Korg Electribe 2 Drum Machine

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89 out of 100. Incorporating 50+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$420
Korg Electribe 2 Drum Machine

The Korg Electribe is a sampler and sequencer that lets you craft classic to modern electronica grooves, with 409 analog modeled drums, percussion, bass, synths and other instrument sounds.

Combine all these sounds with its 36 built-in effects and you get a very versatile drum machine unit that goes beyond the usual.

More than merely crafting drum parts, you can actually build tracks if not entire songs with all the instruments available.

Still, Electribe is well known for its drum sounds, and to be specific - modern drum sounds that work great for electronic dance music.

Features:

  • 16 backlit pads
  • 409 analog modeled/PCM sounds (Drums, Percussion, Bass, Synths and Multi-sampled Instruments)
  • Power Options: 6 AA Batteries | AC Adapter
  • 38 effect types
  • Up to 250 patterns can be stored
  • Kaoss style X-Y pad for realtime effects manipulation
  • Dedicated knobs
  • Multiple filter models
  • Inputs: 1/8" Audio In, 1/8" Sync in
  • Outputs: 2 x TRS Audio Out, 1/8" Headphones, 1/8" Sync Out
  • SD/SDHC Card slot for additional media storage
  • MIDI In/Out

Pros

The most common positive comment that the Korg Electribe gets is regarding its intuitive controls, with many reiterating how easy the controls are to master, and how fun it is to use. Experts are impressed at the quality and the number of sounds you can get from it for the price, and that the sounds are relevant to today's boom of EDM. Other users found its portability, long battery life, and sturdy build to be satisfactory.

Cons

There were some bugs that were raised by users and experts when it was initially released, but many of these have been fixed with the last firmware update. There are still some bugs left but they are not as detrimental to regular use as before.

Overall

If you're looking for a fun and easy to use drum machine that crosses over to modern music production, then it's worth taking a closer look at the Korg Electribe v2.

NB: This was on our recommended list until we performed a thorough review of the drum machine category in March 2019, at which time we found there were more highly rated options that had become available and you can see them in our guide to The Best Drum Machines.

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