The Korg Electribe ESX 2 sampler music production station should be your first port of call when it comes to crafting tracks and beats. Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned pro, this beautifully designed little sampler is easy to use, but most of all, is highly enjoyable to play with.
The Electribe ESX 2 is infused with a range of cutting-edge tech that has been inherited from popular Korg products that include the legendary KingKORG, kaossilator, kaoss pad, and taktile. Getting started couldn't be easier thanks to the pre-loaded preset patterns. You can also save 250 user-created patterns to the internal memory, for easy recall both onstage or in the studio. Whether you're looking to execute some chunky basslines, single-note driven sweeps or polyphonic chordal progressions, the Electribe is equipped to do it all.
The distinctive 16-pad setup along the front panel allows you to fully immerse yourself in the music making process through both aural and visual aids. You can use real-time recording to capture phrases, or adopt the step-recording feature to build up patterns one note at a time. The "step jump" feature that has been incorporated from the volca series, allows you to alternate phrase forms, whilst tweaking the "last step" setting varies the length of each part, allowing you to adjust the rhythm and feel on the fly, leading to a far more natural performance. The "motion sequence" function records knob and button operations to be used in the pattern you create. Either drums or synths can be assigned to the 16 pads, allowing you to build up a powerful rhythmic track. Using the velocity on/off control, you can input dynamics into your performance with ease.
Power at the core
The Electribe benefits from a Korg-designed synth engine that breathes life into your creativity endeavours. In addition to a sampler sound engine that allows you to use unique samples, there are several analog modeling sound engines that a perfect for creating synth bass, pad and melodic sounds. With a library of up to 999 preset and user samples at your disposal, and a maximum 270 seconds sampling time (calculated as monaural), you'll never fall short of space to save your ideas, ready to call up in the studio. The simple to use but three-parameter modulation control injects an impressive flavour into your signal, with speed and depth controls on hand for real-time control.
The "Time Slice" function detects attacks within phrases and slices appropriately, so you can play at your desired tempo without significantly affecting the sound. The Electribe is powerful enough for you to use sounds within a sliced part separately, then assign them to steps or parts, apply an effect to a sample, then resample it, while using the knobs to vary the pitch or modulation. Effects such as compression and overdrive can be assigned to each part, enabling adjustment over the subtlest of dynamic characteristics to make each and every part you create original and unique.
The Kaoss pad does exactly what you want it to do, add and manipulate effects in real-time for truly fluid control. As well as spatial effects that affect the acoustics of the patterns, you can also add musical transformations that include: "Vinyl Break" - inherited from the Kaoss pad series, and the newly developed "Seq Reverse" and "Odd Stepper" effects that change the playback order of the sequencer. The "pattern set" function lets you switch patterns by pressing trigger pads, and an "event recording" function that records that performance.
Playing with others
The Electribe ESX 2 comes with MIDI IN/OUT, and "Sync IN/OUT" to enable synchronized performances with the Volca series controllers, Monotribe, or MS-20 mini - easily slipping into your existing setup with ease. Korg has collaborated with Ableton to offer a smooth workflow that creates a harmonious relationship between hardware and software. The Electribe sampler can internally save and export patterns in Ableton Live format, whilst individual patterns and parts are saved as scenes and clips in an Ableton Live Set. By using Live’s Session and Arrangement workflows you can edit and refine ideas, perform or record new parts, arrange ideas, and mix your song. To get you started Live Lite has been included. Wherever your music may take you, the unit can run on six AA batteries, allowing you to get on with what you do best.
Manufacturer Korg Model Electribe ESX 2 Sampler Music Production Station Dimensions (H x W x D) 45 x 339 x 189 mm Weight 1.6kg Operating Temperature 0- +40 Degrees C (non-condensing) Sound System Maximum Polyphony 24 voices*1 (Pseudo-polyphonic*2) *1: The polyphony of the entire pattern varies depending on the Oscillator, Filter, and Insert Fx type. *2: Independent parameters for each voice have been simplified; four voices share the parameters of one conventional voice. Number of parts 16 Sampling Frequency 48.0 kHz Number of Sound Samples Up to 999 (Includes User) Number of Filter types 3 Number of Modulation types 72 Memory Capacity 250 patterns Insert effects 38 types Master effects 32 types Sequencer Up to 64 steps for each part Up to 24 modulation sequences for each pattern Last Step can be varied for each part Trigger Pads 16 (Velocity sensitive is supported) Connectors Audio: L/Mono Output (Standard Phone jack) R Output (Standard Phone jack) Headphones (Stereo mini jack) Line Input (Stereo mini jack) MIDI: In; Out (Use an included MIDI adapter cable) USB: Type micro B Sync: In; Out (Stereo mini jack) External storage device SD Card (More than 1GB), SDHC Card (Up to 32GB) Power Supply AC Adaptor or AA battery x 6 - (Alkaline battery or Nickel metal hydride battery) Battery Life: Approximately 5 hours - (POWER SAVING: ON, with Nickel-Metal Hydride battery) Current Consumption is less than 500 mA Included Accessories AC Adaptor (KA-350) MIDI adapter cable x 2 Ableton Live 9 Lite (License card included)
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