Wow, I had the iElectribe on my iPad years ago…it was the coolest music software ever, so when I saw the new Korg Electribe 2 I figured it’d cost at least a grand; why wouldn’t it, with all the cool crap it can do? When I finally saw it cost much, much less (see below), I had to have one!
The Electribe is a drum machine, kind of, but you can do much, much more than just make buttery beats (which are easy to do, I’ll admit!) The Electribe is a complete music workstation, including a fully functioning synthesizer and a ton of digital samples (get the Electribe SAMPLER if you want to make it play your own sounds).
The workflow is very simple. Pick a pad (there are 16) and then start to tell the Electribe what to do when you press that pad. Think of each pad as an “event” that you can trigger in various ways. You can play them like a keyboard or use them in a step-sequencer. If you don’t like the keypads, a MIDI keyboard (each pad number corresponds to its specific MIDI channel, e.g., pad 3 is on channel 3) is a cool way to get sounds to play. You’re “limited” to a sequence of 16 x 4 “beats” (i.e., the cursor cycles through all 16 pads up to 4 times before repeating). If that’s not enough for you, the new “Chain” command will allow you to string sequences together to make HUGE music.
Each pad can have its own “oscillator,” which can be a drum sample sound, or one of a ton of synth waves, wavetables or other samples. Then each oscillator can be modified through filters, envelopes, and effects. Check out this video to see how many different sounds this thing can make at once, as an ambient track is made from scratch:
Here’s the front panel:
If you’d like to learn everything there is to getting started with the Electribe 2, check out this tutorial (and get 20% off!)
If you’d like to BUY one, check out the link below:
In the meantime, here are my favorite Electribe 2 tutorials. Have fun!!!!