Korg Electribe ESX-1

topic posted Wed, June 22, 2005 - 2:30 PM by  Mark
Hey kids

I just wanted to chime in and say that I picked up a Korg ESX-1 a few weeks ago and so far it's been a joy to work with. I'd been using an E-MU XL-7 with a lot of success, but was doing a show based on insects and wanted to use insect sounds for percussion (note: some crickets sound a lot like a 909 hi-hat) and the Electribe did the trick AND it's fun to work with. The XL-7 is VERY feature rich (so much so I hesitate to even call it a drum machine, it's more a work station synth) but often a bit cumbersome to work with. My non-musician girlfriend was able to sit down after 10 sec of explanation and start programing what she calls, "phat beats."
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  • Re: Korg Electribe ESX-1

    Wed, June 22, 2005 - 11:00 PM
    crickets sound like 909 hats? thats crazy, i thought crickets sounded like, "chirp , chirp". i don't remember, i've been in the city to long.

    how did you shape the sound? i need to remember what these bugs sound like. what other insect sounds did you get out of your machines?

    i think that the XL-7 counts, i say groove box = drum machine, its got pads instead of keys plus it is a nice machine so why not. i've heard more people bang out beats on them then play them like a synth anyways.
    • Re: Korg Electribe ESX-1

      Thu, June 23, 2005 - 11:11 PM
      And I can attest to the super hip things Mark did with that beautiful new machine (with the sexy glowing tube in it's front panel)
      at his recent 2nd Sundays Live Looping concert appearance in Santa Cruz.

      added to it, the cool insect and creature vids and the aforementioned rhythmic crickets and it was a really cool show.

      Catch Mark live if you can!!!
      • Re: Korg Electribe ESX-1

        Wed, July 6, 2005 - 2:51 PM
        Awe shucks! You should see Rick's little act as well! He and his brother Bill put on quite a show and made me miss having a partner in crime to loop with. Good times!

        I didn't shape the crickets sound at all, I just found a bunch of scientific research sites that had insect sounds. Mostly crickets and cicadas (sp?) but some good buzzy bees and other flying insects. Some were samples, others were my electric kazoo running through a Korg KAOSS Pad II.

        My next project is to find out how to best use the XL-7 and the ESX-1 together.

  • Re: Korg Electribe ESX-1

    Thu, October 20, 2005 - 5:52 PM
    I'd like to hear that insect track. ;-) any mp3's up?

    I'm also a proud ESX owner, IMO it's the most fun, intuitive sampler ever.

    If only it could run on batteries.
    • Re: Korg Electribe ESX-1

      Wed, November 2, 2005 - 7:30 PM
      OH YAH! you CAN build battery packs for them! with those rc car battery packs that are about the size of your hand. There are even pics of them on the yahoo electribe group.
      Wyle E.
  • Re: Korg Electribe ESX-1

    Wed, November 2, 2005 - 7:28 PM
    Hey kids, I just joined this tribe, but let me tell you, if you have an electribe of ANY type, get yer arse over to the yahoo group for electribes, there are 2 of them, those guys are the smartest bunch of unpaid support group you will ever need. I am going to tell you something that will change your emx/esx experience for good: if you replace the tubes with some better ones like mesaboogies, it will sound WORLDS BETTER.
    It's not even hard, you just get some from the guitar shop, undo the 2 screw-bolts on the cover and pop out the stock ones and put the new ones in. I thought the guy who told me was just being well....but MAN! it makes these boxes SO MUCH FATTER. and did you know that the glow in there is just from led lights? When you get new tubes of higher quality, (they don't even cost much), they glow by themselves. Not to mention you can change the led light color for that custom look;) I also own the korg legacey collection, with the ms20 controller, and I was useing the emx to sequence the legacey, wich is to say much more then the onboard synths of the emx. I've been so excited over music as of late. sheesh!:)
    Wyle E.
    • Re: Korg Electribe ESX-1

      Thu, November 3, 2005 - 1:18 AM
      I thought about starting an "Electribe on Tribe" here. maybe
      the great thing about electribes is that they work together.

      re: Tubes
      More "tube sound" would be good. (The stock ones don't have much effect.)
      I hate to mention but, would that void the warrantee? :-\
      • Re: Korg Electribe ESX-1

        Thu, November 3, 2005 - 2:52 AM
        hell no, that would NOT void the warranty, tubes are a ware out part, wich is why, (if you look at an emx or esx), the honeycomb vented cover over the back of the tubes is removeable with 2 VERY accesable combo screw/bolts. It is likley the tubes will wear out before your tribes do, (god I hope so anywho) As for a 'tribes tribe, I did a little survey of where all my fellow electribers on yahoo groups live: all freakin over the world, from canada to germany to america to italy, japan, eastern block, you name it. I am hopeing to start an electribe camp at burningman. You COULD start a electribe tribe, but the one on yahoo is already HUGE.
        Wyle E.
        • Re: Korg Electribe ESX-1

          Wed, November 16, 2005 - 10:50 PM
          It looks like there are no less than SEVEN electribe related groups on Yahoo... I see what you're talking about, there's a lot there.
          I'm a member of one of them, just assumed it was the only...

          But Tribe should have one also, so I started one!

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