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Olaf (mol8292@dds.nl) writes:
today i had the opportunity to test the new Electribe ES-1 in the musicstore. I listened to it with a pair of good headphones. I played with it for almost an hour..my first impression: THIS THING ROCKS!

soundquality of the "preset"samples is very good.....default patterns and songs are also of very good quality...it really sounds good...no strange compression-artifacts or something..the ES-1 probably has flash-RAM to maintain the sample-memory.... or maybe some standard samples in ROM...

interface is very easy to get used to...just select one of the 9 parts (and 3 parts extra, accent, slice and audio-in), and you will see the positions of the hits in the pattern....easy to program....real 909 like stuff......recording of sequences can be done in realtime or with the grid....if i remember correctly i didn't had to stop the sequence playing to reprogram it...can be done while playing.....

when a part is selected you can enable effect and modify effect-parameters, filter, pitch, level and pan..there is a global delay that can be BPM-synced...

changes to the above parameters can be recorded in realtime with the motion-sequencer.....very easy to use....

didn't checkout the way patterns are used for songs, but you can easily mute and solo the parts, and i guess/hope that these mutes can also be recorded as part of the song....

one negative point: i was hoping that the price would be like the ER-1 and EA-1, but it was higher...1350 dutch guilders for the ES-1, and 899 guilders for the ER-1 and EA-1, so the ES1 is 1,5 the price of the older electribes...

sampling-rate is 32KHz, no other samplerates i believe, but there is a decimator-effect to get those lofi bitrate-effects...

it can resample through all the effects and motion-sequences....it also can slice up a sample-loop in different hits (like recycle) and you then can modify the seperate parts of the loop in realtime....(slice option)

conclusion: this is a very fine tool...very creative..and the pitch-parameter doesn't limit you to only beats, but also melodies can be programmed...

Olaf

Comments About the Sounds:
good standard samples....bigbeat and drum 'n bass oriented, with some nice vocal- and bassline-samples

(Thanks to Olaf for this info.)

Links for the Korg Electribe ES-1
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x Sound On Sound UK review
x Electribe ES-1 Discussion Forum Finally, a web board about this great box !
x Tribal Club Representing all 3 "tribes"! The ES-1,ER-1,and EA-1. Chat , info , links
x Korg Electribe Sampler ES-1 The first ES-1 dedicated site !
x ES1 site
x The Korg room at Synthmuseum.com History and technical information about Korg instruments.
x Korg Electribe S Review - XHipHop.com Cool review of the sampler.
x ES1 wav utillity
x JCD Music The ES-1 is great as a drum/effects/beatbox. Check out its usage on 'Astronaut Milk', 'Quadren', 'The Network', and more.
x Electrip Studio Dowload patches, manuals and tips
x music from electribes download
x Roonan Techno Live performer Roonan invites everyone who's interested in hearing the ES-1 at work.
x Future Music UK review
x Sound On Sound UK review (correct link)
x Mad Science Project Electribe made industrial/electronic
x Mad Science Project Hosted by IUMA
x Free editor for Korg ES A utility program for the PC that allows Samples created on the Korg ES-1 Electribe to be exported as .WAV files
x ES-1 realaudio demo
x sound warfare network Drum & Bass music - made with ES-1 & other equip
x Owner Manual Lite available ! Lite zipped version of pdf owner manual ! all specs are here!
x ElecTribe -S Infos
x Korg ES-1 Pictures Electribe ES-1 Picture Gallery by The Spoiledbrat Network .
x Un éditeur gratuit pour la ES Korg Un programme qui permet d'exporter les samples créés avec la ES vers votre PC pour les éditer !
x User reviews on Harmony Central
x Electribe ES-1 pitch chart Chromatic sample pitch map

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