Korg ES1MKII Electribe S Rhythm Production Sampler

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64 preloaded patterns and 86 preloaded samples, 11 powerful effects, SmartMedia storage

Fresh up-to-date patterns, a new Mod. Delay effect, and a sleek metal chassis make the Electribe-S mkII an even more radical sampler than ever before.

Create your own samples or import audio material to create rhythm patterns quickly and easily. A must-have tool for creators of break-beat music!

Time Slice function lets you divide a sampled groove into individual samples, allowing you to alter individual steps and change the tempo without affecting the pitch.

The ES-1mkII ships with an expanded preload data set - 64 preloaded patterns and 86 preloaded samples - including numerous fresh patterns for the latest hip-hop and R&B styles.

Eleven powerful effects, including an all-new Modulation Delay for extreme sound-creating potential.

Step and Real time sequencing allows you to create patterns quickly and accurately by playing directly on the step or part keys.

Arrange patterns into Pattern Sets for realtime performance, or string them together into full length Songs

Motion Sequence records your real-time filter or effect knob tweaks directly into the pattern or a song.

Resample internally - as you play with the knobs, mute parts, etc. - with no loss in audio quality!

In additional to sampling, the audio inputs allow an external sound source to be processed using the ES-1mkII's knobs and switches. You can also rhythmically gate the audio input as part of a pattern.

Sample, song and pattern data can be saved to convenient SmartMedia. You can also import sample read more data (WAV or AIFF) via SmartMedia.

The ES-1mkII packs a full complement of sampler functionality into a compact package. The intuitive knob-based interface delivers the extreme sound-modifying potential and that has set the Electribe series at the front of the pack. Rhythmic programming using the sixteen pad keys is flexible and fast, letting you construct rhythm patterns and break beats quickly and easily. The ES-1mkII lets your creative imagination flow directly into the rhythms that form the core of dance music.

Sophisticated sample editing allows you to create intense rhythm patterns
The Electribe-S mkII lets you create rhythm patterns by assembling phrases using your favorite samples. The sound of each sample can be radically altered using the knobs to control the pitch and filter, reversing the sample, or adding effects. You're not limited to simply playing back a sampled sound - you can process it as freely as you would on an analog synth. There's also a Time Slice function that detects the attacks within a sample and slices it, letting you handle each sliced sample separately. For example you can change the pitch and filter settings for just the kick drum, mute individual hits or modify the tempo without changing the pitch of the loop. Of course you can use the knobs to create tonal changes in sliced phrases as well.

Ready to go
The updated preload data includes 64 patterns and 86 samples. Even without loading any additional samples, you've got plenty of superb material for immediate use in your cutting-edge hip-hop, R&B, house, and drum'n'bass dance music.

Versatile effect section featuring an all-new new Mod. Delay
The ES-1mkII provides two effect processors: a master delay, plus one of eleven effect types that can be switched the effect on/off for each part. The eleven effect types range from staples such as Reverb and Flanger/Chorus to unique effects like Decimator, Isolator, and Resonance Filter. There's also a new Mod. Delay that can produce exciting time-based variations in the delay. You can use the knobs to directly edit these effect parameters, and of course your knob movements can be captured as a motion sequence in the pattern.

Resampling provides unlimited flexibility!
You can play your sampled sounds and parts through the effects, modify the pitch and other parameters in realtime, and then resample the result to create totally new sounds. Resampling takes place totally in the digital domain, so there is never any loss of audio quality.

Create rhythm patterns quickly
The Electribe-S mkII lets you use as many as ten individual sampled parts as building blocks for creating patterns. The sequencer interface is highly visual and extremely easy to use. A measure (or two beats) is divided into sixteen steps, and you can create a pattern simply by touching the keys on the steps where you want a sample to sound. You can play a roll or reverse a sample simply by pressing a single button, creating complex rhythm patterns easily and immediately.

Motions Sequence records your realtime knob movements
The Motion Sequence function on the Electribe-S mkII records your knob movements to create realtime tonal changes to enhance your patterns. For each part, you can select one of four parameters - pitch, filter, level, or pan (plus effect on/off) - and use Motion Sequence to record any changes you make to that parameter. Changes in master delay depth and time, as well as the movement of the two effect edit knobs can also be recorded and played back to create exciting dynamic changes. In particular, you can control Roll and Reverse using just a single button and record the On/Off movements for these parameters, quickly adding complexity to your totally original rhythm patterns.

Convenient and reliable SmartMedia data storage
The Electribe-S mkII uses SmartMedia to store your samples, original patterns, and songs. You can also load AIFF or WAV files via SmartMedia, utilizing data from your computer. The Electribe-S mkII can use any 3V SmartMedia card, from 4 MB to 64 MB.
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Number of parts: 12 (One Shot=9, Slice Part=1, Audio In Part=1, Accent Part=1)

Sampling Frequency: 32kHz

Maximum Sampling Time: 95 (mono) / 47.5 (stereo) seconds, saving to internal memory

Number of Samples: 100 (mono) + 50 (stereo)

Memory: 128 patterns, 16 songs

Master Effect: Delay (Normal, Motion Sequence, BPM sync)

Insert Effects: 11 types (Reverb, Flanger/Chorus, Phaser, Ring Modulator, Pitch Shifter, Compressor, Distortion, Decimator, Isolator, Resonance Filter, Modulation Delay)

Sequencer: (Pattern) 64 steps maximum per part, motion sequence, 1 parameter per part, 64 events, One Shot part=4 parameters, Audio In part=3 parameters, Accent part=1 parameter, Delay=2 parameters, Effects=2 parameters : (Song) 256 patterns maximum per song, event recording: 43,700 events maximum per song

Output: L/MONO, R (1/4 in. phone jack - mono x 2), Headphones (1/4 in. stereo phone jack)

Input: AUDIO IN (1/4 in. stereo phone jack, Level switch LINE/MIC, Gain adjustment knob)

External Memory: SmartMedia (4 to 64MB, 3.3V)

AD/DA conversion: 20bit linear


Power Consumption: 6W

Power Supply: DC 9V (AC adapter)

Accessories: AC adapter (DC9V, 600mA)

Dimensions (W x D x H): 11.65 x 8.66 x 2.17 in. (296 x 220 x 55 mm)

Weight: 3.53 lbs / 1.6kg

* SmartMedia is a trademark of Toshiba Corporation.

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 4.5 out of 5 stars. (43 ratings)
Submitted December 10, 2004 by a customer from aol.com
"Make it crunchy!"
Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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I know there is software out that can do more than the box and does it easier. But when you start mucking with the nobs and playing with the beats on the fly it freakin rocks!
Resolution is not top notch, but I like the crunchy sound.
I love to totally muck up my samples and then resample and muck up again! The effects are top notch. And the presets are for the most part very usable (but who uses presets?).
The box has a very sturdy and solid feel to it. Knobs feel a little weak, but I've tweaked the heck of them with no problems.
For a sampling beatbox, this is about as good as it gets! Rolands SP 202 is similar, but the crunchy sounds I get out of the Korg are killer!
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The MKII version looks so much better then the ol "green one"....
Musical Background:
hobbyist for 20+ years
Musical Style:
Electronic, ambient, IDM
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