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Manufacturer's ID: KRELECTR2SR

The electribe series lets you play back your carefully constructed patterns while using intuitive operations to add spice and reveal new sonic possibilities. Approximately ten years after the Electribe SX first went on sale, there's now a new sampler in the electribe series that's designed to be simple and easy for the beginner to understand, and even more enjoyable for previous electribe users.

The electribe sampler featuring KORG's latest technology

The electribe sampler has been reborn with cutting-edge technology inherited from popular KORG products such as the KingKORG, kaossilator, kaoss pad, and taktile. The internal memory lets you save 250 patterns, including preset patterns which are perfect for today's dance music scene. There's also support for the polyphonic playback that’s indispensable for styles that include complex chord progressions, such as House music.

An evolved step sequencer

Using the 16 pads placed on the front of the unit, you can create patterns intuitively while actually hearing and seeing the sounds. You can use the pads as a keyboard to realtime-record phrases, and also perform step recording by entering the pitch and rhythmic value one note at a time. The patterns you create can be used in alternate forms as you perform by taking advantage of the "step jump" feature inherited from the volca series, or by changing the "last step" to vary the length of each part.

There's also a "motion sequence" function that lets you record knob and button operations and use them in the pattern that you create.

Either drums or synths can now be assigned to each of the 16 parts (i.e., the 16 pads). For example you could create complex rhythms by assigning drums to all of the 16 parts.

Intuitive beat making with the Trigger pads and Touch pad

Familiar from the kaossilator is the "touch scale" function that lets anyone perform without wrong notes, just by moving a finger across the touch pad. The trigger pads that were popular on the taktile are also provided, making it easy for anyone to create phrases intuitively. The trigger pads can also be used for drum input. Settings allow you to switch velocity on/off.

A hybrid synth engine with sampling and modeling

KORG created a synth engine for the electribe sampler that's perfectly designed to maximize your creativity.

In addition to a sampler sound engine that lets you use your own unique and original sounds (samples), there are also several types of analog modeling sound engines that are great for creating synth basses and pad sounds. There can be up to a total of 999 preset and user samples, and a maximum of 270 seconds of sampling time (calculated as monaural) can be used. The unit is shipped with numerous drum, rhythm/phrase loops, and hit samples included. (collaborations with Sample Magic, Loopmasters, Prime Loops are included)

Modulation can make sound-creation more complicated, but we've made it easy by condensing it down to three parameters: simply select a template that specifies an effect and its target, and then adjust the speed and depth of the effect to suit your taste.

Advanced use of samples with Time Slice and Resampling functions

The "Time Slice" function detects attacks within the phrase and slices it appropriately, allowing you to play the phrase at the desired tempo without significantly affecting the sound. Sounds within a sliced part can also be used separately by assigning them to steps or parts. You can even apply an effect to a sample, and then resample it while using the knobs to vary the pitch or modulation.

Even deeper creative potential: Effects and Groove templates

The new electribe sampler provides effects such as compression and overdrive for each part, giving you uncompromising control over the nuances of individual sounds that differ subtly between genres. The groove function can be specified for each part, letting you apply a groove to your phrase simply by selecting a template.

New functions for live performance: Master effects, Pattern sets, Sync in/out

The master effects can be controlled from the touch pad just like on the Kaoss pad, and they include not only spatial-type effects that shape the overall acoustics but they also include effects that apply aggressively musical transformations such as the "Vinyl Break" effect inherited from the Kaoss pad series, and the newly developed "Seq Reverse" and "Odd Stepper" that change the playback order of the sequencer. These are also extremely effective for live performance. Insert effects can be assigned for individual parts, opening up even more complex sound-design possibilities.

There's also a "pattern set" function which lets you switch patterns by pressing trigger pads, and an "event recording" function that records that performance. In addition to MIDI IN/OUT, "Sync IN/OUT" is also provided, allowing synchronized performances with the volca series, monotribe, or MS-20 mini. The unit can run on six AA batteries, so you can easily take it along with you and perform anywhere, providing on-the-go inspiration to your musical ideas.

A new workflow with Ableton Live

Transform inspiration into a creative production. KORG has collaborated with Ableton to offer a new music production workflow that combines the best of hardware and software. The electribe sampler can internally save and export patterns in Ableton Live format. Individual patterns and parts are saved as scenes and clips in an Ableton Live Set. Use Live’s powerful Session and Arrangement workflows to edit and and refine your ideas, perform or record new parts, arrange your ideas, and mix your song.

Specification

Sound System  
Type PCM sound engine + Analog modeling sound engine
Maximum Polyphony 24 voices
  * The polyphony of the entire pattern varies depending on the Oscillator, Filter, and Insert Fx type.
  * Independent parameters for each voice have been simplified; four voices share the parameters of one conventional voice.
Sample Type (920), Pitch/Glide, Edit
Sample Types Analog (16), Audio In (2), Kick (37), Snare (44), Clap (12), HiHat (37), Cymbal (8), Hits (33), Shots (44), Voice (31), SE (7), FX (30), Tom (10), Percussion (31), Phrase (15), Loop (22), PCM (31), User Sample (499)
Filter Filter (Cutoff), Resonance, EG Int, LPF/HPF/BPF (3)
Modulation Type (72), Depth, Speed
Amp/Envelope Generator Level, Pan, Attack, Decay/Release, Amp EG On/Off
Scale Types 35
Gate Arpeggiator Types 50
Sampling Frequency 48 kHz
AD/DA Conversion 24 bit
   
Sampler  
User Samples Up to 499 samples
Memory Total maximum approximately 270 seconds (calculated as monaural)
  * Regardless of the capacity of the SD card
  * Including presets
Edits Start/End Point, Loop Start Point, Tune, Time Slice, Level, Direction, Resampling
   
Effect  
Insert Effect One unit (can be used on each of the 16 parts)
  Type (38), Edit, Insert FX On/Off
Master Effect One unit
  Type (32), Touch Pad, Master FX On/Off, Master FX Hold On/Off
   
Sequencer  
Number o Steps 16 steps x 4
Number of Parts 16 parts
  (one part consists of a sound, steps, insert effect, modulation sequence, etc)
Number of Patterns 250 patterns (150 Presets / 100 Initial)
  (one pattern consists of parts, master effect, key, scale setting, etc)
Motion Sequences Up to 24 motion sequences can be stored (for each pattern)
Groove Types 25
Pattern Set Up to 64 patterns can be stored
Pattern Chain Up to 250 patterns can be chained
Export Ableton Live project file format, WAV file format (48 kHz, 16 bit)
Event Recording Up to 100 files can be saved
   
Trigger Pads  
Number of Pads 16 pads (Velocity sensitive)
Modes Trigger, Sequencer, Keyboard, Chord, Step Jump, Pattern Set
   
Touch Pad  
Modes Gate Arp, Touch Scale, Master FX
   
Connectors  
Audio L/Mono, R Output (Standard phone jack)
  Headphones (Stereo mini jack)
  Audio Input (Stereo mini jack)
MIDI In, Out (Use an included MIDI adapter cable)
USB Type micro B
Sync In, Out (Stereo mini jack)
External Storage Device SD Card (512 MB -- 2 GB), SDHC Card (Up to 32 GB)
   
Power  
Power Supply AC adapter (DC 9V) or AA battery x 6 (Alkaline battery or Nickel metal hydride battery)
Battery Life Approximately 5 hours (Power Saving: ON, with Nickel metal hydride battery)
Current Consumption Less than 500 mA
Chassis Zinc die cast
Dimensions (W x D x H) 339 x 189 x 45 mm / 13.35” x 7.44” x 1.77”
Weight 1.6 kg / 3.53 lbs
Included Items AC adapter (DC9V), MIDI adapter cable x 2, Ableton Live lite 11 (License card included)

Customer reviews

Overall Rating 5 (1 reviews)

Bought it my 13 year old son and he loves it. Started his own YouTube channel with music he has mixed on it. Very versatile.

Louise K. - 28/1/2019