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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46 Visitor comments
March 8, 2012 @ 2:03 pm
selling mine due to getting a mkII, Im in glasgow scotland
fully working £100 or nearest offer
follow the link for pics and info
February 5, 2012 @ 10:34 am
I eventually picked up an ER1 MKII, I agree that it's one of effective machines. It can be more physical engaged than iESX but besides the difference of 2D and 3D knobs, I found that iESX on iPad could do almost the same. Both 3D & 2D wouldn't take much time to be understood for the basic use, user's friendly. However, downloading the manual would be good ideas for checking what not to be missed in any other slept-over details.
January 31, 2012 @ 9:22 am
Recently have become more interested into er1. Lookin forward to cop one..
January 23, 2012 @ 3:59 pm
Yes, the "ultimate analog beat machine," which is actually digital. Oops.
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.
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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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