Synth Site: Korg: Electribe EMX-1: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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groovemaster a professional user writes:
ive had the MX for some time now and i must admit its a very impressive piece of kit drum sounds can be edited with pitch/pan/decay/ its as good as the ER1 as the synth section can create those little organic bleeps if need be also i think that the synth section is wicked lots of real time control means that you can constantly create new sounds this box sounds fresh,fun and phat. buy one you wont regret it.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Oct-09-2004 at 07:38
Aex a professional user from Italy writes:
The spectralis cost 2500 $$$, the electron sfx cost 1310 $$$, the emx cost 590 $$$, on the site, DREAMSOFLOVE, you can think the electribe is cheap, but have a good sound for her price!!! For me a groovebox is a ''big toys'' is not a real complete instruments for professional use, the electribe is a good groovebox because is cheap and have a good sound, and play it is fun!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Sep-23-2004 at 11:36
dreamsoflove from USA writes:
I agree with the previous user. This thing (em1x) looks damn good, but its sounds are less than impressive, similar to the other 'big' two - the roland mc909 and rs7k. All these 3 'big' companies are now trying to spurt out stuff with improper designing -- too much aliasing, thin sound samples, less polyphony, cheap sample rate (32k == for the esx1).

for real quality, i would suggest getting something european made - such as the elektron drum machine or the spectralis hybrid groovebox. These groovebox/drum machines are killer in sound comparison (there is no comparison).

if only we could get these european stuff for cheaper. sells them.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Friday-Sep-10-2004 at 08:25
gazza a hobbyist user from England writes:
1 note polyphony per part is not exactly my cup of tea. I dont really know what to make of this synth, one would say it is unusually odd. The presets sound much better than of any i have heard from any other synth, very well put together, drum n bass gets down to the point. However, i'm baffled. Just totally baffled. I'm not sure what to do with it, or how it could possibly fit in. Using it as a sound module could be interesting but of course if your looking to play more than one note at a time, your stuck. Hmmm very odd. I can't understand korgs intension of doing that. I find it very interesting to thing that you are not presented with a keyboard apart from a 1 scale push button key pad, which in my view would be redicusly hard to create anything unique on. Unless you have a midi synth i think this bit of gear woulden't go very far. As i keep saying, odd, but interesting.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Thursday-Sep-09-2004 at 01:57
Blaz a hobbyist user from Slovenia writes:
Well judging from specifications one would think this it has a severely crippled synth engine, but I think expecting an Access Virus engine in this is really not sensible. It's not a machine that you would approach with a complex sound in your mind and proceed to look for it. This is more of a "happy accident generator". You can get it to sound great, but not necessarily how you planned it to. It has few parameters that can change the sound *a lot* and allow you to make many useful sounds.

Tubes can be useful for individual sounds but the whole mix can sound crappy if you turn them past 20%. I'd rather have payed $100 less. In my opinion they're like chrome on your car. Looks nice, but ultimately it's there for the looks, not the performance or "birdshit proofing".

I think this Electribe follows the philosophy of "make things as simple as possible, but no simpler". With some chrome added ;)

The sequencer is almost the same as in the old Electribes: simple, fast and fun. Don't expect micro editing - dump your patterns elsewhere for that. I think combining the MX (for fast development of ideas) with a more sophisticated sequencer is the way to go.

My nags: -no knob pickup mode - if you turn the knob after switching parts the parameter jumps to where the knob is. *Bad* for any live work. -effect send per part is only on/off! dry/wet mix is determined in the effect parameters, for all parts that are sent to it -LFO can modulate only one parameter at a time (per part) -NO FILTERs for the drum parts. You have to dedicate an FX to filter if you want that or use a synth part for a drum sound/kit.

I'd say it's a unique combination of a simple to use sequencer and synths. It reminds me *a lot* of Quasimidi 309 (knobbed aluminum box with five synths and a step seq), but Korg is ages ahead of it in all aspects.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Sep-05-2004 at 08:02
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