Synth Site: Korg: Electribe ES-1: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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slim a part-time user writes:
slim here again.... okay i figured out how to copy patterns... found it on korg's download's site. the file is http://www.korg.com/downloads/mac/ES-1_User's_Guide.pdf

i recommend everyone owning an es-1 download this.

this think kicks ASS

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Aug-04-2000 at 01:38
dj MICROflip a part-time user from chicago writes:
alright, i finally got this thing home!!

first off, i have to say that this machine kicks ass. within the first 24 hours that i've owned it, i've already created my own patterns and arranged a phat techno song through the XOX-style sequencer. it took me at least a week to do this with the mc-303 and the mc-303 songs sounded too cheeze. i do wish that it came with some empty user banks for my patterns. instead, i have to erase presets. which is ok because only a few of them are worth keeping for editing purposes. i already feel that this box will be way easier to incorporate into live dj mixing than the mc-303. it's amazing that so many people slammed me for my poor reviews of the mc-303. it's also amazing to me that the mc-303 still costs more than the es-1. sure, there are phatter machines out on the market than the es-1, but i have to say that this little box is mighty impressive for it's price. i haven't utilized it's sampling features yet, but as soon as i unpack my gear and buy a smartmedia card, all those crappy records from my parents' days are going to be reborn. i originally bought this and the kaoss pad because i couldn't afford the pioneer djm-600 mixer and figured that these two were the next best thing. i haven't connected the kaoss yet and i'm not sure if it's going to be worth it once i do. if anyone has these two machines configured, please email me with your thoughts and uses you may have found. however, the kaoss is awesome for the outboard efx through the send/receive on my mixer. for a dj with decent mixing gear, the es-1 will be a phat remixing/producing tool at an affordable price. i'd love to have a tb-303 hooked up to it! i'm sure i will be back once i utilize more of this box.

peace, djMICROflip

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jul-30-2000 at 11:50
slim a part-time user writes:
so, if they aren't royalty free.. Resample them. and voila you've created your own sample!

besides, who would buy a *SAMPLER* and want to use the dry preset samples anyways? might as well just buy an ER-1 and save $100.

on to my review... this thing is cool. I wish it had one of those ribbon controllers like Yamaha's SU200 and SU700, but then again i guess that's just yammy's thing (its a really cool feature tho), however that feature is more of a live feature than a studio feature. so Studio wise the ES-1 kicks... even with the 32khz sample rate which really doesnt effect any of my samples other than like a high pitched crash cymbal which i have a drum machine for. So i am actually glad it has the 32khz sample rate cuz that gives more memory for more sounds and patterns.

If you are looking for something that has more realtime fun check out the SU200... if you are looking for a seq/sampler with more professionality then check the MPC. but if you want middle of the road Form & Function get an ES-1

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jul-23-2000 at 06:05
Solid Algoriddim a professional user from U.S. of A. writes:
I am a big fan of the simplicity of Korg's EA-1 and ER-1 boxes. They are both innovative and fully tweakable, and at just the right price! I recently purchased the ES-1 and am quite pleased with it. It is the most hands-on sampler on the market today and with polyphoney comparable to Roland's Sp-808. This piece would be a great first sampler for anybody. One drawback though is it is difficult get used to setting the tempo of the track(all your other gear slaved to this tempo) to whatever the preset tempo on the ES-1 is cuz if you slave the sampler, samples will not loop correctly and your mix is defunkt. No timestretch or compress...but i love the individual dedicated cutoff filter knob!

good piece all in all

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Friday-Jul-21-2000 at 17:13
Nubey a professional user from usa writes:
Bollocks: I paid korg $500 for mine, and if I use it commercially I have to pay them to use their machines preset sounds, let's see korg's legal department make that one stick -- me thinks it's virtually impossible..

I really like this machine, to me it's a poor man's studio440/sp1200, or for a more current reference the Akai MPC series, basically a sampling drum machine (really cool idea), it's good that finally someone got the price right, I'm not paying $1500 ever again for a crippled drum machine like the MPC 2k.

These are good, you should own one, or a few if you'd prefer... Just get one..

-nubey

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jul-21-2000 at 11:29
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