Korg Electribe Sampler Music Production Station
The electribe sampler is a sample-based production machine that lets you construct beats at maximum speed. You can freely edit and resample using waveforms that you've loaded and preset samples. Modulation and effects can be controlled easily just... read more
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Good sampler, but not enough memory for 2015 and weird MIDI connectors
The "New" Electribe Sampler is a good device and it borrows some of the synth features of the Electribe Synthesizer. Since the Synth and the Sampler seem to be build on the same Hardware basis, people can hack the Sampler into the Synth version and vice versa. I think Korg should have put all the synth features in the sampler and just made one device. But this way, they can sell you both devices, I guess.
The Sampler will load your samples from an SD card when booting up. This can take a while. it may may depend on the speed of the SD card.
I found myself to max out the memory quickly. So I had to remove samples and do looping and stuff. I think in 2015, we should not need to worry about memory in a sampler anymore. Today's smartphone's have between 8 and 64 GB of RAM! So yeah, a big minus there.
The Electribe Sampler does not have the traditional MIDI trio. It has 3.5mm MIDI jacks. One in and one out. It comes with adaptors to the regular midi size. I do not trust this too much, but it works. - Let's see for how long.
Typical for Korg's Electribe series is, the ease of use. This one is also easy to grasp. However, the process of importing samples could have been made faster.
Like it, don't love it.
Purchased one of these through Sweetwater (3 month payments woo!) and maybe i'm too used to my older electribes but I can't get comfortable working with this thing. Maybe I will warm up to this with more use but I find myself picking out the ES1 over this thing.
Cool, but requires some patience
I use this primarily as a drum machine, but the added synth features are nice to play with. Very different from previous Electribes and requires a bit of patience to navigate, but sounds very nice and the form factor is very attractive. Also plays nicely with Ableton Live.
The electribe sampler is a sample-based production machine that lets you construct beats at maximum speed. You can freely edit and resample using waveforms that you've loaded and preset samples. Modulation and effects can be controlled easily just by turning knobs on the top panel. In addition, a variety of input interfaces optimized for inputting rhythm, bass, or melody allow you to smoothly create sequences as fast as you can think.
The sequences that you create can then undergo additional evolution on stage or in your laptop. You can enjoy intuitive live performances that link various devices with the electribe sampler, or utilize this capability for full-fledged music production by exporting sequence data to Ableton Live for detailed editing and final mixing.
The latest system version 2 adds a much-requested pattern chain function that will be a great asset for live performances or music production. The lineup has also become more colorful with the new metallic red model. And we've also provided bonus patterns that reveal even greater sonic potential.
Making your beat-making ideas rapidly take shape. It's the electribe sampler; a sampler + sequencer that's thoroughly optimized for speed.
- Thrilling sound and effects
- Easy to use
- New Ableton functionality