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Giving you a hybrid synth engine that allows you to combine sampled sounds with analog modeled synth tones, the Electribe Sampler Music Production Station from Korg features 16 control pads with selectable velocity sensitivity as well as an XY touch pad. It allows for recording samples up to 270 seconds long, and includes a variety of drum, loop, and hit samples sources from Sample Magic, Loopmasters, and others.
Your samples and modeled synth sounds can be altered with a variety of available insert effects in addition to master effects, some of which have been inherited from Korg's Kaoss Pad. The Electribe Sampler can be powered with the included AC adapter, or used portably with 6 AA batteries. Compatibility with a wide range of equipment is made possible with the 2 included MIDI adapters.
An Evolved Step Sequencer
Using the 16 pads placed on the front of the unit, you can create patterns while actually hearing and seeing the sounds. You can use the pads as a keyboard to record phrases in real time, 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 pads. For example you could create complex rhythms by assigning drums to all of the 16 parts
Beat Making with the Trigger Pads and Touch Pad
Derived from the Kaossilator is the "touch scale" function that lets anyone perform without wrong notes, just by moving a finger across the touch pad. The trigger pads that were popular on the Taktile are also provided, allowing anyone to create phrases. The trigger pads can also be used for drum input. Settings allow you to switch velocity on/off
Hybrid Synth Engine with Sampling and Modeling
In addition to a sampler sound engine that lets you use your own unique and original sounds (samples), there are also several types of analog modeling sound engines that can be used for creating synth basses and pad sounds. There can be up to a total of 999 preset and user samples, and a maximum of 270 seconds of sampling time (calculated as mono) 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)
Modulation can make sound-creation more complicated, but Korg has condensed it down to three parameters: select a template that specifies an effect and its target, and then adjust the speed and depth of the effect to suit your taste
Time Slice and Resampling
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 and Groove Templates
The 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
Master Effects, Patterns Sets, and Sync In/Out
The master effects can be controlled from the touch pad just like on the Kaoss pad, and they 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. These are also extremely effective for live performance. 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 easily take it along with you and perform anywhere, providing on-the-go inspiration to your musical ideas
Workflow with Ableton Live
Korg has collaborated with Ableton to offer a new music production workflow that combines 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. Use Live's Session and Arrangement workflows to edit and refine your ideas, perform or record new parts, arrange your ideas, and mix your song. The Korg Electribe Sampler includes Live Lite
Maximum Polyphony: 24 voices (varies depending on the Oscillator, Filter, and Insert FX type), Pseudo-polyphonic (Independent parameters for each voice have been simplified; four voices share the parameters of one conventional voice)