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Average rating: 3.9 out of 5
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Alex a hobbyist user from Hobart, Australia writes:
This is a cool sequencer and synth. I prefer more natural bass and drum sounds and the EM1 has some great waves that range from organic to electronic and can be tweaked limitlessly with cool effects. The adjustible swing is great for adding quirk to straight sixteen funk rhythms and when you combine swing beats with straight rolls it is possible to program some unusual beats. The downsides of this machine for me are that it is monophonic (it has chord sounds but they are limited) and does not have touch sensetive pads. For the price and as a stand alone unit its great.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Sep-26-2004 at 23:02
mista ree a part-time user from USA writes:
Ok,so I already have all of the other Electribe series in my studio along with a bunch of other hardware pieces(MC505,RM1X,MP7,XL7,ASRXPro,etc..)and the Em1 has sparked a new flame in me creativly.I've slept too long on this box and for the price you can get them for nowadays,grab one!I really didn't expect this box to do much but blend on in with what i already have but it really stands out on its own.I've had it only an hour and already slammed out a nice House track with it...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jun-25-2004 at 17:08
Daniel a hobbyist user from U.S. writes:
Our experimental/ electronic band bought this unit and love it! Entire songs can be written with it by it's self. It is an incredibly versitile machine. You can tweak the wide variety of effects in real time. It sounds amazing. It is an instrument that can be played, not just a background track. This is the best of the series in my opinion. The only downside to me beyond what you can read, about it not having, is that when playing sounds to a track there is no way that I know of to save acid beats. The unit will automatically render any sounds you play and save, to the beat. I recomend it highly, especially, to beginners looking for an inexpensive unit to learn on, or anyone on a budget. This is your unit if you like synths, or electronic drums, but can't afford to fill your room with them, yet. You won't be disapointed.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Mar-30-2004 at 04:13
Dan a hobbyist user from USA writes:
Another great little tweak box from Korg. Having used the ER-1 for recording and live shows, the EM-1 is great considering the amount of power crammed into a box that's roughly the size of my old high school Algebra text book.

The layout is tried-and-true from the other electribe units, and if you've messed with either the ER-1 or the EA-1, you'll pick this thing up in a snap. Even if this is your 1st groove box, the Electribes are the easiest to figure out and make use of, in my opinion, over other brands such as Yamaha and Roland.

The drum sounds, while all samples instead of synthesized like the ER-1 did, sound pretty good and still provide a healthy amount of tweakability with decay envelopes, pitch, pan and volume to tweak. Synth sounds are also sampled, but because of that there are sounds you can get out of this box that you can't with the EA-1 (and of course, vice versa). There are some fairly convincing "live" instruments that add a good deal of fun and interest to any standard techno tune. The effects are use-able, not the best I've ever heard, bet hey, this is a $250 all-in-one box we're talking about here, not a dedicated effects processor. Delay is seperate from the effects, so you can have a phaser (or whatever) going along with the delay at the same time. Nice.

Things missing on this box that other Electribes sport are audio inputs. If you like that capability, get an ER-1 or EA-1 over this model. The sound shaping features on the EM-1 aren't quite as flexible as what is found in the ER-1 or EA-1, but what can you expect, the EM-1 is trying to do the job of both the ER and EA, so cut it some slack!

If you're strictly needing beats, go for the ER-1. If you're strictly needing synth sequences, get an EA-1. If you want something that could very well function as the entire back end for a live show, putting out good beats AND bass AND synth sequences, this thing easy to program and pumps out a sound WAY bigger than what it's housed in.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-May-09-2003 at 18:25
Domenic a hobbyist user from New Jersey writes:
Just bought one from Guitar Center. I was also looking at the Yamaha Rm1x, EMU-XL7, and the Boss SP-505. The Rm1x was a pain to figure out. The XL-7 was nice, but expensive. The SP-505 was OK. The EM-1 was so user friendly. I was able to figure it out quickly. I'm now using the EM-1 along side my Korg Microkorg. Great unit for dance music, which is why I bought it.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Dec-29-2002 at 02:20
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