Korg Electribe Sampler Music Production Station

This Sampler edition of the Korg Electribe lets you load your own custom sounds, build sequences on 16 pads, and add effects with a Kaoss-style X/Y touchpad.

The Korg Electribe series lets you play back your carefully constructed patterns while using intuitive operations to add spice and reveal sonic possibilities. The Electribe Sampler is designed to be simple and easy for the beginner to understand, and even more enjoyable for previous Electribe users. The Electribe perfectly fulfills two tasks that both demand speed: live performance and music production.

The Electribe Sampler, featuring cutting-edge KORG technology

The Electribe Sampler has been reborn with cutting-edge technology inherited from popular KORG products such as the KingKORG, kaossilator, kaoss pad, and taktile. The internal memory lets you save 250 patterns, including preset patterns which are perfect for today's dance music scene. There's also support for the polyphonic playback that's indispensable for styles that include complex chord progressions, such as House music.

An evolved step sequencer

Using the 16 pads placed on the front of the unit, you can create patterns intuitively while actually hearing and seeing the sounds. You can use the pads as a keyboard to real-time-record phrases, and also perform step recording by entering the pitch and rhythmic value one note at a time. The patterns you create can be used in alternate forms as you perform by taking advantage of the "step jump" feature inherited from the Volca series, or by changing the "last step" to vary the length of each part.

There's also a "motion sequence" function that lets you record read more knob and button operations and use them in the pattern that you create. Either drums or synths can now be assigned to each of the 16 parts (i.e., the 16 pads). For example you could create complex rhythms by assigning drums to all of the 16 parts.

Intuitive beat making with the Trigger pads and Touch pad

Familiar from the Kaossilator is the "touch scale" function that lets anyone perform without wrong notes, just by moving a finger across the touch pad. The trigger pads that were popular on the Taktile are also provided, making it easy for anyone to create phrases intuitively. The trigger pads can also be used for drum input. Settings allow you to switch velocity on/off.

A hybrid synth engine with sampling and modeling

KORG created a synth engine for the Electribe Sampler that's perfectly designed to maximize your creativity. In addition to a sampler sound engine that lets you use your own unique and original sounds (samples), there are also several types of analog modeling sound engines that are great for creating synth basses and pad sounds. There can be up to a total of 999 preset and user samples, and a maximum of 270 seconds of sampling time (calculated as monaural) can be used. The unit is shipped with numerous drum, rhythm/phrase loops, and hit samples included. (Collaborations with Sample Magic, Loopmasters, Prime Loops are included)
Modulation can make sound-creation more complicated, but Korg made it easy by condensing it down to three parameters: simply select a template that specifies an effect and its target, and then adjust the speed and depth of the effect to suit your taste.

Advanced use of samples with Time Slice and Resampling functions

The "Time Slice" function detects attacks within the phrase and slices it appropriately, allowing you to play the phrase at the desired tempo without significantly affecting the sound. Sounds within a sliced part can also be used separately by assigning them to steps or parts. You can even apply an effect to a sample, and then resample it while using the knobs to vary the pitch or modulation.

Even deeper creative potential: Effects and Groove templates

The Electribe Sampler provides effects such as compression and overdrive for each part, giving you uncompromising control over the nuances of individual sounds that differ subtly between genres. The groove function can be specified for each part, letting you apply a groove to your phrase simply by selecting a template.

Functions for live performance: Master effects, Pattern sets, Sync in/out

The master effects can be controlled from the touch pad just like on the Kaoss pad, and they include not only spatial-type effects that shape the overall acoustics but they also include effects that apply aggressively musical transformations such as the "Vinyl Break" effect inherited from the Kaoss pad series, plus "Seq Reverse" and "Odd Stepper" which change the playback order of the sequencer. These are also extremely effective for live performance. Insert effects can be assigned for individual parts, opening up even more complex sound-design possibilities.

There's also a "pattern set" function which lets you switch patterns by pressing trigger pads, and an "event recording" function that records that performance. In addition to MIDI IN/OUT, "Sync IN/OUT" is also provided, allowing synchronized performances with the volca series, monotribe, or MS-20 mini. The unit can run on six AA batteries, so you can easily take it along with you and perform anywhere, providing on-the-go inspiration to your musical ideas.

Ableton Live Workflow

Transform inspiration into a creative production. KORG has collaborated with Ableton to offer a music production workflow that combines the best of hardware and software. The Electribe Sampler can internally save and export patterns in Ableton Live format. Individual patterns and parts are saved as scenes and clips in an Ableton Live Set. Use Live's powerful Session and Arrangement workflows to edit and refine your ideas, perform or record parts, arrange your ideas, and mix your song. The Korg Electribe Sampler includes Live Lite.


- An evolved step sequencerfeaturing cutting-edge KORG technology
- Intuitive beat making with the Trigger pads and Touch pad
- A hybrid synth engine with sampling and modeling
- Advanced use of samples with Time Slice and Resampling functions
- Even deeper creative potential: Effects and Groove templates
- Functions for live performance: Master effects, Pattern sets, Sync in/out
- Interoperation with Ableton Live
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- Maximum Polyphony: 24 voices
- 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)
- Audio Connectors:
- L/Mono Output (Standard Phone jack)
- R Output (Standard Phone jack)
- Headphones (Stereo mini jack)
- Line Input (Stereo mini jack)
- MIDI Connectors: In, Out (Use an included MIDI adapter cable)
- USB Connectors: Type micro B
- Sync Connectors: 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: less than 500 mA
- Chassis: Zinc die cast
- Dimensions: (W x D x H) 13.35 x 7.44 x 1.77" (339 x 189 x 45mm
- Weight: 3.53 lbs. (1.6 kg)
- Operating temperature: 0- +40 (non-condensing)
- Accessories: AC Adaptor (KA-350), MIDI adapter cable x 2, Ableton Live 9 Lite (License card included)
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Shipping Weight: 5.5 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 19 x 10 x 3 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): ELECTRIBE2SRD

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 631-390-6800
Web: https://www.korgusa.com/support

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 5 out of 5 stars. (3 ratings)
Submitted August 19, 2021 by Mike G in Tariffville, CT


Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
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I’m very happy with this drum machine/sampler. I’ve been making ambient chill out lounge type music with it. Was trying to sync it with my Boss rc-505, but had better luck setting them both to the same tempo and starting both at the same time. This machine is built very solid and has more weight to it than I thought it would, yet it’s also compact. Once you learn your way around it and check the manual a few times, it’s actually fairly streamlined for easy workflow. I definitely like the samples it comes with, but do plan to import some of my own. I’ve been looping keys/piano, synth, strings, guitar etc along side the electribe, and figured that after the loop and drum patterns are made and saved, I can perform it back like I’m a DJ, which is different but also fun for me. I’ve been saving the loops and drum patterns to the same number bank on each respective machine, so bank 99 on the looper goes with pattern 99 on the electribe and so on. That way I can stay organized and know which loop goes with each beat pattern. I also made mostly blank templates (except for a hit hat) on banks 1 on each machine so I can start a new loop/pattern each time without having to reconfigure my preferred settings (ie drum samples, effects, tempo, and loop settings). Very cool machine. I recommend it.

Musical Background:

Guitarist, Keyboard Player, Composer

Musical Style:

Electronic, Ambient, Rock, Cinematic
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