Synth Site: Korg: Electribe ER-1: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
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LO Tech a part-time user from Frequency Omega 9 writes:
I like this machine a good bit, my main complaint is when you try to get a smooth bass kick, the envelope starts too fast and it causes a pop at the begining of the sound. I sample most of my sounds so I can cut the begining out, but it doe hurt it's use in live situations in my eyes. Does anyone know anything to help this?

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Monday-Oct-30-2000 at 03:44
Jeff Gavett (AKA demc) a part-time user from USA writes:
I bought my ER-1 along with my EA-1 as my first synth and drum machine. I've had previous experience with drum machines like the TR-707, TR-909, TR-808, and TR-606, and I can truthfully say I would rather keep my ER-1 than get a 909 or an 808. The ER-1 has x0x style sequencing, and it has the ability to _closely_ reproduce sounds like those of the x0x series if you just tweak with it for a while.

OK all you purists out there, if you MUST dump $10K into all your gear just because 'it costs more, it must be better', I feel kind of sorry for you wasting all that money.

The ER-1 has 4 analogue emulation drum tones, 2 audio ins, open and closed hi hat, crash, clap, and accents. The analogue emulation tones have 2 basic waveforms (sine and triangle), which have in turn 6 mod types (sawtooth, square, triangle, random [sample and hold], noise, envelope), pitch, mod depth and mod speed, and all the emulation tones and samples have decay, level, pan, low boost, and delay depth and time.

The ER-1 also has a great feature called 'motion control' that you can use to record your knob movements within a pattern. Just get the pattern playing, hit motion sequence then record, and twiddle the knobs to your hearts content. It will save any knob movements you make, and you can make multiple passes on motion control with different knobs to make a huge layered effect, turning as many knobs as you have fingers perfectly in synch with what you want. It's great.

This drum machine can do it all. Crazy whacked out random wave forms, to analogue kicks, to booming speakerblowing lows. Bleeps, bloops, kerrangs, breakbeats, whatever you want. If you can think it up, this machine can do it. God bless Korg for making the ER-1. Yummy...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jul-09-2000 at 22:30
jason gregory a part-time user from Germany writes:
Those off you who refer to the ER1 as a toy better get a grip on reality. This box can produce all the drum sounds you will ever need; to get a CD out, that is. Forget listening to all the bullshitters out there who think that the most money buys the best sounds. Lets listen to their music? Give a monkey a million $ studio and the sound it produces be shit! My advice is, buy the cheap good gear and get creative. This box will enable you to do this. Forget the tech specs, just listen and play. Great piece of gear 5/5.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jul-06-2000 at 20:12
Bruddah Max a professional user from USA writes:
The ER-1 excels at making synthetic drum sounds - not very realistic sounds coming out of it. These have limited useability, but are worth having in a sonic arsenal. I personally got the ER-1 after playing with the pattern sequencer - very intuitive to do step sequencing of drum patterns. This and the ability to assign any of the drum pads to any MIDI note makes the ER-1 much more useful. In combination with my synths and sampler I can ape just about any other drum machine out there.

Also, it is worth mentioning that the ER-1 can be programmed to produce some very non-percussion sounds - combined with the motion sequencer it is capable of producing some very strange and original noises.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jul-04-2000 at 19:41
Dan from Australia writes:
I love my ER-1. I wish the pitch control was more accurate and tunable so you could write a track with your drums in key with the melody.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jun-29-2000 at 04:04
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