radiokoala, who notes:
Below is my demo of Korg Monotribe in CV/gate mode, modulated by my dual analog oscillator module… (I am basically FM’ing monotribe’s VCO, I think this is the first video of its sort!)
As you probably know, korg kingkorg can control monotribe via cv/gate, so when on japanese korg website a new firmware allowing a cv/gate appeared I installed it and DIY’d a cable (one needs special 4-pole minijack cable)… Monotribe + modular = a plenty of fun to be had!
Technical details for radiokoala’s video:
What actually happens is Osc 1 sends gate signal, and Osc 2 provides CV data. In other words, monotribe’s internal VCO is frequency-modulated by DWG. (Which makes it sound more interesting, as you will hear.) Both CVs do not affect the drum track in any way, however a synth part is fully sequenced with a Sputnik oscillator.
Additionally, radiokoala not only jams with a patch he created, but also demonstrates how monotribe sounds with and without modulation via CV. Overall man’s opinion is, addition of a CV/gate does really breathe a new life to monotribe — this mode really ain’t nothing other but a perennial spring of fun!
The update is delivered in the same way as the version 2.0 update, as a WAV file to play into the Monotribe’s Sync In jack. The description and download page (in Japanese) can found at Korg Japan’s site.
via Suineder, Igor