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Programmer Shannon Smith started the Angry Octopus site with the intention of featuring his video game projects. Luckily for us, he often finds himself gravitating towards synths, which he says are “small enough that I can get them finished (mostly) before I get bored”. Among the many synths on the site you’ll find virtual recreations of the likes of the Roland SH-101, Minimoog, Yamaha CS-01 and - in this case – the Korg Monotribe.
The Webotribe might just be the best of Shannon’s creations - it actually offered a virtual version of the Korg Monotribe before the real thing even went on sale. A web-based emulation obviously lacks the hands-on appeal of the real thing, but the Webotribe’s faithful imitation of the hardware’s workflow makes it genuinely useable. The sound isn’t identical, but it’s close enough to trick most people.
Just like the Monotribe, the Webotribe is great fun and genuinely inspiring.