Korg ElecTribe S (ES-1)

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Korg adds a Sampler to their fantastic series of ElecTribe tabletop modules. "The ElecTribe S is a new type of sampler that doesn't simply play back a recorded sound - it lets you aggressively process the samples to create your own signature sound. Play any sound or phrase in and use the pitch, filter and effects knobs to drastically alter the sample." Connect it to the ElecTribe-A and ElecTribe-R for a complete studio for under $1,500!

The sampler is excellent and is complemented by synth-like controls for filtering, pitch and effects and a great loop-based sequencer. It can get up to 95 seconds of sampling time, and the sounds are "as fat and gritty as ever". There are 11 effects plus delay that you can apply while sampling, a feature that works great with Resampling to add and layer different effects to each of your samples. You can also use the knobs to modify the tone while resampling a sound.

A new Time Slice Function will cut up samples to make them fit the tempo. Time Slice detects the attacks of each part within a loop (e.g., bass drum, snare, and hi-hat) for simple and accurate loop manipulation. And the "Motion Sequence" function from previous ElecTribes is also on-board to record real-time changes to effects, filter, and Time Slice Elements.

The ElecTribe S provides a Smart Media slot for storing data. 3.3 V Smart Media ranging from 4 MB to 64 MB can be used to store your own sampled sounds, patterns and songs. It can also load AIFF and WAV files via Smart Media, allowing you to take advantage of sampled data stored on your computer. As a standalone or part of a Midi-Studio, the ElecTribe S is a very affordable, functional and productive sampler/sequencer. It is used by Nine Inch Nails, The Crystal Method, A Guy Called Gerald, Mouse On Mars, Dead Silence, Praxis, The Prodigy, Crystal Distortion, Freddy Fresh, and the Chemical Brothers.

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37 Visitor comments
marry
March 4, 2014 @ 2:40 am
Electribe es-1? for live? YESS!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9zQlFrSr54
c2pi
January 17, 2014 @ 5:33 pm
Bought one of these used a few months ago; worked perfectly fine until the power jack became loose and the connection started to become really intermittent. It got worse and worse until the part of the power cord that plugs into the es-1 had to be held in a very specific way for the sampler to get power. I opened it up, and one of solder points under the power jack was burnt: http://i.imgur.com/UwYrEcz.jpg

After it was re-soldered, the es-1 worked good as new. It looks like the power jack is held in place only by the solder connecting it to the PCB, so be careful not to wiggle it loose.
steve o
December 2, 2013 @ 9:15 pm
Had one for a while, used smart media and card reader on my pc to import samples. It worked pretty good, and it sounded great. Sampling time is good for drums or synth bleeps, then you can use the effects to make some whacky sounds. But I decided to sell mine, cause it was taking too long to import samples. Now, I have my eye on mc808, seems to be more intuative. But with Fruity Loops and a laptop, you can have basically the same thing. It's great hardware, but my cash is limited, so it had to go. 8/10
lodger
September 26, 2013 @ 10:43 pm
I always wanted to try one of these since it came out...anyone remember the launch vids that James Bernard did for Korg Electribe/Kaoss pad? classic and a real ground breaker for advertising gear. I checked it it doesn't look like that vid is online anymore. A shame, really
torgel
September 21, 2013 @ 4:24 am
yes, but french house is not good for the ES-1, in fact it isn't good for anything.
 
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  • Audio Clip 1 - About three sequenced patterns off the killer new ElecTribe Sampler!

    Manual - Download the complete owner's manual from Korg here.

  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 12 parts (One Shot = 9 parts, Slice = 1 part, Audio In = 1 part)
  • Sampler - 32kHz, Up to 95 seconds (mono) / 47.5 seconds (stereo). 100 mono or 50 stereo samples can be stored.
  • Patterns - 128 user patterns; Up to 256 per song
  • Songs - 16 internal song memories
  • Effects - 11 types (reverb and flanger/chorus, phaser, ring modulator, pitch shifter, compressor, distortion, decimator, isolator, resonant filter and wah), Delay
  • Keyboard - 16 pad-keys
  • Sequencer - 64-step loop based, motion sequence, 1 parameter per part, 64 events, effect on/off, and reverse can be recorded
  • Control - MIDI
  • Date Produced - 2000

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