Synth Site: Korg: Electribe ER-1: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
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HotKarl! from Canada writes:
I was real glad when this thing came out.Needing a fully editable drum machine that has a tonne more personality then your bog standard 808 or 909 that every one seems to think is necessary for making tracks.While those machines are all well and good, I think it is refreshing to see a machine that for $600 bux will allow your average schmoe to make truely unique and individual sounds.And for those that would argue that the true analogues have a tougher sound,keep in mind that intelligent use of compression and eq have been applied to all of those tracks that make you wonder why they have such a huge punchy sound. For those that are interested in downloading loops and multi-samples of the electribe ER-1 Check OUT http://artists.mp3s.com/artists/132/hot_karl.html

You may download these sounds and use them in your tracks

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jun-28-2000 at 16:29
konsu from Uncle SAm's Bargain Basement writes:
Well, my cohort has both the ER1 and the EA1 and he really likes them. And, I have to say I like the ER1 myself, but I do have some issues with the ER1.

The kicks I love, they can be deep and smoothe and pour over a mix quite nicely, they have tons of possibilities and sound as good if not better than an 808. But the snares and the brass are waaaaay to tinny and metallic. Which can be a good thing at times of course but, Fucking A! I can't stand the sound at all.

And they sound NOTHING like a 909. Just a really bad sample. I do beileve that there are discrepencies from machine to machine, and I have heard some people get pretty good cymbal sounds out em'. It can be used to great effect.

But those snares.......no man, no.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jun-17-2000 at 18:44
matches_malone a hobbyist user from Northern Westchester, NY writes:
This is a great box if you want interesting sounds of your own, and a bad box if you looove making the same boring-ass rhythms with the same boring Roland sounds as all your boring "contemporaries" and "influences" ("Wow, what an insistent kick drum sound...ooh look they're filtering everything! And here comes a long drum roll! I didn't see any of that coming!")

I've made complete tracks with this machine and nothing else, and used it w/all manner of instruments and types of songs. I don't know nuthin' bout synthesis, I just turn the knobs till I get sounds I like that go together well..The um, PCM is it sounds on it are kind of dull but if you clip them and re- (de?) tune them you get sounds that are pleasing to the ear and go well with the ones you made from the imitation analog stuff.

Gating other stuff through it is endlessly fascinating and I don't even smoke pot. And syncing it to other instruments adds a new dimension to them.

So buy one if you like to make your own, interesting, usable sounds. And buy Roland stuff instead if you are an utter conformist who is utterly conservative about what sounds can go together in the supposedly nonconformist dance music genre.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jun-14-2000 at 17:47
Ben a professional user from UK - London writes:
Am I the only one who is using the ER-1's great step sequencer interface to trigger my sampler (instead of Cubase) in addition to triggering the internal sounds (which can be fucking excellent)???? With a bit of fine tuning, you can even get the knobs to affect parameters on the sampler. This is the most innovative new drum machine that I've seen in ages and there's nothing that can touch it in it's price range.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jun-14-2000 at 06:11
Alex a professional user from Lexington, KY USA writes:
Personally, I'm eventually going to get an RM1x, but I got my Electribe for $300 and I couldn't be happier. Anyone who's going to give this unit a 1/5 is a fool. There is no other unit that is this simple to use that has so many options. If you want to sample beats.. buy a sampler, just don't knock on this unit, especially when you can get one so cheaply.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jun-14-2000 at 01:43
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