Synth Site: Korg: Electribe ER-1: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
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Dr.Neonic a part-time user from USA writes:
For the money the ER-1 is a good synth. There is a lot of better things I can think of but it will do that job. I got mine for $315 at some music store down the road, most people I hear spent about $400ish so I am glad I got it for less. The programming is easy, but is like fucked up when in the middle of a song. The presets are kind of cool but not like other drum machines where you get hip-hop that people have heard before and such. Anyway for the beginning musician its a bargain go and get it.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Dec-01-1999 at 15:12
shawn rudiman a professional user from united states writes:
i got my er about 3 months. i passsed it over a while ago as a new toy(myself being quite devoted to my old equipment.) but upon second glance and testing... took it home with me. It is an amazing sound resource for the material and way i work. I do techno along the detroit lines and ususally need alot of odd percussion.. this is the ticket... not to mention the sequencer. I play live about 3 times amonth or so and have found this machine to be indispensable live. i leave all my machines in pattern write and make a continuous set out of them. this is where the er is better than the old machines. the fact that you can switch between write and play while running is great. The pattern set feature is really nice too, allowing you to set up a user group of 16 to assign to the step keys ( say pat a-1 and d-39.. too far to scroll to inbetween beats so use that function and it's a dream. tha sounds are GREAT. enough said. kick drums rival the 909 and i love that machine. overall i'd give the er a 9.5 out a perfect 10 . Improvements?: 6 or 8 synths . individual outs. and knobs for ALL sections. Then the machine would be unstopable.

posted Saturday-Nov-20-1999 at 19:24
from LA writes:
This is a very cool drum machine. I have yet to crack the manual because I have to much fun with it already. 4 days after purchasing it and I recorded a fantastic song with it. I have heard some people complain about the quality of the 'realness' of the drums.. I dont know what they complaining about, a little sound ajusting and some external FX and I got this thing shaking the walls of my house. It's really easy creating unique patterns I've yet to hear. For the price, its a streal. At somepoint I may get its brother the EA-1...

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Nov-19-1999 at 22:28
Chim-Chim a hobbyist user from USA writes:
This is my first piece of equipment that i actually own myself and i love it!!! Normally you think one would get bored just making beats all the time but seriously i can occupy myself for hours with this thing alone. It looks to have many great live applications as you can go on muting/soloing/tweaking just one pattern indeffinitely. Yes it has a small list of annoying quirks but they are just annoying and for the most part can be worked around(what gear isn't like this?). For $400 this thing far surpasses what you would normally expect from something so cheap!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Nov-12-1999 at 15:10
aphexbeau a hobbyist user from ICCT-hedral writes:
I got the ER-1 just a couple of days ago, so I'll add another review once I get a chance to get more in-depth with it. In the meantime, the good things are:

The sounds. This machine can really make some odd noises. The preset actually sound pretty sharp, for a change. While it may not sound as pure as a Jomox does, it does sound sharp. And no, this is not a $350 909 either. As far as the tweek, this is ultimate. Tweek heaven. I mean, I almost have to lock this thing up, hide it in my closet, because otherwise all I would do is sit and mess with it (and ignore other machines.) The PCM sounds aren't too shabby, alright I guess, but the synthesized ones can do some really unique and wicked sounds, if you take time to find them. Pitchshifting the PCM's is a real gas, however. I am in love with the mods on here, wish there had been a few more, but no big deal. You can very easily leave the drum range and move into the Chemical noise range on this box. It isn't a drum machine, it isn't a synth, it is definitely a rhythm synthesizer. Very accurate name.

The interface: easy, simple, straightforward to use. Nice clean controls. The row at the bottom lets you quickly add a pattern in the mix (even a measure ahead of the beat if you're fast enough!). Knobs all have a good sweep feel to them, but I wish a few of them would 'click' rather than sweep (like the Mod Knob) into place. Oh well. The dial lets you fly to a pattern so fast, you can mix across banks quite easily. I haven't got into the really in-depth features yet, I've only used it for a few hours. It would appear that more complex operations have somewhat of a 'legend' on the control panel (unlike that cryptic SP-202!). Unless you like to work with something like a 505's interface (or lack thereof), you'll appreciate the ER1.

The look: Looks good, a sharp piece of kit. Silvery with red buttons. I was surprised by all of the blinking when I turned it on, though. Glad I'm not an epileptic :^) This helps you to see what is going on where. It sits nice and low on my desk, kinda bigger than I thought it would be. Maybe there will be a rackmount.... ...of course, that wouldn't be as fun. That's the main thing. This is a fun thing to use. It's sooooo enjoyable to just use on it's own; I wonder a bit about integrating it into the rest of my studio. Fit's in my notebook computer backpack ----perfectly-----. Fun to take to a friends house anytime, too bad no batteries for plane, train, and automobile use. Of course, it would take 12 AA's then anyway, and cost $15 total to run on battery, but.....

Motion Sequencing: Oh yes, oh yes. This is definitely the holy grail of tweekdom, I swear it. Record knob movements. In real time. Easy to use. 'Nuff said.

I don't know about the Ring Modulation, haven't used it ot any great success yet, but I'm sure I will... The (few) bad things: Audio ins. I don't know about these things. I think they have potential to be good, if time is taken in setting them up. My first thought was that they had to really be boosted to be able to hear them over the mix, but I like my kicks LOUD. I guess I would say that they aren't that bad @ all, really. They can be used to great effect, but it's not what makes the machine great. I can see a lot of fun running a synth through here and tweeking it to a rhythm....with a stuttering pattern, a resonant tweek takes on a really great flavor, that's for sure. Voices, keys, pads, anything run through here can be made to sound really sharp, Muting: As it has been said earlier, when you switch to a new pattern, it starts with all sounds unmuted. Not a big deal, but gets on my nerves once in a great while. (sigh) Another thing to work around. Again, not a big detractor. The mixing while a pattern is running is sweet, though. Just by dropping the sampled sounds, you have instant break-it-down-now bring on the laser lights trance. Cool.

Delay: That darn global delay. It would be a head trip to keep track of 8 delays, but I don't mind head trips }:^] I can do good stuff with a global delay, but i think that I could attain an even gooder level of achievment with independent delay.

Snares: Yeah, yeah, the snares are just a -little- weak. But I have plent of other things that can make a snare sound. Actually, for fast skittering breakbeats, the snare sounds are excellent. So they fit in there too.

More stuff: PCM's. I wish there were 2 to 4 more of these things ( I can see right where the buttons would fit). For that sake, I wish there had been 2 more synths as well (though the depth of sound you can get with only 8 voices is amazing.) Independant outs could've added a bit to it as well, along with more Mods and some FX......of course, it would cost as much as a 909 then, wouldn't it? I guess i would rather give up these things for price, being a starving musician.... It's hard to find something that beats it's beats, even for twice the money, (unless 909's are $650 these days, and even then i'd be hard pressed to split with my 'Tribe) I like the fact that it doesn't seem as limiting as a lot of other things out there; even if sounds get old, beats never do. A 909 only sounds like a 909, yet we all want it. It's all a question of how far the tool can be pushed. I would recommend you listen to the samples they have online, to be sure. If you can try out the interface first, do it, obviously. I'm curious about the MIDI still, that'll be interesting. Looks like good implementation, from the manual. It's super-fun to scratch or freestyle with (using those audio ins) , or for adding killer beats to a remix, or starting as the base to a song, or to have your girlfriend dance on your bed to, or whatever you please. If I can get it to trigger my sampler like I want it to, then I'm home free. So yeah, basically everything that everybody else before me has said. All I know is that I can't turn it off, ever. So for $370, it's must be a good thing.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Nov-12-1999 at 13:02
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