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Average rating: 3.9 out of 5
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sam a hobbyist user from U.S. writes:
I recently purchased a Yamaha AN200, and while the AN200's synth blows the EM-1's synth away, I found myself missing the EM-1's much more useful abilities as a groove-box and all around creative tool. The global delay is amazing. You can really get into some warped soundscapes with this thing. Be warned: it does noisy/dirty much better than anything else, so forget about anything "smooth". I really like the fact that you can go in and out of recording on the fly. I also think anyone familiar with the Roland MC-303 type products will like the ability to erase and record over the preset patterns.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Aug-22-2008 at 22:44
wevakop a hobbyist user from Orlando FL writes:
I used to own an EM-1 a few years back as I had all of the Electribes at one point and then sold them to get newer ones or other gear. I got totally sick of the sounds after too much attention was paid attention to it and I didnt have other gear to turn to at the time. I actually made slightly convincing acidhouse on the EM-1 all by itself, no kidding, with the mock 303 synth tone using the glide and the mock 808 kick and snare. I make IDM tunes so it did have it's place in my palatte, the effects are fun and motion recording and rolls are so easy and a lovely feature. I have aquired more proper & diverse gear in the years and now I think it's time to buy the black box again. The price has gone down even further so I can get a better condition one than last time for 200$. Limited machine but not too limited, limitations can push you in the right direction sometimes.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Sunday-Oct-28-2007 at 14:22
David Dorian a hobbyist user from Netherlands writes:
I think it's a great machine. But it's not made for stand alone use if you know what I mean. You have to combine it with other equipment. If you do that, it's great machine!

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Apr-03-2007 at 04:56
benjamin a hobbyist user from nw england writes:
Most of what I have to say has probably all been said before, but Id like to add that i'm looking forward to stretching the capacities of this thing. The sounds on their own are quite generic as are the drums but I just wanted this machine for filling in the gaps between my analogue MFB synth II and Jomox Xbase, for which the (albeit limited) versatility of the unit make it ideal.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jun-09-2005 at 08:16
diatribe_25 a part-time user from LeftCoastBoogieDownTown writes:
Had this gear for a long time (about 200.00 from ebay) but never really got it rocking until know. In three days I had about five short songs worked out with BPMs ranging from trip to DnB. I am a novice to the world of production, but a vetran to electronica, and the songs I burnt to CD with a cheap ass single track computer recorder sound pretty damn good.

Where else can you get something like this? Next throw in a MicroKorg for the strings/pads and a Kaoss Pad 2 for efx and loops plus a three channel DJ mixer... got your gig rig right there and all very portable. Of course I would love a MachineDrum or a RaveOLution 309, but that cash goes to the rent and groceries.

Just for the portability alone this thing is not to be beat, use it as your sketchbook and leave the expensive bulky gear in your studio. Happy step-sequencing!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Sep-28-2004 at 19:14
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