Welcome to my Korg Electribe Sampler review. As you can see in the video below, this is a great fun box for performing samples and beats live. It’s very easy to quickly get a beat going and manipulate the sounds on the fly. You can tweak the filter, add effects, play chords, change the pitch, and even switch between different samples, all while it is sequencing.
So, let’s take a look at it in detail…
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Product: Korg Electribe Sampler
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Watch the Korg Electribe Sampler in action:
Sampler and Synthesizer in One for an Unlimited Range of Sounds
It has to be said, if you are able to sample any sound, the possibilities that lay before you are limitless. And with the Electribe Sampler, once you have recorded your sample, you can trim it, reverse it on the fly, and put it through anyone fo the 38 different effects.
Not only does the Electribe Sampler come with built-in samples and offer the flexibility of recording in your own samples, it can also synthesize sounds from scratch using several different types of analog modeling sound engines. Any of these synth sounds and samples can be put through the 3 filters – low pass filter, high pass filter, and band pass filter. You can also use the “Time Slice” function to automatically slice up a sample and then change the tempo or assign effects to it.
Sequencing and Live Performance: the Best of Both Worlds
Of course, the ability to sample and manipulate sounds isn’t much good without the ability to sequence them, so it’s great that the Electribe Sampler has a built-in step sequencer. You can use it as a drum machine by assigning drum sounds to each of the 16 pads. Alternatively, you can use it to sequence your own samples, building up a complex pattern of interesting sounds. You can even play around with the sequences by using the “step jump” feature or by changing the “last step” as a way to make your beats more varied.
However, you don’t just have to have pre-programmed your sounds into the sequencer. You can use the 16 pads to play the sounds live, and you can even build up sequences on the fly. In addition to this, the touchpad on the left of the unit can be used for creatively manipulating the sounds in a number of innovative ways. Great for adding a nice live performance element to a concert.
The built-in effects can be applied to any sound, and include such classics as compression, distortion, and delay. You can also add grooves to your music by simply assigning groove templates. You can also use the touchpad to control the effects in creative and spontaneous ways. Add effects on the fly such as “Vinyl Break” or “Odd Stepper”. You can also switch patterns live using the trigger pads.
With all that being said, there may be some people who might find a step sequencer to be limited. If you want to have an unlimited sequencer to work with, you may prefer something like Propellerhead Reason combined with a MIDI controller such as the Akai MPK Mini MKII.
However, you don’t necessarily need to make the choice between hardware and software because both can work together seamlessly. The Electribe Sampler has been designed to work well with [easyazon_link identifier=”B00AZ98Z8U” locale=”US” nw=”y” tag=”google02a0-20″ cart=”n” popups=”n”]Ableton Live[/easyazon_link] software. The Electribe Sampler can save patterns in Ableton Live format. These patterns can then be arranged in Ableton Live as scenes and clips. But if you are not sure whether you want to buy Ableton Live, you can try it for free anyway, because the Electribe Sampler comes with a free copy of Ableton Live Lite to try it out.
Keyboard players may miss the absence of a standard keyboard, but I don’t think that is who the Electribe Sampler is aimed at. It’s more for building up grooves and sample-based music, rather than playing notes in live. However, if you definitely would prefer to have a keyboard, it’s worth taking a look at the Novation Launchkey.
Let’s Talk About Portability and Construction…
This is going to be great for taking to gigs, because it is battery powered and solidly built. However, both of those things come with a slight down-side. Because it is so solidly built, it is a little bit on the heavy side. There is usually going to be a trade-off with the build of a product, though. If it is lighter, sometimes this can mean it is more easily breakable. If it is heavier, this can be because it is made of toucher material. It can also mean there is a lot going on inside it.
This brings me onto the next point. Yes, it is battery powered, but you may find that it uses up the battery power rather quickly. Also, the LED lights don’t work when you are using the batteries. All this can be easily solived just by plugging it into the electricity, though.
Is the Korg Electribe Sampler Suitable for You?
If you are a beginner and want to make your first steps into electronic music production, this is ideal for you. Even if you are not skilled at playing any other instruments, you will be able to quickly get some beats and cool sounds going. Also, even if you are someone who already has some experience making music, this is great for live performances. It is best suited to music that is driven by loops and samples. If that sounds like you, you can’t really got wrong with the Electribe Sampler.
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