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Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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SATISFIED ES-1 USER a hobbyist user from UNITED STATES writes:
THE es-1 is a great machine. It gets the job done. I'm still saving up my money to buy an MPC. But in the meantime the ES-1 will hold me over!

The Sequencer in the ES-1 isnt as Sh*tty as most people on here will have you believe. You can pull off nice Automated fade-in's and fade-out's, as well as automated pans, filters, pitch, and volume levels recorded by the sequencer in real time, a definite plus in my book! You can also pull off automated knob movements both in patterns and in the Song Mode. Not bad for a sampler in the 500 dollar range!

The Copy pattern feature is useful, just very tricky to remember for first time users being that the "copy pattern" function doesnt have a dedicated pad, instead you have to push the write button and then select the pattern bank number you want to send the copied pattern too and then press write once again!

96 seconds of sample time is all the ES-1 can hold... But I myself dont find that to be a problem. If your using a turntable to sample things from, you can easily just adjust the records speed to go really fast instead of at a more normal slow pitch, and then sample what ever it is you want to sample into the ES-1 at your new fast pitch. This method really REALLY saves on memory!!

I wish their where more then 8 pads though! Thank goodness for the resample function. But still, more then 8 pads would of been useful.

Overall I give the ES-1 A Five star rating, it has everything you need to pull of professional sounding tracks at the drop of a hat. With the exception of 8 outs for individual track EQ'ing and the lack of more outputs for extra connections....The ES-1 still gets the job done..and you can find ways to work around its minimal shortcomings.

The Normalize, and Truncation features are great bonuses as well....

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Aug-06-2001 at 16:37
alexander seitz a professional user from germany writes:
best buy ever. very easy to use. small but powerful. remove all the built-in sounds with your own.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Apr-14-2001 at 11:24
Boarlane a part-time user from Younited states writes:
I have an ES-1. I'm trying to sell it. Let's start from the beginning, shall we?

I bought the ES-1 last December after playing with it at Guitar Center....and you know what??? It's the coolest toy ever created. It was my first groovebox and opened a whole new world of music making to me.

Why am I selling it then???? I think my answer to this will reiterate the thoughts of hundreds of people who are selling theirs. It's a really cool toy.

I bought the ES-1 as a "get me buy til' I get more money for more gear" kinda' thing. It was perfect for that. I've created some really cool shit with it, but ya' know what?? I just bought Bitheadz Unity DS-1 sample program for my G3. If this seems like a good idea, be sure to go to and buy at least 2 256mb memory'll need 'em. I've read countless reviews from others who have made comments such as "I just upgraded to a Triton which handles most of my sampling, I don't use the ES-1 anymore" You would be a damn fool, damn fool I say, to buy one of these new! Go to E-Bay my friends!! That's what I've been doin' for the past few weeks and my home-studio dreams are quickly becoming home-studio realities. The crap that I'd bought to get me by is quickly being replaced, for about the same amount of money, with the crap I really wanted but didn't think I could afford for awhile.

I'm gonna shorten my yap-strap and get to the point here. If you are looking for a great sample playback-groovebox kinda thing and aren't looking to build yourself a project studio, then the ES-1 is great. If you're planning on hookin' up the ole' Mac or P.C. to the shit... go to E-Bay right now and check out an old Emu ESI-32, or Akai S2000. Or do what I did with Unity DS-1. With all 3 options, you're looking to pay around $300-$400 including RAM, an extra CD-ROM drive and Zip drive, or CD burner, or whatever yer' gonna store your samples on.

If yer livin' for today, get an ES-1. If there's more gear in your future, check out E-Bay.

Here's a few last minute things I've learned over the years. A Yamaha DX-7 makes a perfect controller keyboard, so don't spend $400-$500 on some piece of shit plastic StudioLogic thing. Digital Performer 2.7 has a drum-grid window that lets you write beats and assign velocity info faster than you can fire up the ole' groovebox. Korg makes excellent products for those interested in dance music or sound design. The crap Roland makes is more "real instrument emulation" a much crappier version of Kurzweil stuff. If yer' a classical musician type, then go Kurzweil. In this day and age, if you're buyin' stuff new, yer' gettin' screwed.

I hope some of what I've said keeps people from buyin' some of the unnecessary shit I've bought throughout the years.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Sunday-Apr-08-2001 at 00:17
Jesus Christ a professional user from U.S. writes:
I accumulated, one day, enough money to buy a sampler I have always wanted. Thinking in mind, a sampler is the definition of unlimited sound, I decided to go to the music place and check one out. I thought of buying the ES-1 when I was going there, so that was the first thing I asked about there. The guy demonstrates it and compares it to the other 2 electribes. I notice that it is not only a high-quality sampler, but also a drum/rhytm machine. I bought it for $400. (GOOD PRICE)

When I got home, I instantly plugged it in and tried it out. I found out that the user interface is easy to use.......incredibly easy. I figured out how to use the FX portion on it with the samples.(my favorite is the decimator) I was thinking, though, "Wouldn't it be great if this thing could double as a real-time FX-processor?" That's when I tried one of the Microphones I have on it. I could alter my voice in real-time, like a regular multi-FX processor. I realize it could now do sampling, drrum machine, and FX processing. You could also consider it a quick headphone amp for instruments.

The KORG ES-1 is now one of my more holy pieces of equipment, at a most affordable price for a sampler. It's more than just a's an ES-1.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Mar-29-2001 at 08:23
tutti frutti writes:
I have a ES1 a ASRX and a MPC 2000xl. And yes I do like the ES1 but to say it is a better machine thane the others I think is funny to say the least. The sound of both MPC and ASRX are much more professional then the ES1. Yes the asr doesn't have a great SEQ. but it is a killer sampler not to mension the superb effects. The nicest thing about the ES is the grid SEQ. This makes it a nice drumbox for writing patterns. But thats as far as it goes. The effects suck your crack smokin ass! Both MPC and ASRX have so much more to offer both sonically as in features that it is simply foolish to compare them as if they were in the same leage. Unless offcourse if you are on crack!

posted Saturday-Mar-10-2001 at 15:47
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