Synth Site: Korg: Electribe ES-1: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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Another Forgotten Machine a professional user from Orlando, FL ,US writes:
Listen, yes it has one output. It's a SAMPLER though so lets do some extra work here. Make your Bass drum sound how you need it to, then resample it. Or if you want to. Turn all volumes to minimal and record one track at a time and then bring them all together with your computer, hdd recorder, whatever.

It's not that hard, and it may take a bit of extra effort but this thing has ALOT of capabilities if you just work a bit more.]

For the price the sequencer, fx unit, and sampler its great.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Oct-06-2000 at 13:50
Rob a part-time user from USA writes:
While you whoosies are crying and complaining out there about nothing, some of us are out here having a great time with this machine. No, its not an S5000 or some $3000 headache. This baby is simple, unique and it kicks ass. You can have a hell of a lot of fun with it. I have 6 different sampling devices and this one is by FAR the most intuitive and fun to use. If you want to start creating something FAST this puppy will help you immensely. If you want to spend you day scrolling thru menus and infinite options, then get something like an Akai s5000 and a bottle of Aspirin to go with it. ES-1 is a Godsend for anyone who wants to get ideas into sound FAST & EASY. Dont try and compare this puppy with those massive steel tanker rack samplers that cost more than a CAR!! That is simply ludicrous. ES-1 will be a classic. Get one NOW!! Start having fun with this and you will be amazed at what it can do.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Sep-26-2000 at 18:30
Ian Buchanan a part-time user from UK writes:
Oh my god! The band I am in bought an ES-1 4 days ago. We have previously been using a Roland 303 groove box to do beats and noises and boy does the ES-1 kick the 303's ass. I am the drum machine operator in the band while the other guys play guitar and sing, they have never really taken an interest in the 303 as we have been using it as a backing tape rather than a live tool. Within minutes of us opening the box all of us were gathered round it tweaking knobs and playing with the built in beats.

THEN WE TRIED SAMPLING.........

We shoved a couple of mics into a piano and sampled a couple of bars, then after trimmining the sample we looped it over a slowed down drum and bass beat. The results had us jamming for two hours on the same 2 chords! Seriously, within half an hour we had the bones of a new tune and we all loved it. The samples sound great and you can do so much to them at the touch of a button.

BUT ONE NOW!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Sep-26-2000 at 06:50
Aaron Chase a part-time user from Seattle, WA USA writes:
I knew I wanted this thing as soon as I heard about it, but once I finally got to play with it yesterday.....I'll go insane if I don't get one in my home in a few weeks. I want it that bad. I knew it was worth owning for it's huge memory capacity, but before I used it, I didn't know how well it worked with the other 2 units. Or if the thing was empty with no samples.

Well even if any of those samples are property of Korg, sooooo what? They rock! I took the midi cord from the er-1 and hooked it from the ea-1 to the es-1. They worked flawlessly together. The demos from the ea-1 were laying another electro-funk layer to the es-1's samples. I didn't even consider owning a er-1 anymore(but I wouldn't rule it out either, I do like it too...). I can't wait to get one, and I can't wait to fill it with samples.....

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Sep-20-2000 at 22:58
Magnus a hobbyist user writes:
The ES-1 rocks!!! I use Logic 4.5 ( on a laptop )with EXS 24 to "bounce" loops. Then i dump them to the ES-1, with the SmartMedia card. When i run it live i connect the ES-1 to my laptop audio IN and run it through the filters and FX in logic. i.e "GRM tools" which has the badest filters on earth.

I hope Korg makes a "ES-1 II" whith more outputs, memory, better display, filter... I would defenetly buy it even if it costs like the MPC..

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Sep-13-2000 at 03:31
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