KORG iELECTRIBE Gorillaz Edition

KORG iELECTRIBE Gorillaz Edition

Recycle Gorillaz beats and make them your own

With the Gorillaz latest album, The Fall, having been made mostly on the iPad, they have taken strides to take their music into the modern era. And now, with their take on the KORG iELECTRIBE, you have the chance to experiment with their songs using the very same technology.

This virtual beatbox has a bank of the Gorillaz’ tunes to tinker with, with bank ‘A’ being packed with samples and ‘B’ with 32 remixes made exclusively for the app. It’s not that different from the original KORG iELECTRIBE, as it retains all of the same features. The idea here, though, is to take the band’s music and make it your own.

With 128 sounds, 64 preset patterns, and multiple versions of the songs, there is a strong range of sounds. All the usual functions are present, such as the ability to mute and solo parts, as well as loop sections, but you also have the Gorillaz Wave button, which allows you to change the part using the numbered keys.

The effects dial gives you Short Delay, BPM Delay, Grain Shifter, Reverb, Chorus, Flanger, Filter, Talking Mod and Decimator, and the top-right dials allow you to change the pitch, MOD depth and speed.

You can also change the tempo and much more. Effects are also assignable per part, rather than a wash over the whole sample.

Real-time recording can be utilised, as well as export options (including Soundcloud) and an external USB-MIDI device can be used with the app. A highlight, however, is the support for Wireless Sync-Start Technology, meaning you can perform with a friend using two iPads.

The interface itself is busy and cluttered, making it hard at first to understand where to find things. Stripping it back may not have fit with the Gorillaz’ personality, but it may have helped the app become clearer.

The price is currently set at £5.99/$9.99 until the app reaches 20,000 sales, and at this current price the options it gives you are definitely worth the expense.

It is not really aimed at novice users, and is not set out in a ‘for dummies’ way. It’s certainly not an intuitive package, however, this is a great app for those wanting to create some unique sounds using interesting samples.

Rated 4 out of 5

A well-rounded and varied app that produces interesting sounds, but not easily penetrable for newbies.