Synth Site: Korg: Electribe ER-1: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
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Very cool machine, especially for what they go for now. What a steal!! No, it wont do everything, but it does have at least $150 worth of functions. That is not even debatable. What the heck else could you get for $150? not much. ...and to the 2 suckers below, dont spill your slurpees and put your kneepads on.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Sep-26-2002 at 18:52
E. R. a part-time user from USA writes:
HMMMM,THIS PERSON BELOW SEEMS TO BE ON CRACK ,BUT ANYWAYS

I AM EXTRIMELY GLAD THAT I AM IN POSSESION OF THIS LITTLE BEAST.THIS TOY LOOKALIKE IS ANYTHING BUT THAT COUSE NOTHING OUT THERE SOUNDS LIKE IT.YOU MIGHT WANNA COMPARE THIS TO 909 OR 808 BUT YUO WOULD BE WRONG COUSE IT NOTHING LIKE IT EXCEPT THE SEQUENCER.909M OR 808 WILL NEVER DREAM OF MAKING KICK DRUMS LIKE ER AND ER WILL NEVER MAKE ANYTHING LIKE 909 AND 808 SOUNDS.NOW WAHAT I AM ABOUT TO SAY MIGHT MAKE YOU THINK THAT I AM LITTLE BIT OFF ,BUT I WOULD CHOOSE THIS LITLE CHEAP TOY LOOKALIKE OVER 808 OR 909 AS FAR AS THE SOUNDS GO ANYTIME (EXEPT FOR THE RESALE VALUE).THE THINK THAT I LIKE ABOUT THIS BOX IS THAT WHEN ,FOR EXAMPLE, YOU PUT TWO KICKS WITH SIMILAR SETTING IN THE RING MOD AND PLAY THEM IN THE SEQUENCE AT THE SAME TIME , WHILE MESSING WITHE BOUTH PART'S SETTING AND HOLLY SHIT, THE PUNCHINESS IS AN UNDERSTATEMENT. IT GOES WELL BEYOUND THIS . YOU CAN GET THE MOST BEAUTIFULL DINAMICS AND THE MOST UNHEARD OF CHARACTERISTICS YOU'LL EVER HEAR ANYWHERE. THAT GOES FOR ANY TYPE OF SOUND WHEN YOU PUT THOSE TWO PARTS IN THE RING MOD.PLUS, THROW IN SOME KNOB TWIDELING AND EVERY LITTLE MOVEMENT MAKES A DRASTIC CHANGED, WHICH TO ME SAYS THAT THIS BOX HAS AN ALMOST UNSURPASABLE FLEXIBILITY.

NOW YOU MIGHT THINK THAT IF 808 AND 909 ARE HARD TO GET AND COST A FORTUNE , WOULD BE A BETTER CHOICE SOUNDVISE, BUT THINK ABOUT IT, EVERYBODY USES THOSE SOUND WHETHER FROM COPYCATS OR THE ORIGINALS AND ITS SLOWLY GOING OUT OF STYLE EVENTHOUGH IT MIGHT NOT BE EVIDENT AND THE NEW SOUND ARE TAKING OVER THE OLDONES.BUT THATS LIFE AND ITS ALWAYS BEEN LIKE THAT WITH EVERY ASCPECT OF IT.WITH THOSE NEW SOUNDS COMES THE ER-1, IT MIGHT NOT BE EVIDENT BUT ITS TRUE.IF YOU NEED MORE OUTS ,YOU CAN GET LIKE FOUR ER'S FOR THE PRICE OF ONE 808 OR 909, PLUS TEN TIMES MORE POSIBILITYS.

NOW LETS SAY YOU ARE SOMEONE WHO LIKES TO INNOVATE AND EXPERIMENT WITH DANCE OR ELECTRONIC MUSIC ,THIS IS A MUST, COUSE THE SUPLY IS NOT INFINITE UNLESS KORG RELEISES ER-2 WICH PROBIBLY WILL BE DEFFERENT.I GOT MINE FOR 180$ ON E BAY AND FROM WHAT I SEE THE PRICES ARE GOING UP.I AM PROBABLY GETING ONOTHER ONE IN THE CASE SOMETHING HAPPENS TO THIS ONE. THIS IS MY #1 CHOICE FOR THE BEAT, NO DOUPT ABOUT IT. THANX KORG

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Sep-04-2002 at 23:43
David Kristian a professional user from Canada writes:
I bought this amazing little box over two years ago, and thought I'd sing its praises once again (no I am not sponsored by Korg). A lot has happened since then, and while there are amazing drum machines out there (Electron's Machine Drum, and Jomox's XBase 9), the ER-1 remains a favorite of mine. It's not only useful as a drum machine, as I often use it to create melodic sequences, or process sounds via its two ring mods. Over the months, I've added som external processing to give it even more range; running it through a Line 6 FM4 Filter Modeler, and a variety of guitar pedals. I've done entire ambient gigs using only the ER-1 and effects, with great success. I love this drum machine, I love this drum machine, I love this drum machine... I bought a spare one just so I would survive if this one died, or was destroyed by a large falling object (which is what happened to my Korg ES-1 sampler at a recent gig). I wish Korg would make a super ER-1, complete with filters and a good drum reverb, but that's probably never going to happen. Having owned all 3 Electribes (I do not count the EM-1), I've noticed how Korg have developed their effects over the evolution of the product range. When you motion sequence the delay on the EA-1 synth, you've used up your motion sequence for the part; on the ER-1, you have one motion sequence per part, plus the global delay, and on the ES-1 sampler, you have two motion sequences with your effects section, a motion sequence with the global delay (that still keeps it sync'ed to tempo), and you also get to motion sequence on parameter per part. Maybe Korg should revise the O/S of the ER-1 and EA-1 to add more motion sequencing options, especially on the ER-1's delay, which does not sync to tempo when motion sequenced. Still, I enjoy using the ER-1, and will continue to do so for years to come.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-08-2002 at 11:04
Critical Bill a hobbyist user from Leeds, UK writes:
The ER-1 definitely has potential through a compressor but i'm still not convinced about its sounds on its own. It can't really do a convincing 909 impression as it still lacks that low-end boom, although you can get some interesting sounds from it. Better than a DR-770, it has to be said.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jul-31-2002 at 17:05
Olav a professional user from Norway writes:
Play with it,learn it,feel this minimalistic beast Not only a drum machine but also an exellent analog (aphex) unit.Try it guys!Perhaps the only machine wich can aproach an IDMish sound!!!!REALLY CREATIVE I'll give it 5 out of 5.Thumbs up.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Apr-02-2002 at 04:16
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