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Korg Electribe ESX1SD Production Sampler

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The Korg Electribe ESX1SD Music Production Sampler represents a new generation of Electribes. These powerful Korg dance music generators handle everything from laying down stunning tracks to creating ... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Korg Electribe ESX1SD Music Production Sampler represents a new generation of Electribes. These powerful Korg dance music generators handle everything from laying down stunning tracks to creating exhilarating live performances. And now Electribe ESX1SD has SD-card storage capability.

Electribe's stunning 16-bit sampling offers one-shot, pitched, time-stretched, and time-sliced options. The intuitive Korg step-time/realtime interface is enhanced with new ribbon and slider controls. Effects, motion sequencing, and pattern length are all expanded. A brand-new filter chooses Low Pass, High Pass, Band Pass, or Band Pass Plus. Korg Electribe ESX1SD is housed in a sleek, rugged metal chassis with a backlit LCD that provides a wealth of information during programming or performance.

Indispensible dance and electronic music gear, now reborn
The Korg Electribe SX has been reborn! Retaining the inimitable, intuitive style that made the Electribe stand tall against other dance and electronic music gear, it now supports SD card data storage and features programs for today's music scene”patterns available for immediate use!

Flexible, convenient SD card data storage
An SD card slot is now provided, so the pattern and song data you create on the Electribe ESX1SD can be quickly saved to an SD card. Now you can easily manage your data on the Electribe ESX1SD itself, without the need for an external computer! SDHC cards of up to 32GB are supported, so you can stockpile plenty of sounds. Data compatibility with earlier models is maintained, so data you created on the original Electribe SX can be played back unaltered on the new version.

New up-to-date patterns created by today's hot talent
New preset data has been carefully selected from the latest sounds and patterns produced by Electribe loving creative artists from around the world. Ninja Tune/Big Dada artists Emika and the Anti-pop Consortium are contributors, as well as U.K. MySpace artist Shrikednb (Tom Thorpe); plus YouTube stars Denkitribe, mryat and Scribej. Simply listening to these new patterns will nourish your need to create cutting-edge music.

Up to 256 patterns can be created and stored in internal memory. You can combine patterns and 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”192 in all. Using the last step function, you can easily adjust to any odd meter. Favorite patterns can be assigned to pattern sets for instant access.

Audio inputs allow you to process external signals through the onboard 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 ESX1SD lets you take a variety of approaches in creating songs, elevating it beyond just a sampler and rhythm module into a comprehensive tool for music production.
Using sample-based sound creation, it can generate a total of 16 parts that can be used for building patterns. 9 parts are set up to play as "one-shot" samples or drum parts. 2 additional keyboard parts allow samples to be played melodically at various pitches right from the step keys or from 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 2 sample loops recorded at different tempos to be played back at the same time 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 to transform the original phrase into something unique. 2 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 Electribe ESX1SD 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 SD or SDHC.

Twin vacuum tubes for analog warmth
Valve Force circuitry places 2 vacuum tubes on the main outputs that add new power to your sound. The analog tube circuit gives warmth and presence to your sound that cannot be duplicated digitally. The tube gain knob adjusts the level of the output 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 3 multi-effect units available for simultaneous use. Each part can be independently routed to any of the 3 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 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. 2 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 Electribe ESX1SD 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 ESX1SD 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.


  • 32kHz sampling frequency
  • Sampling time (max): 285 (mono)/142.5 (stereo) seconds, to internal memory
  • Number of samples: 100 (mono) + 128 (stereo)
  • Memory: 256 patterns, 64 songs
  • MMT (Multi Modeling Technology) engine (16 different oscillator algorithms )
  • Twin vacuum tubes
  • 16 effect types x 3 (chain)
  • 3 stereo processing effects
  • Nearly 200 patterns included
  • Up to 256 user patterns, 64 songs can be created
  • Built-in step sequencer
  • Record knob movements with a pattern
  • Arpeggiator with ribbon controller
  • Process external audio sources
  • Auto BPM detection
  • SD and SDHC external memory
  • Number of Parts: 16 (Synth = 2, One Shot = 9 parts, Stretch = 2, Time Slice = 1 part, Audio In = 1 part, Accent = 1 part)
  • Input: AUDIO IN (1/4" stereo phone jack, Level switch LINE / MIC, Gain adjustment knob)
  • Nominal Input Level: -10dBu LINE, -50dBu MIC
  • Input Impedance: 47kOhms
  • Output: L/MONO, R, (phone jack - mono x 2), Nominal Output Level = -10 dBu, Output Impedance= 1kOhm, Headphones (1/4" stereo phone jack), Nominal Level= 21mW + 21mW @ 32-ohms
  • External Memory: SD and SDHC (Up to 32GB SDHC)
  • AD/DA Conversion: 20-bit linear
  • Power Consumption: 6W
  • Power Supply: DC 9V (AC adapter)
  • Accessories: AC adapter (DC9V, 600mA)
  • Dimensions (including rubber feet): 14.09"(W) x 10.08"(D) x 2.4"(H)
  • Weight: 6.83 lbs.
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Parts: 1 Year

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-Misuse, including damage occurring during shipment, damage caused by battery leakage, accident, fire, unauthorized repairs, tampering, cosmetic damage or other types of damage which are the result of improper handling or abuse.
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-Damage resulting from modification.
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(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)


Awesome Portable synth on the go or in the studio


from seattle, wa

I was really impressed when I heard the sound quality of the ESX-1 SD because most portable modules don't have that professional pristine quality that really enhances your performance but this baby does it all with ease. Not only is it beautiful & attractive exterior wise but it also has the sound & tweaking effects to back it up as well. I was really debating between this & The yamaha rm1-x But, I had to go with the korg because it has a lot more features but, I am not knocking the rm1-x because it is fantastic too though it's obsolete but times are changing as so is the music scene but if you have the right equipment & talent then you really can't go wrong especially with the korg esx-1sd. Peace all music lovers & remember if you want to make an omelet then you have to crack some eggs otherwise meaning If you want to make the most out of your music then you sometimes have to spend the money & take the risk as long as it's not jeopardizing or exhausting your finances completely. " Be Wise " & make sure you really want it & if you do then by all means don't hesitate to just go for it.

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