Korg today introduced the Electribe Sampler Music Production Station, a new sampler in the Electribe series that’s designed to be a simple and fast sampler for live performance and music production.
According to Korg, “The Electribe sampler has been reborn, with cutting-edge technology inherited from popular Korg products such as the KingKORG, kaossilator, kaoss pad, and taktile.”
The internal memory lets you save 250 patterns, including preset patterns. There’s also support for the polyphonic playback, for house music style chord progressions and more.
Using the 16 pads placed on the front of the unit, you can create patterns intuitively while hearing and ‘seeing’ the sounds.
You can use the pads as a keyboard to realtime-record phrases, and also perform step recording by entering the pitch and rhythmic value one note at a time. The patterns you create can be used in alternate forms as you perform by taking advantage of the “step jump” feature inherited from the volca series, or by changing the “last step” to vary the length of each part.
There’s also a “motion sequence” function that lets you record knob and button operations and use them in the pattern that you create.
Either drums or synths can now be assigned to each of the 16 parts (i.e., the 16 pads). For example you could create complex rhythms by assigning drums to all of the 16 parts.
Intuitive beat making with the Trigger pads and Touch pad
Familiar from the kaossilator is the “touch scale” function that lets play the Electribe by moving a finger across the touch pad.
The trigger pads that were popular on the taktile are also provided, making it easy to create phrases intuitively. The trigger pads can also be used for drum input. Settings allow you to switch velocity on/off.
Electribe Hybrid Synth Engine Combines Sampling And Modeling
In addition to a sampler sound engine that lets you use your own unique and original sounds (samples), the Electribe Sampler offers several types of analog modeling sound engines.
There can be up to a total of 999 preset and user samples, and a maximum of 270 seconds of sampling time (calculated as monaural) can be used. The unit is shipped with numerous drum, rhythm/phrase loops, and hit samples included. (collaborations with Sample Magic, Loopmasters, Prime Loops are included)
Advanced use of samples with Time Slice and Resampling functions
The “Time Slice” function detects attacks within the phrase and slices it appropriately, allowing you to play the phrase at the desired tempo without significantly affecting the sound.
Sounds within a sliced part can also be used separately by assigning them to steps or parts. You can even apply an effect to a sample, and then resample it while using the knobs to vary the pitch or modulation.
Effects & Groove Templates
The new Electribe Sampler provides effects such as compression and overdrive for each part, giving you uncompromising control over the nuances of individual sounds that differ subtly between genres. The groove function can be specified for each part, letting you apply a groove to your phrase simply by selecting a template.
The master effects can be controlled from the touch pad just like on the Kaoss pad. The effects include not only spatial-type effects that shape the overall acoustics, but they also include effects that apply aggressively musical transformations, such as the “Vinyl Break” effect inherited from the Kaoss pad series, and the newly developed “Seq Reverse” and “Odd Stepper” that change the playback order of the sequencer.
Insert effects can be assigned for individual parts, opening up even more complex sound-design possibilities.
There’s also a “pattern set” function which lets you switch patterns by pressing trigger pads, and an “event recording” function that records that performance. In addition to MIDI IN/OUT, “Sync IN/OUT” is also provided, allowing synchronized performances with the volca series, monotribe, or MS-20 mini.
The unit can run on six AA batteries, so you can take it along with you anywhere.
Ableton Live Integration
Korg has collaborated with Ableton to offer a new music production workflow that combines the best of hardware and software.
The Electribe Sampler can internally save and export patterns in Ableton Live format Individual patterns and parts are saved as scenes and clips in an Ableton Live Set. Thjis lets you use Live’s powerful Session and Arrangement workflows to edit and and refine your ideas, perform or record new parts, arrange your ideas, and mix your song.
The Korg Electribe Sampler includes Live Lite.
Pricing and availability details for the Korg Electribe Sampler Music Production Station are to be announced, but at least one vendor is listing a street price of $400. See the Korg site for more information.