Behringer Intros Hirotribe Groovebox, Engineered By MS-20 Designer Hiroaki Nishijima

Hiroaki Nishijima

Behringer today introduced the Hirotribe, a portable groovebox in the company’s ‘Soul’ format, engineered by Hiroaki Nishijima, who designed the Korg MS-20 and Monotribe.

The Hirotribe is an analog groove synthesizer with a four-part drum machine, 2-oscillator synth voice and sequencer.

“The ‘Hirotribe’ is one of the analog synthesizers I always wanted to achieve,” notes Nishijima. “I designed and developed the Korg Monotribe, but I really wanted to make an evolved version of it.”


  • Analog groove synthesizer with built-in drum machine and sequencer
  • Analog signal path with DCO, VCF and VCA
  • 2 individual oscillators with saw, triangle and square waveforms
  • Noise generator
  • LFO with 3 wave shapes for modulating both pitch and filter cutoff
  • Single knob envelope generator with 3 continuous parameters Attack, Decay and Sustain
  • Analog drum machine with bass drum, snare, closed hi-hat and open hi-hat
  • 16-step motion sequencer with and memory slots
  • 27 touch-sensitive keys
  • Sync Input and Output to synchronize with your other synthesizers or drum machines
  • USB Micro connector allows powering via smartphone, power bank or computer
  • MIDI implementation (including NRPN/CC control of all parameters and bulk load/save)

Pricing and Availability

The release date for the Hirotribe is to be determined, based on availability of semiconductor components. The suggested price will be $99 USD.