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The Korg Electribe S1 is a brand new update of an old classic. Nearly ten years after the original Electribe MX was released, Korg has redesigned and rereleased what is sure to be another staple piece of gear. Utilizing similar technology such as that found in the Kaossilator, Kaoss Pad, and KingKORG, Korg has created another beast that can save up to 200 patterns specially geared towards Trap, EDM, and House music. Additionally, the synthesizer houses 409 oscillator waveforms that include analog modeling and PCM. The former provides a robust selection of basic waveforms that can be blended together to achieve complex results, while the latter produces rhythmic sounds in addition to multisamples.
The unit features sixteen pads that allows users to quickly and effectively build patterns, using the pads either as traditional pads or more as keyboard keys. The pads can record various phrases in realtime, or modulate parameters in realtime. The Electribe 2 also borrows the “touch scale” function from the Kaossilator that hard syncs the internal quantizer so that users can play freely without fear of hitting a wrong note.
If all that wasn’t enough, parts of the unit are also the result of extensive collaboration between Korg and Ableton. This means that the Electribe 2 can save and export patterns in accordance with Ableton Live’s standard format. Individual sections and entire patterns can be saved as either scenes or clips in Ableton Live, offering an even more tactile and intuitive workflow for both the studio and stage.