Synth Site: Korg: EM-1: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 3.9 out of 5
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DigitalCold a part-time user from Jersey writes:
Wow, picked this little black box up for $160 shipped off of the Bay and let me tell you, what an investment. I take this thing with me everywhere. I recently just went on alittle 2 day "get-away," and I came up with 2 SOLID ideas for songs JUST on the EM-1. So now, I just bring into my real studio and turn it in to a real song. To top it off, the drums sound really good and alot of the synth parts do also with alittle bit of tweaking and effects. I already made my moneys worth with this thing just for sparking my creative juices. Gotta' give it a 5 out of 5 just for the fact it is inspirational for traveling so you don't have to be away from music and because it is so DAMN cheap and has a few usable sounds to use on a completed track. Best $160 I have spent in quite a while!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Nov-09-2002 at 09:57
david a professional user from germany writes:
not only a toy even in this little plasticcase but full of logic intuitive programming power, its a good drummachine, sounds overall transparent only the bd could be more dynamic(in comp. to a 909)no indiv outputs, the effects are ok,50 waveforms could have been more!! and 2 mono synths its very good for capting quick ideas, on the road its like an advanced mc202 ,withthe glide, i use it live tosequence an analogue drummodule adx1 from mam, the sequencer is very good with its 64steps a big lack is that u cannot store the mutes in pattern mode!!!!! hy korg!! whereis the update if u mean it sereously. and in song mode it stops from song to song! is it also for dj s??? on the other side it s amasing what quirls out of this little thing. very good for acid, basic minimal house n techno tracks. i like the fact that the presets can be intirely ereased! u re free to fload the memory with ur own ideas...free fromthesucking comercial stuff. the internalwave n drum sounds are technohouse standards, not exeptionals butallrounders u ll need to hook a sampler for a live act.the knobs are not very solids,the buttons too weak,if u want to scretch a few.i like it for its versability, very practical,not heavy for transports 4a clock in the morning upstairs....it s black n beautiful, and very easy to programm.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Oct-27-2002 at 16:31
Ed a hobbyist user from UK writes:
Excellent groovebox. Top quality drum & bass sounds with some useful synth leads/pads thrown in. You won't want this as your only piece of kit, although the guys that put together the onboard patterns did a damn good job of getting the most out of it. But as an ideas box, and as a drum/bass box for production work, it's superb. The sequencer is so easy to use, it really helps the creative process, which means a heck of a lot if you're actually out to make music instead of just buy kit and gawk at the stuff that's in it already. For making you want to get creating and for superb quality drum sounds I'll give it an easy 5.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-07-2002 at 11:40
nonmodal from unkown writes:
well i got one of these em1.i found it to be ok,it is nice the way you can control the sound development on it,i generally use little straight sound,synth engine is a 5 for it's monophony,and it would be better if you couyld add more motions to it than you can,percusion is nice still beats software,bassomatic still have not found a bass bin to handel pitch downs presets are dumb where is the creativity in presets

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jul-13-2002 at 16:26
Bryan a hobbyist user from scotland writes:
Trancetastic..it really is.Easiest and quickest way to get your little pet brain to unleash it's ideas of beautiful sounds to the world. Simple to re edit your new patterns.All in a box this size!!!Everyone in the world should have one.......There's still a chance for peace.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-May-25-2002 at 00:43
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