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
March 23, 2011 @ 5:46 am
is it possible to load samples from computer to a smartmedia card and open them on es-1????thanks
Dr Feelgood
February 23, 2011 @ 6:48 pm
The ES-1, or I should say the original MK 1 version comes stock with 98.3 seconds-the manual says 95 seconds, but that is wrong! Also there are no fundamental differences between the MK 1 version (with the green face plate) and the MK II version with the exception that the original 'wah' effect on the MK 1 was replaced with a 'delay' effect on the MK II.
February 6, 2011 @ 6:47 pm
I have various synths/grooveboxes but find myself going to the ES1 more and more. It samples at 32khz but dont let that put you off....this thing sounds brilliant.Fully hands on and FUN!
With 90 secs of sampling time,you can just let rip and start sampling whole chunks of breakbeats and loops. Re-sample one shots or complete patterns and timeslice is really cool.
Fantastic machine! Word must be getting around.....have you seen the price of these rocket over the last year or so? Grab one now.
Jimmy Jazz
December 19, 2010 @ 9:37 pm
While there are some cool features to it, the sound of it is very uninspiring for the most part. A bit limp, flat. The way it swings is very limited too, which made me feel like I was always making the same beat. Never got out of it what I was looking for.
November 21, 2010 @ 9:05 pm
The first model and mk II are exactly the same internally, just that mk II comes with newer OS. The OS is user upgradable, you just need the updater file and SmartMedia card. I got the file at Yahoo Electribe group.
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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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