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Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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natborax from usa writes:
very true that the es-1 is quite a dodgy liitle box. i don't care so much, though. the knobs are very wobbly. it's cheap feeling, no doubt. however, the sound is quite large. my roomate had one first, and i was pretty amazed at the sounds coming from it. loud, punchy, big bass. this puny thing that weighs two pounds or something is loud! it just sounds great. i think korg was shooting for big bucks here, they made the interface as as cheap as possible to keep the price down. simple math, es-1 costs five times less than a "pro" sampler, but people buy ten times as many of them. as has been stated earlier, many of the "detractors" themselves purchased them. very few "pros" will buy this. no argument there. as mentioned earlier, some such as autechre DO use these, cause it can do cool stuff. my imagination has been opened up by the possibilities of this box. there are many ways to work around the rigid step lenths and other problems. just do some math. i do 9's, 7's, 5 against 4, you name it. sometimes there's extra beats at the end, but who cares? it sounds interesting to have extra beats. i also sample "phrases" quite often and pitch them to fit a loop, or put them in so they go against everything else. that sounds cool too. i also slice some things, which takes a while sometimes to get it right, but once you do it can do some nice stuff. unfortunately the es1 won't let you normalize a slice, so you have to pull the volume down on everything else.

honestly, these are minor gripes. not only is there no other sampler this good for this price, but nothing else out there lets you step sequence your OWN samples so easily.

i listened to the presets for about 5 seconds and thought i would puke. i deleted everysingle thing in there before i even started, then i went on a sampling rampage. i've been generating stuff that fascinates me ever since (over a year ago.) i multitrack live instruments over it. i multitrack two patterns over each other at different time signatures or tempos. it's a lot more than a sampling drum machine. if you take some time, slow the tempo down, you get get it very melodic. then speed the tempo back up to where you want it and have your melodies dancing around and then go wild with the panning pot.

your gear doesn't define you, you define your gear. i think that the real conundrum of electronic music is that most user's imaginations never surpasses the first month of excitement with new gear. after you've exploited a piece of gear's "obvious" operating procedures, you're back online sniffing out the next "new toy." a good instrument is one that can continue to surprise you, but you have to be willing to work for it. it's like love. YOU are responsible for breathing new life into your stuff. selling tons of stuff to buy new instruments is wasteful, and it just goes to show that you're probably not happy with the music you do. if you think you're lagging behind because your gear is outdated, you are quite mistaken. the way that YOU think about your music is not evolving. if you make 4 on the floor techno with your es-1, you're going to get pretty tired of it!

take good care of this sampler and it won't break on you. it's dependable. to the above individual who lamented companies making cheap stuff-------don't take it personally. it's not really an affront the the dignity of musicians everywhere. corporations are very greedy. always have been. sometimes they make cool stuff though. there's lots of very friendly small companies making cool stuff too. you can always but from them. i personally will buy from a corporation if i like the item, and what it can do, if it's got a good price on it.

have a good one) borax

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Aug-05-2003 at 14:25
The sliders on es-1 are groovey.I recomend it.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Aug-04-2003 at 18:18
Son of Magilla Gorilla a professional user from Hell writes:
It's quite fashionable to bash the Korg electribe series. Toys! They say. Thin sounding. What a bunch of bullocks from pussies who will never leave the confines of their bedrooms.

The ES-1 is a sampling drum machine...and it does that brilliantly. From the box to the studio (yeah, I said the STUDIO, punk) you're up and running in a matter of minutes. I don't need 8 outs for each part and I don't feel the need to have separate effects for each drum part either, so that limitation is meaningless to me. It's all about the end results....are the bitchaz dancing to my beats? YES. So I didn't spend three months of rent for the MPC 4000 to get the same effect, guess I'm not cool enough...seems like I'm the smarter one.

Nothing infuriates me more than idiotic children bashing a machine by virtue of PRESETS! You don't like the preset patterns, then make your own! God! It's a freaking sampler for chrissakes!

I've had mine for over two years now. All the buttons and knobs are functional. And it's been dropped a couple of times...still works. If you're too stupid to not leave your shit lying around unatended in a club and some dude in combat boots smashes it thats your problem.

Bravo, Korg. You guys keep doing it again and again.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jul-15-2003 at 17:44
plex a hobbyist user from unitedstates writes:
the es-1 does what i want and how i want it ..i record one or two tracks at a time and mix it in cool edit hassle...i love the delay and the reverb....this thing is fr-777 is on its way to but me up a notch...thats all new drum samples and a sweet synth....i recommend every es-1 user have a smartmedia card and the card reader makes things a breeze and you dont get that horrible little silent space knocking your beats....the es-1 is great ...i love that its not some box full of "korgs classic sounds" but one i get to scramble on my own....

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jul-17-2002 at 22:11
Daddy Longstroke a professional user from NYC writes:
This is a specialised machine. It is a drum machine, period. It can sample short phrases, preferably percussive phrases which it can "recycle" into drum hits.Its sequencer is very simple, very shallow, lacks deep editablility and is limited to placing notes on any one of 16 steps. It has motion sequence features which allow you to automate knob movements, perfect for some twisted beats. However, I find the best way to achieve ill drums is to have individual outs for each sound: this lets me perfect the drum sounds in my daw using my rack efx, and plug in efx as resynthesizing tools- The es-1 is not good for this approach since it only has one stereo out- The es-1 is more a modern day Sp-1200, it can do the rough cuts like you'd expect Krs one circa 1989 to bust a rhyme over the top. And for that sort of sound I dont think individual outs are necessary(though they wouldnt hurt)

Comparing this to an mc 303 or mc 307 is an issue of realness. If you want to make fake music: fake trance, fake hip hop, fake jungle etc. then get one of the roland grooveboxs, they are wanna be machines. If you want to make the real hip hop sounds an mpc would be better, but this is definately good enough. For trance, I dont know, I'd think something like the drum station or rack attack would be better or a good clean sampler. But since this samples it will be as real as you are. The yamaha rs7000 also samples and has a better sequencer, a real sequencer , as well as a better sampler; the emu xl-7 and xl-1 while not samplers have some quality samples for more "electronica" styles.

If you already have a good sequencer, I'd suggest avoiding watered down tone modules(and samplers) attached to sub par sequencers. Maybe look for a rack unit, like an akai s5000 or a rompler like the xtreme lead. The es-1 is kinda cheesy, kinda toyish,but if you dont need anything more than some old school styled beats it works quite well.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jul-10-2002 at 20:08
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