Korg ElecTribe R (ER-1)

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"Korg has created the ultimate analog beat machine. Simply by tweaking the knobs on the ELECTRIBE R, you have unlimited control over all the elements that make up the sounds - like pitch, modulation depth, waveform shape and much more. Drop these sounds into the built-in sequencer and you've got unique rhythms with your own creative signature. And with the ELECTRIBE R, you can hear every change you make as it happens, allowing you to mold the groove on the fly."

"The built-in step sequencer's 16 pad keys make it easy for you to produce rhythms from the sounds you create. Each pad keys lights up so you can easily see what rhythm a part is programmed to play. Plus, you can play in beats in real-time using the 12 trigger pads. Four of the pads are assignable to any analog modeling sound you come up with, two are reserved for controlling sounds accessed through the audio input, and the other four permanently control the indispensable PCM sounds. So you can tailor your own custom "kits" to fit each musical situation."

"To add even more life to your patterns you can record the real-time movement of any of the ELECTRIBE R's oscillator, amp or effect parameters as a Motion Sequence. This lets you change your sounds as your groove progresses in a way that more traditional drum machines just can't match! Plus, every sound or rhythm you create can be stored as a pattern that includes your knob movements. And you can save up to 256 1 to 4-bar patterns in internal memory."

"The ELECTRIBE R can also be controlled from an external sequencer, keyboard, or sampler to function as an analog sound rhythm tone generator, or set up to control or be controlled by other hardware or computer-based sequencers." - Korg-USA The ElecTribes are used by Orbital, Cirrus, Dan Hekate, Saulaterre, The Prodigy, YB70, 69db, MDFMK, Crystal Distortion, the Crystal Method, Massive Attack, and the Chemical Brothers.

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47 Visitor comments
Cosmetology Career
May 16, 2014 @ 2:43 pm
The only thing i really want to add to this discussion is this; every instrument has it's limitations. A Gibson SG Special is terrible for drum sounds, a Gretch drum kit won't let you play any Moog sounds. The trick with any piece of gear is to learn what it will do and what it won't. Maybe there are things you'd like whatever model you have to do that it doesn't, but that is just an obstacle to overcome. Sometimes these limitations force us to think in a new way, and that is a good thing. No piece of gear is going to do it all, but you can push any piece farther than it's intended parameters.
December 13, 2013 @ 10:33 pm
rite.. it sounds synthetic & too "chessy" i use it just for controlling my "cripple" MC 505 drum sounds specially in live perform,very great if you want flexibility& simplicity
Walter Ego
October 20, 2013 @ 1:01 pm
Picked up a MK II for peanuts recently. Instantly fell in love. Not sure what the "weak snare" comments are all about. It's a drum SYNTH--learn to program it! It's incredibly fun and flexible. Yeah, it sounds synthetic; if you want real sounding, get an SR-16 or learn to play the real drums.

Can definitely sound old school--you can EASILY design 808 or 909 sounding kicks with this little gem. It an easily impersonate all your favorite Roland New Wave rhythm box sounds or it can do trance or techno. I'm not parting with mine any time soon. Totally classic.
March 14, 2013 @ 6:13 pm
I bought one here in Japan yesterday for 160US. It arrives in 2 days. Can't wait.
Meaty Beats
March 7, 2013 @ 4:50 am
Sold it. WISH I had it back right now. Trying to recreate some things that were so easy to do with the ER1 and it is taking forever.
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 10 voices (parts)
  • Multitimbral - 10 Parts (4 synthesizer parts, 2 audio in parts, 2 hi-hat parts, 1 crash cymbal part, 1 hand clap part)
  • Memory - 256 Patterns, 16 songs
  • Patterns - 64 steps maximum per part, motion sequence, 1 parameter per part, 64 events
  • Songs - 256 patterns maximum per song, event recording 35,700 events maximum
  • Keyboard - None (16 touch pads)
  • Effects - Delay (normal, motion sequence, tempo delay)
  • Control - MIDI
  • Date Produced - 1999
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