Part of its upcoming autumn line of products, Korg has revealed two new versions of its well-regarded Electribe series of hardware production stations. The forthcoming electribe and the electribe sampler (yes, these new versions officially use the lower-case "e") feature new sound engines as well as 16 velocity-sensitive pads, amongst a host of other updated capabilities.
The electribe focuses on sound generation and live performance, and features updated synth engines which boasts 409 oscillator waveforms covering both analog modeling and PCM (the PCM engine is said to provide "mainly rhythm sounds, but also covers multisamples for keyboard"). Furthermore, the sounds can be generously manipulated using the unit's switchable filters and modulation parameters, and can be further honed using per-part effects and groove templates. The updated version of the electribe also takes a big step into the computer age, being able to internally save and export patterns in Ableton Live format.
The electribe sampler appears to be a very similar unit, still featuring the analog modeling engine, but dropping the PCM engine in exchange for space to store up to 999 preset and user samples, with a maximum of 270 seconds of sampling time for each mono file, or half that amount of time for stereo files.
Full details for the electribe can be found here while full details for the electribe sampler can be found here. In addition, Create Digital Music has put together a detialed breakdown of the two forthcoming units which can be read here. A brief teaser for the electribe can be watched below; at this time the pricing and availability for either unit has not been shared.