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The Korg Electribe is a group of "desktop" electronic musical instruments that have achieved their own cult status since their debut in 1999. The range includes synth, drum machine and sampler-based models . Designed to "bridge" between being fun to use and yet with professional sounds and features, the Electribe range have been aimed squarely at contemprary electronic music styles such as electro, techno, house, trance, dubstep, drum 'n' bass, R&B and hip-hop.
The Electribe are famed for being approachable, and for enabling "instant results". You really can press a button and a track will start playing, which you can "edit' by twiddling knobs and buttons. Korg has a knack for creating presets and textures that will be instantly appealing to the hip youth and urban crowd. But getting instant results can be.. a double edged sword: There are ways to get "in deep" into the sounds, but some users will be lazy and not get the best out of the instrument. Kind of like instant coffee... is has its appeal but the fresh ground stuff is better quality.
List of all Korg Electribe Models (with pics):
Korg Electribe EA1 - Analog Modeling Synthesizer
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Korg Electribe ER1 - Rhythm Synthesizer
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ES1 - Rhythm Production Sampler
EM1 - Music Production Station
EA-1 mkII - Analog Modeling Synthesizer
ER-1 mkII - Rhythm Synthesizer
ES-1 mkII - Rhythm Production Sampler
ESX-1 - Music Production Sampler
Korg Electribe EMX-1 - Music Production Station
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ESX SD - ESX1 Music Production Sampler with added SD card storage and new patterns
EMX SD - EMX1 Music Production Station with added SD card storage and new patterns
iElectribe - The Electribe R is now available as a software app for the iPad!
Another quality the more recent Korg Electribes are famous for is the build in vacuum tubes... adding analog warmth and an adjustable level of tube saturation to the sound. As far as I know, Korg were one of the first "modern" synth manufacturers to add this feature, Metasonix being another.
Korg Electribe Reviews:
Korg Electribe EA1 Analogue Modelling Synthesizer
& ER1 Rhythm Synthesizer (Sound On Sound, July 1999)
Korg Electribe ES1 ("S") Rhythm Production Sampler (Sound On Sound, August 2000)
Korg Electribe EM1 Music Production Station (Sound On Sound, Sept 01)
Korg Electribe EMX1 Music Production Station (Sound On Sound, Nov 2003)
Korg Electribe Resources and other links:
Korg Electribe Manuals:
Korg Electribe Videos:
Demo of the new iElectribe - running the iElectribe app for iPad
Cool dance track on the Electribe EMX-1 (MX)
Demo of the new Electribe SX SD
Techno Jam on the Electribe ESX-1