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The 12 faces of an Electribe ESX-1 (audio demos)

Posted: Tue Mar 16, 2010 9:27 pm
by balma
I will try to show you how many personalities can fit inside a single lonely Electribe ESX-1.

The 100% of these sequences are made on the ESX1. Functions like resampling and chaining effects, were used in order to avoid a thin sound due to the low polyphony.

There are big limitations on the Electribe ESX1 for composing big songs, but a limitation, does not mean problem in all the cases.

Each demos has only one or two patterns. They are not complete songs, since the goal of my post is not to post complete tracks, but to show the spectrum of possibilities that the sampling technology can allow you achieve with a little bit of imagination.

Electribe goes funky fingersnap.

I sampled my fingers clipping several times. Add a lot of swing effect, and some effect sounds, and aaahhhh voices. This is almost a complete track. It has a lo fi effect, added to different tracks. And it has a lot, lots of samples.

3:37
multiple patterns
http://www.filefreak.com/files/139549_8 ... ersnap.mp3

Electribe goes beautiful:

this is a charming small sequence of chords. I sampled the EMX1 chords, and resample in order to make them wider. I specially like this small clip:

46 seconds
1 pattern of 8 measures.
http://www.filefreak.com/files/139567_y ... utiful.mp3


Electribe goes birdy:
Almost all the sounds of this pattern, are birds recorded with a mic in my back yard. Lots of them will not be recognizable as a birdsong, since they are tweaked in order to emulate a hi hat, a clap, or a bass.


50 seconds.
2 patterns of 4 measures.
http://www.filefreak.com/files/139438_x ... dy%202.mp3]electribe goes birdy 2.mp3

The second demo is made with the same set of bird sounds, but taking another route and concept.

3 minutes
2 patterns of 4 mesures.
http://www.filefreak.com/files/139533_w ... birdie.mp3




Electribe goes wide:

here, there are 4 tracks dedicated to cymbals and panned. AS a background, there is a looped white noise that falls down with the filter knob. :evil:

36 seconds
1 pattern of 8 measures.
http://www.filefreak.com/files/139562_u ... 20wide.mp3


Electribe goes sad: :cry:

No intention to create a sad track, but the sound that I obtained is some kind of dreamy and nostalgic. It sounds very polyphonic, since I resampled the pattern, in order to add more layers of sounds. the violin is set to two tracks in order to avoid cutting the notes with the mono tracks.

2 minutes, 22 seconds.
4 patterns of 8 measures.
http://www.filefreak.com/files/139566_d ... %20sad.mp3


Electribe goes gay

Not exactly gay, but it has a new age feeling. I sampled a lot of EMU sounds to make this track, conga bongo mello pad. In fact, there is a whole performance of 8 minutes, but this is not the moment.....

58 seconds
4 patterns of 4 measures.
http://www.filefreak.com/files/139564_u ... %20gay.mp3


Electribe goes NIN:

A segment of my own version of THE HAND THAT FEEDS, from NIN. Tried to gave a different perspective of the Reznor's track. The whole track includes his voice obviously. I sampled several segments of the song, and added multiple layers of sounds.

2:35
several patterns.
http://www.filefreak.com/files/139558_j ... %20nin.mp3



Electribe goes hard:

Not so hard, but this one is dance oriented, have a trance kick. several sounds from the V synth were sampled to make these patterns. There is play with the delay to create bridges.

1:59 seconds.
3 patterns of 8 measures.
http://www.filefreak.com/files/139557_7 ... 20hard.mp3

Electribe goes groovy 1 & 2:

Here, I play with the LPF effect, and chaining effects, in order to filter all the sounds. the sound is wide, starts
with no kick, an increasing filter, and then the groove starts....
If you hear wit attention, you'll notice the bass of a Chicane track...

1:50 seconds.
3 patterns of 8 measures.
http://www.filefreak.com/files/139553_z ... groovy.mp3

Second groovy demo. Totally different, but very very groovy. There is a bit crush effect over the percussions. The best effect that this little machine has.

1:02 seconds
2 patterns of 4 measures.
http://www.filefreak.com/files/139555_2 ... vy%202.mp3



Electribe goes children voice

I sampled a small phrase told by a little girl, and play with her....

1:09 seconds
2 patterns of 8 and 4 measures.
http://www.filefreak.com/files/139437_e ... kvoice.mp3

Electribe goes nasty.
It has a hard feeling, I added bit crushing a lot, and some clear v synth sounds sampled into the ESX

1:49 seconds
4 patterns of 8 measures.
http://www.filefreak.com/files/139405_q ... enasty.mp3


Electribe goes lo fi
Some spacy blips with delay, and raising pitch, and a resampled pattern on MONO. Then, changes to stereo and it causes a nice effect.

1:02 seconds
3 patterns of 4 measures.
http://www.filefreak.com/files/139413_p ... 0lofi1.mp3


All this music, came from a small $400 sampler, that has mono tracks. Most of the tracks, cannot play stereo tracks, and has a basic configuration. At least, you can say that it's hard to recognize that everything came from an Electribe ESX1 sampler.

Re: The 12 faces of an Electribe ESX-1 (audio demos)

Posted: Tue Mar 16, 2010 9:42 pm
by space6oy
oughta use the mp3 button (notes icon).
balma wrote:I will try to show you how many personalities can fit inside a single lonely Electribe ESX-1.

The 100% of these sequences are made on the ESX1. Functions like resampling and chaining effects, were used in order to avoid a thin sound due to the low polyphony.

There are big limitations on the Electribe ESX1 for composing big songs, but a limitation, does not mean problem in all the cases.

Each demos has only one or two patterns. They are not complete songs, since the goal of my post is not to post complete tracks, but to show the spectrum of possibilities that the sampling technology can allow you achieve with a little bit of imagination.

Electribe goes funky fingersnap.

I sampled my fingers clipping several times. Add a lot of swing effect, and some effect sounds, and aaahhhh voices. This is almost a complete track. It has a lo fi effect, added to different tracks. And it has a lot, lots of samples.

3:37
multiple patterns


Electribe goes beautiful:

this is a charming small sequence of chords. I sampled the EMX1 chords, and resample in order to make them wider. I specially like this small clip:

46 seconds
1 pattern of 8 measures.



Electribe goes birdy:
Almost all the sounds of this pattern, are birds recorded with a mic in my back yard. Lots of them will not be recognizable as a birdsong, since they are tweaked in order to emulate a hi hat, a clap, or a bass.


50 seconds.
2 patterns of 4 measures.


The second demo is made with the same set of bird sounds, but taking another route and concept.

3 minutes
2 patterns of 4 mesures.





Electribe goes wide:

here, there are 4 tracks dedicated to cymbals and panned. AS a background, there is a looped white noise that falls down with the filter knob. :evil:

36 seconds
1 pattern of 8 measures.



Electribe goes sad: :cry:

No intention to create a sad track, but the sound that I obtained is some kind of dreamy and nostalgic. It sounds very polyphonic, since I resampled the pattern, in order to add more layers of sounds. the violin is set to two tracks in order to avoid cutting the notes with the mono tracks.

2 minutes, 22 seconds.
4 patterns of 8 measures.



Electribe goes gay

Not exactly gay, but it has a new age feeling. I sampled a lot of EMU sounds to make this track, conga bongo mello pad. In fact, there is a whole performance of 8 minutes, but this is not the moment.....

58 seconds
4 patterns of 4 measures.



Electribe goes NIN:

A segment of my own version of THE HAND THAT FEEDS, from NIN. Tried to gave a different perspective of the Reznor's track. The whole track includes his voice obviously. I sampled several segments of the song, and added multiple layers of sounds.

2:35
several patterns.




Electribe goes hard:

Not so hard, but this one is dance oriented, have a trance kick. several sounds from the V synth were sampled to make these patterns. There is play with the delay to create bridges.

1:59 seconds.
3 patterns of 8 measures.


Electribe goes groovy 1 & 2:

Here, I play with the LPF effect, and chaining effects, in order to filter all the sounds. the sound is wide, starts
with no kick, an increasing filter, and then the groove starts....
If you hear wit attention, you'll notice the bass of a Chicane track...

1:50 seconds.
3 patterns of 8 measures.


Second groovy demo. Totally different, but very very groovy. There is a bit crush effect over the percussions. The best effect that this little machine has.

1:02 seconds
2 patterns of 4 measures.




Electribe goes children voice

I sampled a small phrase told by a little girl, and play with her....

1:09 seconds
2 patterns of 8 and 4 measures.


Electribe goes nasty.
It has a hard feeling, I added bit crushing a lot, and some clear v synth sounds sampled into the ESX

1:49 seconds
4 patterns of 8 measures.



Electribe goes lo fi
Some spacy blips with delay, and raising pitch, and a resampled pattern on MONO. Then, changes to stereo and it causes a nice effect.

1:02 seconds
3 patterns of 4 measures.



All this music, came from a small $400 sampler, that has mono tracks. Most of the tracks, cannot play stereo tracks, and has a basic configuration. At least, you can say that it's hard to recognize that everything came from an Electribe ESX1 sampler.

Re: The 12 faces of an Electribe ESX-1 (audio demos)

Posted: Wed Mar 17, 2010 12:59 am
by Hugo76
Dang! Awesome tracks, Balma! Anything up for release soon?

Re: The 12 faces of an Electribe ESX-1 (audio demos)

Posted: Wed Mar 17, 2010 4:36 pm
by balma
Thanks for the help spaceboy!
Hugo76 wrote:Dang! Awesome tracks, Balma! Anything up for release soon?
thanks Hugo, I would love to say yes, but unemployeed producer speaking here... :( . However, nothing is compared with the fun I have with this.

Complete songs should take more time, complexity and equipment obviously. All these demos are aimed to show Electribe ESX-1 power. :ugeek:


Now I want to show the progression of the first sequence named "electribe goes beautiful" after being resampled:

I did not resampled the chordy sequence, but the drums and the second keyboard track. In that way, I release from responsabilities those tracks in order to obtain more polyphony for adding a LEAD, sampled from the Roland V synth. Something that calls my atention on the ESX 1 resampling function is the high increase of the volume of the sample. Sometimes the difference is too much with the other samples....


First version:



Second version:

Electribe goes beautiful, resampled and lifted:

Re: The 12 faces of an Electribe ESX-1 (audio demos)

Posted: Thu Mar 18, 2010 7:26 pm
by Hugo76
Balma, this is quality stuff - I hear material here for several ep's. You should send your songs to some labels, and I'm convinced you'd have some releases instantly. There are many labels in Germany, the UK and the Netherlands that would be interested in your tracks.

Re: The 12 faces of an Electribe ESX-1 (audio demos)

Posted: Fri Mar 19, 2010 3:09 pm
by seamonkey
Excellent work balma.
To me, this is what sampling is really about, sampling real world sounds and making them musical.
Thanks for sharing your hard work and experience. :D

Re: The 12 faces of an Electribe ESX-1 (audio demos)

Posted: Fri Mar 19, 2010 5:33 pm
by balma
seamonkey wrote: To me, this is what sampling is really about. Sampling real world sounds and making them musical. :D
but you have an EIII!!!

totally agree. Most of the sounds are recorded via line out frm my other synths, and from the original sample collection I have been acumulating from all previous years with other samplers like the A4000, ES-1, Vsynth, SY99 etc.

I avoid becoming overwhelmed or disoriented with infinite sound libraries, having a nice and filtered selection of samples, all of them selfmade. Classification of your information into groups , can be important for your performance.

You can turn the ESX1 into a "computer friendly sampler" with the USB-Smartmedia interface. I think using this trick is too important for getting the best of the Electribe.


The bass of this track, is made with two layers from a Juno 106 and a Waldorf Q basses. I sent the Amp to a reversed LFO Saw, and also reversed the sample.
Chords on the background came from the SY99, were settled into a different frequency and I added phaser effect.
the kick is from the Vysnth, and I send it to the 3/4 outputs. the effect, comes from morphing a synth sound with a decaying sawtooth LFO linked to the Pitch, and set to tempo synth to 1/16.
A previous pattern was resampled, and a sine LFO was sent to Panning.

So at the end, you have just a few sounds, that can fill several frequencies in order to obtain a dense sound. The sound of this sequence, has his foundation on selecting very different samples and show them at different frequencies:

Duration: 1:30
Electribe ESX1 resampled sounds:



Abusing resampling:

In order to obtain more complexity. There is a nice and trippy arpeggio here: It comes from a 12 layers arp from the command station. It is a sine transponsed on -12,0 and 12, blips, and several Z plane filters.
I sampled it on the ESX.
Then I sampled several chords from the SY99, picked the one that sounded the best, and sampled a simple piano note from the EX5.

After playing the two sampled arppegios and balancing them, I resampled again to release the two keyboard tracks.

Creating harmonies on the ESX is not easy with mono tracks, and only 2 keyboard tracks, but is not impossible.

Focusing on harmony, a dreamy sequence on the ESX1:
Duration 1:30



Gritty drums, and swing playing:

A total different musical approach than the previous one. Here, I'm making emphasis a lot on percussion on lo-fi. Bit crushing, and a strong swing effect (67%).

Focusin on drums, swing effect and joking:
duration: 2:38


Now, another different approach to the ESX1, inspired on a video game: HALF LIFE.

One freeman
the opener of the way
Let me remind you
the dangers of magical thinking.


An almost complete track ESX1: The Freeman.




BTW, I should change the title to "30 faces of an Electribe"

Re: The 12 faces of an Electribe ESX-1 (audio demos)

Posted: Sun Mar 21, 2010 5:57 pm
by seamonkey
balma wrote:
seamonkey wrote: To me, this is what sampling is really about. Sampling real world sounds and making them musical. :D
but you have an EIII!!!
:lol: Well, yes and no. I just got it about a month ago but I have it being checked out by a synth tech and mine is low priority right now. :(
Btw, do you have a portable recorder you use for recording outside sounds?

Re: The 12 faces of an Electribe ESX-1 (audio demos)

Posted: Mon Mar 22, 2010 4:05 pm
by balma
seamonkey wrote:
balma wrote:
seamonkey wrote: To me, this is what sampling is really about. Sampling real world sounds and making them musical. :D
but you have an EIII!!!
:lol: Well, yes and no. I just got it about a month ago but I have it being checked out by a synth tech and mine is low priority right now. :(
Btw, do you have a portable recorder you use for recording outside sounds?
Here's a sample made of two recordings of rain and storm, sounds pretty decent, pure rainforest:


8-)
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Re: The 12 faces of an Electribe ESX-1 (audio demos)

Posted: Thu Mar 25, 2010 8:35 am
by diezdiazgiant
Minidiscs are the s**t man.
Cut your recordings right, you can use playlists as a sequencer

Re: The 12 faces of an Electribe ESX-1 (audio demos)

Posted: Fri Mar 26, 2010 11:29 pm
by balma
And they are pretty damn cheap right now. I have two, and use them for sampling exteriors since 5-6 years ago.

In fact, they are the perfect combination of size, weight, portability and audio quality.

Some people look me weird with my minidisc:


Do you know there's something named iPod, dude?

Obviously, mic counts too, but you hear that rainy sample, and you can almost feel your a*s wet :?

BTW, I made this audio post in order to contribute to the tons of users that pass by asking for the Electribe, but people still hesitating about its true power. Nice thing of samplers like this one, is that is fully, totally customizable, and the sound it makes, is up to you....

Re: The 12 faces of an Electribe ESX-1 (audio demos)

Posted: Sat Mar 27, 2010 1:10 am
by boxed
Those are very nice demos. I might have to get one myself.