ER1

You need to call on the 'Tribe
When you're laying down your next big groove, you need the phattest, most aggressive analog synth sounds possible. Korg's ELECTRIBE series uses the ultimate in analog modeling to give you the richest, most versatile analog-style sounds out there. And with unlimited
realtime control of every sound parameter, you know your sound will be just that -- yours.

Program your own custom analog-style beat sounds by tweaking the ELECTRIBE愛's knobs. Tailor your own four percussion synthesizer parts, play in two audio inputs, or use the ELECTRIBE愛's four PCM cymbal/hi-hat sounds. Input two external audio sources and use the ELECTRIBE愛's synth parameters to process the sound. Input sequences into the ELECTRIBE愛 and hear your results in realtime as you play the steps. Record Oscillator, amp or effect parameter knob movements in realtime using the "Motion sequence" function.

Store a total of 256 (64 x 4 banks) phrases or other patterns plus 16 songs consisting of multiple patterns, so all your beats are with you. Sync the ELECTRIBE愛 to other MIDI devices using tap tempo or MIDI clock, or tap in the beat and sync to a turntable or other non-MIDI sound sources. Comes with Low boost and delay effects. Control the ELECTRIBE愛 from an external sequencer or keyboard and it becomes a MIDI expansion tone generator.

With over 35 years of rhythm programming expertise , Korg has created the ultimate analog beat machine. Simply by tweaking the knobs on the ELECTRIBE愛, you have unlimited control over all the elements that make up the sounds - like pitch, modulation depth, waveform shape and much more. Drop these sounds into the built-in sequencer and you've got unique rhythms with your own creative signature. And with the ELECTRIBE愛, you can hear every change you make as it happens, allowing you to mold the groove on the fly.

Create Powerful Analog Beats
The approach to sound is what sets the ELECTRIBE愛 apart from all other drum machines and groove boxes around. It gets its power from four of the analog modeling tone generators featured on Korg's Prophecy and Z1, two synths that are highly acclaimed for their analog sounds. It's like having four modeling synths in one unit, so you can create four completely different kinds of rhythm sounds and use them simultaneously for the ultimate in tonal flexibility. In addition, the ELECTRIBE愛 has four PCM sounds - crash, open hi-hat, closed hi-hat and clap - that you can use for every beat as needed.

The Revival Of The Audio Input
With the resurrection of the analog input function found on Korg's classic MS-20 analog patching synth , you can plug in two additional external signals and use them as audio sources. You can gate the sound from the external inputs to play in sync with the timing of the rhythms you create. And, you can even tweak these sounds with some of the ELECTRIBE愛's knobs to create experimental rhythm patterns never before heard.

For a demo - including mp3 files - of using the audio inputs on the EA-1 and ER-1, check out: Tips and Tricks: Audio Inputs by James Bernard.

Step And Real-Time Input
The built-in step sequencer's 16 pad keys make it easy for you to produce rhythms from the sounds you create. Each pad keys lights up so you can easily see what rhythm a part is programmed to play. Plus, you can play in beats in real-time using the 12 trigger pads. Four of the pads are assignable to any analog modeling sound you come up with, two are reserved for controlling sounds accessed through the audio input, and the other four permanently control the indispensable PCM sounds. So you can tailor your own custom "kits" to fit each musical situation.

"MOTION SEQUENCE" Remembers Knob Movements
To add even more life to your patterns you can record the realtime movement of any of the ELECTRIBE愛's oscillator, amp or effect parameters as a Motion Sequence. This lets you change your sounds as your groove progresses in a way that more traditional drum machines just can't match! Plus, every sound or rhythm you create can be stored as a pattern that includes your knob movements. And you can save up to 256 1 to 4-bar patterns in internal memory.

External Control
The ELECTRIBE愛 can also be controlled from an external sequencer, keyboard, or sampler to function as an analog sound rhythm tone generator, or set up to control or be controlled by other hardware or computer-based sequencers.

Electribe Series Streaming Video Demo
If you're setup for Streaming Video:
Click here to see the demo.

If you're not setup for Streaming Video:
Click here to setup your system.

Get FREE Pattern Data for the ER1
Visit the Downloads section to get new, up-to-date demo data for the ER-1! Additional Pattern Data for the EA-1 is included that will allow you to sync the two units together as well.

Try the ER-1 using Beatnik
Play the ER-1 Demo

Hear a quick demo of the ER1 using an MP3 player:
Demo Patterns (mp3, 468KB)

Everything you hear was done exclusively on a Korg ER1. Due to the content of each demo, a large file is required and a high-speed Internet connection is recommended.

Artists Using the ER-1
Dave Angel
David Was
Geno Lenardo
Meegs Rascon
Tommy Coster
Willie Wilcox

Hear what Vernon Reid has to say about Korg's Electribe dance products:
Excerpt from phone interview (mp3, 61kb)




Specifications subject to change without notice