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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40 Visitor comments
September 17, 2012 @ 9:06 am
Hi, lots of love for the little machine... Does anyone has the ES-1 (mk2) service manual and willing to share it? Apparently impossible to find online.. Big thanks !!
April 21, 2012 @ 9:13 am
I got one off Ebay for 75euros and must say it's really great. Totally intuitive interface and quite a good sound.

Cool little machine to make rythms out of samples. Very fast.

Im' happy :)
April 4, 2012 @ 1:21 pm
Scored one of these on ebay for $180 US. My first drum machine/sampler, and definitely worth it. I haven't had any problems with it thus far, but song programming is a little tedious and requires some concentration. However, even though I'm a noob, I'm certain that the ES-1's interface is much better than many machines out there. Great for sound creation and rhythms, what have you. Probably the weakest part about it IMO are the effects, but I don't really use them too much anyway.

Overall as a first sampler/drum machine, I highly recommend it. Once you figure out the interface, you're fine.
March 9, 2012 @ 6:17 pm
I love this thing. the electribe series, lets be honest, make a case for ease of use over sound quality. and I raise my glass to that. I can't spend my whole afternoon scratching my head. an ES or EA won't exactly have you sounding like Boards of Canada, but they'll have you dancing in your bedroom in 10 minutes flat. and what's really important here? c'mon ;)
October 9, 2011 @ 1:35 am
alright,thanks trax lab.what about the isolator?is it good at cutting off hi-hats or bass sounds?
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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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