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
October 31, 2010 @ 5:57 am
I have the mkII, and find it really great to get some samples to sit well together. Much quicker to do than in your DAW, and loads more fun. You can also record direct into it which no-one else mentions. The effects are not pro quality, but you use this box to mangle sounds, and that it does well. The Audio in part is cool. Definitely great value, but I've noted prices are going up for the mkII model. The 32 kHz definitely changes the sound, in a good way! It makes drum hits crunchier, and bass sounds phatter, excellent for techno. You can also load loops quite easily, and then tweak away. I've loaded mine with some tr727 samples, and it's great. Next step - some Machinedrum samples....
October 2, 2010 @ 3:56 pm
Bought the silver mk2 version about a month ago, accidently deleted all of the sample presets. Loaded in my own.... best thing I ever did. I've loaded in all of the Roland TR-909, 808, 707 stuff etc. Even loaded in all of the sounds from the Linn Drum. In fact I actually recommend wiping all of the presets and loading in your own that is if you know how to of course. A great machine and extremely cheap to get hold of. I give it ****
October 1, 2010 @ 9:51 pm
wich, I don't think there is note-off command on ES-1. I use note-on with zero velocity as note-off. Despite the limitation, this is a definitely fun machine!
June 27, 2010 @ 5:25 pm
Syncable fx are cool. There's also an "audio in" which allows you to mute/unmute external audio in steps along with your on-board sounds.

Mine makes a "zip" noise if you switch between patterns that use different FX settings...easy enough to avoid, but a pain if you really need different fx from ptn - ptn.

Biggest gripe - the samples only respond to MIDI Note On and not Note Off even when using an external controller. This means if you trigger a sustained sound (like a cymbal) the sample will play all the way through to the end.

Jeez! Even my 18 year old Akai S950 will respond to MIDI Note Off commands.

Perhaps there's an alternate trigger mode I'm unaware of...

Fun box though. It can certainly groove...
May 11, 2010 @ 10:13 am
ES-1 is a really fun machine! It is easy to transfer WAV files to ES-1 from PC. SmartMedia card is hard to get, but you can use xD (64MB max.) card with xD to SmartMedia card adapter, which is around $7 on ebay.
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  • Demos & Media
  • 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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