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
October 25, 2010 @ 4:28 am
Have often thought about getting and Elektron Machinedrum, but whenever I browse the specs I always come to the conclusion that there is not a lot I could achieve with it that I can't achieve with this lovely box coupled with my ES-1.

GREAT SNARE DRUMS ARE ENTIRELY POSSIBLE!!! You just have to think outside the box a little and use 2 synth elements rather than 1... To make a 909 snare for example, use pad 1 as the 'body' of the snare (using a sine or triangle wave) and then use a noise wave on pad 2. Simples!

If I had to whinge at all, it would be regarding the sample choices. Would have prefered 808 style percussion over 909. Of course, you can program 808 style hats, but it uses another of the synth pads up. Enter my ES-1!
August 4, 2010 @ 5:29 pm
I picked up the R MKII (for 260 cad)
but it came with a nexxtech adapter, it powers it but it doesnt stay in very well.... Ive lost a lot of good patterns because of this.
You can make some really cool drexciya type snares using the cross mod option.
but Beatrage, you are right, I wasnt to impressed with the snare sounds...
July 31, 2010 @ 6:16 pm
I got this machine a few weeks ago, and I totally love it.
The drums are solid and the hihats sound really decent. The handclap is a bit like the tr-909, which is great.
The snare is, and still is, quite a turnoff. Phat snares are unable to create. The snares sound way more like Kraftwerk used in their early albums, specificly, The Man Machine. So you'd have to choose if you want a snare a lá Kavinsky or Kraftwerk. But apart from that; this machine is a great one, and If you can get your hands on one, I should recommend to buy one.
July 13, 2010 @ 7:44 pm
i agree. no good snares. i messed around with this thing forever and filled up every pattern spot available and could only create 1 good snare sound and maybe a slightly distorted version of it.i also dont think this would work for live compositions as there is no way i found to change pitch or frequency without making the sound go haywire for a second and every good change you make gets reset when the next pattern starts and every time a pattern changes sounds with D,S, and R are reset and make a strange bounce sound. i like it for ease of use and for the price i give it a 3.5 out of 5 but for live use i dont think you can do much other than turn it on and press play and get far away from it. midi a keyboard to it maybe
July 1, 2010 @ 7:09 pm
Hi im Jake the Korg er-1's sequencer is horrible for transmiting midi trigering. You have not much control over it as far as editing options. If you want you can try useing the parts key pads as a non velocity key board of sorts. Good luck
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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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