Synth Site: Korg: Electribe EA-1: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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the.fatman a hobbyist user from Canada writes:
This is a great box. I don't care what anyone says, if you are into techno/trance/d&B whatever and you don't have a monosynth already or are just looking for those deep basses and acid squeals, this is the box you want. It's more than just a tb-303 clone and is capable of a wider range of sonic bliss: from the hallowed 303 through the SH-101 to some moogish type stuff and all through MIDI with real time hands on control.

Particularly nice is the sound input as one of the oscillators. Some very tricky stuff can be done there.

One of the downsides is the lack of battery power. The weight of this thing would make it an ideal portable composing toy.

Sound quality is not the best unit, but very acceptable with a little EQ and the use of the seperate (albeit mono) outs for each voice. The sequencer is a joy to use.

As a final testament, I got one last night used after deliberating for weeks over it. I got it home and turned it on and was blown away by the internal patterns. I ended up playing with it all night and now I'm suffering at work for it. I can't wait to get home again.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Oct-15-1999 at 08:59
vortex a part-timer user from USA writes:
Man!...people still talking smack. Just review it and shut up with your irrelevant comments. Well, for the benefit of others who might be potential buyers or would just like an actual review and not BS I'll give a brief review of what I think. First let me just say, I've got to hand it to Korg for using DSP and taking it to its basic level and value. If you kind of think about it, the 'tribes are sort of in a category sonically with no one else. Sure, it's their answer to all the "groove" products out there. But it seems just a tad more of what people actually want. It's what Roland should have done. Ironically, they remind me of an MC-202 or a 101, and also the 808/909 machines. Not just because they have the programming similarities, but in the fact that THE ELECTRIBES WILL NOT DO EVERYTHING--ONE OR THE OTHER. You would think that would be a downside, but its actually like the synths mentioned above. Case in point, a guy buys a 909, his buddy buys an MC-303. Now, who could do more soley with what they have? BUT WHICH ONE IS MORE SONICALLY SUPERIOR. See what I mean. This guy buys an SH-101 and an 808 , his brother buys an MC-505. Now who can make a song faster or with more parts and composition? BUT WHICH BROTHER OWNES THE TRUE ARSENAL? Exactly. They don't do much, but they do what they do WELL. The EA-1 is superior for trance, acid, some minimal techno, and has audio input possibilities, and have THRU, and sequence themselves, and is two channel--all for dirt cheap! Now, I don't want to seem like a sheep who just follows the flock, but just let me add this. ALL THESE PEOPLE GIVING BAD REVIEWS OF THE ELECTRIBES ON THIS SITE, AND THEN ORBITAL AND APOLLO 440 (who I think know just a little bit about electronic music) praise these two units. Come on. Now the funny thing is, that out of all the rest of the so-called "groove" machines out there. It seems that these are the only ones taken seriously. Maybe these units ARE worthy. I guess it depends on what you want to do. If "You too can be a DJ!" then maybe you'll want to get one of those all-in-one boxes that try to do everything. I prefer synths that don't have preset sounds, or should I say allow some creativity. The good thing about the Electribes is that you can go in and erase all the sounds and patterns. Yippie! start from scratch. What I don't understand is people bitchin' about it doesn't have this or it doesn't do that or it doesn't even sound like a "you-know-what" Judge it on it's own merits. Take into consideration everything. Well, I know I am satisfied. Someone on AH once said, "My dream setup would be a 909 and three SH-101s." That WOULD be heaven. But here on earth an ER-1 and two EA-1s isn't too bad.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Oct-04-1999 at 21:47
dead ed a professional user from Outer mongolia writes:
Hey let the haters beware, the korg electribe is a decent little piece of equipment - provided you know what to do with it. If you have no musical knowledge then you better stay away from it- on the other hand if you know how a tb or sh works you should have no problems. It takes more than 10 days to get a feel for the different sounds you are capable of producing - be prepared to spend some time figuring out which patches sound good and calling them up at will(limited patch memory) etc. Don't be impatient- be prepared for some trial and error- sometimes it sounds a little weak until you plug the drummachine in and start rocking! then it really shines! . This thing is more powerful and versatile than a tb or sh! It even has an external input so you can tweak any audio thru ye ol filter- way cool! Think about it as a poormans tb or an mc 303/505 without the drums. this will save your vintage gear from being overused and worn out..nobody will know the difference!! Just bang on this thing- bleeps, blips and squelches like anything analog I've ever heard- its really great for gigging out with the boys- no need to worry about your sh101 or tb getting thrashed.. Hopefully items like this will grow in acceptance and undercut the cost of vintage analog gear.By the way- in my opinion nothing beats real analog-(it is missing some analog functions) but for the money this comes damn close. (ok i wish it had some slider pots too!!)Don't hate Korg- hate the price of a used tb 303 - go get the korg EA1 instead you'll be glad you did

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Sep-15-1999 at 22:51
nubey a professional user from USA writes:
Why not ignore the ridiculous and unfounded hype and actually try using one before you post another ignorant pseudo review based solely on hype or what your little pals told you about how much it sucks.

This is for the money the best 2 chanel monophonic synth available today, sure bassstation's are cool but they have no sequencer, sure other cheap mono's sound good and are reasonably priced too, but most if not all of them have no sequencer, the korg has 2 channels of monophonic sequencing. It sounds good, I honestly do prefer the bass of my mc-202, and the sonic weirdness of my Prophecy, but honestly I use the EA more often than I use my juno's or bass station, heck it gets more use simply because it's so darn easy to use, it's a breeze and is just great as a sketch pad for quick ideas. Also unlike the roland groove junk it has plenty of user memory available unlike the paltry 10-30k notes the MC-303 holds, which makes it ideal for just having around for quickly transposing your idea's into actual sounds. Also midi freaks, it does transmit knob movements over midi, and it works very well too, ignore the statements made to the contrary. Also as mentioned previously the timing is dead on, no groovebox will ever be as on time as this, my MC303 and 505 both have sort of wacked timing as they seem to drift on timing and other instruments hooked via midi tend to drag as well, had to ditch those as sequencers and bought a MC-50 which has infinitely better timing anyway, the timing on the EA is just as good as my MC-50 as they seem to be dead on.

All of this mindless hype has no basis in music, it's like reading a zine for record reviews, just because some says it's cool/sucks doesn't mean that you have to think exactly as they do, perhaps doing some thinking of your own would be in order.

Hey if you're naive enough to believe the mindless crap their spewing then go right ahead, me on the other hand I'll be enjoying an inexpensive good quality lead/bass line machine and making music while you're still reading the manual on some other comprable machine.

This machines quite good at was it does, so just deal with it kido's

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Sep-14-1999 at 17:00
Jake a hobbyist user from US writes:
I'd say anyone who describes themselves as from "Inner-Galactic-Space" has got to be a little 'special needs' so your opinion of the little Korg wonder doesn't count for much Corky.

This is a great little machine capeable of some extremely professional sounds if you have any x0x programeable skills at all. Super simplistic interface, great filters (all knob movements transmitted, I mean this is a creative dream)....and Midi timing that is spot on. How in the hell can you know a synth of any sort in ten days, it simply isn't possible.

Great machine, and that's from someone who knows what their talking about.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Sep-13-1999 at 10:51
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