Synth Site: Korg: Electribe ES-1: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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skunk_numero_uno a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I just bought an ES-1 about a week ago despite the mixed reviews I've read. It is my first sampler so I don't have anything to compare it to, but as far as I'm concerned, this thing rocks! Almost all of the limitations that people complain about can be easily overcome with the unit's resample function. The effects are pretty badass although I don't find the Decimator to be as great as it's cracked up to be, and the Wah is pretty much useless (but maybe I just haven't found the right samples to use these effects on). I definitely have no regrets about the purchase, especially with the price significantly lower than most samplers on the market.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jan-22-2002 at 14:30
Doctor Ludovico a part-time user from St. Paul MN (USA) writes:
I had an ES-1 for a while. Had to sell to buy analog gear... As far as cost goes, the ES is a great buy, + give a lot of editing features for the buck. Resample bits of a "time sliced" sample, and you have new and insane sounds instantly. For all the frusterated people getting the protection-on error (#9), read your manual, and you'll find out a lot of cool shit (and a couple frusterating notes). Very good for making cool breakbeats.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jan-06-2002 at 02:29
Ted a part-time user from planet xox writes:
This machine is the bee's knees for electro...you can twist your sounds around in so many ways that can make your beats sound crunchy and digital. Also awesome for live performances. Yes, it's got limitations, but you can resample parts and you can't beat it's tweakability for live...

Hey, it's good enough for the two lone swordsmen (on several of their live performances you can hear them tweaking away with the decimator and the delay!). We use two in my band. It provides a lot of flexibility for us...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Oct-10-2001 at 12:13
howard roark from us writes:
where to start with the es-1, the fact that the delay is global was disappointing i thought that you would be able to map it to each individual sample, they have all these effects, many of which are weak, such as the resonance filter, distortion, ... , to add to this it really sucks that you can only map use one effect at a time, i don't know if it is apparent to anybody else but the sound quality loss from 44.1 khz to 32 khz is extremely audible, imported samples end up sounding muffled. anyone who is complaining about the LED screen obviously has not put one iota of time, moving around the interface is pretty easy, another problem i found is that when you are recording motion sequences it carries the end of the motion sequence back to the beginning of the pattern, yes its easy to create beats and grooves fairly quickly, but i would not recommend it if you are serious about creating quality tracks.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Oct-10-2001 at 06:02
doraemon a professional user from japan writes:
I got es-1 today and I realize this is a good sampler for the price but this is toy. I sampled couple materials and I think this gear good for SE.I sampled 909 kick but sound so thin.if you want to make high quality demo I recommend not to use this but it very easy to use so i will use for live or dj.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Sep-05-2001 at 12:30
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