About: The Electribe EM-1 Music Production System is another great Electribe series instrument with two analog emulated synth-parts and eight drum-parts. Sort of combining the elements of the original Electribe EA-1 and ER-1, the new EM-1 is an all-in-one groove and dance music machine for DJs and musicians alike! The EM-1 has loads of drum sounds, all of which are excellent for dance music. There are 144 different sounds, and patterns can have up to eight drum parts. Parts can be muted and individually processed, live and in realtime. The synth sounds consist of 50 waveforms and a pattern can hold up to two synth parts. Waveform editing includes volume, panning, envelope, filtering, roll-effect, internal effects processing, pitch, and glide (portamento). The filter is only a 12 dB/oct low-pass with cutoff and resonance controls which is a little thin, but it still gets the point across. Naturally, the EM-1 features an advanced built-in sequencer with multi-effects for complete Music Production features. The sequencer holds up to 256 patterns and 16 songs. It ships with 192 of them full of cool dance programs to get you going. Sequencing is done in step or real time using the 16 pads which represent 16th notes of a 1-bar pattern. Patterns can be up to 64-steps (4-bars) long. Built-in effects consist of two processors, a Master (global) Delay and one of 11 Insert Effects. The insert effects include Reverb, Flanger/Chorus, Phaser, Ring modulator, Pitch shifter, Compressor, Distortion, Decimator, Resonator, and Modulation Delay. The Motion Sequencer functions can record movements of the EM-1's knobs in realtime and store them with your Patterns to add rhythmic effects, filter sweeps, and evolving synth or effect changes. The EM-1 is certainly a cool dance music production system! On the Professional level, its two-voices of synth parts is very slim pickings. On the other hand, it can offer Pro-DJ's incredible performance potential! For example, you can store up to 64 patterns to the step keys for realtime pattern recall. Combine that with realtime part muting/soloing, and realtime filtering, tweaking and effecting, tap-tempo or MIDI clock sync for an excellent groove machine! Although there are far fewer hands-on knobs than on the Yamaha AN-200 and DX-200, the EM-1 is less expensive and offers a great nag for its buck! Used: Before Always Outnumbered was finished Liam told in several interviews that he has been using Electribes and the new album is going to be sounding quite electronic. Anyway all tracks were binned before the actual new album was released.more
Wow, what can I say....my first pc of hardware, and i still use it to this day. I use it alot in my productions because i love how i can tweak with those tried and tested korg fx in real time while recording. Nostalgic, too...the first production station from korg that combined drum and synth banks! :)
I love the EM-1, it's very early 2000's sounds and murky effects make it very charming. It is a rompler without any external connectivity, so the sounds are limited to those 144 drum sounds. They are decent, low quality samples of the ER-1 with some very weird percussion sounds hidden in among the rest. There are also 50 synth sounds by courtesy of the EA-1 and even in that limited number it has a lot going on from simple basses to massive pads. The synths can also be filtered, which adds a lot. The effect can be toggled to the parts individually, but only one effect can be selected at a time, so you can't put a reverb on a synth and compressor on a drum at the same time. The exception is the very raunchy digital delay, which is hardwired to everything. I like most of the effects, the flanger and bitcrusher are probably my favorites. The sequencer is easy to get used to. There are 8 drum parts and 2 synth parts and any of the samples can be assinged to any of the corresponding parts. The charming factory presets can be overwritten, so you have 256 patterns with four bars each. There's also a song mode for chaining patterns together which I never use. I just load up a pattern, mute and unmute parts, turn the knobs and have a great time.