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
January 17, 2012 @ 7:39 am
Have not yet encountered anything with a sequencer to match. Super intuitive, clear interface. Touch and go. No manual needed.No factory presets taking up memory.

Sure, soundwise it will eventually leave you wanting more: mainly snare sounds lack in quality, and it lacks some depth as well. Delay (only effect) is not applicable to separate tracks, which can be annoying.

Nonetheless, I love this thing. Its shortcomings need you to be creative and teach you how to create basic beats in a very fun, nonstressful way. Sold for around €150 now, sometimes less.

Lovely machine.
September 21, 2011 @ 3:43 am
love it! it really shines at making cool synthetic sounds, noises, fx ,all sort of good sounds from percussive to full bass drones, very cool when you start turning those modulation knobs , specially automated from a daw , very powerful machine ,delay effect is great too, not that good at snares tough
August 27, 2011 @ 11:16 pm
This guy must be stone. Makes no sense. HAHAHA:

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.
Alicia Leafgreen
August 3, 2011 @ 11:48 am
I sincerely struggle with the Snare sounds as well!! Im glad you said something!! Ill try to combine the sounds... but..The snares on this machine ARE horrible though. Great little machine. I have had it for 13 years and love it.
Mark Seventyone
July 2, 2011 @ 12:57 am
a very useful drum synth, great for Kraftwerk-like sounds. Bass kicks are real easy to get, but one has to use combine two drum sounds to get a decent snare. The PCM sounds (hats, crash, & hand clap) remind me of a TR-909.
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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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