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
March 5, 2013 @ 7:03 pm
All the og electribes have one flaw. After years of plugging in the power supply, headphones and cables the jacks can come loose and might even separate from the board. There are simple fixes if you know your way around a soldering iron and you have patience fishing the boards out of the plastic housing.
March 5, 2013 @ 7:01 pm
Legit. Its a Modern classic. Simple to use and nice step pattern features. I agree the snare can seem wimpy but if you spend some time with the er1 you can get some pretty decent 'woody' analog soundin snares. And if you layer like someone else said it can sound pretty bombastic. The hats sound like a 909 wich can be good or bad. The clap is ok same with the crash. They are static. but don't even mess with them, roll your own on the synth parts.
February 10, 2013 @ 9:23 am
Studio Clearance - Having to part with ours :(

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Korg-Electribe-ER-1-Analogue-Drum-Machine-/121064928 516?pt=UK_Drum_Machines_Grooveboxes&hash=item1c30083504
December 25, 2012 @ 7:46 am
i like this box.
poor man's 898/909/606/707
it had serious sub bass and is actually useable in a professional setting-unlike most of the other electribe products.
July 1, 2012 @ 4:24 pm
After being with ER1 mk2 for around 5 months, Ive spent quite some time to get to know it, & realized that this machine is 4 times better than what I first thought. It's super versatile, u might just need to spend time to adjust the knob for the right sounds. I personally like the snare, I think it tries to recreate korg's analog snare which can be found in Monotribe, or even in KPR 77. IMO, Korg's drum machines have the electronic-ish character, while Roland's has more acoustic approach.
Ps i electribe is fun, but ER1 is for real
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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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