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
June 9, 2011 @ 7:20 pm
Since having Machinedrum for last 2yrs, decided to sell ER1.

Disliked: no attack only decay, weak snares unless using 2-3 synth channels, only 2 outputs, mute/solo settings are lost when changing patterns and cannot be stored (there is a work around saving volume levels with pattern but still limiting), roms sounds (clap/hihats) not tweakable enough

Liked: easy sequencer, fun delay, sounds using all 4 synth channels, audio inputs, primitive parameter lock

Its still cool irregardless (or because) of its limited parameters but for me I gained better tools to work with.
May 22, 2011 @ 12:10 pm
To the poster below: Do you read the crap you dribble out? Makes no f--king sense.
May 14, 2011 @ 11:31 am
i have a korg after 11 years i still give live to this machine i think she like to play more than me . peace is all about harmony not software or hardware ok a little
my pc and this machine is going to the club man. i must say that if u manage to control this baby under a DAW that manages audio and midi samples and live record u are ready man call your self a producer not anything else .from producer dj and mc paulo.thanks electribe er1 and DAW makers i never thought this were possible.
May 9, 2011 @ 7:26 pm
Er1 controlled by MPC and backed up by a traditional drum machine with decent snare sounds. This setup allows me to make patterns using great sounds from the ER1, my Boss Dr 670 and samples from my MPC 2000xl. All of this is sequenced from the MPC. The Er1 Makes all of the great delayed analogue blips and boings that are heard in dub music from the 70's. Very cool machine apart from the snare. Using drum machine boosts the ER1's snare sounds that can only be described as flacid. The snare component can be used to make lots of other useful sounds for your patterns so don't let this put you off
January 4, 2011 @ 10:25 am
There is nothing quite like having 2 electribes, a ER-1 or ER-1 MKII and a EA-1 or EA-1 MKII connected and sync'd together. Playing them "live" is a toal trip for the inexperienced or even a MIDI guru. Electribes have a excellent tone to them, they are made to tweak and although playing the preset factory patterns is a blast, its just beginning to touch on what these bad [beep] little instruments are capable of The EA-1 and EA-1 Mark II were the beginning of excellent boxes designed by Korg. I hate to think of the Electribe line being entirely discontinued one day.
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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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