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Korg ESX1 Electribe SX Production Sampler

Powerful arpeggiator with ribbon controller and slider. Twin vacuum tubes for analog warmth. (123) Read 6 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Serious Genre-Warping Production Tools for your Dance Creations
The Electribe series of Dance Tools defined a new standard, combining unique sound generation, pattern based programming, and intuitive knob-based interfaces. Thousands of forward-thinking musicians, DJs and producers continue to use them to create exciting and groundbreaking music.

The ELECTRIBESX represents a new generation of Electribes - powerful dance music products that cover everything from laying down stunning tracks to creating exhilarating live performances. Both come housed in a sleek, rugged metal chassis. The new backlit LCD provides a wealth of information during programming or performance.

The intuitive step-time/realtime interface has been enhanced with a new Ribbon and Slider control. Effects, Motion Sequencing, and Pattern length have all been expanded. A brand-new filter lets you chose Low Pass, High Pass, Band Pass or Band Pass Plus.

Up to 256 patterns can be created and stored to the internal memory. You can combine patterns, add mute data and knob movements to create up to 64 songs. To get you started, a wide assortment of patterns covering house, hip-hop, R&B, electronica, drum'n'bass, techno, trance and more come preloaded - 128 in the ELECTRIBESX. Using the last step function, you can easily adjust to any odd meter. Favorite patterns can be assigned to Pattern Sets for instant access. Data can be quickly saved and loaded via SmartMedia.

Audio inputs allow you to process external signals through the on-board filter and effects, and an extra pair of assignable outputs has been added as well. The front panel knobs and switches control all the most important sound parameters, allowing you to modify the sound in realtime as you perform, and giving you a hands-on feel like that of an analog synthesizer.

Sophisticated Sampling and Instant Dance Music Creation
The ELECTRIBESX lets you use a variety of approaches to creating songs, elevating it beyond just a sampler and rhythm module into a comprehensive tool for music production.

Using sample based sound creation, the ELECTRIBESX can generate a total of 16 parts that can be used for building patterns. Nine parts are set up to play as 'one-shot' samples, or Drum Parts. Two additional Keyboard Parts allow samples to be played melodically at various pitches right from the step keys or a MIDI input. Sampled loops can be assigned to the Stretch Parts. As Stretch Parts, their tempos can be adjusted without affecting their pitch. This allows two sample Loops recorded at different tempos to be played back at the same in sync. Phrase samples can also be "Sliced," or divided up at the rhythmic peaks of the sample. Once sliced, individual samples can be muted to generate new grooves. Pitch, filter and effect settings can be applied to the individual sliced samples (or Motion Sequenced) to transform the original phrase into something unique. Two Accent parts introduce added dynamics. Reverse and Roll commands can be used to quickly generate complex sounding patterns. Additional Sample edit commands include Normalize, Truncate and Start Point.

A generous 285 seconds of memory (at 44.1kHz) can be used to create up to 384 of your own samples. The ELECTRIBESX includes a wide variety of preloaded samples - 196 in all - so that you can start producing dance music immediately. Samples (.WAV/AIFF format) can be imported and exported via SmartMedia.

Twin Vacuum Tubes for Analog Warmth
Valve Force circuitry contains two vacuum tubes that add new power to your sound. The analog tube circuit adds a warmth and presence to your sound that cannot be duplicated digitally. The tube gain knob adjusts the level of the output signal passing through the vacuum tubes, creating dynamic sounds with the distinctive tonal quality that only tubes deliver.

3 Stereo Effect Processors to Radically Change your Sound
The highly acclaimed Electribe effects have been enhanced to provide three multi-effect units available for simultaneous use. Each part can be independently routed to any of the three effects processors, and you can even use the Chain function to link multiple effects in series, opening up further sonic possibilities. Each processor offers 16 effect types ranging from traditional reverb, delay, flanger and chorus, as well as more modern offerings including tempo-based delay, talking modulator, grain shifter, decimator and more. The edits you make to each of the effects processors are saved with each pattern.

Powerful Arpeggiator with Ribbon Controller and Slider
A new ribbon controller and slider have been added, providing a remarkable realtime interface for accessing the powerful arpeggiator. Together, they allow you to enter pattern data or perform over a pattern quickly and with amazingly musical results. When playing a synth part, select a scale type or hold down a few notes - the ribbon controller will affect note duration, and the slider can be played in realtime to generate new phrases. For a drum part, touching the ribbon will trigger notes, and sliding your finger up and down will change the note resolution.

Motion Sequencing Brings your Songs to Life
Motion Sequencing records your realtime knob tweaks and plays them back as part of the pattern. Two types of motion sequence are provided; one for effects and one for parts, and you can also edit the value of individual steps. Up to 24 motion sequences can be used in a single pattern, allowing you to control virtually every sound parameter. The Step Edit function allows you to adjust the value of individual steps.

Easy to Use Realtime and Step Style Sequencing
The 14 part keys and 16 step keys on the front panel of the ELECTRIBESX allow for easy, intuitive song production. Realtime recording lets you record phrases as you perform, and step recording allows you to input the timing, pitch and duration one note at a time.

A Variety of Tempo Sources
Using Auto BPM detection, the ELECTRIBESX can follow the tempo of an external audio source. You can also use Tap Tempo to input the beat, set the tempo internally, or sync up to an external MIDI clock.

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Number of Parts: 16 total; 2 synth parts, 9 drum parts, 1 drum accent part, 2 stretch part, 1 slice part, 1 audio in part

Number of Samples: 384 (100 mono, 128 stereo), Maximum 237 (mono) seconds

Memory: 256 patterns, 64 songs

Sampling Frequency: 44.1kHz

Effects: 16 types x 3 (Chain)

Sequencer: Pattern: Maximum 128 steps by part, Maximum 24 motion sequence by pattern

Song: Maximum 256 patterns, Maximum 20,000 event recording

Arpeggiator: Ribbon + Slider, Scale

Output: L/Mono, R (phone jack: mono x 2), Individual 3, 4 (phone jack: mono x 2), Headphone (phone jack: stereo)

Input: Audio In (phone jack: stereo)

MIDI: In, Out, Thru

External Memory: SmartMedia (4-128 MB, 3V)

Vacuum tube: 12AX7 x 2

Power Consumption: 24W

Power Supply: AC IN (AC9V)

Dimensions: 14.09 in.(W) x 10.08 in.(D) x 2.44 in.(H) 358(W) x 256(D) x 62(H) mm (including protrusions)

Weight: 6.83 lbs. / 3.1 kg

Accessories: AC adaptor

*SmartMediaTM is a trademark of Toshiba Corporation.

Specifications subject to change without notice
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 631-390-6800
Customer Reviews
4.5 out of 5 (123 ratings) Rate and Review This Product
"Korg krank up another top jammer slammer and at a decent price"
Sound: 44.1KHz sampling. Sorted. Nice change from the 33Khz found in the younger brother (ES-1) which I owned prior to buying this. The sound is clear and the tubes deliver wether you want a warm subtle overtone or total burned chicken distortion. The effects deliver too but the reverb is a bit ringy when applied to cetain percussion sounds but all in all I rate the sound. Feature: User friendly is an understatement. Fair enough I used to have an ES-1 which gave me a head start but beginners would have no problems picking up how to use it. Hands on and no need to navigate through endless menus. Everything is at your fingertips and you're not restricted to having to only perform one "tweak" at a time. The selection of effects is a nice mixture and all have great results. Some people may say the effect editing is limiting but the parameters that are covered ar more than enough for what I need it to do. The extra mono outputs are a welcome touch too. Ease of Use: Like I said, user friendly is an understatement. Quality: Built tough. The sleek metal finish is much better than the shiny plastic finish on its little brother. I managed to burn a littl hole below the 3rd step key on my ES-1 (don't smoke kids- bad for you) but I dont need to worry about that with this machine for 2 reasons: 1) its metal and 2) I packed in smoking. Value: Yeah you get a pretty decent deal for the money I think. Manufacturer Support: Havent had a single problem so havent had to contact korg. The Wow Factor: Both new generation Electribes have got major appeal. Very sexy machines. Blue EMX and red ESX. I even started to fantasize about a green Electribe sampling vocoder but I dont think we'll see one of those with the Microkorg already about. Overall: It probably sounds biased but it's gonna get 100%. It does everything i require and I've had no problems with it. It completes my setup and I dont think after using this that I could get used to anything different to Korg due to how easy it is to use. Infact after buying my first bit if studio kit (ER-1), I wont use anything but Korg now (apart from for my mixer, monitors, compressors etc). Kiss me Korg
Style of Music: Underground dance, Breaks, Ambiend, Experimental downtempo
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Sound: The sound quality is much improved from the other electribes (es1, em1). One thing that I like is the that the sound is not as choppy as the es1. The esx1 provides a rich smoth warm sound because of the tubes that are built inside the machine. My only concern is that I wonder if the tubes will one day need replacing. It does not specify this in the insttruction manual or how to get the tubes replaced if they do need to be replaced. Feature: I liked all of the features and new effects that were upgraded to this machine. The only thing that I would have liked to see different is I wish it had more atleast one more keyboard and more sampling time. Overall the features are great. Quality: The esx1 is built sturdy and will last a long time as long as it is not mishandled or mistreated. Value: I traded in my es1 and my em1 for this machine. I was worried at first for trading in both of my machines but I found that the esx1 does what the em1 and es1 combined plus more. It is well worth the money. Manufacturer Support: I had to never deal with Korg, but as far as ease of use I find it much easier to use than the es1. If you already know how to use the es1 you are in good shape. When I first I got the machine I felt overwhelmed with all the new features but once you get use to it you'll find that it is not that hard to use. The Wow Factor: The product is built nice and is a nice color. The glowing moving lights helps to perform in the dark. Overall: Overall I think this prodcut is well worth the money and I would reccommend it to nayone who wants to buy the new electribe.
Style of Music: hip-hop, neo soul, down tempo, drum & bass
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