Synth Site: Korg: Electribe EMX-1: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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furrybum a part-time user from uk writes:
My favourite piece of kit. This box is great for working stuff out quickly and for a lot of techno based stuff is all you need. We use one of these live as a master unit for an all electronic setup and it sounds great.

the low end this thing can produce is amazing.

Love it to bits.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jun-16-2005 at 16:52
lucas a professional user from ARGENTINA writes:
o.k

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-May-23-2005 at 20:19
Martin Haverland a part-time user from Germany writes:
I had to write a second review after a few weeks together with this babe... At first: it's an awesome piece of gear. In detail: it tends to be something like a workstation for complete songs...not only a drum machine. i wish it had more single outs, a second arp for my second hand :-)) and incremental encoders instead of pots...and yes, the arp controls should have been automatable by midi CCs...i wish i could do the arp with an external midi ribbon controller! But sincerely (?), i'm totally amazed because this is mot only a sketchpad for songs like the EM1 but a full fledged pattern sequencer for songs that can blew your mind off. after twiggeling around with it i must say i didnt even use a single motion sequence at all, because i'm so fast with it that it's enough fun to turn the knobs while playing. using this thingie live is so addictive that it's hard to finish a complete song... it's definately a very professional tool in the right hands, i concentrate on the live handling of the arp and parameters by now, the first impression was right: you can really get a fast overview over it's capabilities, but you can really learn to play it as a live instrument in it's really own way because it's so expressive that it's not "just" a cool sound expander or "just" a cool arp or "just" a good drum machine but a whole one man orchestra *instrument*. The more feeling u get for fluid live handling the more you get an idea of how it is to create whole songs or performances that are reconstructable in a live playing musicians context. in this field of experimental new ways of *creating* and live *producing* of music this is definately a milestone of gear like the zyklus seq vangelis used or the mmt8 that lots of electronic pro's use for live sequencing from the eighties until now. I doubt if a single musician can have an opportunity of more than 6 midi channels that this one can max out, but if you can imagine this, then you probably want a second one of these wondermachines to impress anyone with your musical mind steering 11-12 melody and drum lines simultaneously and playing 2-3 solo's with both hands whenever you want. Since i have this one as my second electribe (after the EM1) my korg JD-800 is not much more than a master keyboard until my skills rise to control all the lines and sounds of my other gear simultaneously. One can very soon be "lost" in the possibilities of this electribe. Like you can be "lost" for decades in the possibilities of a classical guitar if you are someone like Andre Segovia... i hope you get the point - this one is truely what you can call a musical instrument made for expressive musicians. It's possibilities to realize your ideas are nearly endless. I will not get bored for the next years, thats forsure...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-May-08-2005 at 10:52
Martin Haverland a part-time user from Germany writes:
So what should i say? I bought it without testing. i own an electribe EM-1 already and loved the bpm-delay lead voicing capabilities, motion sequencing (wow) and the unbelievable powerful but simple pattern sequencing. (the drums were very OK/powerful but we are using a drumstation nearly exclusively so i just make some percussion lines - very cool) I received my EMX yesterday and made my first track tonite exclusively with EMX.... WOW!!! Endless possibilities and powerful sound. And for the valves...nice to have but not really that useful - you can make better with external gear, don't know if that much better with better EC 83 valves, worth a try. BUT now we have a second pair of outs! only one pair gets the valves, so u can decide! i plan using main outs ("valve outs") for drums only and the second pair for synths - waited for something like this. The arpeggiator really blew my mind - wowowow! it's more like a composition tool once you're in. with the hell of motion sequencing options i don't even know where i should start without loosing the focus - the new modulation section is really fun to use and reminds me of what other people call "real synths". never taking care of pattern space anymore, plenty of it now. Save while play - THAT is really amazing. THIS makes this machine the most useful live sequencer in the whole electric pattern music world. The new synthesis options - simply mindblowing. Be ashamed Yamaha/Roland/Akai - this one is the cheapest but most useful live dance machine. I wouldnt mind to gig with it exclusively, no doubt. All you "analog is better"/"get a real synth"/"cheap sound"/"toy" reviewers: i own some "real" VA and analog synths (Roland JD-800, Control Synthesis Deep Bass NINE...) very good outboard mastering gear and the best hardware "composition"/studioworks midi sequencer (yes if you don't know it's Roland MC-500MKII - unbelievable rock solid and endless in memory and "decent" in midi workings - what is a computer???). And i say: A creativity boooster. Ultimate live sequencer. Improvisation machine. Good and versatile sounding - (LEARN TO PROGRAM SOUNDS if you think it's "cheap" or "boring" sounding - i make all my sounds from the scratch and must say this one is easy AND very powerful!). Best buy ever. Will never give it away (like the EM-1). Would buy again if lost. Would buy a second one for backup/bathroom/kitchen/every room in da house if i had the money. I will use it until the "poly-electribe" EMXXXL will be made in far future. (Are you listening Korg?) THIS BABY ROCKS. NOT A TOY. Worth every penny.

(Everyone giving this a very bad review: If you can't do it with this one, you probably can't do it anyway....)

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Mar-23-2005 at 14:51
Izzy Walker a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I lucked out and bought this for 350.00 on ebay frome someone. After trying it I would have spent 700.00 for it. I also own the ESX but don't like it anywhere near as well. At least I got to learn from the ESX to use this one. This is the first day I have owned it and I'm allready wrighting patterns better than anything I've ever written before on the ESX, computer or any past sampler I have owned. I guess its usually true that synth modules are allways going to sound a little phatter than samplers anyway but this thing is the only thing I have ever found that really screams, barks, and snarles and does all the way from Angelic to Evil noise. I wright mostly drum and bass(Heavier techstep as well as other stuff too). I have used computers and samplers as well as an old Juno alpha one and this is by far cooler than any of them. I have currently been listening to the same pattern that I have just created for about the past 5 hours and I can't take the damn headphones off even to go to sleep. When I first heard the results I laughed, cried and about made a mess all at once, Ha Also If anyone knows how to change the tubes, and callibrate them please let me know as I need to to something to change the sound of my ESX, it sounds much thinner and noisier than my EMX

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Nov-02-2004 at 07:57
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