Synth Site: Korg: Electribe ER-1: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
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Pope / Chrmosome47 a hobbyist user from Alexandria VA, USA writes:
Can't imagine a better machine at anything close to the price, very intuitive interface,sounds incredible,easy to tweak and make great sounds with,so simple to use I've yet to open the manual, has a few limitations but nothing terribly hard to work around and certainly still and incredible machine for the $350 or so they cost, Have had mine a week and find it to be amazingly easy and powerful took to use, its not a 909/808, but it can do many similar things and much more, for a lot less, worth checking out for anyone looking for an electronic/dance music geared rythym box

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jan-01-2000 at 21:36
John Potter from US writes:
The ER-1 Rocks...

What's Cool About It:

Extremely easy to use drum-grid sequencer...

16 little buttons - pick a part (ie. kick,snare,hi-hat) - press any of the 16 buttons where you want the part to be triggered - pick the next part - repeat as necessary. You've also got the ability to lay down patterns in realtime so, for example, you can lay down the Kick and Snare on the grid - start the pattern playing - and record open/closed hi-hats in realtime. You can then go back and edit any mistakes you made while inputting realtime w/in the grid.


The sounds kick ass. Extremely analogue, lots of crazy electro sounds. Haven't quite got the 808 bass drum or snare but not too far off. Don't be put off that this isn't exactly a 909 or an 808 and overlook that this thing makes it's own awesome distinctive sounds. I'll use the sequencer to trigger a sampler if I find I need to get closer... But really, this box makes awesome sounds.

Preset Patterns...

Believe it or not, most of the preset patterns are useable which isn't what I've found w/ most drum boxes I've played with. It's also easy to start w/ one of the presets and tweak the pattern and sounds slightly and come up w/ something completely different. I've also been spending a lot of time breaking down the patterns and sounds they've got programmed (Good learning tool).

Part Muting...

Makes buildups/breakdowns easy.

Original Value LCD Indicator...

A little thing but it actually helps alot (especially since the knobs are not continuous). Let's say you've got a sound you're trying to tweak so you turn the pitch knob - we'll, like most synths, you'll probably get a large 'jump' in the sound initially... The original value LCD helps you get back to where you started and then tweak from there. Not a huge deal, but it's intuitive, simple, and I think every synth should have a similar feature.

What I still wish for:


It would be nice to have an dedicated LFO to assign to different parameters to modulate the sound over time (ie. Vary the Pitch param or the mod depth while while playing back the pattern). As it is now, you can accomplish the same effect by recording motion sequences in your pattern (manually twist the knobs while playing back - these movements get recorded). I'd prefer a choice of automatic (LFO) or manual but I can live w/ it as it is.

The ability to independently save sounds/kits...

I'd like to be able to save my favorite kick, snare, electro, hi-hat, etc. sounds and place them in a drum kit to automatically call up instead of having to dial them in everytime. What you can do right now is save sounds to a pattern, copy that pattern into a new pattern, erase the rhythm which leaves you just the sounds. So you kind of get the same effect but it's not as easy as it could be. It is fairly easy to recreate a sound from scratch, however.

Continuous Knobs...

The only synths I know with these are the Waldorfs but they should be mandatory on all synths. This way you can smoothly control parameters instead of large jumps in the param values. Some synths give you the option of having to pass the current value before it will change it which works pretty well too. For example, if the saved value for pitch is at 12 O'Clock and the dial sits at 7 O'Clock you'd have to move past 12 to actually change the value. The way it is now is when you start to turn the knob the value jumps from the 12 O'Clock value to the 7 O'Clock value. To be fair, alot of synths work this way but it doesn't mean I have to like it.

More Effects...

Just because the more the merrier. The ER-1 has a delay and distortion. The delay is global which is a drag and you can get a sort of chorus/phaser effect by setting the delay dvalues real low. I've also been playing around w/ shifting the delay time back and forth quickly while playing back... This varies the pitch of the delayed notes and sounds a bit like you're scratching a turntable.

More Outputs... I'd rather have the internal effects but if you had more than the 2 outputs you've got you could process the various parts w/ an outboard effects unit.


Get it... Find a place that will let you return it if you're not satisfied (for you're own piece of mind)... Drop the meager $350 and try it out over the weekend. You won't be returning it.

I just put up a website a couple weeks ago so look for some ER-1 samples in a month or so...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Dec-29-1999 at 13:06
Spiralhead a part-time user from USA writes:
I have to give Korg two big thumbs up for this one, Fits perfectly next to my AN1X and works with RB suprisingly well, I wasn't to impressed with its brother. Got mine new at 8th street for 350 + free shipping, couldn't turn that down...

Give it a 5

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Dec-27-1999 at 20:26
Marc Smith a part-time user from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada writes:
I've been using the ER-1 for about 3 months now and I love it! It's very easy to use and affordable. It's my first drum machine per se in the hardware market and I've already written dozens of tracks with it. I suggest that every musician that is starting out check the ER-1 out. The phattest bass drums and ease of manipulating sounds in either a recording or live sound environment is a huge asset with this gear. I think Korg basically is going to lead the way with the rapidly changing industry.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Dec-24-1999 at 16:45
David Smith a hobbyist user from Scotland writes:
Amazing sounds, could have had more diverse samples or an option to reverse them. It has much more character than most percussion synths I've heard. The synched delay unit is a great idea but implemented poorly. It should allow you to set the routing of each individual sound rather than automatically sending everything through. The timing is also a bit suspect when I have the unit synched to my sequencer. A small feedback setting results in quite a nice phasing effect but when the feedback is increased to maximum the delay drift out of time producing a sound reminisent of a bad beat mix. Reading my review you'd think I hated it but the truth is that the interface and sounds more than make up for it's downfalls. What do expect for £300.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Dec-10-1999 at 12:42
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