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Average rating: 3.9 out of 5
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Chiisu a hobbyist user from United States writes:
i bought the em-1 to use for drums, and for that it is great. if you get tired of the sounds, just use it to trigger another sound source via MIDI(you can change the key note triggers...). i like the 2 synth parts for some nice bass runs or simple melodies. you should def. hook it up to a keyboard to enter notes, alot faster.

= chiisu

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Tuesday-May-07-2002 at 02:09
freak a hobbyist user from Finland writes:
I´ve used the EM-1 for a month now and it´s great. It has its flaws but the sounds are unbelievable. Sounds get 5/5 but the effect problems lower the value so i´ll give it 4/5.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Apr-18-2002 at 04:39
Blow a hobbyist user from Singapore writes:
Depends on the genre you wish to create. Very electronic sounding which i don't really like. A very user friendly machine g'd fr beginners who wants something out really quick. Would prefer the ES-1 with Smartmedia & sampling options.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-Feb-28-2002 at 07:10
Quixote Chapter a professional user from United States writes:
I've had this box for about 6 months and for $400 smackers you wont find anything better. Don't expect acoustic sounds from the EM-1, although the hats are great, this box is strictly an electronica machine.

The Sound: It's sample based but the effects and filter give you many sound shaping options. The "Drive" knob almost makes distortion obsolete. The outputs are crystal clear!

The groove sequencer: The 16 step sequencer can record patterns in step or real time, and is great for use as a sketchpad.

The interface: The interface is very intuitive. I found myself making my own patterns minutes after cracking the box.


Depeche Mode style synthpop!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Feb-27-2002 at 19:39
Robtronik from USA writes:
The EM-1 does record motion sequences....but they are included with the sound selected.

Just posting for clarification in case someone thinks that it can't do what the other Electribes do.

It uses NRPNs instead of controller changes however.


personally, I think this makes a GREAT live box with bread and butter sounds.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jan-13-2002 at 16:08
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