Synth Site: Korg: Electribe ES-1: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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Fred a professional user from New York City writes:
This is not a toy. The ES-1 it's a Great Creativity Tool !! You should spend just a little time with the manual as its operation is almost straight forward. Its low-fi sound it's perfect, its filters and effects don't change the samples (unless you resample). With the ER-1 they are a happy team.... I guess once again simplicity means beauty.... and a powerful sound.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jan-23-2001 at 14:00
Blaine Crowley a hobbyist user from San Francisco writes:
The best toy on Earth!!!!! I use it with Digital Performer and transfer the beats via MIDI into my computer for easier editing. Great for putting together beat-based song structures. Very easy interface. The only major complaint I have is the manual... instead of explaining things sequentially, one needs to flip back and forth between pages. The distinction between "part" which is thrown around alot needs clarification and certain sections take a couple of thorough re-readings to fully understand.

You can really only sample little sound bites, and tiny phrases.... not very good as a legit sampler... but hey, it's $450.00 (at guitar center) For those looking for something more than a drum-sampler, sequencer, yer' probably gonna be disappointed. For those looking to write beats, sequence, and "soft-core sample" this be the shit for you!!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Dec-29-2000 at 16:53
joe a professional user from USA writes:
The ES-1 rock for the price and features. Please people, destroy korgs samples and make your own.

Anyone know how to load samples from a Mac? Haven't heard of anyone doing this yet. Any experience with the Zio Samrtmedia readers? They are cheap but do they work.

thanks. joe@bairtracks.com

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Dec-28-2000 at 15:06
Mijk van Dijk a professional user from Berlin, Germany writes:
Seems like many people on this list guess that the ES-1 must be a jack of all trades, which it is not. I see it more in the tradition of machines like the Drumulator or the SP-1200. Of course the ES-1 has many limitations, so you should take it for what it is: an easy-to-carry and very intuiative groove machine, which also makes a good companion to an RM1x: with Programm Change you can switch patterns and make sure to always trigger the right set of samples and loops for every pattern you create with the RM1x (which CANNOT sample). One thing I don´t like about the ES-1: it responds too slow to MIDI-clock. That´s really a bummer, they should change.

Thanks to "Dedguy", I finally found out why I couldn´t import WAVs so far. I would appreciate, when somebody could explain me briefly the procedure, of how to Save and Load Samples to Smart Media Card using a Mac. Is there any Freeware Mac application to resample a 44.1 kHz-Sample to 32 kHz (for ES-1) and 22 kHz (for SU-200)?

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Dec-16-2000 at 07:12
The Mad Fishmonger a professional user from the bottom of a bottle writes:
What you need to know about the ES-1:

First of all, no matter how much smartmedia you cram in that little slot, the onboard RAM is still only 4MB, which means 95 seconds mono at 32k. No downsampling to save space, either. You can save four banks to a cheap 16mb card, which is nice, but don't think you're getting an hour of sample time out of that expensive 64 meg card.

Second, without some amazing programming feat, you can't map midi note-on commands to pitch values. The box itself is not capable of it. The pitch bend is pretty cheezy, too. You can only assign one sample to one note value, so if you want that steinway, it ain't gonna happen with this box.

Third, the sequencer is a very capable, step-based, x0x style little beastie that's tons of fun to play with. If you like fruityloops, you'll like this box.

Finally, just because it's a little brushed-steel tabletop thing with blinky lights and a hip name doesn't mean it's only good for dance music. I've had it for a week and i've been using it for a slow, electric ballad... i haven't even programmed it in 4/4 yet. All said and done, damn cool box for the money. And i can velcro it to my esq-1.

posted Monday-Nov-27-2000 at 19:20
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