Korg Electribe

 

£395, korg.com

KORG ELECTRIBE, new digital synth

The Electribe range has been a cult hit since Korg introduced the very first models back in 1999. The previous models were starting to look a bit outdated, but Korg has once again made a huge leap forward with the introduction of the new Electribe and Electribe Sampler. The minimally named Electribe is the one we’re interested in here, based around a new virtual analogue synth engine, equally as capable of churning out fat basslines and gritty leads as it is silky string sounds or synthesised drum hits.

Where the Electribe differs from the other units featured in our list is that it’s so much more than just a synth engine. The entire unit is built around the Electribe’s famously intuitive approach to step sequencing. There’s still an XY touchpad for modulating parameters, but there are now also 16 touch-sensitive pads for playing and programming beats and melodies. Another new feature which will surely be of huge interest to many dance producers is the neat integration with Ableton Live.

The Electribe is once again right up to date with the demands of modern producers. If you’re looking for something a bit different, something that bridges the gap between digital synthesis, old-school sequencing techniques and now Ableton Live’s neat workflow, the Electribe is a great choice.

29th January, 2015

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