In The Studio With the Apple iPad and Korg iElectribe R (Gorillaz Edition App)

A couple of weeks ago, I was in the studio with a friend of mine that plays guitar. He brought over his Gibson Les Paul, which by the way has the most beautiful natural sustain I’ve heard in a very long time. He wanted to do some recording of a riff that he had been playing and working on. In all, we must’ve recorded about 20 takes with different variations on the riff. At one point when he was comping the best bits and spreading them across Logic Pro, I was sitting down with my iPad noodling around.

He had a click track going for timing. Interestingly enough, his tempo was the same as something I had made on the Korg iElectribe Gorillaz Edition earlier. We quickly decided to record it. We added a bit of compression and a bit delay on the hi-hats and very quickly the track started taking shape. I have to say I was completely impressed with the results. So, if you get a chance, check out this great little drum machine app. It’s got some very nice samples in there and with some processing, they took on a new life. We also managed to add some Hofner bass too, but before long we had run out of time. Maybe we can revisit that one again!?

Check out these videos. They’re a little annoying after a while (with that voice!), but maybe you can get through them…

2D’s iELECTRIBE Tutorial 1 – Playing with Patterns

2D’s iELECTRIBE Tutorial 2 – Using the Gorillaz Wave


Sound Engine:

* PCM Synthesizer; 128 PCM Samples; 8 parts x 16 types

Instrument Voices (Parts):

* 8 Total: 8 PCM synthesizer parts

Effect Section:

* Master Effect: Assignable per step/per part
* 8 Effect Types: Short Delay, BPM Sync Delay, Grain Shifter, Reverb, Chorus/Flanger, Filter, Talking Modulator, Decimator

Sequencer Section:

* Patterns: 64 steps maximum per part (Motion Sequencing can memorize all knob motions in a pattern)
* Tempo: 20-300BPM (with Tap tempo and Swing function), Pattern-set function (iELECTRIBE has no “Song” function)

Pattern Memory:

* 160 Total: 32 preset patterns x 2 banks; 32 blank patterns x 3 banks


* Virtual Valve Force Tube Modeling
* Audio Export feature: Bounce Pattern, Real-Time Recording (16-Bit / 44.1 kHz Stereo WAV format)
* Publish and share songs online with the SoundCloud music distribution site*
* Supports WIST (Wireless Sync-Start Technology)
* Supports “AudioCopy” function
* Supports performance and controls on an external USB-MIDI device (via the Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit)

2D’s second tutorial on ‘Using the Gorillaz Wave’ on the new Korg iELECTRIBE Gorillaz Edition app for iPad. Gorillaz has teamed up with Korg – the legendary electronic musical instrument developers – to create a new dedicated beatbox for the iPad: The iELECTRIBE Gorillaz Edition. Featuring the iELECTRIBE original beat-making characteristics, this special Gorillaz Edition has been customized to generate sounds from the band latest album The Fall.