Synth Site: Korg: Electribe EMX-1: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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sunye a professional user from shanghai writes:
i just got this machine yesterday. really love the sound, synthesis part is cool. but kinda headache on how to adjusting a slow attack ambient synth sound, feel a little disappointed on its simple amp eg--no attack...any experienced user knowing how to make slow attack synth sound with it? please help me

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-30-2007 at 22:25
Niall a part-time user from Sweden writes:
I enjoy my emx-1, but the initial wow factor has worn off. As said in a lot of reviews here, it's brilliant for creating quick, trance/dance music. But after a while it sounds like you are just making quick trance/dance music, and it's difficult to get out of that...

You cant adjust the attack on any sounds. And this means a LOT of sounds come on with a nasty click. Forget doing ambient sounds or anything delicate with this box. The lack of outputs keep it in the toy department, rather than a serious studio tool, so if you have other hardware gear, pay close attention to the fact that you have two main outs (with the effects) and two other outs (that you cannot have effects on)

There is no effect send level.

Overall, I think it's worth the money, and sounds pretty good, so don't think I'm bashing hard on this great little machine at all. But it's annoying too.

The arp is great, but it just runs at the same speed all of the time, some more options would have been nice.

If you want to use it live, you'll need to have all your patterns worked out beforehand, and just tweak a bit of knobs and mute/unmute some parts. You cant edit anything live (you cant even select the kickdrum for editing without triggering it) You cant turn the volume of a part down a tiny bit, because here is what happens: you press the hihat switch and it triggers an extra hihat. damn. then you touch the volume knob, and it makes a HUGE jump in level. Korg dropped the ball bigtime with these issues.

Overall the emx-1 is obviously aimed at cheesy trance music production, which I'm not keen on. I've tried making a more minimal techno with it, but am frustrated at the lack of editing options. I suppose it's very good if you wanna make sloppy and quick trance music with your friends. Anything more will require running it alongside a computer, resampling and editing from there, and that takes away much of it's positive features regarding speed and ease of use

All in all I think it has a distinctive emx-1 sound, and considering the limited effects and shitty outputs, your music will remain sounding like a trance emx-1 piece of music. Great, if that's your thing.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Aug-14-2007 at 03:06
bill a professional user from canada writes:
i think this is a modern classic. in the future they will become sought after the same way as a tb303 is now. honestly in many ways i think this box has that spirit. the presets are presets anyone bitching about how bad it is based on them just wants something they can push play on and have a completed song come out. they are the same people who hated the an1x when that came out too. theres a lot of people who think a synths worth is based soley on the preset sounds it comes with. theres nothing wich i find more silly than that. i mean its kinda like saying you dont like the stereo you are buying beacause of demo music cd the guy has in the store. or the car you got sucks beacause a crappy song is playing on the radio. there are limitations here but at the same time it is good to be limited it makes you think in differnt ways and in the end something usualy comes about wich is good by thinking in a different fashion. theres lots of sounds here and it is a huge improvment over the previous electribes now you basicaly have something wich can do five parts albiet mono phonic of synth sounds and nine drum tracks. the drums are great for lots of different styles of music. built in effects are very nice to they may not be the greatest effects of all time however being able to choose how they are routed is very nice. this box can sound pretty dub if you want it to. also it can be very hard and crisp. theres a lot of room for ideas here building tracks. honestly using it to center a song around is totaly possible. the arpegiaton ribbon and slide control is awesome. this makes writing patterns very fun and adding some randomness into the mix can often yield a very pleasing result. well i am giving this box a four beacuase it is amazingly fun to use and program. the guy i bought it off of hated it beacause he couldnt play chords with it. this isnt way this box is for. if you want to play chords buy a old mc505 or a 909. if you want the jimi hendrix groovebox this is the one to get.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jun-19-2007 at 02:27
Matt Simpson a hobbyist user from US writes:
I can simply sum it all up in one word.... AMAZING!!! This word describes everything from its sound to its programablity. Its geared towards dance but if you get creative with it you can do pretty much any genre. I know a horror punk band who wants me as their synth player for this thing and also quite a few other bands want this instrument in their band. I highly recomend it!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jun-08-2007 at 15:05
rusty a hobbyist user from scotland writes:
listen ..... the EMX1 is astounding !!! I've had my one for 4 years and the soundscapes/tones/patterns i can conjure up are rich with depth and atmosphere . The samll limitations are actually blessings in disguise , and that is a FACT !!! I've got a great soundcard and have used many software and also hardware synths , but NOTHING comes even close 2 the overall capabilities of this electribe . GET ONE , and get an ES1 too , and release All of your ideas . Possibilities are endless .

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Apr-01-2007 at 04:11
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