Synth Site: Korg: Electribe EA-1: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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ce a part-time user from USA writes:
Decent analog sounds for a digital synth...Very easy to use, though I've made some complex things with it...Well worth the money...My only gripe about these things is their construction...Good to use as a module...Wide range of sounds, in my opinion.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Mar-26-2001 at 20:04
Paul a part-time user from USA writes:
I bought one of these when it first came out - almost 2 years ago now. This was the first synth I actually picked up. I probably bought it a bit on impulse, but I have to say that after 2 years, and many new and more "sophisticated" pieces of gear, this is still one of my favorite things in my studio. I'd learned sythesis techniques years ago but forgotten most of it, so this synth was a great first synth. Very, very easy to learn and program your own patches and sequences on. And now that I've compared it to "better" and more expensive gear, I have to say that the sound quality more than holds up. It's integrated itself easily and usefully into a semi-complex midi setup, with no real problems. Obviously, it's limited (2 part monophonic, only 1 knob movement recorded), but it's sooo easy to use and actually sounds good.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Feb-21-2001 at 17:47
Duke from United States writes:
Although often cast as a contender amongst the multitudes "grooveboxes," the Korg EA-1 is certainly not one to disappoint. Unlike other gear in its price range, the EA-1 actually creates its own sounds through analog modeling, and, in fact, the EA-1 is the cheapest true VA available in today's market.

With its analog modeling, the EA-1's sound is consequently original and superb. With only a choice of sawtooth, square, triangle, and external audio waveforms plus no EG or LFO, the achievable sonic spectrum may seem slim, but the multitudes of oscillator modulation possibilities and other parameters such as portamento keep the sound fairly original. The powerful resonant, low-pass filter with a simple EG also helps differentiate tones, though the automatic amplitude cut entailed with resonance sweeps is quite troublesome, and again, no LFO is offered. The VCA is very simple, with only one adjustable level parameter and no EG or LFO. Still, a nasty distortion circuit can adequately stir the sounds up. A modest selection of effects is also present, with a powerful, self-oscillating flanger/chorus, and an extreme delay.

The user interface is also above par, even for a typical knob-infested VA. For instance, every major sound parameter can be adjusted from the front panel knobs and buttons instead of being hidden in numerous sub-menus. Therefore, although appearing laconic, the LCD display certainly is not, but rather, it serves its purpose well and is informative. An added bonus: everything is completely adjustable real-time without any hitches.

Overall, the EA-1 is an easy-to-use yet powerful piece of gear. Also, with its low price but high quality, its bound to become a favorite among all spans of the market.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Feb-18-2001 at 14:17
nubey a professional user from usa writes:
Oh boy more abused acid duck sounds, it does actually sound fairly authentic the sqwuack and all, mine went back for the much more flexible ES-1..

Poor mans 303, yeah I do think so..

-nUbey

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Feb-12-2001 at 14:30
Jules a hobbyist user from Australia writes:
I found the ea-1 great.. the only let down was the sequencer i found although it was very easy yo use the accuracy was not up to scratch. other than that its a great sounding synth, that can recreated those tripped out analogue sounds of yesterday but has the stability that you would expect from digital equiptment. compared to the jp8080 or other analogue emulation synths the ea-1 is weak but for the price you pay its definetly worth it.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jan-23-2001 at 22:19
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