Synth Site: Korg: Electribe ES-1: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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a part-time user writes:
ES-1 is AWESOME!! Every bit as cool as the venerable ER-1 and EA-1 but WAY COOLER. Korg did it right this time!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Nov-25-2000 at 05:33
hyperbolic a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I purchased an ES1 a few months ago and it is a fun little machine. I previously had bought an EA1 and wanted to see if Korg could apply the analog-style interface to a sampler. They did. The ES1 was a little more complicated than the EA1 but after a few hours of noodling around with the manual, I figured everything out. Resampling through effects is the coolest feature of this machine. Just run any old sample through a bunch of resample cycles and you don't know what sort of sound you'll end up with. Try sampling one spoken word and running the isolator or resonant filter on it to change the formats. Cool.

My only dissapointment with the unit is a mushiness of timing. When I sync the unit to a sequencer, it lags behind the rest of the sequence. With samples of vocals this is not noticable but with drum samples it is glaring. Also: when resampling repeatedly, a small amount of silence is prepended each time. After resampling a sound around 4 or 5 times, I have to pause to truncate 1000 or so samples off of the beginning.

As on the EA1, the tempo delay rocks! Set the regeneration to the max and change the delay time as the ES1 is playing and yo've got instant reggae dub!

The pattern mode x0x mode of sequencing is great. It is good to be able to apply separate motion sequences to each part and also to the global delay.

In conclusion: this is a great box for doing 80's stutter dub vocal effects, and great for adding in-tempo sound effects to a mix, but because of the bad sync it can not function a drum machine.

Question for the other reviewers: Can one use a midi sample dump to send samples to the ES1 instead of using a smartmedia card? I've tried it but it doesn't seem to work. The manual hints at a custom sys-ex format but doesn't say what it is. Has anyone done this?


Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Nov-20-2000 at 15:26
Stephan a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I have had the ES-1 for a bout a week and love it. I agree with almost every positive comment, and the only thing I can criticize is the sound quality when I try to layer six different drum loops :). ANyhow, I have scoured the net for some more in depth technical information like I found for the ER-1 and have only drawn blanks.

Heres my question:

Is there a way where I can map the pitch control knowb to keys on a keyboardstyle midi controller? I saw in the manual that came with it the breakdown of tones, but nowhere in the midi implementation section did it talke about being able to control those tones with a keyboard (por anything else for that matter). When korg refers to using the es-1 as a tone generator, I guess this means that you can only map the parts to keys or notes, but is there anyway to the effects, delay, or other parameters in any other way than using the knobs?

If yes, I would really appreciate it if someone could show me or point me in the right direction.

If not, I was wondering if there would be any other way to to process efffects on a smaple, for example, like pitch through an additional effects box (like the Roland ef-305 (3?))? I read somewhere that the KAOSS pad can control the parameter on effects, but the only review I read about this function was on the other electribes and was apparently not too successful.

I am a beginner and don't really have too much technical prowess yet, so I apologize if this message makes absolutley no sense at all. I love the beats to can make with this thing.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Nov-16-2000 at 15:01
Poltergeist a part-time user writes:
Just got one yesterday. Really like it. The presets are fucking horrible and the first thing I did is erase the lot of them. Gone foregood! God bless. I use it only as a drummachine and for that it is great. Every tabletop sampler should have a sequencer option like this one. Real time step sequencing wit rubber light knobs that move along with the patterns. Brilliant. Flash-rom holds all your favorite samples even when switched of. Effects are fun and usable. I really like the sound of the reverb and the sync delay is great.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Nov-10-2000 at 11:46
Cyberpunk a professional user from USA writes:
This machine truly is great for the money. BUT, its not that much money so its not that great. Its really best suited for DJ's and LIVE use. Don't go buy one of these thinking you're gonna be the next chemical brother. Its basically a drum machine on steriods. Don't think you're gonna programs any sort of actual music on this thing either. You can't transpose the samples. The only way you can program a little melody is with the pitch control. ...thats weak by the way. They should have made the button layout like a piano ala the 303. Anyway, the best features on this unit are all the on-the-fly twiddling you can do. Bringing us back to the fact that this is best suited for LIVE use. Anyone who calls this an all-in-one workstation is a moron. Treat this as a drum machine and you'll get a WHOLE lot of bang for the buck.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Oct-23-2000 at 18:02
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