Synth Site: Korg: Electribe ER-1: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
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Sevo Stille writes:
It has a four-voice drum synthesizer (adjustable parameters are two base waveforms, six modulation envelopes, pitch, mod depth and speed, decay, low boost, level and pan), plus two sample voices (OH/CH and HC/CY, with adjustable decay, level, pan and boost) and two gated inputs.

In all fairness, it should not be judged in terms of its 808/909 emulation capabilities. They are certainly there, and better than on many other contemporary drum boxes, but it is not quite the same thing as the originals. So what - each of the four synth voices has a wider spectrum of possible sounds than an entire 909, and it can record controller changes.

The interface is among the best, too, the step sequencer is far closer to the x0x tradition than all recent Roland attempts. The only major drawback is its inherent limitation to straight beats - even 3/4 is only achievable through the triplet setting.

Overall, it is the first appealing drum box for ages - unique sound with barely any limit, intuitive handling, plus some trash appeal. I'd hazard a guess that it will become a classic of sorts, probably even as big as the 808 and MPC2000.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jul-01-1999 at 17:18
Chad Gould a part-timer user from USA writes:
The ER-1 is nowhere near a 909. The kick is not as "pure", the cymbals are way too clean sounding. And who cares? It's a great box for making screwed up beats - perfect for electro, drum and bass, and as filler for other genres. It has a good groove to it, and comes with several presets showing off the unique sounds it can create. The ring mod is nice for external processing, too. The verb is cheap-sounding but in a good way - reminds me of my Radio Shack verb (except this verb I doubt I'll be able to blow up as easily (: ).

For the price, I think its a must. I know some will look at this and think "groove approved, must be crap"... but this is the first insta-techno box that I think has big potential elsewhere... OTOH if you think "909", you will be disappointed, IMHO...

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Jun-28-1999 at 12:07
Datum a hobbyist user from Canada writes:
Great sounds. Anywhere from 808/909ish sounds to almost real drum sounds. Just for the sounds and ease of programming alone I would give it a 5/5. But today I bought a MIDI cord and hooked my ER-1 up to my Alesis D4 and all I can say is WOW. Unlimited possibilities. Now I use the built in sequencer on the ER to play the fat sounds out of the D4. Fun.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jun-12-1999 at 13:56
sean from seattle, wa usa writes:
This box is the shit! I paid $1000 for a Quasimidi 309 (has 5 parts instead of the ER-1's 11) and the ER-1 can pretty much blow away the QM309 for less than half the price.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-May-22-1999 at 20:58
Pookie from US writes:
In a word...fun. It sounds great and is exactly the inspirational piece I've been looking for. It's a poorman's 303, capable of some pretty convincing cracking, snarling basslines. I haven't gotten into it's ability to gate an external audio source, but that is a stroke of genius. Now I don't have to shell out more cash for a dedicated noise gate. Incidentally, Sam Ashe will let them go for $350, and for that price, it's the best deal going. I've heard people knock it, passing it off as a toy, I guess because of it's plastic housing and knobs, but I also seem to remember people saying the same thing about the infamous TB-303 when it came out. L8R's!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-May-12-1999 at 15:16
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